EJFC AND LOUGHBOROUGH CHOIRS UNITE TO REMEMBER
The wonderful voices of the Loughborough Male Voice Choir are set to raise the roof when they make a rare appearance on the South Coast performing alongside the Edwin James Festival Choir in a ‘Time for Remembrance’ concert at the end of September.
The Loughborough choir have been known to James Rushman, Musical Director of the Edwin James Festival Choir, for many years. One of their members, Lyndon Gardner, has sung with the Littlehampton based community choir as a Tenor Soloist on three previous occasions. Rushman said, ’I invited the Loughborough Choir to come to the south coast and arranged for them to sing at St Mary the Virgin Church, Felpham on Friday, 27th September at 7.30pm with their own programme of music ‘Music is Life – That’s Why Hearts Have Beats.’ Rushman continued ‘On the following evening, the Loughborough Male Voice Choir and the Edwin James Festival Choir will perform a joint concert at St James Church, East Ham Road, Littlehampton on Saturday, 28th September. Loughborough will perform their last concert in the south at Cranleigh Methodist Church prior to returning home. The programme for the choirs joint concert ‘A Time for Remembrance’ with the Edwin James Festival Choir will reflect loss, hope, peace and reflection in what will be an overall celebration of memories of those no longer with us, including those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one’.
The Loughborough Male Voice Choir is a group of men who simply like to sing in the company of others and celebrated its fifty second year in 2019. Thirty five singers within a group of 60 including choir accompanist Becky Norton, will visit Sussex. When the previous conductor retired in 2006 due to ill health, Chris Hill took up the baton to become the Musical Director. He says ‘I have a very eclectic taste in music, everything from church organ Bach through folk, swing and 1960’s pop to jazz standards. My ideal job would have been as Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist.’ Chris Hill continued ‘I find it remarkable that a group of everyday people, many of whom cannot read music can, through practice and commitment produce sounds that touch listener’s lives. There is nothing quite like a male voice choir singing very quietly or with vigour and energy, to send shivers down your back. We are looking forward to singing with the Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra who we know are a well-respected, popular community choir.’
‘A Time for Remembrance’ Concert offers a varied programme of choral and orchestral numbers that are nostalgic, popular and religious including English and Welsh Hymns such as Jerusalem, the Anthem from Chess and songs from other musicals, some Faure and many more. The joint concert will be performed on Saturday, 28th September at St James Church, Littlehampton. Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, a unique charity providing ‘nursing care at home’ for local children who have a life-threatening illness or may be terminally ill. Based in the Chichester area, the charity offers also offers emotional and financial support to families coping with the day-to-day problems of having to care for a very sick child. The Trust funds two Paediatric Nurses and a Nursing Assistant who work closely with other teams involved in each child’s care such as hospital staff, teachers and social workers.
The Edwin James Festival Choir rehearse every Wednesday evening in St James Church Hall and new members are welcome. The choir’s Christmas Concert ‘Magic of Disney’ will be performed on 13th December at 7.30pm in aid of chosen charities and 14th December at 3pm in aid of choir funds.
Information provided by Maddie Wadley, The Edwin James Festival Choir
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