17/09/81 First Rehearsal – mixed voice choir – Vivaldi’s Gloria Leek High
01/04/82 Gloria – Vivaldi, and Requiem – Faure All Saints
26/03/83 Messiah – Handel All Saints
01/06/84 Carmina Burana, Zadok the Priest, Sound the Trumpet Leek High
06/06/85 Paul Butler’s last rehearsal as head of music at Leek high School
21/10/85 Choir could not continue at Leek High because of lack of students in the Choir, a committee formed and premises to be found.
16/1/86 First rehearsal of new choir named Phoenix Singers St Edwards Subscription was 10p per week. John Fisher – Chairman, Alison Elliott – Secretary, Anthony Elliott – Treasurer.
18/05/86 Mozart’s Requiem St Edwards
20/07/86 Performance at Garden Festival – Moorlands Garden at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.
13/12/86 Christmas Music – incl Hodie – Vaughan Williams All Saints
22/01/87 AGM, Dick Boulding – Chairman, Bronwen Williams – Secretary, Brian Riley – Treasurer.
16/05/87 An “Open” Messiah St Edwards Church
250/6/87 Gordon Hansell takes over as Chairman
11/12/87 An Evening of French Music – Durufle Requiem All Saints
11/06/88 Summer Serenade of English Music – Elgar, Britten, Swann, Trad, Parry Trinity
22/12/88 Carols by Candlelight – Traditional Carols Trinity
12/03/89 The Crucifixion – John Stainer St Chads, Longsdon
14/10/89 The Creation – Hadyn All Saints
09/06/90 Beatus Vir – Monteverdi, Chichester Psalms – Britten Mass in A Flat – Schubert Trinity
01/12/90 Carmina Burana – Carl Orff, O Praise the Lord – Handel Trinity
01/06/91 Petite Messe Solennelle – Rossini Trinity
07/12/91 A Concert at Christmas – Rutter, Willcocks arrangements Trinity
09/05/92 The Dream of Gerontius – Elgar All Saints with Leek Choral and Nantwich Tudor Consort All Saints
05/12/92 Nelson Mass – Haydn, Love song Waltzes – Brahms Trinity Polovtsienne Dances – Borodin
26/07/93 Gigs round the Moorlands ! Meerbrook, Cheadle etc
23/04/94 Vespers 1610 – Monteverdi All Saints
11/12/94 Christmas Spectacular with Royal Marines Band Victoria Hall
11/02/95 Ceremony of Carols – Britten, Te Deum – Dvorak Trinity Faure Requiem.
11/11/95 B Minor Mass – Bach All Saints
19/11/96 Mozart Requiem All Saints, Paul Butler’s last concert as Musical Director
31/05/97 Concert with Stoke-on-Trent Brass All Saints Ashley Thompson becomes our new Musical director
08/11/97 Autumn Concert, Laudate Dominum – Tallis Messa Quam Pulchra Es – Palestrina, Beatus Vir – Monteverdi 4 Negro Spirituals – Tippett, West Side Story – Bernstein All Saints
23/04/98 Cheshire Dance Workshop, (Vivaldi’s Gloria) Wilmslow
03/05/98 Concert in Loudun, Loire Valley France
Jun 1998 Gloria – Vivaldi, Cantique de Jean Racine All Saints
Jul 1998 A Travers Chants, Loudun/ Phoenix Concert All Saints
31/10/98 Feathers from the Tail of the Phoenix All Saints
19/12/98 Messiah – Handel with Leek Choral All Saints
23/01/99 Music from around the World, Concert at Endon Methodist church
12/06/99 Elijah – Mendelssohn All Saints
04/03/2000 Voices of the Future – Second Millennium Concert All Saints Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo – Horovitz ‘Time’ Johnny Coppin.
06/03/2000 AGM Subscription now £40 per annum, rehearsals at Leek High School Ellie Elsdon – Chairman,
Rosemary Baxter – Secretary, Brian Riley – Treasurer.
31/04/2000 Concert in Heerenveen, Freisland, Northern Holland
20/05/2000 Concert in Lichfield Cathedral Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony (with other Staffordshire choirs)
29/05/2000 Singing in the gardens at Biddulph Grange, part of BBC Music Live!
