THIS IS WHAT SOME OF OUR CHOIR MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEMSELVES AND SINGING
WITH HARLOW CHORUS.
Shenagh (Alto) - I am a senior Social Worker with Essex County Council working with Adults who experience both physical and/or learning impairments. I have been singing with Harlow Chorus on and off for over 30 years and it is a big part of my life. I always look forward to Monday night rehearsals and come away feeling uplifted and refreshed even after a difficult day at work.I love the range of music we sing, the opportunity to learn some very challenging pieces, and then perform them to a very high standard, which we usually do.
I value the professionalism of our conductor Alex and accompanist Sue, and the camaraderie of the many good friends I have made over the years in the choir. I also enjoy the various events we have throughout the year and the fun we have socially together. The choir feels like part of my extended family, and I hope to continue being a member for many years to come!
Angela (Alto) - At the age of 8, I wanted to learn the cello - but my parents were informed that I had no musical potential (!) After kicking up an undignified fuss, I was eventually accepted by a violin teacher, and I have never looked back! Over the years, sharing music with other people has given me a huge amount of pleasure, especially orchestral playing (in my teens) and then, later on, Irish traditional fiddle (which is still my main musical focus, and mostly learned by ear).
At Harlow Chorus, from within the lively and confident alto section, I've been able to return to high-end classical music and gradually re-equip myself with the music-reading skills I learned as a youngster. My first concert with Chorus was a performance of Handel's Messiah at King's College, Cambridge, in 2009. The sound of the final Amen, which continued to echo around and around the building long after we finished, was amazing, and I'll remember that moment forever.
Liz (Soprano) - I was born in Scotland, grew up in Australia, where I did an Outward Bound mountain and river course when I was 19, and spent ten years working in Paris as a bilingual secretary. I now work in a publishing company as a Desk Editor on textbooks for undergraduates.
I’ve been with the Harlow Chorus for 7 years so it can’t be a five-minute wonder! The Bach B Minor Mass that we performed in July 2012 as part of the Thaxted Festival was the most challenging piece I’ve ever had to learn, and gave me a great sense of achievement and a new appreciation for Bach!
Although I enjoy the summer break, I can’t wait to get back to choir and start on the new music.
Nathan (Tenor) - I’m 37 and sing 1st tenor in the choir. I initially heard about the choir through a music teacher colleague and knew of another tenor friend who wanted to join. I arrived just in time for the last two concerts of the 2011/2012 season and have found both the leadership and musical direction of the chorus to be outstanding. Bach’s B minor mass in July 2012 was a sheer privilege to be part of.
Many of us enjoy a beer or two and almost all indulge in tea and cake at every possible opportunity. Harlow Chorus is a warm and friendly bunch of people who take their music seriously.
Rosie (Alto) - When I moved to the Harlow area for my job I knew nobody. I was encouraged to join Harlow Chorus by a work colleague as I had always sung in choirs before, though had no formal music training. That was 34 years ago. In that time I have been on some fantastic overseas tours including Israel, Italy and France.
I have sung in some brilliant venues including the Festival Hall and have made some lifelong friends. I still look forward to Monday rehearsals as they are both enjoyable and challenging.
Alan (Tenor) - I'm 37 and have been in the choir for a couple of years now having joined to sing the Monteverdi Vespers in Ely Cathedral, but have stayed ever since! Outside the choir, I am the Director of Finance for a International law firm based in the City, therefore enjoy the escape from the day to day pressures of work which I get from the 2.5 hours rehearsal each Monday evening.
I trained as a choirboy from the age of 11 continuing to sing in church and school choirs until I went to University. Since then I have sung in several shows, including Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar, but had forgotten the camaraderie and feeling of teamwork you get from being a part of a big choir like Harlow Chorus.
Gaynor (Alto) - As a long standing member I can honestly say it just gets "better and better" belonging to Harlow Chorus. By day I work with pupils with "challenging behaviour", to de stress I find that the challenges that I welcome from the wonderful range of music we tackle, followed by a convivial pint to ease the vocal chords, there is no better!
Meirion (Tenor) - Having spent all my working life as a head teacher in and around London, I have sung with male voice choirs and then Hertfordshire Chorus for many years.
I knew of Harlow Chorus because both choirs had sung together under Michael Kibblewhite, so I didn't need much encouragement to join a couple of years ago and have enjoyed myself hugely.