The Shopwyke Singers celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Shopwyke Singers celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In May 1994 the choir was formed consisting of staff and parents of Westbourne House School in Shopwyke, Chichester and since then has grown to include singers from all over the Chichester, Emsworth and Arundel areas. Throughout this time the singers have been directed by Alex Dichmont, the Director of Music at Westbourne House.

The Shopwyke Singers’ next concert is this coming Wednesday, May 22nd, in Boxgrove Priory, at 7.30. Soloists Lucy Cronin (soprano), Anna Palethorpe (alto), Tom Perkins (tenor) and Richard Paterson (bass) with regular accompanist Matthew Cooke will join the choir in a programme of Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Vespers, Gorecki’s Totus Tuus and John Rutter’s Gloria. Tickets are £12, to include refreshment, and are available from the choir’s website.

On June 23rd the Shopwyke Singers are hosting a “Come and Sing” celebratory event at the Millennium Hall, Westbourne House School. Interested singers can come at 4.00pm to rehearse Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass and Rutter’s “The Sprig of Thyme” before a hog roast at 6.00pm. This will be followed by an informal concert, complete with celebratory fizz, at 7.30. All are welcome to sing, or to come just for the hog roast and concert. Tickets are just £10.00 for singers, diners and audience members alike, and includes music hire. If you are interested in attending, or would like further information, please contact Alex Dichmont on or buy tickets directly from the choir’s website. Hope to see you there!

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