The Twyford Singers sang to a full church of over 170 people on 10 December to sing
excerpts from The Messiah, some Carols and other seasonal songs. This concert
was particularly poignant as we were also paying tribute to two long standing and
much loved choir members who died recently.
Twyford Singers dedicated our performance at St Mary’s Church, Twyford, to Alan Glenny
of Twyford and David Brown of Reading who died recently aged 74. Coincidentally,
they were born and died within a few days of each other.
Twyford Singers chairman, Lloyd Scrivener, said afterwards: “It was wonderful to
have such a magnificent audience, particularly as we were remembering Alan and David.
We were also thinking of our singer who is ill in the United States at the moment.”
Musical director Helen Styles said: “The choir sang really well. It’s so much more
fun singing when there is a full church.” She said their performances of the carol
‘There is no Rose’, with its 15th century words, and Welsh carol, ‘Rhosyn Duw’
were especially atmospheric.
Alto Sue Thomas’ solos in Handel’s Messiah were “really beautiful and musical”.
Accompanist Judith Creighton’s playing was “beautiful, just fantastic,” said Helen.
Trumpeter, Gregor Spowart of Woodley Concert Band and Sandhurst Silver Band, drew
praise for his exuberant and soaring accompaniment in The Messiah.
The audience joined in enthusiastically with some of the more familiar carols. Audience
member Barbara Reid, visiting from Glasgow, said: “It was a superb concert, beautiful.
There was lovely singing, enthusiasm and expertise. The choir looked as though they
were enjoying it.”
David Brown, as concert manager, introduced the Singers’ performances for many years.
He was a member from 1987.
Alan Glenny, a member for over 12 years, helped produce audio records of concerts.
Our chairman, Lloyd Scrivener, introduced the concert, paying tribute to David
Musical Director, Helen Styles
Listen to two of the pieces of music from the concert.
Our choir, formed over 50 years ago, has grown from strength to strength since Helen
Styles became its Musical Director in 2011. Twyford Singers’ Palm Sunday concert
is on April 9, 2017 at St Marys Church, Wargrave
We are holding a charity Bridge Drive on Wednesday, May 3rd at Charvil Village Hall. Keep this date in your diaries.