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, narrative or spiritual dimension have become a feature of programmes in recent years. The group often performs for local community or charity events.
Accompanied by orchestra, instrumental group or organ, the Singers have also given successful chamber performances of more substantial choral works. These have included the Handel Coronation Anthems, the Requiems of Fauré, Rutter and Walford Davies, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Credo, the Haydn ‘Little Organ Mass’, Schubert’s Mass in G and the Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat. The group has twice collaborated with the London period-orchestra Linden Baroque.
Chairman - Bruce Randall
Secretary - Tim James
Treasurer - Penny Randall
Publicity - Veronica Bacon
Readings - Geraldine McCaulder
Librarian - Rachel Leslie
The musical directors
Sally Biles, Liz Brown, Karyn French, Nicola Judd, Rachel Leslie, Emily Massiah, Penny Randall, Laura Sinclair-Smith, Tor Warburton
Veronica Bacon, Melanie Haydon, Eleanor Jakeman, Kathy Percival, Amanda Poulton
Dave Morris, Chris Way
David Haydon, Tim James, David Klee, Ray Lucas, James Massiah, Nigel Sacree