Fleetwood Choral Society

 

WELCOME TO

Fleetwood & District Choral Society

Please read about who we are and what we do.
If you enjoy singing, come along and join in a rehearsal to see what it's like!

                                                                                                                                                              Covid 19 
The Committee held an online meeting on Friday 17th July to discuss the current situation. It was agreed, with regret, that rehearsals would not restart until January 2021

 As you are aware, the Covid19 situation is constantly changing and the Committee are continuing to meet online and monitor advice given by the Government, which is available to read on the Government website.  After much deliberation we have come to the sad decision to postpone restarting rehearsals until January 2021. Currently there is no relaxation of restrictions for meeting, and there are so many things that would need to be sorted that we cannot see we would be able to do this in the next months. This is a paragraph from the Government website:

“This document has been prepared by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in consultation with representatives of the performing arts sector, Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and whilst research is ongoing. DCMS has commissioned further scientific studies to be carried out to develop robust scientific data for these activities. Existing and emerging evidence will be analysed to assist the development of policy and guidelines.
Organisations have a duty of care to volunteers and non-professionals to ensure as far as reasonably practicable they are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. This guidance around working safely during COVID-19 should ensure that volunteers and non-professionals are afforded the same level of protection to their health and safety as employees and the self-employed.
People should continue to socially distance from those they do not live with wherever possible. Social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than two households (indoors and out) or up to six people from different households (if outdoors).
It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces).”

We hope you understand why we have made this decision and that you will support us in this. Further information will be posted as soon as anything changes. 


One aim of the Society is “To offer training in choral singing whilst exploring a wide repertoire of choral music and promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of singing”. We hope that we are achieving that aim. 

Margaret Young

It is with some sadness that we say good bye to our MD who is leaving us for new ventures in Thailand. Members of the committee met her on Cleveleys Promenade (socially distanced of course). We presented her with a Mollard baton in an engraved box which we hope will remind her of the time she has spent with us, and a card especially for her! She will be greatly missed by us all, we have had some exciting times together and achieved some great things especially for our 50th anniversary concert. We wish her well in her new position and hope that we will see her again soon when she visits the UK.

We have appointed Kevin Morgan as our new MD, but as we unable to start rehearsals yet this is on a provisional basis pending starting work together.

Here is a message from Margaret to all our members:

I really wish that I was stood in front of you all right now but the present situation has made it impossible for me to say my farewells (which some may say is a blessing in disguise)?!
My first ever experience of Fleetwood Choral was listening to you singing in Rossall Chapel under the direction of Stuart Corrie; until then I had always steered well clear of anything which had a Choral Society element, but Stuart saved a frontline seat for me and I couldn’t let him down. I have to say that I really enjoyed your singing... not only was it in tune and well rehearsed but it was energetic and alive! It’s funny how things seem to fall into line because, had it not been for that evening I would never have agreed to step in for Alistair back in 2010 and certainly would never have become your MD... so thank you Stuart!!
Talking about how things fall into place, so the next chapter of my life suddenly sprang upon me completely out of the blue and, being the impulsive person you know I am, I seized the moment... Carpe Diem!!
I have no idea how long Charlie and I will survive in Thailand (I must be one of the only people in the world who emigrates without actually knowing the country we are going to), but I will keep in touch with you and will expect a good seat in the concerts I can attend 😆

I am very proud to be handing over the baton to Kevin; you’re an amazing group to work with and I have absolutely no doubt that you will continue to grow with Kevin’s expertise and fantastic humour.

Thank you all for being such an enormous delight to work with; stay in touch, stay safe and God Bless you all.

Our 50th anniversary concert was held on Saturday 16th November at the Marine Hall where we performed Walton's Belshazzar's Feast and Last Night of the Proms. We were joined by the Youth Choir, Rossall School Chapel Choir and Sinfonia North West. A great night had by all, thanks to everyone who supported us. 

Photos from the concert can be seen on the Gallery page

Here are some video clips too.

50th anniversary Last Night of the PromsThe Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves



 Listen to our choir singing here

"Ave Verum" - Mozart

Youtube

 

 

Margaret E. Young

OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Margaret was born in Preston in 1968. After achieving a distinction in her Grade 8 clarinet at the age of 11, Margaret went on to study under Neville Duckworth at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. In the 8 years that she spent there she also studied violin with Benedict Holland, piano with John Gough and composition with Anthony Gilbert. At the age of 18 Margaret was awarded places at the four Royal Schools of Music but declined them to start her own music school, Ribble Academy of Music. Whilst bringing up a family Margaret managed to run the business, which boasted some 60 pupils, perform freelance as a solo clarinettist with pianist Philip Kubilius and as part of a wind quintet, Ensemble Elan, attain a BMus(hons) in Contemporary Composition and LTCL and LRSM in performance on the clarinet. From 1992 Margaret began her teaching career in schools and gained experience working with all age ranges from 4 at St. Pius Xth Preparatory School to 18 at Westholme School for Girls. She continued her solo and ensemble performances and also became Solo Clarinet in the Lancashire Artillery (V) Band in Bolton. In 1997 Margaret began her career as Director of Music at Cardinal Newman College where she was to stay for the next nine years before moving across to Rossall School in 2006. Under Margaret’s enthusiastic Directorship the Chapel Choir has participated in numerous cathedral tours both in the UK and abroad including being choir in residence at both Washington National Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.


 

All future concerts have been cancelled
until further notice

DETAILS ON OUR CONCERT PAGE

The Committee

President: His Worship the Mayor of Wyre

The Society is run by a committee of members who meet monthly. 
The Chair is elected to serve for a period of 2 years.

Chair: Sue Woodhouse
Vice Chair: Vacant
Secretary: Di Stenson
Treasurer: Paul Raynor
Musical Director: Margaret E. Young
Accompanist: David Chadwick
Patrons: Jackie Stott
Publicity: 
Librarian: Ann McCarthy
Concert logistics officer: Helen Mair
Tenor/bass rep: Neal Thornton
Social Committee Chair: Kath Burn
 Web : Sue Woodhouse

Would you like to sing with us?

Come along and see what we do and who we are!!
All voices welcome and no audition required.

Practices take place on Friday evenings 7:30 - 9:30 at Trinity Baptist Church, Poulton Rd, Fleetwood, FY7 7AW 

We meet from September to June and the fees are £90 split into two payments of £45 in September and £45 in January.
Full time students are FREE.
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