History

At the Fellowship Singers of Shirley we are proud of our Choral History and the choir still meets in the Hall where it originally met – although after 60 years there have been many changes – and we don’t just mean the uniform!

Proms Concert 2012

We formed in 1952 when a group of singers met on a Sunday evening to sing together for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.  Our ethos and enjoyment of singing is reflected in the fact that some people have moved away and returned – sometimes after a period of 20 years or more, and that we can boast longstanding continuous service from other members.  New members are always welcome and the vast majority of them stay with us once they’ve started.  You see, we take “Fellowship” very seriously!

The choir singing out in the local community

Over the years Concerts, Carol Singing and other fund raising activities have resulted in approximately forty five thousand pounds being donated to national and local charities. For example our 2018 Christmas Concert raised over £300 for Marie Curie and our Spring 2019 Concert raised over £230 for the Lily Mae Foundation.

Members of the choir present the Lily Mae Foundation with a cheque following our Spring 2019 concert.

The choir has been fortunate over the years with their Musical Directors and their longevity. The founding MD, John Wells, was with us for 15 years.  Since then we have been directed by Ian Piggott (15 years), Dominic Cain (5 years), Bob Yates, Betty Gibbs, Jean Hamilton (10 years), Alan Jones, Caroline Edwards (9 years) and Rosemary Worsley.

Proms Concert 2014 (photo credit: A.J. Pilkington, Manicks Productions).

 

Equally we have been fortunate to secure talented accompanists of varying ages over the life of the Choir. These include Caroline Edwards, Peter Flower, Fay Monypenny and Mark Edwin Arstall (6 years).

Mark Arstall is presented with chocolate for his beautiful accompanying at one of our Proms concerts.

 

We are currently in a transition period seeking to appoint a new Musical Director. Our Assistant Musical Directors are Louis Rawson and Liz Walker. Our Accompanist is Ruth Low (January 2019).

Members of the choir sing at our Christmas Concert 2018