Choir History

 

11/05/2019 Charity Gala Concert at The Royal Albert Hall with The British Police Symphony Orchestra. An amazing evening featuring the Chorus Mysticus, the finale of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, one of the largest scale choral works in the classical concert repertoire.

15/12/2018 A Merry Little Christmas’ Christmas Concert at St Lukes’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix. A matinee and evening performance.

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.

09/06/2018 Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610′ with The Phoenix Festival Consort (featuring historical instruments) & soloists from RNCM at All Saints’ Church, Leek.

16/12/2017 Phoenix Festive Favourites’ Christmas Concert at St Lukes’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix. A matinee and evening performance

12/12/2017 Charity Concert performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chatsworth in aid of Myeloma UK

09/12/2017 A Christmas Carol’ performance at Blists Hill in the snow.

07/10/2017 Faure Requiem’ Charity Concert at Trinity Church, Leek

10/12/2016 Christmas Around the World’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix

01/10/2016 Charity Concert for Stoke and Endon Chernobyl Children’s Project at Trinity Church, Leek

18/06/2016 John Rutter’s Requiem, Shakespeare Songs and English Choral Favourites at All Saints’ Church, Leek

12/12/2015 A Dickensian Christmas Concert & Fayre’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek with Young Phoenix and Totally Locally Market Stalls

31/10/2015 Missa Santa Cecilia’ by Jacob De Haan, UK premiere at Keele University with Keele Concert Band

25/04/2015 The Creation’ by Joseph Haydn with Phoenix Festival Orchestra 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.

13/12/2014 Winter Wonderland’ Christmas Concert at All Saints’ Church, Leek

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.

13/09/2014 ‘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.

19/07/2014 Charity Concert with Young Phoenix for ‘Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands

05/07/2014 Official opening of the WW1 Centenary display at the Nicholson Institute Leek. The choir sang 3 items.

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.

08/02/2014 Charity Concert by Young Phoenix for Club@21 at Trinity Church Leek

14/12/2013 Christmas Concert. The Phoenix Singers with multi-instrumentalists PIVA, a locally-based early music ensemble, at All Saints Church, Leek

09/09/2013 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.

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

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.

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.

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

26/05/2012 Leek-Este Tenth Anniversary Twinning Concert, with Este’s Amazing Gospel Choir at All Saints Church, Leek

28/04/2012 Concert at St. John’s Church, Knypersley, in aid of church funds

14/04/2012 Titanic Centenary Concert at Victoria Hall, Hanley

24/03/2012 Concert at Endon Methodist Church, in aid of church funds.

25/12/2011 Track from ‘Christmas’ CD played on Christmas morning by Aled Jones on his BBC Radio 2 programme

10/12/2011 ‘Sing the Christmas Story’. Concert in All Saints Church Leek featuring the launch of the choir’s ‘Christmas’ CD.

12/11/2011 ‘Missa Katherina’ by Jacob de Haan with Keele University Choir and Keele Concert Band

15/07/2011 Summer Charity Concert. Raised £850 for Help for Heroes and the Guy Hilton Asthma Trust

12/03/2011 Mayor’s Civic Concert, All Saints Church, Leek. Extracts of New Gloria.

27/02/2011 Recorded CD at St Edwards School Cheddleton

11/12/2010 All Saints Church Leek “ All on a Winters Night” concert with Johnny Coppin.

05/12/2010 Stoke Minster “Light up a Life” ceremony for Douglas Macmillan hospice

16/10/2010 Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley guests of Ceramic City Choir. Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

17/07/2010 Barry Russell’s ‘Gawain and the Green Knight’ premier. New Gloria – Vivaldi’s Gloria reworked by Ashley Thompson.

