9 Jul 2012
" . . . . . Saturday was a fabulous evening of music and celebration at St Saviour's to mark the Queen's Jubilee.
Thank you for asking me to be part of it. "
Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE, President of Birkenhead Choral Society
11 Feb 2011
The following review appeared in the March 2011 edition of the Wirral Champion in the ‘Dowager’s Diary'
written by June Lancelyn Green MBE
St Saviour's Church, Oxton, was the setting for a memorial to a great Wirral Resident, Michael Hamm. Two conductors, Jim Wrightson (who played the organ) and David Holroyd with baton came together with the Birkenhead Choral Society and the Hoylake Choral Society (alphabetical order) to celebrate in a concert of some of Michael's favourite music. We were welcomed by David Horton. Tony Woodhead gave a spoken tribute to this distinguished musician and conductor, who studied in Rome and Venice, has played for Her Majesty and been associated with many choirs. Soloists were Gordon Pullin, tenor (conductor of Hoylake for two years) and Paddy Latham, bass, accompanied by Pamela Clements.
29 Jun 2008
For those used to attending concerts by local choral societies, the expectation is that there will more often than not be an organist accompanying the singers. Many of us then who attended Birkenhead Choral Society’s recent concert at St Saviour’s church were duly amazed to find not just one organist performing – but three! This however was an unusual concert in more ways than one, in that the evening given to the music of predominantly 19th Century French composers.
24 Apr 2008
From the Formby Times, April 24th 2008:
Choral delights from Formby Choral Society
A TRIUMPH.” “Wonderful.” “Exhilarating.” “Very moving.”
These were typical of the many complimentary comments I heard from members of the audience after Saturday’s concert in which the Formby Choral Society joined with the Birkenhead Choral Society and the choristers of Merchant Taylors’ School to perform what are arguably the two finest choral compositions of the last 50 years.
24 Nov 2007
“What is your favourite piece of music?” Quite often the correct response is “The one I heard last.” On Saturday evening Birkenhead Choral Society presented their Autumn Concert at St Saviour’s Church, Oxton . Three pieces of 18th Century Church music made up their attractive programme and perhaps demonstrated the truth of this reply.
They began with the well-known and well-loved Vivaldi Gloria. A splendid start – the choir threw down the challenge: “Don’t you dare ignore us!” They attacked it with confidence and after the loud declamatory first movement, demonstrated many of the more subtle aspects of choral singing: controlled contrasts, crescendo and diminuendo, staccato and legato to name but a few. The choir were aided by a team of soloists provided by the Royal Northern College of Music and accompanied by an orchestra of professionals, assembled and led by Arfona Griffiths.
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