About Quire - Colchester Pheonix World Music Quire

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About Quire

We are world music community choir based in Colchester, Essex

Established by Professor Bill Tamblyn that offers the opportunity to have fun singing a varied and exciting program of music from around the world

We sing as a large choir usually in four parts, and for some there is the opportunity sing duets or solos.

We learn music from many traditions including Gospel, Folk, Fasola, West Gallery and Work Songs

Many songs are sung in native languages including various African languages, Hispanic, British, Celtic, Russian, German, Maori, Irish and Dutch
We perform several concerts a year in a variety of venues, including theatres, churches and village halls.

Performances are lively, audience-friendly, exuberant and straight from the heart. We dance, clap, click our fingers and stamp our feet and enter into the spirit of songs we sing.

We performed in Hull during its year as city of culture, at the Arts, Music and Culture festival in Langudic Brittany France, An Open Garden Day in West Bergholt for the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation and at the Thames Barge Race in Maldon where we sang on the quayside as the barges returned
Musical Director - Sarah White

Sarah’s philosophy is that music should be fun, enjoyable and accessible to all!

She started her musical adventures at the age of 10 when she discovered the piano and swiftly added the organ and flute to her repertoire. In her student years she was choral scholar at York where she started her formal singing training.
Whilst secondary teaching in Yorkshire she was taught first by Vivienne Pike and then by former Kathleen Ferrier award winner, Margaret Duckworth.

Sarah believes that there is always more to learn and in 30 years of teaching pupils from ages 4 to 78 she has built up a vast repertoire ranging from Palestrina to present day pop via music from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and America.  

Her enthusiasm for music is evident with Quire and is one of the leading lights, willing to help other members and taking solos when asked. Her party piece is I like to sing in opera which she has performed on several occasions with great hilarity

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