SHALDON SINGERS is a charity with a Registered Charity Number of 1164387
The Shaldon Singers is a choir of about 80 singers. We give two concerts a year, in December and May. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7.15 to 9 p.m. at St Peter’s Church in Shaldon (see map below).
If you are interested in joining the Shaldon Singers, please contact Ann Pardoe (01626 873709) for information. There is no audition. An ability to read music is an advantage, but more important are enthusiasm and a commitment to attend rehearsals.
We are presently meeting on Zoom at 8.00pm on Thursday evenings. Please contact Ann Pardoe for details.
Christmas Concert – 7 December 2019
Music spanning four centuries made up the programme for a festive concert on Saturday 7 December at St Peter’s Church. The concert featured baritone James Quilligan, cellist Tim Pratt, and piano and organ accompaniment by Tim Crompton.
Bach’s famous chorale Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring opened the concert, followed by the lively Beatus Vir by Monteverdi – a lively motet written probably around 1630 for performance in St Mark’s, Venice. In contrasting mood was the slow, melodious ‘Laudamus Te’ by Karl Jenkins, an excerpt from his Gloria of 2010. Closing the first half was the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, which featured solo parts for baritone and cello.
A selection of Christmas music, readings and carols for choir and audience followed in the second half, including two baritone solos and a beautiful arrangement of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ for cello and piano. Melissa McGladdery and Jeff Grist read an extract about the Mellstock church carol singers from Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree, and Viv Thorn read the poem ‘King John’s Christmas’ by A. A. Milne.
Donations to the retiring collection in aid of Citizens Advice Teignbridge amounted to £350.