Choir’s special farewell concert
A LADIES choir said farewell to a long-serving conductor at a concert.
Sheila Kent took part in her final concert with Macclesfield Mydel Ladies Choir in a special performance at Sutton St James Church.
The musical director has spent the last 18 years leading the choir and has retired to concentrate on other areas of her professional life.
She is a music examiner and adjudicator and also a tutor on a university Masters degree programme.
Rehearsal accompanist Joan Chadwick and concert pianist Ian Jones also retired at the concert.
At the celebration the choir performed some of their favourite songs from over the years, joined by Jeremy Chadwick, Don Riseley, David McGuinness and Keith Yearsley, who have all featured in many Mydel concerts during Sheila’s time with the choir.
Sheila, whose aunt Dorothy Mellor started the choir in the 1940s, said: “It has been an immense honour to lead the Mydel.
“I was originally asked to see the choir to its 50th birthday and the choir is now rapidly approaching its 70th anniversary which is a testament to the ability and enthusiasm of our members over the last 18 years.
“We have performed in places as far apart as Bollington and Brixham and our repertoire has ranged from classical to modern. In recent years we have invited primary schools to perform with us and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“I’m leaving with the choir on a high and I wish them well for the future.”
Aimee Presswood, a young singer trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, will take over as musical director and Daniel Chappell, a young pianist and composer will become accompanist.
●● Macclesfield Mydel Ladies choir performed a farewell concert for conductor Sheila Kent at Sutton St James Church