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On Tuesday September 8th we began on-line rehearsals via Zoom of selected choruses from Handel’s Messiah, with a view to performing these in concert when circumstances allow. If you are interested in joining us , and you will be very welcome, please email our secretary Robin Knipe at email@example.com for further details.
Our Music Director, Nigel Waugh, has decided to retire next summer after twelve years service.
He will of course be missed as he has involved the choir in some notable concerts over the years, ranging from Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata with full orchestra and children’s choir and Felix Mendelsohn’s Elijah with orchestra and professional soloists, to performances of Songs from the Shows and a concert version of HMS Pinafore. He has also led us in a number of very popular Come & Sing events, featuring not only the Messiah but also The Armed Man and Favourite Opera Choruses.
However we are delighted to report that we have appointed Darren Everhart to be Nigel’s successor.
Many people will already know Darren either from his past connection with Settle Orchestra, which he conducted for several years, or through singing with him, or both, and we feel he is an excellent choice.
He has had a very long association with music-making in the Settle area and is now returning from teaching in Rome for the past eight years to take up the post of Director of Music at Giggleswick School, a post which he previously held while conducting the orchestra. We feel that the fact that he has been re-engaged in such a prestigious position is an indication of his exceptional abilities.
For those of you who don’t know him and because in these uncertain times we can’t arrange an introductory meeting with him we will be publishing further biographical information in the near future, including a short introductory video made by Darren himself.
We are sure he will be a very worthy successor to Nigel and that he will continue to uphold our values and reputation as a successful and well-respected community choir.