18/12/2009 Christmas Concert at Westwood Golf Club

12/12/2009 “Five Gold Rings” Christmas Concert with Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek

11/12/2009 Leek Nativity in Market Place Leek

06/12/2009 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley

21/11/2009 Verdi Requiem at Victoria Hall, Hanley with Ceramic City Choir

20/06/2009 Mendelsohn’s “Hymn of Praise” and “Hear My Prayer” at All Saints’ Leek

21/03/2009 Civic Concert,Young Phoenix, Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Co. and others at All Saints’

13/12/2008 Christmas Concert with Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek

12/12/2008 Nicholson Institute Reopening and “Leek Nativity” with Young Phoenix

10/12/2008 Radio Stoke Carol Service All Saints’ Leek with Young Phoenix

07/12/2008 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley

22/07/2008 Concert at Meerbrook Church Flower Festival

07/06/2008 Faure Requiem from Scratch at All Saints’ Leek

26/04/2008 The Armed Man with Ceramic City Choir at Victoria Hall Hanley with Karl Jenkins conducting

19/04/2008 Civic Concert,Young Phoenix, Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Co. and others at All Saints’

15/12/2007 A Family Christmas featuring Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek

09/12/2007 Douglas Macmillan “Light Up a Life” Victoria Hall Hanley with Young Phoenix

07/12/2007 Christmas Lights switch on in Leek with Young Phoenix

21/09/2007 Concert at St’ Lawrence’s Church Biddulph

17/07/2007 Leek800 – Singing as part of Leek 800th Anniversary of Market Charter

09/06/2007 Vivaldi Gloria from scratch, All Saints’ Leek

09/06/2007 25th Anniversary Celebration at The Swan, Leek

08/04/2007 Hymns/Chorales from Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio recorded and broadcast on Radio Stoke

17/03/2007 Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio with Lichfield Cathedral Choristors at All Saints’ Leek

16/12/2006 “An Elizabethan Christmas” with PIVA and The Young Phoenix at All Saints’ Leek

03/12/2006 “Light up a Life” Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice

26-29/05/2006 Visit to Este Italy, Concert in Duomo

22/04/2006 Concert of music by Poulenc and Duruffle at All Saints’ Leek

15/12/2005 Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall with Johnny Coppin

04/12/2005 “Light up a Life” Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice

08/10/2005 Concert at Victoria Hall Hanley in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice with Ceramic City Choir and Emma Johnson, clarinet

25/09/2005 80th Anniversary of dedication of Leek Monument, with Leek Choral Society and Este choir

22/7-13/8/2005 Two members appear in ‘The Bat’at New Victoria Theatre

08/07/2005 Visit to Llangollen International Eisteddfford

06/05/2005 Flames of Lanka’ Concert with Pro Musica, All Saints’ Leek

11/12/2004 Concert with Johnny Coppin, All Saints’ Leek

01-04/10/2004 Visit to Este Italy, Concert in Duomo

17/07/2004 Concert at Grindon Church

09/07/2004 Visit to Llangollen International Eisteddfford

03-07/12/2004 Visit from Amazing Gospel Choir Este incl. Concert by them in St. Mary’s Leek

07-25/05/2004 Amadeus at New Victoria Theatre

20/05/2004 Concert at New Victoria Theatre with Bella Musica

06/12/2003 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Selection from Handel’s Messiah and carols

14/06/2003 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Tudor and Modern Anthems incl. Tallis’ Spem In Alium

16/11/2002 Concert at All Saints’ Leek with Bella Musica incl. Faure Requiem

06/07/2002 Recording for CD at All Saints’ Leek

08/12/2001 Christmas Concert at Ipstones

14/10/2001 Verdi’s Requiem at Victoria Hall Hanley with Ceramic City and Keele Bach Choir

13/07/2001 Concert at Flower Festival St. John’s, Knypersley

09/06/2001 Haydn’s Creation at All Saints’ Leek with Stoke-on-Trent Chamber Orchestra

28/04/2001 Concert with Noorden Singers, Heerenveen in All Saints’ Leek

20/12/2000 Endon Methodist Church, Christmas music

18/12/2000 Carols at ‘Beechdene’

10/12/2000 Trinity Church Leek, Christmas service for the housebound

01/12/2000 Carols at switching on of Leek Town Christmas Lights

25/11/2000 Concert at All Saints’ Leek, Britten Ceremony of Carols, Rutter ‘Icicles’ and other carols

04/09/2000 Constitution of choir changed prior to acquisition of charitable status

09/07/2000 Leek Civic Service – J. Fisher Mayor

29/05/2000 Singing in the gardens at Biddulph Grange, part of BBC Music Live!

