About us

May 2017.  It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Norman Howarth.  He was a stalwart of the choir for many years, not only as a bass singer, but also with all the help and support he gave to the choir. His memorial service will be held in St Peter Mancroft Church on Thursday 25th May at 1.30 pm.

I am sure many of the previous Anglian Singers will wish to attend.  We also send our condolences to Margery, who herself was a stalwart of the choir as soprano, accompanist and musical director.






October 2016.  We have seen the return of Sally Crockford (Soprano), John Canham (Tenor) and Ruth Canham.  Anita (Soprano) and Mike (Bass) Wood have joined us, as have Mary George, Caryl Carr.  They are most welcome.

Sybil Davey and Deborah Clarke have retired from the choir and we wish them both well for the future.

 
The choir was first formed as a madrigal group in the late 1940’s by Alice Peters and as it grew in numbers it was renamed The Anglian Singers.  It is currently a mixed voice choir of about thirty members and specializes in both ‘a cappella’ and accompanied singing of both sacred and secular works, ranging from the 16th century to the present day.

 

The choir has a wide repertoire, from motets and madrigals to folk songs, traditional and more recent carols, as well as sacred music for church Matins and Evensong services.

 

Members of the choir are drawn from a wide area surrounding Norwich and they rehearse each Monday evening from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm.  They give regular concerts and recitals in churches, church halls and other similar venues throughout Norfolk, upon invitation. In addition to raising funds to buy music and to cover their own running costs, they assist in raising funds for charitable purposes on occasions such as flower festivals, anniversaries, organ and church restoration appeals.  The Anglian Singers have sung services in Norwich Cathedral, St Peter Mancroft Church and St Edmundsbury Cathedral during the temporary absences on holiday of the regular choirs.

 

Kate Trett, who had been our Musical Director since January 2006, resigned from the choir due to pressure of work. She had done splendid work for us for 9 years; but teaching all day and then coming to direct the choir was beginning to tell.  We thank her very much for her efforts, and love and best wishes have been sent to her; now we hear that her husband, Chris, is seriously ill in hospital, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

In 2015 we said goodbye to Hilary King who died following a stroke.  She had been a member of the Anglian Singers for a good thirty years or more.


 
John Barham, BMus, ARCM, Musical Director and Resident Composer.
John trained at the University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Music.  After teaching in Birmingham for a couple of years, he went to Ghana in Africa where he was Head of Music at the prestigious Achimota School.  In 1976 he became Head of Music at Island School, Hong Kong, run by the English Schools Foundation.  John remained in Hong Kong until 1999 when he came to live just outside Norwich, and was persuaded, together with his wife Judy, a soprano, to join the Anglian Singers.  John sings in the Bass section when required.  He loves composing, and has produced and arranged several pieces specifically for the Anglian Singers over the last few years.  He has now taken over as Musical Director of the Anglian Singers.
 
Our latest new members are Cathy Norris and Ginnie Miller, both sopranos, and the return of Stephen Huntley, bass, and we welcome them. We are also lucky to have been joined  by Marion Flaxman, who is a superb musician and now accompanies the choir.  Having played her flute with us for two concerts, Claire Reeve has now joined the choir.  She is most welcome.


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