In May we welcome once more to St Hildeburgh's the Vale Royal Singers, from Cheshire, with an attractive programme for an enjoyable evening of family entertainment.
The 'Best of British' is the theme of the concert by the 20 strong choir that takes its name from Vale Royal Abbey near Northwich, its first rehearsal venue. Under the leadership of Margaret Corlett, well known in the Chester area as a choral director, teacher and accomplished pianist, the choir will mark the diamond jubilee with some coronation and royal wedding pieces. These will include Parry's exhilarating anthem 'I was glad' and ' Zadok the Priest' by Handel, German born but a naturalised Englishman in 1726..
In a lighter mood John Rutter's delightful arrangement of folk song ' Sprig of Thyme' follows, and accompanist Brian Heald, organist at Chester's Wesley Methodist Church, will play organ and piano solos.
Interludes to suit the mood will be readings by children's author and choir member David Whitley of light poetry and prose .
We look forward to the group's return after their visit here four years ago ,when their theme was 'From Seashore to River Bank' and included a charming mini version of 'The Wind in the Willows ,' and hope for good support from church members, families and friends.
Come along at 7pm (note early start) on Saturday May 19. Tickets including refreshments are £7; with free entry for children and family concessions, obtainable from Gwen on 632 3042 or at the door. As before, The Children's Society will benefit from the proceeds.