Midhurst concert beckons for young Hampshire singers

Young singers from Hampshire will hit the high notes in a special concert coming up in St Mary Magdalen and St Denys Parish Church, Midhurst.

The concert on Friday August, 17 at 7.30pm marks the end of a residential week for Hampshire County Youth Choir at Lodge Hill nearby.

Admission will be free, with donations and a collection taken for music at the church. All welcome.

Keith Clark, who will be directing, said: “The programme will include something for everyone, with a colourful mix of motets, part-songs, folk-song and pop-song arrangements and a number of lighter elements.”

The concert will be the culmination of the 45-strong choir’s work at Lodge Hill, a residential centre near Pulborough, during the previous week.

Keith, previously a music teacher at Westergate School and director of music at St Nicholas Church in Arundel for six years, said he has very fond memories of his time in West Sussex. Keith led the Westergate Chorale which had a membership of over 100 pupils. Keith was also the founder of the Six Village Choir which is still strong in the area.

The Hampshire County Youth Choir is one of the county ensembles of the Hampshire Music Service. It is open for membership to any young people, between the age of 14 and 21, who enjoy singing.

Its key aims are: to provide high-quality choral and vocal opportunities for all members, at all levels of expertise; and to provide enjoyable singing activities that extend members’ abilities and develop their skills and knowledge.