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If you can hear the music it is the opening chorus from Bach's Magnificat. 

Last Concert:

40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 2017 

Saturday, 9th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria
Ivan Moody:
Mariposa del Aire
Tom Potten:
Three Christmas Settings
Peter Dale:
Concerto for two alto recorders, harpsichord and strings
&
 carols for all

Conductor :-

Peter Dale
(See below for biography)

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Harpsichord and continuo:-

Steve Pritchard
(See below for biography)

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano: Suzanne Walker 

(See below for biography)

Alto: Gavin Oddy

(See below for biography)

BMG Soloist:-

Soprano: Brenda Cashel

Orchestra:-

Accompanying String Orchestra
Leader: Chris Gould


Recorder Soloists:-

Sue Handscombe 

(See below for biography)

and Louise Greening

(See below for biography)

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For ticket information click here.

For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

For details of the Burnham Music Group click here.

BIOGRAPHIES:-
MUSICAL DIRECTOR :- 
Peter Dale - Conductor:
Peter says his arms and shoulders ached after the first rehearsal for this Concert, so long was it since he had conducted!  But it gave him, he goes on to say, an extraordinary satisfaction to be back: the pleasure of being again among so many musically committed people, and then of the symmetry of having conducted The Music Group’s first Concert and now this one marking its 40th year.
Having no formal qualifications in music (neither did Mozart!), He has made music all his life. More or less by accident he eventually found himself teaching music, writing about it and reviewing it.  He has built a number of musical instruments, including a harpsichord. His own music includes quite a lot written for the people he has taught and, of course, for The Music Group.  Mostly, but not entirely, it is vocal music.  Opera texts range from the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf to Coleridge’s Rose of the Ancient Mariner, song texts from John Keats to Louis McNeice, from Bible to folk poetry..  There is a suite of Irish songs to poems by Padraic Colum that The Music Group used to sing a lot.
He studied not music but English at Cambridge and perhaps that is reflected in a special interest in the confluence of words and music.  His fourth collection - A Party Place - was published last year, and 2018 will see the publication of The Pursuit of Paradise (co-written with Brandon Yen), a gorgeously illustrated study of the gardens designed and made by the poet Wordsworth and then the poetry itself with so many of our native wild flowers and trees profoundly integrated into its thought.
Over a lifetime of teaching, Peter has won important scholarships to to study here and abroad.  In 1998 he was nominated for and won the Bernarr Rainbow Award for Teaching of Music in the British Isles, an event whose consequences led ironically to him getting out of teaching.
He wistfully describes the foundations of The Music Group as ‘perhaps the best thing I have ever done' and looks forward to its future with a great deal of pleasurable anticipation.

Ivan Moody – Mariposa del Aire: See http://ivanmoody.co.uk/bio.htm 

Tom Potten – Three Chrstmas Settings:
Tom Potten graduated from the London College of Music with honours in 2002, having specialised in composition and contemporary music, studying with composer Kit Turnbull and Jazz leaders Eddie Harvey and Johnny Dankworth. Since leaving there Tom has worked as a freelance musician and tutor across the country, ranging from playing with his own Jazz group to accompanying choirs.
He currently holds the post of deputy organist at St. Mary's Church, Stapleford Abbotts. As well as his degree in music, Tom also holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from LCM. Tom is an enthusiastic music tutor, teaching some 70 piano students privately each week, as well as lecturing in Modernism and Post-Modernism in Music at Havering College. He runs music workshops in schools which have little or no music, with the clear aim of attempting to get children interested in learning a musical instrument.
He also started up his own choir in Billericay (The High Notes), growing in popularity since its founding in 2006. It is here that Tom worked as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Billericay Music Academy for 8 years, before opening Cadenza Music School in Ingatestone with two other teachers. In December 2011, Tom worked three times with Terry Saunders - once on Handel's Messiah, once with the High Notes Christmas concert, and then finally at the Cadenza Music School performance of Ronald Trumphorn's Christmas, where Terry narrated and sang.

Suzanne Walker – Soprano: Suzanne studied at the University of Birmingham where she graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Music, Drama and Dance. She studied singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire and with Annette  Thompson  in London. Her oratorio experience includes Handel’s Messiah and The Passion of Christ, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and Passion of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Leighton’s Crucifixus Pro Nobis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem and Schubert’s Stabat Mater for the St Peter’s Singers, Peterborough Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Ramsey, Kings Lynn and Ely Choral Societies, Blackheath Choir, and St George’s choir in St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast amongst others.  Operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart, Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr Miracle, Atalanta in Xerxes and Ino in Semele by Handel, and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, for companies such as Opera Experience, Opera Da Camera, Morley Opera, Definitely Divas and Starlight Opera. She has created the roles for a number of new contemporary operas including Heather in Lunch at the Cooked Goose and Elizabeth I in Welcome to Purgatory by Betty Roe & Marian Lines, as well as Spem and the song cycle The Year of the Green Parrots by Joe St Johanser. She recently made a recording with the London Sinfonietta of a new opera The Tempest by Joe St Johanser playing the part of Trincula. She also gives recital concerts and performs regularly with Three in a bar. When not singing Suzanne works in contemporary dance and is Director of Programming at Sadler’s Wells.

