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Hayfield Singers celebrate 25th anniversary

Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead

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Hayfield Singers Joan Bond Peter Bowes Sue Colston Mary and Peter Edgerton Christine Moore Lesley Mason Jim Mason Sheila Peter Senior

Hayfield Singers

The picturesque village of Hayfield is a breeding ground for a diverse range of talent and none more so it seems than singing. Earlier this year, the long-standing amateur choir, the Hayfield Singers, celebrated their 25th anniversary by performing a rendition of Handel’s iconic piece from 1741, The Messiah. 

Hayfield Singers was formed in 1992 and have continued to rehearse and perform in St. Matthew’s Church. Ten of the original members are still singing with the choir: Joan Bond, Peter Bowes, Sue Colston, Mary and Peter Edgerton, Christine Moore, Lesley Mason, Jim Mason, Sheila and Peter Senior.

The High Peak Review had the pleasure of catching up with some of the original members of this much-loved village choir, to ask them what they love about being part of such a well-established local choir. 

Peter Edgerton and his wife Mary say they love being involved in local choral singing at such a high level. 

“As residents in the village since 1984 we have been extremely fortunate to have this opportunity on our doorstep as a regular commitment through the year. Through the choir, we have made many good friends and enjoyed a wide diversity of styles and pieces of music over the years.”

“The recent performance of Handel’s Messiah marked the 25th anniversary for the choir and was an outstanding success. Our new Musical Director, Simon Mercer, has brought a vigour and energy to the choir, as well as a strong sense of belonging to everyone involved, which resulted in a most memorable evening. I know that we all enjoyed being part of it and hopefully rose to the occasion,” Peter and Mary told us. 

Joan Bond shares the Edgerton’s love of being part of the choir, saying what a privilege it has been to have been accompanied by the wonderful soloists and professional musicians over the years. Noting the friendliness of the members and everything they learn from the conductors, Joan said she never dreamt that 25 years ago she would still be singing with the choir. 

“I think the choir has grown and improved a lot over the years and I feel privileged to be part of it.” 

Original choir member Sue Colston, said, “As a member of Hayfield Singers, I think I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity of learning from a variety of professional musicians over the years and to have sung such wonderful choral pieces, including many that were new to me.”

“Handel’s Messiah was the perfect choice for this Anniversary concert and, in my opinion, this was probably one of the best performances we have done.” 

The Hayfield Singers has an exciting roster of forthcoming concerts, including a joint concert with Duodecimo Singers at Providence URC Church, New Mills on 1st December and a Christmas Concert, including The Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, music by Finzi and carols for the choir and audience, on 9th December.

You can learn more about this vibrant local choir and its upcoming concerts on the Hayfield Singers’ website - http://hayfieldsingers.org.uk/.