We were formed in January 2015 We are a Community Choir which means there are no auditions, all standards are welcome and you do not need to be able to read music.
Our hosts here at Lawn Farm are Richard and Hazel Padfield who both sing with us and generously offer this lovely facility at no cost to the choir.
We meet on Mondays at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. There is a mid-session interval at approx.. 8.30pm for 10 or 15 minutes and we finish at 9.30pm. Drinks are available at the interval (coffee/tea/soft drink plus biscuit for 50p)
We operate on a termly basis closely linked to school term times i.e. January to Easter; Easter to start of summer holidays; September to Christmas. Currently, the term fee is £35 payable by cash, cheque or BACS as you wish. New members are invited to have a free trial period with us for the first 4 weeks after which (if you choose to join) a reduced term fee will apply.
Our Music Director is Eric Klein who has a wealth of expertise for a wide range of music styles and our accompanist on the piano is Esme Jones. The music is purchased by the choir and is available on loan to members. There may also be music that can be purchased by choir members if they wish.
Music Director: Eric Klein
Eric holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, with a major in violin performance. He won the school’s prestigious concerto competition, performing a concerto by Saint Saens. His studies included both Classical and Commercial Composition and Conducting. He was a member of the first violin section of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, founder/leader of the Walt Whitman String Quartet, Concertmaster of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster and soloist for the New Hampshire Arts Jubilee Festival Orchestra. He was part of a group that revived the big band music of Paul Wightman, performing as leader playing the jazz violin parts of the legendary Joe Venuti. In addition to touring as a soloist and chamber musician, Eric has performed with a number of popular stars, including Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick and Henry Mancini. In the educational arena, Eric has worked as a teacher/conductor/choral director with students on many levels, from primary school through University, as a teacher of violin and viola, and as a chamber music coach, conductor and leader of Master Classes. He has also had a vocal training which has led to many singing opportunities, mainly in Musical Theater, and has led several choirs, both youth and adult.
Since 2000, when Eric landed in England, he has continued to perform, compose and teach. He was the Head of Music at the Highclare School in Erdington, Birmingham, and has created a music program at the Glasshouse College, a Ruskin Mill Further Education Center in Amblecote, Stourbridge, for students with special needs. In August 2003 Eric performed his own composition for solo violin and eurythmy at the international Cambridge Music Conference. In June/July 2005, Eric was the music director of a new production of Peer Gynt in which he composed and arranged the music and led the band. He is presently working as a musician, music education consultant, teacher and choral director, giving concerts and workshops around the country.
Esme Jones our regular piano accompanist
A smaller group of the choir enjoy singing in the community and so far have performed at Hartpury Methodist Club, two local care homes and have been invited to a visually impaired group. Their success is growing and is run by three of our talented members. Please use our contact details for information.