Gavin Oddy – Alto: Gavin, as one might deduce from his name if not from his lack of accent, was born in Scotland and attended an Edinburgh school with a strong musical tradition. Whilst there, he performed the part of Angelica in a revival of Vaughan Williams' romantic extravaganza The Poisoned Kiss (attended by Ursula Vaughan Williams, who updated the libretto for the occasion), sang the lead role of Hans in the premier of John Purser's opera The Bell for BBC Radio and took part in the first professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with the Young Vic at the Edinburgh Festival.
Three years in the chapel choir of Pembroke College, Cambridge, exposed him to the Anglican choral tradition and gave him a lasting interest in English sacred choral music of the 16th and 17th centuries. This was also where he met his wife, Clare. Through most of the 1980s they lived in Southminster, during which time they both sang regularly with Burnham Music Group. Gavin’s last appearance with the Group was in 1991, when he returned to sing the part of the roasting swan in Carmina Burana.
Gavin has studied singing with Norman Tattersall at Colchester Institute, Peter Nardone, Stephen Tilton and Tim Travers-Brown. He won the Oratorio prize in the 1983 Chelmsford Competitive Music Festival and he holds an ABRSM Diploma in singing performance.
Over the years Gavin has sung with vocal ensembles of all sizes and for the past ten years he has been a member of Chelmsford Cathedral Choir.

Sue Handscombe – Recorder: Sue Handscombe obtained her degree from Trinity College of Music, London and played in Edgar Hunt’s recorder ensemble.  She regularly entertains people with solo recitals and plays in the Eastern Recorder Orchestra, Suffolk (EROS) and the International group, Recorders Incorporated, playing instruments from sopranino to contrabass. She sings in and conducts various choirs both nationally and internationally and is Director of Music /organist at St Bartholemew, Wickham Bishops. 

Louise Greening – Recorder: Louise Greening having grown up in Essex, and a founder member of the BMG, Louise now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband (who she met in the BMG!). They have 3 grown-up sons. She plays the piano, organ, clarinet and recorder, and has always belonged to a choir.
She enjoys most genres of music, and was MD for Chepstow Operatic Society for many years. Having previously been organist at the Priory Church of St. Mary in Chepstow, she now shares the post at her local village church.
Currently she is accompanist and director for a Ladies choir in Chepstow, and a mixed choir in the Forest of Dean. She is absolutely delighted to be part of the BMG’s 40th birthday celebration concert. 

PIANO and REHEARSAL PIANIST :-
Steve Pritchard: Steve was born and raised in Doncaster by a very musical family.  He was educated at Danum Grammar School where music was his early interest.  He progressed in his aim to become a secondary school music teacher.  He trained at Newton Park College, Bath Spa University, where he qualified.  He sang in the choir, which went on to win the International Eisteddfod.  Steve plays the Piano, Cello, French horn, violin and double bass as well as the church organ. Steve taught at St Peter’s School (now Ormiston Rivers Academy) in Burnham for 13 years with his mentor, Peter Dale, our BMG Founder. Interestingly, during this time he taught Tom, Will and Katherine Potten.Steve now teaches children and adults individual instruments on a one to one basis.  He also teaches them to sing as this assists their learning of music. Steve was appointed BMG Accompanist and Concert Continuo in January 2016 after the retirement of Tom Potten.

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Previous Concerts:

May Concert 2017 

"Songs of Sea and Sky"

Saturday, 13th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Standford: Songs of the Fleet
Sumsion: They that go down to the sea in ships
Elgar: Sea Pictures
Parry: Songs of Farewell

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders
(See below for biography)

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloist:-

Mezzo-soprano: Kathryn Hannah 
(See below for biography)
and

Baritone: Terry Saunders

Piano:-

Steve Pritchard
(See below for biography)

