Haverhill Singers are very pleased indeed to welcome our new Musical Director, John Clenaghan G.Mus, who joined us in September 2018.
John is a very experienced and well qualified musician with particular expertise in the choral repertory, having a
Graduate Diploma in Music from Colchester Institute School of Music where he studied singing and piano, and was twice winner of their Mixed Instrumental Ensembles Competition.
John has experience of conducting choirs of various sizes, with and without orchestras and experience as MD for Musical Theatre. He has excellent sight-reading skills and is a sensitive accompanist.
He also produces rehearsal CDs for individual vocal parts, (which are extremely useful for practice at home) and also bespoke choral arrangements.
John succeeds Jane Wright who was our Musical Director for fifteen years and we are sure he is keen to build on the fine work that Jane did over the years with the Haverhill Singers.
We are also very pleased to welcome back, after a break,Ian Davison as our rehearsal accompanist. Having Ian with us is a double bonus as, besides accompanying, he is an excellent singer and joins the tenor line at concert time.
Haverhill singers were joined by around 20 singers from other local choirs in the Old Independent church, Haverhill for a very enjoyable afternoon. Three works were rehearsed -Faure ‘Requiem’ and ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ and Mendelssohn ‘Hear my Prayer’ which were later performed in an informal concert.
Soloists were Lynn Kowalski (soprano) and David Hart (baritone). Accompaniment was expertly provided by Nigel Brown playing the magnificent Binns organ. Nigel also played a light-hearted solo, ‘Sortie’ by Lefébure-Wély. The whole event was directed by our guest conductor, Edward Dodge.
We were pleased to meet some old choral friends again chat over tea and biscuits.
We hope our visitors enjoyed themselves and that we will see them again at future events.
Haverhill Singers are staging a ‘Come and Sing’ event on Saturday 30th June 2018 as part of the Haverhill Festival.
Three popular works have been chosen –
Mendelssohn: ‘Hear My Prayer’, which contains the famous aria ‘O, for the wings of a dove’
Faure: ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’
Our Guest Conductor will be Edward Dodge who was our MD for fifteen years and accompaniment on the magnificent Binns organ will be by Nigel Brown.
The venue is the Old Independent Church, Hamlet Road, Haverhill CB9 8EF.
Singers(Advance booking required): £10 Audience, (no booking) – Free (with retiring collection)
Rehearsal times: 2.20 pm – 3.45 pm and 4.15pm to 5.45pm
Performance: 6.30 pm
Dress is smart casual and scores will be available for a £2.00 deposit.
Tea/coffee/orange juice and biscuits will be provided. Please provide your own sandwiches/snacks for the break between the rehearsals and concert.
If you have not sung in a choir before, or haven’t sung for ages, come along and join us in a friendly informal atmosphere for an afternoon of lovely tuneful music.
If you have any queries or would like a booking form sent, please e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We have begun rehearsals for out next concert, ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ (Rossini) which will take place on Saturday 28th April 2018 at the Old Independent Church in Haverhill. Although a Mass, this is a tuneful and dramatic work from the pen of the composer of thirty nine operas. It also has the unusual accompaniment of piano and harmonium!
If you enjoy singing and would like to join us please contact us via our ‘Contact Us’ link. Auditions are not required.
Give it a go! We would love to meet you.
We have recently had a very successful concert with the choir, Les Voix de Si de La’ from our French twin town, Pont St Esprit. Our friens visited for a long weekend and were hosted by members of the Haverhill Singers. The weekend also included a soirée and farewell meal. Here is a review of the concert by Richard Pannell.
It was billed as a concert of Twin Town Choirs., Chansons Cordiales, with free entry to all.
Haverhill Singers was host to a choir who had travelled from Pont St Esprit, Haverhill’s French twin town, way down in Provence.
The foreign guests, Les Voix de Si de La .a small choir of around 20, began the concert under the clear direction of Georges Ciontu, who mostly, but not entirely, led from the piano. The choir performed pieces in five different languages, and although lacking a little in male voices, (as were the Haverhill Singers in terms of numbers and balance), they gave sometimes sensitive, and always enthusiastic renditions of all their pieces. The highlight of their program for me was the penultimate piece, Sangena, brimming with style and musicality.
Nigel Brown., the local organ ‘legend’ needs no introduction to those who have been to OIC and Choral Society concerts before. He accompanied some of the French pieces and then as an interlude played a magnificent piece by Herbert Howells. Later on in the concert, as well as accompanying all of HCS’s pieces, Nigel breezed through Widor’s ‘Toccata’, a popular organ piece, brilliantly executed as always.
The Haverhill Singers took to the stage in tile second part, and the strength of the choir, albeit it twice as large in number became instantly obvious. Under the masterful directorship of Jane Wright, now MD for fifteen years, they started with three classical pieces including Mendelssohn’s ‘Hear my Prayer’ and ‘O. for the wings of a dove’ the solos sung beautifully in pure tone by Lynn Kowalski. The mood was lightened after these pieces by items such as Lloyd Webber’s ‘Memory’ and Burt Bacharach’s ‘Close to you’. The choir sang both types of music with good style and were clearly enjoying the performance, something that came across clearly to the audience.
The choirs combined tor the final three pieces, filling the wonderful acoustic of the OIC with sound. Orff’s ‘0 Fortuna’ was a fitting finale to a splendid night’s entertainment. The concert was enjoyed by over 100 people, many of whom also partook in the post-concert refreshments, kindly provided by HS members.
For details of our performances go to our events page.