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Phoenix Choir 21st April 2012 – Singing songs their way!

Added on: 1st May, 2012 by Caalie_4570

 Phoenix Choir 21st April 2012 – Singing songs their way!

Singing with passion (photo: Paul Halhead -

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Tue, 1 May 2012

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Tongham based contemporary choir Phoenix gave a rousing performance to two packed audiences last Saturday, as Seale hosted their concert in aid of Marie Curie.

For those of you who don’t know, Seale is a sleepy village on the outskirts of Farnham with a small population and a quaint 12th century church. And it’s very, very peaceful.

Except of course on Saturday 21st April, when Tongham’s Phoenix Choir took over the village hall to entertain their family and friends with their distinctive and eclectic repertoire of pop songs, classics and the odd show tune. They performed two concerts, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, both in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, who the choir have been supporting for a number of months.

The afternoon concert was a bright, family orientated event. Tea and cakes (made by the choir members) were served by the choir’s marvellous team of helpers and audience members varied in age from 0 to 100! By contrast, the evening performance was a rather more grown up affair – mostly in that the cake was served with wine rather than tea!

The choir themselves were on top form. They sang through their set of 20 choral arrangements and solos with enthusiasm and obvious passion. Members of the audience afterwards commented on the punchy brilliance of “Rhythm of Life”, the touching sensitivity of “Sailing” and the pure euphoria of “Joy To The World”. A favourite with the crowd was a rousing acapella version of “California Dreaming” which had all but the smallest of viewers joining in enthusiastically. The time and effort put in by all was very apparent and the sheer joy and pride on the face of Musical Director David Ricketts as he conducted his choir was clear for all to see. Pianist Karl Truscott was a triumph and reduced several audience members to tears with his rousing interpretation of Debussy’s La Cathédrale Engloutie. Which as any pianist will tell you is no mean feat on an electric keyboard!

The whole day was a complete success. The choir did their best performance to date, the audience were thrilled and the event raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause. There was something for everyone and a song for all occasions.

The Phoenix Choir are always looking to recruit new members. There is no audition process; you just let them know when you’d like to pop along to try it out. They are available for functions and have a wide variety of songs for any occasion however they can discuss commissions if there is a particular song that you would require. The choir supports Marie Curie Cancer Care and have to date raised over £1700 for this exceptional charity and aim to raise much more in the future – keep an eye on our “Performances” page for any upcoming events in your area. Go to or email

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Michaela Riley - 9 Jan, 2015 - 22:41PM

Hello. We are registered charity, Spotlight UK. We are hosting a few variety shows to raise money to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people. This is not a competition it is about having fun and giving children the chance to perform. The first is on 21st Feb at Princes Hall in Aldershot in front of 600 people and the second is 11th April at the Anvil in Basingstoke. Each group can perform up to 9 minute piece. Each participant pays £3 to Spotlight UK's Ray of Hope appeal. We were wondering if your group would be interested in performing. Please let me know asap on 01256 325420.
There will be more dates and venues booked so if cannot make either of these but would be interested in future events, please let me know.

Thank you

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