By Haddenham Webteam - 27th April 2014 7:00pm
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
Back in December 1993 the four Chrisitian churches (Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Methodists) in the village of Haddenham held a special service during which a covenant (a set of promises) was established. It was a service that acknowledged our differences and celebrated the unique contribution brought by each tradition. But it was also a service that acknowledged that there was more that...
We have had a very busy and successful couple of days at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium Aylesbury Vaccination Centre. Most of our clinical team from Haddenham Medical Centre have been there at some point over this time both giving vaccines and in the really tricky work of vaccine preparation.The vaccines do not come prepared like flu jabs. There is an important, but painstaking, first stage of...
Here's the latest missive from Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, dated 19th January 2021:The COVID-19 vaccine programme has gathered pace since I last wrote and I wanted to update you on the latest news:Nearly 20,000 Bucks residents have now received their COVID-19 vaccineAll Buckinghamshire residents aged 80 and above will be offered a vaccine appointment through...