20/05/2000 Concert in Lichfield Cathedral Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony (with other Staffordshire choirs)

03-25/05/2000 Sweeney Todd at New Victoria Theatre

30/04/2000 Concert in Heerenveen, Freisland, Northern Holland

06/03/2000 AGM Subscription now £40 per annum, rehearsals at Leek High School Ellie Elsdon – Chairman, Rosemary Baxter – Secretary, Brian Riley – Treasurer.

04/03/2000 Voices of the Future – Second Millennium Concert All Saints Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo – Horovitz ‘Time’ Johnny Coppin.

12/06/1999 Elijah – Mendelssohn All Saints

23/01/1999 Music from around the World, Concert at Endon Methodist church

19/12/1998 Messiah – Handel with Leek Choral All Saints

31/10/1998 Feathers from the Tail of the Phoenix All Saints

01/07/1998 A Travers Chants, Loudun/ Phoenix Concert All Saints

01/06/1998 Gloria – Vivaldi, Cantique de Jean Racine All Saints

03/05/1998 Concert in Loudun, Loire Valley France

23/04/1998 Cheshire Dance Workshop, (Vivaldi’s Gloria) Wilmslow

08/11/1997 Autumn Concert, Laudate Dominum – Tallis Messa Quam Pulchra Es – Palestrina, Beatus Vir – Monteverdi 4 Negro Spirituals – Tippett, West Side Story – Bernstein All Saints

31/05/1997 Concert with Stoke-on-Trent Brass All Saints Ashley Thompson becomes our new Musical director

19/11/1996 Mozart Requiem All Saints, Paul Butler’s last concert as Musical Director

11/11/1995 B Minor Mass – Bach All Saints

11/02/1995 Ceremony of Carols – Britten, Te Deum – Dvorak Trinity Faure Requiem.

11/12/1994 Christmas Spectacular with Royal Marines Band Victoria Hall

23/04/1994 Vespers 1610 – Monteverdi All Saints

26/07/1993 Gigs round the Moorlands ! Meerbrook, Cheadle etc

05/12/1992 Nelson Mass – Haydn, Love song Waltzes – Brahms Trinity Polovtsian Dances – Borodin

09/05/1992 The Dream of Gerontius – Elgar All Saints with Leek Choral and Nantwich Tudor Consort All Saints

07/12/1991 A Concert at Christmas – Rutter, Willcocks arrangements Trinity

01/06/1991 Petite Messe Solennelle – Rossini Trinity

01/12/1990 Carmina Burana – Carl Orff, O Praise the Lord – Handel Trinity

09/06/1990 Beatus Vir – Monteverdi, Chichester Psalms – Britten Mass in A Flat – Schubert Trinity

14/10/1989 The Creation – Hadyn All Saints

12/03/1989 The Crucifixion – John Stainer St Chads, Longsdon

22/12/1988 Carols by Candlelight – Traditional Carols Trinity

11/06/1988 Summer Serenade of English Music – Elgar, Britten, Swann, Trad, Parry Trinity

11/12/1987 An Evening of French Music – Durufle Requiem All Saints

25/06/1987 Gordon Hansell takes over as Chairman

16/05/1987 An “Open” Messiah St Edwards Church

22/01/1987 AGM, Dick Boulding – Chairman, Bronwen Williams – Secretary, Brian Riley – Treasurer.

13/12/1986 Christmas Music – incl Hodie – Vaughan Williams All Saints

20/07/1986 Performance at Garden Festival – Moorlands Garden at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm.

18/05/1986 Mozart’s Requiem St Edwards

16/01/1986 First rehearsal of new choir named Phoenix Singers St Edwards Subscription was

10p per week. John Fisher – Chairman, Alison Elliott – Secretary, Anthony Elliott – Treasurer.

21/10/1985 Choir could not continue at Leek High because of lack of students in the Choir, a committee formed and premises to be found.

06/06/1985 Paul Butler’s last rehearsal as head of music at Leek high School

01/06/1984 Carmina Burana, Zadok the Priest, Sound the Trumpet Leek High

26/03/1983 Messiah – Handel All Saints

01/04/1982 Gloria – Vivaldi, and Requiem – Faure All Saints

17/09/1981 First Rehearsal – mixed voice choir – Vivaldi’s Gloria Leek High