After working as our Accompanist for the past five years, Stuart Pass retired at the end of July. Chairman Evie Moralee presented him with a gift and card signed by members at the recent AGM. It has been a pleasure to work with him and he has always been a regular attendee at rehearsals and concerts
ThankYou, Stuart from us all. We wish you a Happy Retirement and know that you will now be able to spend more time in your garden and greenhouse.
The choir is delighted to welcome Alex Evans as Accompanist to start when we recommence in September. He has been attending rehearsals since April and has even played for one concert already. He took up Piano, Violin and Euphonium at Primary School - and started to play Hymns at school assembly after he was found playing the piano during break time! Throughout school and college he played solos and accompanied at most end of term concerts / productions, and also played piano from time to time at the local Youth Orchestra. He stopped playing piano after college to concentrate on brass, playing with a number of successful bands winning a number of National Titles and had the privilege of playing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005 against some of the best Brass Bands in the country. He now plays with North Skelton Band (Regional Champions) and will be playing with them when they take part in the National Finals in September. We wish them every success. After a 14 year break he decided to buy a keyboard and resumed lessons. Over the last 2 years he has taken a number of exams in Performance for Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Accompanying and Music Theory - gaining a distinction in each discipline. He plans to continue studying to better equip himself as an all round musician and performer. He is both proud and delighted to have been appointed as Accompanist for Billingham Choral Society, his first post of this kind. We look forward to working with him and are already planning a band and choir concert - watch out for details on our website.
During December 2017 we raised money for Bloodrun EVS and want to thank all who supported us and helped us to reach the grand total of £706.
The photo above shows Margaret, choir members, Bloodrun volunteers and staff in The Half Moon Inn in Billingham town centre
This picture shows Margaret presenting the cheque to Martin Dixon, with choir and Bloodrun EVS volunteers.
The Choral Society is very grateful for financial assistance to Hawkes Fire and The Ropner Trust
Through their generosity we are able to purchase new sets of music and pay for the hire of our rehearsal room.
It is hoped that the Choir will continue to flourish for many years to come, bringing pleasure to both singers and audiences in the area.