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.
SPRING CONCERT - Saturday 11 May 2019
A celebratory programme of music was chosen for the concert to mark our 40th season on Saturday 11 May. The overture and joyful opening chorus from Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art, a birthday ode for Queen Mary composed in 1694, encouraged singers and instrumentalists alike to mark this triumphal day, while Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass was written in honour of the patron saint of music.
Three excellent soloists, Heloise West, Jonathan Waterworth and James Quilligan, joined the choir for the Mass. The Shaldon Sinfonietta was led by Anna Cockroft, and further accompaniment came from Cor van der Wijngaard on piano and organ.
A highlight of the concert was the world premiere of Laura Rossi’s Song of the Teign, commissioned by the Singers for this anniversary and received enthusiastically by the audience. Setting words by John Keats, the work describes the sights and sounds of a walk by the river on a summer’s day. English partsongs by Elgar (‘As torrents in summer’ and ‘My love dwelt in an northern land’) and Sullivan (‘The long day closes’) completed the programme.
A retiring collection in aid of The Helen Foundation raised £581.