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The Phoenix Singers adopted its new name in 1985, when the choir was re-born from the ashes of the former Leek High School Choir. Since then the choir has developed a varied repertoire, performing major choral works, small-scale pieces and contemporary music. It draws its membership from all parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands and beyond. A registered charity (no.1085474), it is a genuine community choir in that it welcomes anyone who enjoys singing. There are no auditions. Please click here if you are interested in joining the choir.
The choir has given many concerts both in this country and abroad, often with other singers and musicians, and has also collaborated on innovative projects. A Millennium award enabled the choir to commission a new work and to invite Joseph Horowitz to accompany his cantata Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo. Other partnerships have included a rare performance of the Indian cantata The Flames Of Lanka with Pro Musica; an acclaimed performance of Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio with Lichfield Cathedral Choristers; an Elizabethan Christmas concert with early music group Piva; several performances with the Ceramic City Choir and Manchester Camerata, most notably The Armed Man, conducted by the composer Karl Jenkins; the 2010 world premiere of Gawain and the Green Knight by Barry Russell (a BBC Choral Ambition Commission); concerts with the renowned folk artist Johnny Coppin ; and most recently two concerts with Keele Concert Band, which included the UK premiere of Jacob de Haan’s Missa Katherina. Recent concerts have also included a new cantata based on A Christmas Carol, with music composed and arranged by Ashley Thompson, and Brahms’ German Requiem, sung in English accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra of professional musicians.
The 2012 Christmas concert involved the choir and Young Phoenix in the premiere of a newly-composed cantata based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with words by actor/playwright Deborah McAndrew set to music by Ashley Thompson.
The choir has been involved with exchanges with choirs in France, Holland, Spain and Leek’s twin town of Este in Italy.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Phoenix Singers established "Young Phoenix" for 7-13 year olds, offering local children the opportunity to sing and make music together and also to take part in concerts with the senior choir.
Choir performances have been broadcast on both national and local radio, and the choir has made several recordings, including a CD of Christmas music, which was released at the end of 2011. For details see under ‘Recordings’. Examples of the choir’s performances can also be heard on YouTube, via the link below.
The Phoenix Singers with conductor Ashley Thompson in All Saints Church, Leek
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