Musical Memories - Penny Morgan

Although primarily an instrumentalist, singing has always been a part of my life. One of my earlier recollections is as a nervous 11 year old preparing to sing the opening verse of Once in Royal David’s City for the annual school carol concert in St Johns Church, Digswell, Hertfordshire.

University life brought out another side of my singing as I enjoyed the folk scene and taking the occasional turn to sing some Joni Mitchell songs before the main act of the evening. My first teaching post was in Buntingford in East Herts and I was encouraged to join the local chamber choir called Chanticleer, based in Royston. It was where I first met Richard Prince! [former RCS Musical Director and current bass]

Then family and work took me first to Sussex and then to Cumbria, where a love for musical theatre that I’d first had at school re-emerged: Fiddler on the Roof; The Desert Song - oh those were the days! Singing took a backseat for several years while my children grew up but for the last four years of my life in Brussels (where I’d moved to in 1994) I joined the Brussels Madrigal Singers - a small choir with an all a cappella repertoire. One of the last things I did with the BMS before returning to the UK, was a workshop with the tenor Paul Phoenix.

Learning that Paul hailed from Great Gransden in Cambridgeshire, I asked him about local choirs and he said I would be spoilt for choice. And so I found myself a member of the RCS and back to the town where my adult singing journey began!