Richard Prince has a long association with the Royston Choral Society (including as our Musical Director some time ago) and other local choirs. The choir has enjoyed regularly performing his compositions, including ‘Northumbrian Folk Songs’, 'Suo Gân' (The Welsh Folk Song), and ‘Christmas Carols’. We asked him to give an insight into the creative process….
RCS bass Anthony Pigg shares his personal view of one of England’s greatest composers, his contribution to sacred music, and a connection with Royston.
I was first introduced to the music of Vaughan Williams when, as a keen music student, I attended the Stowe summer school of music, I have been interested and enjoyed listening to it ever since.
RCS Bass Neil Heywood was asked to recall his earliest musical memory but instead, he tells us...
I was thinking about my earliest musical image, rather than a memory, when I came across this picture in my old school’s ’Old Boys’ magazine. It shows a section of the choir at our annual carol concert, which was quite a big event for the school and introduced me to many Christmas hardy annuals like ‘In Dulci Jubilo’, ‘The Coventry Carol’, and Howells ‘A Spotless Rose’.
The Dunvant Male Choir from near Swansea has endured world wars, industrial decline and mining disasters.
How would it handle rehearsals on Zoom? Jude Rogers finds out…
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, their faces pop up: Norman, Nigel, Alan, Dai and the others. It’s become second nature to close the door at 6.30pm, click the Zoom link, check if everyone’s well, ask if anyone’s fled beyond Swansea, have a laugh.
Caroline Franks, RCS soprano and treasurer, writes....
Royston bells restored and returned
After the devastating fire of December 2018 which completely gutted the Royston Parish Church tower, all eight of the church bells were cracked. The 11cwt ring of eight was safely lowered to the floor and taken to the Taylors of Loughborough’s historic foundry for safe keeping and repair.
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