Organ & Piano:-

Terry Saunders

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BIOGRAPHIES:-

MUSICAL DIRECTOR :-
Terry Saunders: Terry has had an eclectic musical career over the last 35 years, encompassing opera, oratorio, music theatre, song recitals, cabaret and church music in the capacities of singer, accompanist, organist and conductor.  In the last year, Terry has given concerts with a number of leading singers and instrumentalists, including Rebecca Dale, Patricia Hammond and Natalie Montakhab. In January, he undertook his latest tour of Jersey by invitation of the Jersey Arts Trust and he also performed in front of a sell-out audience in a concert which raised more than £10,000 for the Oxted One World Group, Terry continues to serve as house pianist at AIMS International Music School at Eastbourne College, and to tutor the Parlour Music course.  Terry has many forthcoming engagements as a cabaret entertainer, including several as 50% of the cabaret duo, Take Two. In March, he gave his 250th concert for Lost Chord and also performs regularly for Music in Hospitals.  

More locally, Terry has been organist and choirmaster at St Mary’s Church since 2012 and has conducted the Burnham Music Group since 2007. He also regularly performs songs of the First World War at Stowe Maries Aerodrome.

 

Kathryn Hannah:  Kathryn grew up in Kent and graduated with BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University and Diploma in Opera Performance Birkbeck College (University of London).
She is delighted to be performing again in Burnham on Crouch.
Kathryn has toured in the title role in Carmen with Lakeland Opera; Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with New Devon Opera and Pavilion Opera , Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) with Kentish Opera and Pavilion Opera;  Maddalena and Giovanna (Rigoletto) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) Dama (Macbeth) and Anna ( Maria Stuarda) for a tour of Northern and Scottish Castles.
Other roles include: Giannetta (L’Elisir D’Amore),Laura (Luisa Miller) Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica) all with Opera Holland Park;
Cherubino with Lyric Hammersmith; Second Boy with Kentish Opera; Second Lady with WEOS; Barbarina with Stanley Hall Opera and Kate Pinkerton and High Priestess with Sevenoaks Opera.
For Scottish Opera, Kathryn covered a number of small roles: Countess Ceprano and Paggio [performed] (Rigoletto), 2nd Donna Bridesmaid (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Resi (Intermezzo)and recently Aunt in  'Jenůfa' for Scottish Opera. She has also covered the role of Carmen with Co-Opera. Co and Elizabetta (Maria Stuarda) for Pavilion Opera.
Kathryn has performed numerous opera galas, cruises, concerts, and charity events both in the UK and abroad, frequent church solo work, as well as mezzo soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with Bahrain Sinfonia & Manama Singers in Bahrain. Other Oratorio performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Elgar's Light of Life.  

Future engagements for 2016  include mezzo Soloist Mozart Requiem for The Marches Choir, Dama (Macbeth) Pavilion Opera.  

Kathryn is also a keen freelance chorister for National and Regional Festival Companies.  

As part of an opera chorus she has also performed:  L’Elisir D’Amore, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Der Rosenkavalier, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro  Der Fliegende Holländer, Turandot (concert), Jenůfa,Carmen, Ariodante, (Scottish Opera), Peter Grimes (English National Opera),  Queen of Spades, Faust, Peter Grimes (Opera North),  Carmen (Longborough Festival Opera),  Fidelio, Tosca, L’Arlesiana, Le Nozze di Figaro, L'Elisir D'Amore, Luisa Miller, Madama Butterfly, Pearl Fishers, Aida, Lakmé, L'Amore dei Tre Re (Opera Holland Park).

 

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Winter Concert 2016 

Saturday, 10th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Handel's: Messiah 

&

Carols for all

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Harpsichord and continuo:-

Steve Pritchard

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano: Suzanne Walker 

(See below for biography)

 Mezzo-soprano: Rebecca Dale

(See below for biography)
 

String Orchestra:-

Ellora Strings


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BIOGRAPHIES:-

Suzanne Walker – Soprano: Suzanne studied at the University of Birmingham where she graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Music, Drama and Dance. She studied singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire and with Annette  Thompson  in London. Her oratorio experience includes Handel’s Messiah and The Passion of Christ, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and Passion of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Leighton’s Crucifixus Pro Nobis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem and Schubert’s Stabat Mater for the St Peter’s Singers, Peterborough Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Ramsey, Kings Lynn and Ely Choral Societies, Blackheath Choir, and St George’s choir in St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast amongst others.  Operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart, Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr Miracle, Atalanta in Xerxes and Ino in Semele by Handel, and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, for companies such as Opera Experience, Opera Da Camera, Morley Opera, Definitely Divas and Starlight Opera. She has created the roles for a number of new contemporary operas including Heather in Lunch at the Cooked Goose and Elizabeth I in Welcome to Purgatory by Betty Roe & Marian Lines, as well as Spem and the song cycle The Year of the Green Parrots by Joe St Johanser. She recently made a recording with the London Sinfonietta of a new opera The Tempest by Joe St Johanser playing the part of Trincula. She also gives recital concerts and performs regularly with Three in a bar. When not singing Suzanne works in contemporary dance and is Director of Programming at Sadler’s Wells.

