James strikes chord with choir
A GROUP of amateur choir members enjoyed some singing tuition from a conductor from the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
On a special Singing Day, James Hendry, also a student in the Vocal Studies department at the Royal Northern College of Music and an accomplished tenor, helped Prestbury Choral Society members improve their singing technique.
James, described as ‘dynamic and inspirational’ by choir member Cynthia Crewe, led the choir in exploring the choruses and some of the arias of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation.
Using his experience from his studies as a ‘repetiteur’ – a pianist who works as an accompanist and vocal coach for an opera company, he helped the choir build on their singing ability.
Cynthia said: “James used his wide-ranging skills to wonderful effect in helping us to develop our singing technique.
“He showed us how we could change the character of the music through the subtle use of articulation and stress.
“He also demonstrated to us how it was possible to paint the words in a way that brought the music to life.
She added: “To finish there was a short performance for family and friends at the end of the day.
“Everyone came away from the experience on a high.
“We had just learned so much, and had a really good sing as well.
“Everyone really enjoyed an exciting, fun-filled day.”
The accomplished musician, who has sung with the choir before, will be joining the singers again for their next concert on Saturday, April 16 at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow, when they will perform Schubert’s Mass in A Minor and Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet.
Bach’s Violin Concerto in A will conclude the programme.
The choir, which was formed more than 50 years ago and has around 60 members, also performs regularly at St Peter’s Church in Prestbury.
To join the group, email prestburychoral@ ntlworld.com.
●● James Hendry, right, with James Pelham, Prestbury Choral Society’s accompanist, on the piano