09/07/2000 Leek Civic Service – J. Fisher Mayor
04/09/2000 Constitution of choir changed prior to acquisition of charitable status
25/11/2000 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Britten Ceremony of Carols, Rutter ‘Icicles’ and other carols
01/12/2000 Carols at switching on of Leek Town Christmas Lights
10/12/2000 Trinity Church Leek, Christmas service for the housebound
18/12/2000 Carols at ‘Beechdene’
20/12/2000 Endon Methodist Church, Christmas music
28/04/2001 Concert with Noorden Singers, Heerenveen in All Saints’ Leek
09/06/2001 Haydn’s Creation at All Saints’ Leek with Stoke-on-Trent Chamber Orchestra
13/07/2001 Concert at Flower Festival St. John’s, Knypersley
14/10/2001 Verdi’s Requiem at Victoria Hall Hanley with Ceramic City and Keele Bach Choir
08/12/2001 Christmas Concert at Ipstones
03-25/05/2002 Sweeney Todd at New Victoria Theatre
06/07/2002 Recording for CD at All Saints’ Leek
16/11/2002 Concert at All Saints’ Leek with Bella Musica incl. Faure Requiem
2003 – 2006
14/06/2003 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Tudor and Modern Anthems incl. Tallis’ Spem In Alium
06/12/2003 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Selection from Handel’s Messiah and carols
07-25/05/2004 Amadeus at New Victoria Theatre
20/05/2004 Concert at New Victoria Theatre with Bella Musica
09/07/2004 Visit to Llangollen International Eisteddfford
17/07/2004 Concert at Grindon Church
01-04/10/2004 Visit to Este Italy, Concert in Duomo
03-07/12/2004 Visit from Amazing Gospel Choir Este incl. Concert by them in St. Mary’s Leek
11/12/2004 Concert with Johnny Coppin, All Saints’ Leek
06/05/2005 ‘Flames of Lanka’ Concert with Pro Musica, All Saints’ Leek
08/07/2005 Visit to Llangollen International Eisteddfford
22/7-13/8/2005 Two members appear in ‘The Bat’at New Victoria Theatre
25/09/2005 80th Anniversary of dedication of Leek Monument, with Leek Choral Society and Este choir
08/10/2005 Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice with Ceramic City Choir and Emma Johnson, clarinet
04/12/2005 “Light up a Life” Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice
15/12/2005 Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall with Johnny Coppin
22/04/2006 Concert of music by Poulenc and Duruffle at All Saints’ Leek
26-29/05/2006 Visit to Este Italy, Concert in Duomo
03/12/2006 “Light up a Life” Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice
16/12/2006 “An Elizabethan Christmas” with PIVA and The Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek
2007 – 2010
17/03/2007 Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio with Lichfield Cathedral Choristors at All Saints’ Leek
08/04/2007 Hymns/Chorales from Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio recorded and broadcast on Radio Stoke
09/06/2007 Vivaldi Gloria from scratch, All Saints’ Leek
09/06/2007 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Swan, Leek
17/07/2007 Leek800 – Singing as part of Leek 800th Anniversary of Market Charter
21/09/2007 Concert at St’ Lawrence’s Church Biddulph
07/12/2007 Christmas Lights switch on in Leek with Young Phoenix
09/12/2007 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley with Young Phoenix
15/12/2007 A Family Christmas featuring Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek
19/04/2008 Civic Concert,Young Phoenix, Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Co. and others at All Saints’
26/04/2008 The Armed Man with Ceramic City Choir at Victoria Hall Hanley with Karl Jenkins conducting
07/06/2008 Faure Requiem from Scratch at All Saints’ Leek
22/07/2008 Concert at Meerbrook Church Flower Festival
07/12/2008 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley
10/12/2008 Radio Stoke Carol Service All Saints’ Leek with Young Phoenix
12/12/2008 Nicholson Institute Reopening and “Leek Nativity” with Young Phoenix
13/12/2008 Christmas Concert with Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek
21/03/2009 Civic Concert,Young Phoenix, Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Co. and others at All Saints’
20/06/2009 Mendelsohn’s “Hymn of Praise” and “Hear My Prayer” at All Saints’ Leek
21/11/2009 Verdi Requiem at Victoria Hall, Hanley with Ceramic City Choir
06/12/2009 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley
11/12/2009 Leek Nativity in Market Place Leek
12/12/2009 “Five Gold Rings” Christmas Concert with Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek
18/12/2009 Christmas Concert at Westwood Golf Club
17/07/2010 Barry Russell’s ‘Gawain and the Green Knight’ premier. New Gloria – Vivaldi’s Gloria reworked by Ashley Thompson.
16/10/2010 Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley guests of Ceramic City Choir. Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
05/12/2010 Stoke Minster “Light up a Life” ceremony for Douglas Macmillan hospice
11/12/2010 All Saints Church Leek “ All on a Winters Night” concert with Johnny Coppin.
2011 – 2014
27/02/2011 Recorded CD at St Edwards School Cheddleton
12/03/2011 Mayor’s Civic Concert, All Saints Church, Leek. Extracts of New Gloria.
15/07/2011 Summer Charity Concert. Raised £850 for Help for Heroes and the Guy Hilton Asthma Trust
12/11/2011 ‘Missa Katherina’ by Jacob de Haan with Keele University Choir and Keele Concert Band
10/12/2011 ‘Sing the Christmas Story’. Concert in All Saints Church Leek featuring the launch of the choir’s ‘Christmas’ CD.