Rebecca Dale - mezzo-soprano: Rebecca Dale graduated from Trinity College of Music where she studied under the direction of Teresa Cahill as a soprano. In 2011 Rebecca completed the Opera Course at the Advanced Performers Studio and has worked with some of today’s leading directors, conductors and performers. Rebecca is generously supported by the Opera in Colour Mentor Scheme and continues her studies as a Mezzo with Cathryn Pope. Operatic roles have included: Zerlina Don Giovanni (Opera Vera), Adina L’elisir d’amore, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Berta Il Barbiere di Siviglia (all for Opéra de Baugé), Ninetta La Finta Semplice (Opera at Home), Lucy The Telephone & Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (Open Door Opera) Susanna [cover] Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera London) and Frasquita Carmen (Impact Opera, UK Tour). Other Solo work has included: Here (in Circles) by award winning Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, Mass No.2 in G Major by Schubert and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9. Rebecca works regularly with Lost Chord and Music in Hospitals producing and performing therapeutic concerts. In addition to her on stage activity Rebecca is a successful director and creator of new work. In her final year of her Masters she managed, directed and produced an opera community event. The project consisted of an outdoor production of the American opera Street Scene by Kurt Weill. The cast and orchestra consisted entirely of volunteers, including students from local primary schools, Trinity College of Music and other community members. Rebecca has also assisted on La Boheme, Fidelio and Tosca for Opéra de Baugé. During 2012 Rebecca toured the UK with Americana, exploring art songs written by composers such as Philip Glass, John Cage and Aaron Copland, juxtaposed with arrangements of wellknown American spiritual, traditional and folk songs. Future engagements include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Vera (London, 2015).

Please visit www.rebeccadaleopera.com for further information.

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Summer Concert 2016

BMG Choral Concert 

Saturday, 7th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

The Turning Year - A Concert of English music

Choral and solo works by Henry Purcell and
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs

Conductor & Baritone:-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Accompanied by:-

The Ellora String Quartet

Guest Soloist:-

Mezzo-Soprano: Kathryn Hannah

Harpsicord and Piano:-

Steve Pritchard

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Christmas Concert 2015 

Saturday, 19th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Haydn: Missa Brevis and The Heavens are telling

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Three new carols by Tom Potten

Arrangements of well-known carols by David willcocks,
including some with full audience participation

Conductor & Baritone:-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Accompanied by:-

The Ellora String Quartet

Guest Soloist:-

Soprano: Katherine Clark

Organ:-

Tom Potten

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Summer Concert 2015 

'ENTENTE CORDIAL'

Saturday, 6th June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Alain's-Kyrie Eleison Chorus

Operatic duets by Delibes and Offenbach

and two popular pieces by

Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine and Pavane
plus a rare chance to hear Elgar's - the Light of Life

Conductor & Baritone:-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano: Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-Soprano: Kathryn Hannah
Tenor: James Scarlett

Organ and piano:-

Tom Potten

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Winter Concert 2014 

Saturday, 13th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

J S Bach: Cantata No 140 - 'Sleepers Wake'

Plus carols for choir and for choir and audience

Conductor & Baritone:-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano: Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-Soprano: Rebecca Dale

&

Bass: Terry Saunders

Guest Instrumentalists:-

The Ellora Strings with

Alison Brown - Oboe

 

Organ and continuo:-

Tom Potten

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Summer Concert 2014 

Saturday, 14th June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem
&
John Rutter: Requiem 

Plus instrumental works by Grovlez & Fauré

Conductor & Baritone:-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloist:-

Soprano: Katherine Clark

Guest Instrumentalists:-

Roni Rothwell - Cello

Alison Brown - Oboe

 

Organ:-

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Autumn Concert 2013 

Saturday, 30th November at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

To include:

Selection from 'The Armed Man' by Karl Jenkins
A Ceremony Of Carols by Benjamin Britten 

with invited guest

Mezzo-Soprano: Hannah Todd

and with invited professional guests

Guest Conductor :-

Tom Potten

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

 

Guest Soloist:-

Soprano: Katherine Clark

Guest Harpist:- 

Lynne Creasey

Guest Narrator:-

Peter Dale

Piano:-

Will Potten

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Spring Concert 2013 

Saturday, 11th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-


Haydn's: The Creation

 

