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Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir

by Haddenham Webteam – 19th May 2023
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Haddenham Baptist Church is proud to announce the return to Haddenham of the Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, who will be performing a summer concert on Saturday 3rd June in aid of the Hat and Boots Restoration Appeal.

It's been 5 years since the Choir's last charity concert in St Mary's Church, and this performance called "From the Valleys to the Shires" promises to be a very special evening. The choir are always well received wherever they go as this review confirms: "The warmth of their welcome and the friendliness of the choristers is matched only by the joy and passion of their singing". The Haddenham concert programme will include a wide range of traditional and modern songs, some in Welsh, led by Musical Director, Helen Swift.

From the Valleys to the Shires will also feature special guests Amy Jane Fisher and Zanna Evans who will perform viola and harp duets, as well as accompanying some of the choir's songs. Hampshire born Viola player Amy Jane Fisher has settled in Haddenham for just over a year after studying, teaching and playing in London for 15 years. She has a love for chamber music and playing many genres of music.

Susannah Evans (known as Zanna) moved just over a year ago to Thame from SW London with her family after teaching and performing in London for over 15 years. Zanna is classically trained and loves world music. She enjoys exploring new genres with the harp and working collaboratively with other musicians. In 2013 she spent a year studying Latin Jazz with Cristina Braga, a harp Professor in Rio da Janerio, Brazil. She helped establish Jazz jam sessions in London with harpists Tara Minton and Brenda Dor Groot.

The concert on 3rd June will start at 7.30pm, with doors open from 7pm. Tickets cost £15 (accompanied Under 16's free) and are available from Blooming Fruity or online here. If space allows, there will also be tickets for sale on the door.

Interval refreshments will be available for donations towards the Hat and Boots Appeal.

There is limited parking outside St Mary's Church and also at St Mary's School, so it hoped that as many local residents as possible will be able to walk or cycle to the venue. Additional toilet facilities will be available at St Mary's Centre.

On behalf of the Hat and Boots Appeal, Francesca Flaxton said "We are very grateful to the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust for their generous support with this event, which will make a big difference to the amount we hope to raise from the concert".

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