From our archives: Recalling choirs of all shapes and sizes
PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:00 31 January 2016
Communal singing, from footballers to school choirs and classical choruses, is the theme of this week’s archive feature drawn, as ever, from the EDP’s extensive photo collection.
Recalling choirs of all shapes and sizes...
The Norwich Philharmonic Society chorus rehearses Vaughan Williamss Sea Symphony for its first concert of the new year in 1952. Seen here are the basses, 100 voices in all, who were directed by Dr Heathcote Statham
A Kings Lynn school choir practises for its part in the Kings Lynn Festival in July 1962.
The Broadland Singers visited Rouen in May 1963 under the command of Mrs Angela Dugdale. The choir was composed of 18 members, nine men and nine women, and sang in a converted church in the French city to an audience of more than 200 enthusiastic music lovers.
The Hewett School choir from Norwich went on a tour of Luxembourg in January 1971 arranged by their headmaster, Dr Walter Roy. The choir was formed by well-known music teacher Eileen Last and comprised 14- to 18-year-olds. Before they set off, the choir performed six times on Anglia TV. The girls made their own dresses for their European tour.
Having just secured the Second Division championship, the 17-strong Norwich City Football Clubs first-team squad, led by captain Duncan Forbes, visited the Norwood Rooms, on Aylsham Road, Norwich for a recording session of their latest team song The Canaries. Director of music on the day in May 1972 was Norwich bandleader Chic Applin.
Members of the festival choir of Notre Dame School, Norwich, at Blackfriars Hall during a choral concert in aid of St. Margarets Church Hall building fund in December 1977. The conductor was Vyvyan Morris.
Twenty-two Norwich Barber Shop Singers, with their conductor, Douglas Clark, are pictured boarding a coach for a visit to London in October 1978. They were taking part in a charity concert to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research and were due to sing to audiences of more than 600 at two separate concerts at Battersea Town Hall.
The Sovereign Singers present a concert at Norwichs St Marys Baptist Church in April 1981.
The Norwich Womens Soul Choir in full flight competing in the Evening News Busking Contest in August 1986. The 18-strong choir made it to the finals where they were up against seven other acts and won first prize, consisting of £100 and a trophy.
Our final picture is of a rehearsal of Brahmss German Requiem by the Wymondham Choral Society with outgoing music director Keith Shaw, who was due to take his last bow at Attleborough Parish Church in April 1983.
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