Eccles Community Choir

Eccles Community Choir started out as Eccles Singers in 2003 when it was part of Eccles College's Adult Provision. In September 2010, after amalgamation into Salford City College, that provision ceased and the choir became independently run and is now based at Eccles Gateway.

It meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.30 and is open to all regardless of age or musical ability at a cost of £30 per 10 week term. There are no auditions.

The classes include technique for improved breathing and voice production, learning new pieces from baroque to modern pop, refreshing older repertoire, much laughter and making new friendships. We also enjoy meals out together.

In 2007 we were privileged to work for a week with members of the BBC Philharmonic, cellist Matthew Barley and conductor Charles Hazelwood to produce a BBC Radio 3 broadcast in the Discovering Music series.

In 2009 the choir became part of the Salford Family Orchestra and Chorus which produced a piece of music which we performed at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and which was broadcast on Radio 3.

In 2010 the choir entered the Buxton Festival of Music and was awarded first prize against some very classy opposition!

In 2012 Salford Family Orchestra and Chorus performed its composition for Her Majesty the Queen when she opened Media City, Salford.

In May 2012 the choir won First Prize in the Chester Festival of Music. Two out of two!

Every year we perform concerts in Eccles Parish Church and at other venues. Our next concert is at the newly refurbished ECCLES TOWN HALL on Friday 19th July 7.30 p.m. Members of the choir who would like to are invited to sing solos and ensembles.

Angela has been Musical Director since the choir's inception. Our regular pianist is James Pelham.

For more details email the choir chairman, Annie Sykes: A.E.Sykes@salford.ac.uk

Harmony '96

Harmony '96 is an ad hoc choir which meets to sing major oratorio works. It began in 1996 as part of the Bramhall Christian Music Festival with Mendelssohn's "Elijah". Since then, the choir has performed "Messiah", Mozart's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's "Creation" and "Nelson Mass" and Vivaldi's "Gloria" (some of these have been performed several times!). "Elijah" was performed on the choir's 5th and 10th anniversaries.

In September 2012, Harmony '96 again sang Elijah, a year later than our 15th anniversary. The evening was a great success, and raised £1,000 for a student from Kolweny Kingsway High School, Kenya, to be sponsored through university by Rowley Projects' 'Hope Beyond Form 4' Scholarship Scheme

Harmony '96's last concert was Messiah, on Good Friday, 2013 at Bramhall Babtist Church. Newcomers are always welcome!

Our next concert is A Fauré evening. Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Vocalise Pavane and solos, on Saturday, September 21st 2013 at 7.00 p.m. at Bramhall Babtist Church. Newcomers are always welcome!

Contact angelarowley@ntlworld.com for more information or to be added to the mailing list. You can telephone 0161 440 9091.

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