Past Performances

Duruflé Requiem & Grieg Piano Concerto

Sat, 27 Apr 2024

Christmas Concert

Sat, 16 Dec 2023

Johnny Coppin & The Phoenix Singers in concert

Sat, 10 Jun 2023

A Song for all Seasons

Sat, 1 Apr 2023

In Every Corner Sing

Sat, 15 Oct 2022
Leek Post & Times review

'Wonderful evening by Phoenix Choir'

As mayor I attended the concert given by the Phoenix Choir to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

The concert in Trinity Church was well attended and the audience were in for a treat.

The music was great and offered proof what an outstanding hymn writer RVW was.

The setting of the George Herbert poems in Five Mystical songs was excellent and as I remarked at the end of the concert the third song was the poem “Love bade me welcome” was the poem we had read at our wedding in April 2015 at St Edwards.

The undoubted highlight was conductor Ashley and his son Joe’s playing of George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue". I am sure that it will linger long in the memory.

I pointed out in my closing remarks the strong association that RVW had with North Staffordshire as his mother was a Wedgwood and in old age the composer bore a strong resemblance to his great great grandfather Josiah Wedgwood

So, I think the area can claim a pottery shard of the grand old man of English classical music

A wonderful evening with great singers and proof of the power of music in what is a very musical town.

Just before the Second War, Vaughan Williams set to music the words of Shakespeare from the Merchant of Venice which summed up our situation in Trinity on an October night:

"Here we will sit and let the sounds of music creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night become the touches of sweet harmony"

Cllr Bill Cawley Mayor of Leek


The Queen's Shoulders at All Saints Church, Hanley

Sun, 5 Jun 2022

The Queen's Shoulders at Trinity Church

Sat, 4 Jun 2022

Come & Sing

Sat, 19 Mar 2022
On Saturday 19th March the Phoenix Singers had great fun at our "Come & Sing" day at St Luke's church, Leek. We were joined in learning Ashley Thompson's "New Gloria" by both visiting singers and Young Phoenix.. 

After an in depth workshop during the morning and first part of the afternoon, we were able to showcase our new found skills with a public performance for friends and family.

Originally written as a millennium project celebrating the past, the future and two thousand years of Christendom, New Gloria takes the original material of Vivaldi's Gloria and reworks it into contemporary pop. The material has been freely adapted to suit the new idiom - the original sacred text, dating from the ninth century, together with the energy of the modern grooves, creates an electrifying fusion full of both vigour and pathos.

Born out of the sacred text, Vivaldi's masterpiece moved and delighted the audiences of its day. Likewise, New Gloria, whilst not pretending to be a replacement or improvement on the original (nor should it), respectfully and intelligently places the work in the soundscape of the modern listener without dumbing down Vivaldi's inspired intent. As you listen, experience the awe and intimacy, the mystery and majesty and draw fresh inspiration from the music of Vivaldi's Gloria.

Tidings of Joy

Sat, 11 Dec 2021
Tidings of Joy, our Christmas concert was much enjoyed.

Carol Singing at the Twilight Market in the Trestle Market in Leek

Fri, 3 Dec 2021

A Christmas Carol

Wed, 11 Dec 2019
“A Christmas Carol”  our Christmas Cantata was performed  by the choir twice last year on Dec 11th at Altrincham Methodist Church and Dec 21st. at Biddulph Parish Church

Christmas Carol Cantata exerpts

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