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The choir began as a concert party in 1981, evolving into Guilsfield Singers 8 years later. We currently number around 35 voices, enjoy the challenge of a wide repertoire and constantly aspire to raising our standards even higher.
Paul began learning piano and singing in church choirs at the age of seven before progressing to learning the organ. A career in secondary education brought him to mid-Wales and in 2017 he joined Guilsfield Singers, first as accompanist and later as Musical Director.
Since conducting Fauré’s Requiem at the age of 15, Paul has conducted choral societies and music theatre groups, so has a wide range of musical interests and experiences which has resulted in a varied (and challenging) diet for Guilsfield Singers; a ‘Ceremony of Psalms’ concert programme featured Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms which was both musically and linguistically interesting! As a contrast, for a summer programme he directed a semi-staged performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury.
After almost 18 months’ enforced silence due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions, followed by a period of re-establishing the choir, Guilsfield Singers are now truly back in business. The road ahead for the choir will be one of fresh challenges and great opportunities in our remodelled world. Work to attract new members and further expand the repertoire are priorities, and with Paul at the helm the choir is well-placed to achieve these goals.
Our regular performances are two Christmas concerts in local churches, an Spring concert which is usually a substantial classical work often with professional musicians, then a lighter Summer Concert with supper.
In the past we have also sung at Eucharist and Evensong services at Worcester and Lichfield Cathedrals.
We welcome invitations to sing at local events, in Remembrance Services or private celebrations, weddings or funerals.