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, 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.


Committee

Chair - Bruce Randall

Musical Director - Andrew Wyndham

Secretary - Tim James

Treasurer - Penny Randall
Publicity - Veronica Bacon

Librarian - Rachel Leslie


Sopranos

Sally Biles, Liz Brown, Karyn French, Nicola Judd, Rachel Leslie, Emily Massiah, Penny Randall, Laura Sinclair-Smith, Tor Warburton


Altos

Veronica Bacon, Melanie Haydon, Eleanor Jakeman, Kathy Percival, Amanda Poulton


Tenors

Dave Morris, Chris Way


Basses

David Haydon, Tim James, David Klee, Ray Lucas, James Massiah, Bruce Randall, Nigel Sacree