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A great Come and Sing day conducted by the simply wonderful Simon Halsey.

'We raised the roof with Mozart's Requiem'  said Tim Robinson


Sue Styles, Helmsley Chamber Choir

            On 20th February 2016, I was privileged to be among the 150 or so singers who flocked to Helmsley’s All Saints Church from as far away as Teesside and Birmingham, to take part in a choral workshop under the guidance of world-renowned choral conductor Simon Halsey, CBE. The music was Mozart’s haunting ‘Requiem’.

             This was a return visit to Helmsley for Simon Halsey, who is, among many other roles, Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and we were fortunate indeed that he dedicated a day to us out of his busy schedule. 

            Some of those present had sung the work before, but all were put at their ease by Simon’s assured, easy-going teaching style, and it did not take long for the huge choir to gel and to produce a wonderfully balanced sound, with masterful organ accompaniment by the Right Reverend Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby.

            Expertly organised by Erica Zarb, the day went smoothly and far too quickly, ending with a moving performance in front of a substantial audience, which appreciated not only the chorus but also the four promising young soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music.




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