Suffolk Singers – Summer Serenade

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Date(s) - 29/06/2019
7:30 pm

Aldeburgh Parish Church




CLAIRE WESTON (soprano)   JAMIE JOHN HUTCHINGS (piano / organ)

Claire and John give a recital of songs by Britten, Grieg, and Clara Schumann,
followed by a programme of choral favourites
by Fauré, Stanford and MacMillan sung by Suffolk Singers

7.30pm, Saturday 29th June 2019
Aldeburgh Parish Church, Victoria Rd, Aldeburgh IP15 5DU

Tickets £10 each from, or Roger Robinson (01394 279907)     Registered Charity No 1182547

Claire Weston, Soprano and Musical Director of Suffolk Singers
Claire graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1996 and joined English National Opera in 1999 as Principal Artist. Her time at ENO included roles such as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte and soprano soloist in a staged production of Verdi’s Requiem.
Over the years Claire has won many prestigious awards including the Bayreuth Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Great Britain. Claire relocated to Framlingham in Suffolk and discovered a great talent for teaching, joining the Music Department of Woodbridge School where she is Head of Singing alongside her busy freelance career as a teacher and recitalist.
She became Music Director of Suffolk Singers in 2009. Alongside her burning passion for music-making and technique, she is an excellent cook, and can often be spied around Suffolk walking her dogs.

Jamie John Hutchings, teacher, organist and composer
John was educated at Exeter School and then at Royal Holloway (University of London), where he was organ scholar. He has held organist positions at Chichester Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral, and has taught music in the state and independent schools. As a choral conductor, he has taken choirs across the country, including regular visits to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Ely Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and on tour to Paris, Rome and The Vatican.
John is currently the Schools’ Instrumental Music Lead Officer for Essex, and teaches at Junior Trinity at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. As composer, John’s works have been performed across the world, including an arrangement of “Abide with me” performed for the Luxembourg National Day celebrations at Cathedrale Notre-Dame in the presence of Grand Duke Henri and the Royal Family as well as being broadcast on international television. John has composed several pieces for Suffolk Singers.
As organist, John regularly gives performances; for example he has performed for SkyTV, BBC radio, television, for the Music For Youth Schools’ Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and for the All Saints’ Day masses at the Vatican.

Suffolk Singers
Suffolk Singers, founded in 1991, is a largely a cappella choir with a wide repertoire of music, both sacred and secular. The choir generally performs four or five concerts a year, both locally in some of Suffolk’s most beautiful churches and further afield in prestigious venues such as the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in London, Binham Priory and the cathedrals of Ely and Norwich. Suffolk Singers has enjoyed choir trips abroad to sing in Ireland and Belgium; the latter included the privilege of being selected to sing at the Menin Gate during the daily evening Last Post Ceremony. As ‘something completely different’ the choir has performed alongside G4 at the Ipswich Regent and has recorded for SkyArts with Richard E Grant for Tate Britain. In 2018, the choir was honoured to be invited to join a massed International Choir performing in New York, an event attended by 10 of our singers who took part in a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s “Dreamweaver” and “Song of the Universal” at Carnegie Hall. Suffolk Singers won the Wightman Cup for best adult choir in 2012 and in 2014 participated in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, having qualified to take part in the Choir of the World competition.

In addition to performing concerts, Suffolk Singers encourages the love of singing in the wider public through annual choral workshops which are designed to teach technique as well as providing an occasion to enjoy singing with other people. Under the energising direction of Claire, and a warm welcome by Suffolk Singers, an average of 100 participants gather each year to spend a day rehearsing, socializing and ultimately performing a piece of repertoire in front of a live audience. The workshops are highly popular and participants come from all over Suffolk and beyond.
The Suffolk Singers can be heard on YouTube and also on their website