Past Events

In this section we'll keep a catalogue of past events—with a small review—so that everyone can get a full sense of how active we are!

Hayley Westenra

Monday November 23rd 2009

with Hayley Westenra at her Peterborough Concert

with Hayley Westenra at her Peterborough Concert

Members of the choir had an unforgetable experience when they joined Hayley Westenra to open her Winter Magic Christmas Tour at Peterborough Cathedral. Their rendition of 'The Coventry Carol' received very good reviews from Hayley's fans on their forums. The choir all thought that Hayley was wonderful and all got a personally signed program from her.

Buckden Towers

Friday September 25th 2009

The choir returned to Buckden for a two day residential at the Towers. The choir was able to get to know each other better, improve their team work and have a good time.

It was not all rehearsals, there was the usual game of rounders which “nobody won”. There was also the chance to explore the grounds and collected conkers.

On Saturday night there was an informal music evening where the youngsters entertained each other. On Sunday afternoon, they gave a short concert to their parents to demonstrate what they had done, including the “Buckden Rag”.

Royal Albert Hall

Sunday July 12th 2009

The altos box at the Albert Hall

The altos box at the Albert Hall

After the success of last year's trip, the Senior Choir travelled down to London to be part of the massed choir performing works conducted by John Rutter.

Singing in the Royal Albert Hall was 'really amazing' and a good end to a busy year for the choir.

BBQ and Picnic

Saturday June 27th 2009

After the morning rehearsal we held a Barbecue at Ferry Meadows. The children enjoyed the food and an impromptu game of rounders. The rain held off until they were on the pedalos, and too busy splashing each other to notice. A big thank you goes to Melanie and Michael for organising this event.

Peterborough Festival Concert

Wednesday June 24th 2009

The final concert of the year was held at the Town Hall. It gave the members who were leaving a final opportunity to entertain us. Well done and good luck to everyone in the future.

Brenda Rattray workshop

Saturday June 6th 2009

funded by Peterborough Youth Bank

funded by Peterborough Youth Bank

The workshop by Brenda Rattray gave everyone a chance to forget the pressures of exams. Brenda's enthusiasm inspired the youngsters to express themselves singing in parts and harmony to African and Gospel songs.

The Free workshop was organised by Members of the senior choir and was funded by a grant from Peterborough Youth Bank.

15th Anniversary Gala Concert

Saturday May 16th 2009

The choir celebrated it's 15th Anniversary with an entertaining performance which included songs by Carter, Seiber, Jenkins and John Rutter. Ben and Joanna also demonstrated their talents on the piano.

Well done to everyone for creating such a wonderful evening.

"Songs for May days" - St Mary's Church Buckden

Saturday May 2nd 2009

As the choir has had several enjoyable weekend trips to Buckden Towers, our second charity concert this year was part of St Mary's Church Music Festival, which was in aid of their Living Stones Appeal.

The choirs performance was well received with with everyone saying how brilliant and inspiring it was. The following report of the evening's entertainment was submitted to the Hunts Post.

The summer series of concerts at Buckden Parish Church got off to a fine start on Saturday 2nd May. The Peterborough Young Singers began by singing John Rutter's “For the Beauty of the Earth” which set the tone for the evening. Their intonation was perfect and their young, fresh voices were a joy to listen to. They sang other Rutter pieces but they were equally at ease with the Three Hungarian Folk Songs by Matyas Seiber which were delivered at a very fast tempo but with excellent diction. They showed mature sensitivity in two movements from Karl Jenkins's “The Armed Man”. The high standard of this choir which comprises young people form 8 to 21 years of age is due to the talent and hard work of its conductor, Benjamin Horden who joined the accompanist, Christopher Woodward in a duet for organ. They achieved remarkable effects in a transcription of a set of variations by Mozart originally written for string quartet. The audience was captivated by the enthusiasm of the choir and also by the discipline they showed throughout the evening. Their last song “The Rhythm of Life” reflected their energetic approach to their performance and we left the church with a spring in our step.
Well done everyone involved for making this such a success.

John Rutter Workshop

Saturday April 25th 2009

The choir organised a master class in singing given by the composer and conductor John Rutter.

One lady said she couldn't believe she was actually in the same room as John Rutter. She’s loved his music for many years and “to sing it—with Him—today—wow!!”

A big thank you goes to everyone who worked so hard to make this such an enjoyable day, and particularly to Richard Allum for helping us at such short notice.

Hereward Harmony - Youth Workshop

Saturday April 18th 2009

Members from both the choirs joined a Free workshop on 4 part a'cappella singing which had been organised by Hereward Harmony at the Fleet. They also took part in an evening concert where the girls sang "Lean on me", and the boys sang "Bare Necessities" along with members of the National Barbershop Youth Chorus.