Next concert: Dixit Dominus, Jephte, and Pergolesi’s Magnificat – Saturday 2nd April
The Hythe Singers is a small and enthusiastic group of amateur singers. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings during term time, from 7:30pm – 9:45pm, currently at St. Jude’s Junior School in Englefield Green, as our usual venue at The Hythe Centre, Egham Hythe, is being used by the NHS. We give three concerts a year.
Our next concert will allow us – finally! – to perform Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Carissimi’s Jephte, and Pergolesi’s Magnificat – which we had hoped to sing as our spring concert in 2020. Fingers crossed that COVID will not intervene this time!
If you are looking for a choir to be part of please contact us. We have vacancies in all parts, but are particularly recruiting for tenors and basses.
We perform a wide and varied repertoire, from arrangements of popular songs to music by classical composers from the 12th to the 21st century. You can hear some of our favourite pieces recorded before and during lockdown on our YouTube channel.
In recent years, the choir has performed and commissioned a number of works by young contemporary composers, mostly for unaccompanied voices.
In rehearsals we work hard, paying attention to detail and developing our vocal technique. But we also have fun. We want everyone to enjoy the experience of singing together whilst achieving a high standard.
Our musical director, Richard Harker, is also musical director of Hampton Choral Society, Bath Spa University Chamber Choir, the Wallace Singers, APPS Singers and Teatime Opera. He is chorus master for Opera Holland Park and singing lead at Beechview Academy, High Wycombe.
Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize. He read music at, and was organ scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he received the Swinburne Prize.
We are also supported by our assistant musical director, Emma Warren, a graduate in music from the University of Birmingham, now studying for a Masters in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
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