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano: Suzanne Walker

Tenor: Alexander Pidgen

Bass: Sebastian Valentine 

Professional Orchestra:- 

Violins: Harry Kerr (Leader), Rachel Grimes, Jaga Klimaszewska, Kasia Ziminska
Viola: Eva Nikolova  Cello: Leo Melvin  Flute: Anne Allen  Oboe: Lucinda Tibbitts
Clarinet: Sue Bishop  Bassoon: Sebastian Charlesworth  Trumpet: Will Potten

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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  December Concert 2012 

Saturday, 8th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

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St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-


Bach's: Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1 & 2)
Carols from around Europe - including France
Germany, Spain and Russia
Carols for choir and audience

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Mezzo-Soprano: Katie Coventry



Tenor: Alexander Pidgen

Bass: Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ/Keyboard:- 

Tom Potten

 

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Spring Concert 2012 

Saturday, 12th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-


"A Garland of English Music"

features pieces by Purcell, Britten, Parry and Elgar. The programme includes celebratory and commemorative music suitable for the Diamond Jubilee year, including Come Ye Sons Of Art (Purcell), Rejoice In The Lamb (Britten), I Was Glad (Parry) and an arrangement of the National Anthem by Sir Edward Elgar. In addition the three soloists will each sing a typically English song of their own choosing.

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Julia Batchelor-Walsh

Sebastian Valentine: Bass

 

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten
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Christmas Concert 2011 

Saturday, 10th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-


St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Handel'sMessiah (Highlights including
Hallelujah Chorus and Christmas Story)

Plus a selection of Christmas carols..........
Familiar and less familiar........

Conductor and Bass Soloist:-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Julia Batchelor-Walsh

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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Spring Concert 2011 

Saturday, 14th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Haydn'sSt. Cecilia Mass

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders


Guest Soloists:-

Rebecca Gibson: Soprano


Marjorie Ouvry: Mezzo-Soprano

Alberto Sousa: Tenor
)
Sebastian Valentine: Bass-Baritone

 

Orchestra:-

Professional Orchestra

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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December Concert 2010 

Saturday, 11th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Vivaldi'sGloria

Mozart's: Misericordias Domini
and
Christmas Music For All

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Marjorie Ouvry

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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BIOGRAPHIES:-

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Summer Concert 2010 

Saturday, 8th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Mendelssohn'sElijah

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Marjorie Ouvry
Baritone:-
Sebastian Valentine
Tenor:- Alex Pidgen

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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December Concert 2009 

Saturday, 12th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Giacomo Puccini'sMessa di Gloria
and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Baritone:- Sebastian Valentine
Tenor:- Geoffrey Strum

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Organ:- 

Tom Potten

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Summer Concert 2009 

Saturday, 16th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

George Frideric Handel'sJudas Maccabaeus

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Marjorie Ouvry
Baritone:-
Sebastian Valentine
Tenor:- Alex Pidgen

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Orchestra:- 

TBA

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December Concert 2008 

Saturday, 13th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-


'An Essex Garland'
a celebration of music from Essex

William Byrd'sLaudibus in Sanctis
Martin Taylor'sTurn, Turn, Turn
William Russell'sMass in C
Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei

Gustav Holst'sThis have I done for my true love
Ralph Vaughan Williams'sFantasia on Christmas Carols
Peter Dale'sCradle Song
C.  Armstrong Gibbs 'sCradle Song
Ivan Moody'sThe Manger
Arr. Reginald Jacques Angels from the Realms of Glory
John Goss'sSee Amid the Winter’s Snow     
Arr. David Willcocks
Tune from Piae CantionesGood King Wenceslas
Arr. Reginald Jacques

and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Piano/Organist:- 

Tom Potten

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Summer Concert 2008 

Saturday, 10th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Giacomo Rossini'sPetite Messe Solennelle

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Marjorie Ouvry
Bass-Baritone:- Martin Lamb
Tenor:- Alex Pidgen

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Piano:- 

Tom Potten

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December Concert 2007 

Saturday, 8th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

John Rutter'sMagnificat

and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Guest Soloist:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Piano/Organist:- 

Tom Potten

Trumpet:- 

Nick Perry & Will Potten

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Summer Concert 2007 

Saturday, 12th May at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme :-

Henry PurcelKing Arthur

Conductor :-

Terry Saunders

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

Soprano:- Suzanne Walker
Mezzo-soprano:- Marjorie Ouvry
Tenor:-
Geoffrey Strum
Bass-Baritone:- Martin Lamb

Orchestra:- 

1st violin: Gabriel Anderson and Chris Gibson
2nd violin: Xandria Edwins and Peiman Khosravi
Viola: Hayley Chisnali
Cello: Mary Pells
Bass: Steve Pritchard
1st trumpet: Nick Perry
2nd trumpet: Will Potten
Continuo: Tom Potten

