Southwold concert for boys' and girls' choirs

Mary RuddSouthwold Parish Church will be hosting a real feast of music on Saturday when a concert is put on by the Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs.Mary Rudd

Southwold Parish Church will be hosting a real feast of music on Saturday when a concert is put on by the Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs.

If you have heard them before then you will probably want to make a return visit and if you have never heard them then I would recommend a trip to Southwold as a great way to hear the quality of these choirs and it is a little bit closer than a trip to Southend.

The two choirs will be conducted by Roger Humphrey and accompanied by Rosemary Pennington. The varied programme will range from work by Verdi and Rutter to Duke Ellington and Leonard Cohen.

Adding a little organ background on some pieces will be Stephen King who has family links with Norfolk.

His mother's family grew up in the Gressenhall area.

Stephen will be joining Rosemary for one piece, The Rhythm of Life, where they will play a piano duet accompaniment. Stephen, who is also a cousin of our family, has kindly played at many family occasions and his playing is always a great joy to listen to whether in a service situation or when playing a concert which he did a few years ago at Carbrooke Church.

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To give you some kind of flavour of the high quality of these two choirs, they have made several appearances at the BBC Proms and they also sang at the Association of British Choral Directors' annual convention in Lincoln last year - an occasion when the best of the choral singing world is on show.

The choirs are due to make at least three appearances at the Royal Albert Hall this year.

In addition to their own concerts and performances as two choirs, they do join together for special projects, recordings and some major tours. Last year, they did a tour to Australia and Singapore and made a number of radio and television broadcasts. For special occasions the choirs perform and record under their commercial label 'Angelis'.

The concert will start at 3pm on May 9 with no charge for admission. There will be a retiring collection in aid of St Barnabas, Southwold, which is a residential care home for the elderly.