Faure Requiem – Great Night

A large appreciative audience came to Trinity Church, Leek and produced just the right atmosphere to encourage a super performance of Faure’s Requiem from The Phoenix Singers, conducted by their Musical Director Ashley Thompson in this concert raising money for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

The Faure Requiem made up the second half of the concert but Faure was also included in the first half with his Cantique de Jean Racine for choir  accompanied by Amy Wakefield on piano and also Lucy Johnston Jones playing the Berceuse in D for violin accompanied on piano by Ashley Thompson. The concert was completed by the choir singing Stanford’s “Beati Quorum Via” and Ashley Thompson’s “We Light a Candle” and “Fear No More”.

This concert remembering two of the choir’s founder members Angela and David Briggs, who both sadly passed away recently, attracted a large varied audience who not only showed great appreciation during the concert but also made the night a very successful social event both in the interval and at the end of the concert as everyone mixed together, a night David and Angela would have loved.

 

 

Concert at Trinity Church, Leek

Phoenix Festival Quartet
Amy Wakefield,Sarah Balfour, Robert Wakefield, Robert Williams

 

Simon Baker – Organist

Afternoon Rehearsal

 

Great time at the New Vic

Great audiences and much enjoyment for members as The Phoenix Singers undertook a very well received Arnold Bennett Gala concert while 16 of the members were performing in the new adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s novel “Anna” which was running for 3 weeks.

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Preparations for our concert with writer Deb McAndrew and director Conrad Nelson

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MD Ashley Thompson with members who performed in “Anna”

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Celebration “picnic” towards end of run with all our friends at the New Vic and a couple of photos from dress rehearsal

Concert Delights

Phoenix Singers never fail to enchant us with their Christmas concert and this year was no exception.

Together with Young Phoenix they sang Christmas songs from around the world and delighted the sell-out audience.

Letter to Leek Post Dec 2016