The group was formed originally in 1971 with friends getting together to sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of an antique portable harmonium. The instrument itself has long been left behind but the group has gone from strength to strength and established itself as a successful local chamber choir.
Often singing without accompaniment, the Harmonium Singers specialise in smaller-scale choral repertoire from the 16th century to the present day, both sacred and secular. Thoughtful sequences of words and music with a particular theme or spiritual dimension have become a feature of programmes. The group often performs for local community or charity events in and around Andover. For more details see About us.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT RAISES OVER £1800 FOR HOSPICE
Our carol concert on Saturday 15 December at St Mary's Church, Andover (see photo left) raised over £1800 for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. The choir handed over the cheque to clinical matron Sarah McGaughey in early January. Veteran broadcaster Bruce Parker read at the concert and also spoke about the work of the Hospice, of which he is a trustee.
Bruce Randall, the choir’s musical director, said: “We were delighted with the outcome of this concert and it was marvellous to have the help and support of a well-known face and voice in Bruce Parker. People love Christmas music and it’s even better when there’s such a worthy cause to support. We also sang in the Hospice itself, plus the main hospital and a care home.”
Pictured below at the Hospice, with new building work in the background, are Bruce Randall (right) along with Sarah McGaughey and Bruce Parker.