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Christmas Concert 2006 

CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT

Saturday, 9th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme includes:-

Andrew Carter: Te Deum
Two Spanish Carols
and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Guest Conductors:-

Tom & Will Potten

Choirs:- 

The Burnham Music Group
&
Children's Choir

Organist:- 

Timothy End

BIOGRAPHIES:-

OUR CONDUCTOR AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR :-

From January 2007 - Terry Saunders 

After graduating with a first class honours BMus degree, Tim is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance on the piano accompaniment course at the Royal Academy, being tutored by Julius Drake and Patsy Toh.  He was recently awarded first and second prize at the prestigious Delius Prize held at the Academy, adjudicated by Sir Charles Mackerras.  

Timothy holds the Francis Simms Prize and awards from the Countess of Munster Trust and the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

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Summer Concert 2006 

Saturday, 24th June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St. Leonard's Church, Southminster, Essex
(See below for location etc)

Programme includes:-

W. A. Mozart: Coronation Mass in C
Matyas Seiber
: Three Hungarian Folk Songs
Matyas Seiber: Yugoslav Folk Songs
Zoltán Kodály: Mátra Pictures

Conductor:-

Eric Stephenson

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Soprano - Emma Llewellyn
Mezzo-soprano - Andrea Hazell
Tenor -
Mark Guerin
Baritone - Simon Preece

Organist:- 

Jeremy Plummer

For St. Leonard's web site click here.

For the location of St. Leonard's church click here.

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Christmas Concert 2005 

Saturday, 10th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme includes:-

W. A. Mozart: Misericordias Domini K.222
Orlando Gibbons
: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
of The Short Service
Malcolm Arnold
: The John Clare Cantata
and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor:-

Eric Stephenson

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Pianist/Organist:- 

Jeremy Plummer

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Summer Concert 2005 

Saturday, 2nd July at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme  included:-

John Rutter: Mass of the Children


Karl Jenkins:
Choral Suite from "The Armed Man"


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Songs from "The Kestrel Road"

Conductor:-

Eric Stephenson

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Soprano:- Andrea Hazell
Baritone:- Simon Preece

Professional Orchestra:-

Chamber Ensemble (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Timpani, Percussion x 2, Harp and Double Bass) 

Organist:- 

Jeremy Plummer

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Christmas Concert 2004 

Saturday, 11th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-  St. Leonard's Church, Southminster, Essex
(See below for location etc)

Programme included:-

Haydn: The Creation - Part 1
and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor:-

Eric Stephenson

Choir:- 

The Burnham Music Group

Guest Soloists:-

Mezzo-soprano - Andrea Hazell
Tenor - Luke Price 
Bass - John Bernays
         

   Organist:- 

Jeremy Plummer

For St. Leonard's web site click here.

For the location of St. Leonard's church click here.

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Summer Concert 2004 

Saturday, 19th June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-

St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Mary's church click here.

Programme included:-

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace
with
soloists from the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
and a professional orchestra

Francis Poulenc: (Text: Jean de Brunhoff):
The Tale of Babar the Little Elephant
with
Special Guest Appearance as Narrator by
Lord Birkett
and
Eric Stephenson (Piano)

Conductor:-                                                                         Eric Stephenson
                                                
Choir:-                                                                       
The Burnham Music Group
Organist:-
                                                                           Jeremy Plummer
                                                                                                                         

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"The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace" is the result of a special millennial commission from the Royal Armouries and the latest in a six century old tradition of "Armed Man" Masses that take the fifteenth century French song "L'Homme Armé" as their starting point.

Large scale in both scope and scale "The Armed Man" it is a profoundly moving yet very accessible work which uses the most traditional of means to explore an all too contemporary subject. As Karl Jenkins explains, "As I started composing "The Armed Man" the tragedy of Kosovo unfolded. I was reminded daily of the horror of such conflict and so I dedicate the work to the victims of Kosovo”.

"The Armed Man" has drawn on a diverse array of cultural and historical sources. It's difficult to think of another composer who could successfully place a muezzin's call to prayer within a Mass setting and follow it with a Kyrie that quotes both Palestrina and Brazilian drum rhythms. That Karl Jenkins does so with such ease and to such powerful effect is a tribute to his remarkable skill and musical sensitivity.

"The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace" received its world première in April 2000 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Burnham Music Group's performance was we believe the first performance in the area. 

