The Phoenix Singers, Leek, meet each Monday evening enjoying friendly company.
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Following on from their popular cantata A Christmas Carol, playwright Deborah McAndrew and composer Ashley Thompson have once again collaborated to create a new musical fable – Greenwood Dreams. This new 20 minute choral work was written and composed during lockdown.
Exploring themes of isolation, the need for heroes and a longing to connect with the natural world, Greenwood Dreams follows the story of a child in lockdown, who lifts her head from her home-schooling work and gazes out of the window at the empty street. A blackbird sings and the child begins a vivid daydream… the street transforms into an ancient forest, and the child follows the birds into the trees to meet the greatest hero of them all – Robin Hood.
The music incorporates a wide variety of styles, from Tudor through to computerised soundscapes and integrates many old English melodies into the texture. Sung by an enthusiastic cohort of local people recording remotely in their homes – including many members of The Phoenix Singers – and supported by the early instrumentalists from Piva, Greenwood Dreams is a poignant and fun community piece, which ultimately invites us all to have hope for the future.
The specially commissioned film was made to accompany the audio online – featuring many of the singers and musicians. The new work has been supported by The Arts Council.
Jesu Priceless Treasure
Christmas and our last concert seem such a long time ago. We had started to rehearse for our next concert which was due to be at All Saints’ Church on June 6th 2020. We were planning a concert of Baroque Masterpieces, Bach and Monteverdi with the added excitement of Vivaldi’s Gloria reimagined for the 21st century by Ashley Thompson. Unfortunately, before we were able to sing these, the world changed. We had to stop rehearsing together and the concert was cancelled.
We were able to record the first movement in isolation. We hope you enjoy it.
“A Christmas Carol” our Christmas Cantata was performed by the choir twice last year on Dec 11th at Altrincham Methodist Church and Dec 21st. at Biddulph Parish Church
2019 was most rewarding with 3 charity concerts organised including joining The British Police Symphony Orchestra again, following 2018’s great night at Symphony Hall Birmingham, but this time at The Royal Albert Hall, London
This included two concerts locally on July 5th at Longsdon Church in aid of Longsdon Church and The Guy Hilton Asthma Trust and then September 21st at All Saints’ Church, Leek where money will be raised in aid of the UHNM Cancer Centre and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
What a great night in Birmingham Symphony Hall with BPSO.
The large audience were so appreciative and the Proms night finished with balloons, fireworks and everyone joining in the traditional Proms music.
Monteverdi comes to Leek Arts Festival
The choir had a great time singing Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
A large audience were delighted by this concert in which The Phoenix Singers, Soloists from RNCM and instrumentalists from around the country produced a very special musical event under the brilliant direction of Musical Director Ashley Thompson.
Christmas celebrations 2017
What a start to Christmas 2017 with “A Christmas Carol” at Blists Hill and Chatsworth.
A great night, the choir on top form for Faure’s Requiem, the large audience loved it!
The whole choir thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to perform at The New Vic Theatre in front of a large most appreciative audience. Many thanks to all who made this possible especially Claybody Theatre, Ashley and all at the theatre.
Everyone excited, our concert in The New Vic was enjoyed by all
Year ended with our usual Carol Singing around Leek, much enjoyed by members of the public.
Great feedback for All Saints Church Leek concert 10th Dec “Christmas around the World” enjoyed immensely by choir and audience alike.
“PHOENIX never fail to enchant us with their Christmas concert and this year was no exception.”
Watch video of songs from our spring concert.
Concerts often in Leek Churches