James strikes chord with choir

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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

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