The Wallace Singers spring concert
PUBLISHED: 11:43 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:43 18 April 2016
We caught up with The Wallace Singers, whose popular spring concert is in April
The Wallace Singers — for 35 years known as the Howard Wallace Chorale — are entering a period of exciting change this year.
Founder and now choir president, Howard Wallace, started this prestigious choir by taking it from a small group of just 18 singers to more than 90. Performing a wide range of music, from folk songs, opera excerpts, songs from the musicals and pop songs, they quickly established themselves as a popular group, known for its ‘wall of sound’.
After 25 years, Howard retired and handed the baton to Tim Rhys Morgan, who had been the choir accompanist for ten years.
However, in July 2015, Tim retired and the choir have now appointed a young professional choral conductor – Richard Harker.
It was decided that this was the right time (with Howard’s agreement) to have a name change to The Wallace Singers.
The choir is actively looking for new members to join them, so if you are a singer with basic knowledge of four-part harmony, come along. Rehearsals are on Monday nights at Becket Keys School in Brentwood. For more information, contact secretary Rosemary Lancaster-Clark on 01277 657623.
Ann, a member of The Wallace Singers, has been with the choir for more than 30 years. She says: ‘It has been a life-line. Whatever else was going on around me, I always looked forward to Monday rehearsals and have wonderful memories of a trip to Germany, being part of a large backing choir for Jean Michel Jarre at Wembley and singing with the combined Welsh choirs at the Royal Albert Hall. Making music and making friends, I have done both.’
The choir’s spring concert is on Saturday, April 23 at 7.30pm at the Anglo European School in Ingatestone.