25/12/2011 Track from ‘Christmas’ CD played on Christmas morning by Aled Jones on his BBC Radio 2 programme
24/03/2012 Concert at Endon Methodist Church, in aid of church funds.
14/04/2012 Titanic Centenary Concert at Victoria Hall, Hanley
28/04/2012 Concert at St. John’s Church, Knypersley, in aid of church funds
26/05/2012 Leek-Este Tenth Anniversary Twinning Concert, with Este’s Amazing Gospel Choir at All Saints Church, Leek
21/07/2012 Concert with Keele Concert Band and Young Phoenix, featuring Jacob de Haan’s ‘Missa Katherina’ and Michael Hurd’s ‘Jonah-Man Jazz’, at All Saints Church, Leek
15/12/2012 Christmas Concert with Young Phoenix featuring the world premiere of ‘A Christmas Carol’ , a cantata based on the Dickens novella, with words by Deborah McAndrew and music by Ashley Thompson. At All Saints, Leek.
27/04/2013 Concert featuring Brahms’ A German Requiem, sung in English (Ivor Atkins translation). With soprano soloist Sarah Rowley, baritone soloist David Wynne, organist Jordan Meakin and full orchestral accompaniment from the Phoenix Festival Orchestra. The 40-piece Phoenix Festival Orchestra of professional musicians includes players from The Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Also Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Nimrod from his Enigma Variations. All Saints’ Church, Leek.
10/05/2013 Three choirs concert with Young Phoenix and French choir ‘A Travers Chants’, from Loudon in the Loire Valley. All Saints Church, Leek
99/99/2013 SMDC Chairman Jim Davies’ Charity Concert featuring The Phoenix Singers and Young Phoenix. All Saints Church, Leek 7.00pm. In aid of local research into Prostate Cancer, plus other Chairman’s charities.
14/12/2013 Christmas Concert. The Phoenix Singers with multi-instrumentalists PIVA, a locally-based early music ensemble, at All Saints Church, Leek
08/02/2014 Charity Concert by Young Phoenix for Club@21 at Trinity Church Leek
07/06/2014 ‘Remembrances’ Concert at All Saints Church, Leek, with singer/songwriter Johnny Coppin. The concert featured a wide range of material on the theme of war and peace, in acknowledgement of the centenary of the start of the 1st World War.
05/07/2014 Official opening of the WW1 Centenary display at the Nicholson Institute Leek. The choir sang 3 items.
19/07/2014 Charity Concert with Young Phoenix for ‘Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands
13/09/2014 ‘First mile to war’ parade and service at the Nicholson Memorial to commemorate local people who were killed in WW1 The choir contributed to the service.
07/12/2014 First performance of the fully orchestrated version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Ashley Thompson/Deborah McAndrew) at Stockport Town Hall, involving The Phoenix Singers and The Grove Singers, accompanied by Salford Symphony Orchestra.
13/12/2014 ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek
23/12/2014 Performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Lichfield Cathedral, involving The Phoenix Singers, The Palace Singers and Lichfield Cathedral Young and Youth Voices.
2015 – 2018
25/04/2015 ‘The Creation’ by Joseph Haydn with Phoenix Festival Orchestra at All Saints’ Church, Leek
31/10/2015 ‘Missa Santa Cecilia’ by Jacob De Haan, UK premiere at Keele University with Keele Concert Band
12/12/2015 ‘A Dickensian Christmas Concert & Fayre’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix and Totally Locally Market Stalls
18/06/2016 John Rutter’s Requiem, Shakespeare Songs and English Choral Favourites at All Saints’ Church, Leek
01/10/2016 Charity Concert for Stoke and Endon Chernobyl Children’s Project at Trinity Church, Leek
10/12/2016 ‘Christmas Around the World’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix
07/10/2017 ‘Faure Requiem’ Charity Concert at Trinity Church, Leek
09/12/2017 ‘A Christmas Carol’ performance at Blists Hill in the snow.
12/12/2017 Charity Concert performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chatsworth in aid of Myeloma UK
16/12/2017 ‘Phoenix Festive Favourites’ Christmas Concert at St Lukes’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix. A matinee and evening performance.
09/06/2018 ‘Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610′ with The Phoenix Festival Consort (featuring historical instruments) & soloists from RNCM at All Saints’ Church, Leek.
01/12/2018 ‘Proms Night Spectacular’ with the British Police Symphony Orchestra (who were celebrating 25 yrs of making music) at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. We teamed up with three other choirs and sang a varied ‘Proms night’ programme including Beethoven’s Ode To Joy.
15/12/2018 ‘A Merry Little Christmas’ Christmas Concert at St Lukes’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix. A matinee and evening performance.