A composer in our midst

  • Posted on: 11 May 2021
  • By: huw

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….

One singer, nine voices

  • Posted on: 11 May 2021
  • By: huw

The idea of a one-man band conjures up popular images of a street entertainer with a drum on his back, elbows adorned with tambourines, knocking knees clashing cymbals, and a harmonica for good measure. But what about a one-man choir in a church is Saffron Walden?

Neil's Musical Memory

  • Posted on: 11 May 2021
  • By: huw

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’.

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