Haddenham Bucks

They Came to Sing!

Home » News » They Came to Sing!
Come and Sing 01
Come and Sing 02

On Saturday 26th April, a large group of keen singers gathered at St Mary's Church in Haddenham to prepare a concert performance for charity. Under normal circumstances, this might not seem a particularly unusual occurrence — after all, hundreds of choirs up and down the country do similar things on a regular basis. The difference on this occasion, however, was that learning the parts, all rehearsals and the presentation of a live concert all happened on one single day. Indeed, preparations began at 2.00pm and the concert started at 7.00pm!

The event was organised by professional singer and Haddenham resident, Sheilagh Armitt, and all funds raised from the activity were to support Cancer Research UK. Sheilagh (a Soprano) was supported by fellow professionals Debbie Alder (Contralto), David Walder (Tenor) and Stephen Hamnet (Bass). The rest of the choir, however, comprised a group of 60 amateur singers from Haddenham and surrounding towns and villages — many of them having never even met previously.

They all came together under the baton of conductor Ian Westley, to perform Purcell's Declare His Honour and Haydn's Nelson Mass, accompanied by organist Colin Spinks.

As one might expect, the professional singers provided a stunning lead, while the choir provided rich and well-articulated support.

And what a wonderful, uplifting and fulsome sound they made together — a very special experience for all the audience members, made all the more pleasurable by the resonant acoustics of the ancient Parish church which added significantly to the listeners' enjoyment: an uplifting and truly memorable experience.

Among the singers, perhaps a special mention should go to Stephen Hamnet, who managed to perform the entire repertoire while juggling his two-year-old son on one arm — the youngster having refused to leave his father's side throughout: an endearing feature of a special local event.

As a result of this splendid initiative, over £700 was raised for Cancer Research UK.

(If you click on either of the photographs, they will enlarge for easier viewing)

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

John Bercow at Abbeyfield 04
Haddenham Webteam: Fri 20 Apr 9:00pm

As we reported earlier this year, Haddenham St Mary's CE School has linked up with Abbeyfield Residential Home in a project inspired by the Channel 4 programme 'Old People's Home For Four Year Olds'At intervals throughout the academic year, staff from the school take a small group of children to visit residents at the home in Churchway where they chat to residents and...

Unitary map of initiatives
Bucks County Council: Wed 18 Apr 6:30pm

No doubt everyone reading this will be aware of major changes proposed for the way local government is structured in Buckinghamshire. Here are some words of explanation from Bucks County Council and an invitation to 'have your say'.It's set to be the biggest shake-up of local government in Buckinghamshire since the 1970s — and people have until Friday 25th May to give their...

Haddenham Beavers
Haddenham Webteam: Tue 17 Apr 7:00pm

Have you thought about helping run Haddenham Beavers?Would you like to do something different? Would you like to have fun running the Beaver Colony for 6-8 year olds? Beavers are the youngest members of the scouting movement. They enjoy various activities indoors and out and about.The Beaver Colony was active until 18 months ago, but unfortunately then had to close. Can you spare some...