Escafeld Chorale

Escafeld Chorale began life in 1969 as a small group of friends, the Fossdale Singers, under the direction of music teacher Ron Law. It has steadily grown over the years (changing its name along the way) into a choir of around 70 singers, while still retaining its friendly atmosphere. Under subsequent conductors (Francis Wells, Peter Dutton and Ian Roberts) the choir expanded its repertoire to encompass a wide range of music, from Palestrina, Byrd and Vivaldi, through Mozart, Haydn and Handel to Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Britten. Highlights have included Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla.

We usually perform a major work from the choral repertoire in the spring, while our summer concerts are usually lighter in tone, sometimes around a theme, such as music from a particular country. We also enjoy singing the madrigals and part songs that formed the mainstay of our early repertoire, and our Christmas concerts are firm favourites with both choir and audience. In spring 2017, Nigel Russell-Sewell took up the baton and expanded our repertoire further with a performance of Elgar's The Music Makers that summer. Visit our website for more information about our repertoire.

We often perform with local singers and instrumentalists, and are keen to encourage young performers (especially through our Associate Soloist scheme) and to support local charities. In 2019 we celebrated our 50th anniversary with two special concerts featuring some of our favourite music from the previous 50 years (and cake!), plus guest appearances from previous Associate Soloists.

For tickets, use the online link on our website or contact Ann Kingdom: ann.kingdom@googlemail.com

How to get involved

From time to time we have vacancies in all sections and a friendly
welcome is extended to new members. We don’t ask you to undergo an
audition but we do expect a certain level of musical ability and there’s
a short probationary period. Prospective members should contact Anna Crewe (atcrewe@hotmail.com) or use the contact button on the website: http://www.escafeldchorale.org.uk/How-To-Join/

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