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Christmas Concert 2003 

Saturday, 13th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

William Mathias: Ave Rex
Edward Elgar
: Te Deum & Benedictus in F
John Rutter
: Candlelight Carol
Gordon Langford
: The Christmas Gift
John Tavener
: Motets
and
Carols for Choir and Audience

Conductor:-                                                                           Eric Stephenson
                                                 

Choir:-                                                                         
The Burnham Music Group
Organist:-
                                                                            Jeremy Plummer
                                                                                                                    

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Previous Concerts:

Summer Concert 2003 

Saturday, 14th June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

Igor Stravinsky: Mass for Mixed Chorus and Double Wind Quintet
Giovanni Gabrieli:
In Ecclesiis
Gabriel Fauré:
Cantique de Jean Racine
Gabriel Fauré:
Pavanne

Conductor:-                            Eric Stephenson
   
                                               

Choir:-                           
The Burnham Music Group
                            (Accompanied by professional musicians)

Soloists:- 
Solos were sung by past and present members of the choir

Soprano:- Marie Perry
Alto:- Pam Langmead
Tenor:- Trevor Southey
Baritone:- Peter Robinson
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Christmas Concert 2002 

Saturday, 7th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

William Mathias: Rex Gloriae
Maxwell Davies:
Ave Maria
Schutz:
Now Let Us All Thank Thee, God
J. S. Bach:
Three Chorales
Sweelinck:
Hodie Christmas Natus Est
Carols for Choir and Audience 

Choir:-                            The Burnham Music Group
Harpsichord:-
                     Jeremy Plummer
                                              

Conductor:-
                            Eric Stephenson
                                                  

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Summer Concert 2002 

Saturday, 22nd June at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

Purcell: Te Deum laudamus
& Jubilate Deo in D
and
Welcome to all the Pleasures

Tavener:
Love Bade Me Welcome
Górecki:
Lobgesang

Choir:-                            The Burnham Music Group
Harpsichord:-
                         Jeremy Plummer
                                                  

Conductor:-
                            Eric Stephenson
                                                     

Links to information regarding the composer:-

John Tavener - 1.click here   2. click here

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Christmas Concert 2001

Saturday 8th December at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Marcel Grandjany:
Fantaisie sur un thème de J. Haydn
(Harp solo)
Tavener:
Song for Athene
Vivaldi:
Credo
Carols for Choir and Audience

Choir:-                            The Burnham Music Group
Guest Harpist:-
                    Emma Ramsdale
                                                  

Organist:-
                               Jeremy Plummer
                                               

Conductor:-
                            Eric Stephenson
                                                    

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Links to information regarding the composer:-

John Tavener - 1.click here   2. click here

Links to information regarding the harpist:-

Emma Ramsdale - 1. click here

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Summer 2001

Tuesday 26th June at 8.00 p.m.

As part of the Tillingham Festival we performed the four part version of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Venue:-

St. Nicholas Church, Tillingham, Essex, UK
For the location of St. Nicholas church click here.

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Links to information regarding the composer:-

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - 1. click here    2. click here   3. click here

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9th December 2000 at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:- St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme:-

The New-Born King      -       Gordon Jacob  
 
A Christmas Cantata for Baritone solo, mixed voices and piano

Interval

I Sing of a Maiden         -           Lennox Berkeley  
Missa Brevis                -             Lennox Berkeley
 
Kyrie – Gloria – Sanctus – Benedictus - Agnus Dei  
Saraband and Sleigh Ride        -          Leroy Anderson

f
or piano duet  
Nativity Carol              -          John Rutter  
Good King Wenceslas          -           Piae Cantiones
                                        
arr. Reginald Jacques                                          
 
The Shepherds’ Farewell          -           Hector Berlioz  
  Once in Royal David’s City          -         H. J. Gauntlett  
While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night  -  Este’s Psalter
 

Choir:-                        The Burnham Music Group
Guest Soloist:-   
         Baritone - Benjamin Davies
                                                

Organist:-
                            Jeremy Plummer
                                                

Conductor:-
                        Eric Stephenson
                                               

Links to information regarding the composers:-

Sir Lennox Berkeley - 1. click here 2. click here 3. click here

Gordon Jacob - 1. click here 2. click here 3. click here

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17th June 2000 at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:- St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

Andrew Carter: Musick's Jubilee
Franz Joseph Haydn
: Te Deum

Four hands one piano:-

Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina
Dvorak:
Two Slavonic Dances
Bizet:
Petit Mari, Petite Femme!...
Le Bal

Choir:-                        The Burnham Music Group
Guest Soloists:-        
Soprano - Hilary Dolamore
                                   
Soprano - Meinir Wyn Thomas
                                     
Alto - Helen Foster Brookes
                                        

Organist:-
                            Jeremy Plummer
Pianists:-   
         Eric Stephenson & Jeremy Plummer
Conductor:-
                         Eric Stephenson

Links to information regarding the composers:-

Sir Lennox Berkeley - 1. click here 2. click here 3. click here

Andrew Carter - 1. click here 2. click here

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11th December 1999 at 7.45 p.m.

