Welcome to our new Musical Director - Tim Matthews
We welcome Tim Matthews, our new Musical
Director, who took up his baton in January 2014. Tim lives in Crediton,
where he is also Musical Director of North Creedy Choral Society, and
organist and Musical Director at All Saints Parish Church, Okehampton. He
started his choral life as a chorister at Christchurch Cathedral School,
Oxford, developing a lifelong love of music. He teaches piano, organ, theory
and singing. When time allows he also sings with professional choirs around
the South West.
Farewell to Alastair Durden
We say 'farewell' to Alastair Durden, who
retired at the end of 2013 after sixteen years as Musical Director. He has been a tireless
musical force in the choir and will be sadly missed. He has worked extremely
hard to improve the standard and the standing of this local chamber choir,
and his leadership has proved invaluable in their growth over the years. He
feels proudest of the balance of voices he has achieved over the years, and
has worked hard to improve the overall musicality of the choir, giving extra
coaching and encouragement where needed. He not only is a fine conductor but
also has composed several pieces for the choir over the years, which they
have enjoyed learning and performing. The choir wish him all the very best
in his retirement.
Alvington Singers newsletter.
Musical Director, Tim Matthews
Faurè's Requiem on 4th May 2013
Our performance in Stokenham Church on 4th May of Faurè's
Requiem, together with three Psalm settings by John Rutter, 'A Psalm of
Praise' by the choir's musical director Alastair Durden, and two arias from
Mendelssohn's Elijah, drew a capacity audience who enjoyed the
uplifting music they heard. Our photos show the choir and orchestra in
rehearsal, and also our young soprano soloist, Frances Pope, who the Pie
Jesu so beautifully. Frances has completed her final year at
Kingsbridge Community College, where she sang in stage productions such as
“Oliver”, and “Les Misérables”, taking the part of Fantine. In addition she
plays the flute and piano to a high level. She started a university
course last autumn at Kings College, London.
Go to listen to the choir to hear
two excerpts from the performance.