The choir gets another new conductor and a new direction

Picture of Marilyn J Smith

Our present conductor, Marilyn J Smith, joins in 1991 and begins to shape the modern choir you hear today.

Picture of Choir in 1995
Picture of Choir from 1995

Picture of choir at 1999 Christmas Concert
Picture of Choir at Christmas Concert GRCH 1999

The Choir sings at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall London, 1998

One of Marilyn’s challenges was to prepare the choir for a BBC Proms concert in London. Click the heading to find out more.

Saturday 15th August 1998 (20.00) Henry Wood Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall, Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

Picture of all choirs on stage at Royal Albert Hall
Picture of all choirs on stage at Royal Albert Hall

Cheltenham Bach Choir, Choir of New College, Oxford, City of Birmingham Choir, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus, Glasgow Phoenix Choir, Harrogate Choral Society, Hertfordshire Choral Society, Ipswich Bach Choir, Joyful Company of Singers, Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Malvern Festival Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Waltham Singers

Judith Howarth, soprano, John Graham-Hall tenor, Rodney Gilfry baritone

Terry Edwards conductor

Listen to an excerpt from “O Fortuna”:

Picture of choir members outside RAH

Could these be some of the purple chitons?

Picture of some of the Ladies wearing the purple chitons

Picture of Ladies in Purple in the garden of RAH

Picture of Choir Members outside RAH

Some of the Gentlemen of the choir outside RAH

No more pictures – our photographer had to go and sing!!

Easter 1999, and a tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany

Picture of choir at MindenThe Choir’s most ambitious European tour to date took it to three countries, undertaking six concerts, two church services and two impromptu recitals in cathedrals, and travelling more than 2,100 miles in eight days. Click the heading for more information.

The Choir visits Hereford, October 1999

Picture of Hereford CathedralOne of the connections made by the choir has been with the Hereford Police Male Voice choir, who in their own words are made up of “policemen, ex policemen, and people otherwise known to the constabulary!” Click the heading for more.