Venue:-    St Mary's Church, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK

Programme included:-

J. S. Bach: Magnificat in D
A selection of Carols for Choir, Soloists and Audience

Choir:-                        The Burnham Music Group
Guest Soloists:-

Soprano - Hilary Dolamore
Soprano - Saffron van Zwanenberg
Alto - Helen Foster Brookes
Tenor - Tom Raskin
Baritone - Nigel Brookes

Organist:-
   
                                                                                          Jeremy Plummer (See below for biography)



Conductor:-
                                                                       Eric Stephenson (See below for biography)

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OUR PREVIOUS CONDUCTORS AND MUSICAL DIRECTORS :-

MUSICAL DIRECTOR :-
Terry Saunders: Terry has had an eclectic musical career over the last 35 years, encompassing opera, oratorio, music theatre, song recitals, cabaret and church music in the capacities of singer, accompanist, organist and conductor.  In the last year, Terry has given concerts with a number of leading singers and instrumentalists, including Rebecca Dale, Patricia Hammond and Natalie Montakhab. In January, he undertook his latest tour of Jersey by invitation of the Jersey Arts Trust and he also performed in front of a sell-out audience in a concert which raised more than £10,000 for the Oxted One World Group, Terry continues to serve as house pianist at AIMS International Music School at Eastbourne College, and to tutor the Parlour Music course.  Terry has many forthcoming engagements as a cabaret entertainer, including several as 50% of the cabaret duo, Take Two. In March, he gave his 250th concert for Lost Chord and also performs regularly for Music in Hospitals.  

More locally, Terry has been organist and choirmaster at St Mary’s Church since 2012 and has conducted the Burnham Music Group since 2007. He also regularly performs songs of the First World War at Stowe Maries Aerodrome.

 

Eric_Stephenson.jpg (12351 bytes)Eric Stephenson: After 14 years with the BMG Eric  decided to lay down his baton in August 2006 and retire from the BMG . He will be missed by us all and we wish him a long and happy retirement. Eric Stephenson studied at The Royal Academy of Music.  His career since then has been devoted to developing musical awareness and interest of young people from all walks of life and in teaching while maintaining his performance work in piano.  He was a pioneer in the sixties when his post at Kingsdale School in Dulwich enabled him to bring to over 2,000 boys and girls a wide-ranging experience in all choral and instrumental music.  The school became famous for its achievements in musical education and performance and for the opportunities given to every pupil and not simply the obviously talented. 

He then became the first Music Adviser for Warwickshire initiating learning opportunities county wide and then was appointed to the London Borough of Hillingdon where twenty years were spent in developing tuition in every orchestral instrument for children aged five and upwards with free lessons as of right provided by the Authority. 

Since leaving Hillingdon, Eric spends most of his time practising, teaching and directing the Burnham Music Group.  He was elected ARAM for his services to music.  

PREVIOUS ORGANIST:-

Jeremy5.jpg (6160 bytes)Jeremy Plummer was Organ Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford, between 1967 and 1970, studying during this period with John Webster and James Dalton. After a period as assistant organist at All Saints, High Wycombe, with Alastair Ross, he was organist and choirmaster of a number of churches in West London, 
and Musical Director of "The Nave" in Uxbridge. He now works as organist and teacher in Berkshire as well as leading Musical Retreats and Training Days in Church Music.

Jeremy has a wide experience as a choir trainer and as an accompanist on piano, organ and harpsichord. Since taking a post-graduate degree in Music Education at Reading University in 1990, he has had a developing interest in the way in which meeting music changes people, particularly in the context of Christian worship. This has led to a series of workshops in Music and Worship, Music and Prayer and Music and Healing.

His particular interests in organ music are the music of J S Bach - so much so that he has done a "sponsored play" of the complete works - and twentieth century organ music, Hindesmith and Kenneth Leighton being favourites.

Jeremy is currently Director of Music at the Victoria Hall in Bolton and Training Officer for the Methodist Church Music Society. He accompanies professional singers and has done consultancy work with schools for GCSE and A Level Music as well as leading an Evening Class entitled "Singing for the Terrified" and directing a Methodist Circuit Choir. He is now studying for an MA in Music and Liturgy at Leeds University. 

Jeremy performed regularly  with the Burnham Music Group and has worked with Eric Stephenson over a number of years.

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