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|Posted on 22 September, 2014 at 17:10|
Having successfully led worship at Llandaff Cathedral in July, the Spectrum Singers close the summer season by moving from the diocese’s principal venue to its smallest, with an atmospheric evening of words and music at St Lawrence Church, Lavernock Point on Saturday, September 27 at 6pm.
The picturesque church is rarely open to visitors despite its prominent spot at the site where Marconi successfully transmitted the first wireless message in 1897. The evening’s programme pays homage to the venue’s link to radio history with a collection of readings chosen and performed by Shelagh Greenland, a veteran of live dramas broadcast on BBC Radio.
Returning to the intimate setting of St Lawrence will be a poignant occasion for the chamber choir. The singers were preparing for a midsummer concert hosted by the church in June 2013 but were forced to cancel when their late musical director, Stuart Edwards, was taken fatally ill.
‘In many ways the concert will be an act of remembrance for the choir,’ said Suzanne Jones, soprano. ‘Stuart is ever present in the music as all of our pieces were arranged by him and his clever harmonies remain a joy for us to sing.’
The choir is also looking towards the future, however, with the fresh input of its musical director, David Hutchings, who is challenging the choristers to produce a high level of singing. Spectrum is therefore using the concert to launch an appeal for new voices, particularly tenors and basses, as the Penarth-based a cappella group is keen to add to its number.
Marconi’s first-ever radio message was ‘Can you hear me?’ to which the reply was ‘Yes, loud and clear’. Spectrum is asking the same question of experienced choristers who can read music and inviting those who would like their voice to be heard as part of the choir’s line up to listen to the choir in performance at St Lawrence and meet the singers over a glass of wine.
Following the concert Spectrum will also be holding open rehearsals throughout October for prospective new members. The choir meets on Wednesday evenings from 8pm in the Sports Hall at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Plassey Street. Sign up here for further information.
Thanks to Penarth Times for promoting our concert and recruitment drive here.