Choir’s spe­cial farewell con­cert

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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