What a magnificent event – again!

After our Summer Concert on 21st June 2016, at Elbow Lane Methodist Church –  we received some lovely feedback from the Reverend David Watts:

“ENCORE, ENCORE, ENCORE! WHAT A MAGNIFICENT EVENT – AGAIN. We wondered how many would come…but the church was packed. We needed to have our hearts uplifted – and we had just that – a large group of ‘angels’ giving us hope – joy – and contentment. Please pass on my feelings of gratitude, to ALL MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR – NOT FORGETTING YOUR LEADER – and the brilliant ACCOMPANIST.”

Shirley Tomlinson’s ‘Thank You’ in verse!

The following poem was written by Shirley Tomlinson after our Summer Concert in June 2016. Shirley writes her own poems and performs them at local events, including at some of our concerts!

“I’ve just been to a concert                                            With the Sefton Ladies Choir,                                      And their varied music programme                          Was all we could desire.

Their ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’                                   Set all our feet a.tapping,                                         Evoking happy memories                                       Reflected in our clapping.

Then on to gentler pieces –                                             Folk songs and ‘Brigadoon’                                         Roller coaster of emotions                                             Stirred by these lovely tunes.

Les Mis’ songs spoke of sadness                                   But no sooner did they fade                                         Than the mood completely altered-                               An emotional tirade                                                     Made us want to sing the Marseillaise                       And man the barricades!

From ‘Happy Day’ to ‘Annie’s Song’                               With expertise so sure                                                     We visited ‘South Pacific’                                                     And washed our hair once more.

And what of Ceri Williams?                                           Not averse to dressing up!                                             How we admired his flowery bra                                       With the extra spacious cup.

Of his brilliant musicianship                                               We couldn’t get enough.                                                   As a South Pacific maiden –                                             He sure can strut his stuff!

A truly magic evening,                                                       Thanks -Sefton Ladies Choir,                                         And your inspirational leader Lynne                                 Who sets you all on fire.”

Thanks Shirley – such a brilliant tribute – we love you too!!

 

Summer Concert: Tuesday 21st June 2016

Join us for an Enchanted Summer Evening of music and song: music to…” soothe the ear, And the heart and the senses” Maria Callas

The theme of this concert is women’s experiences

Tickets: £5 including refreshments.

 ON: 21st June 2016 @ 7.30pm – 9.30 pm

 AT: Elbow Lane Methodist Church, Formby,    Liverpool, L37 4AF

Soloist: Rachel Burnett                                               Poems written and read by Shirley Tomlinson

Entrance fee is £5 payable on the door

Plus raffle in aid of Cancer Research

All welcome!

Ceri and Lynne at work

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Lynne Rogers, Musical Director of Sefton Ladies Choir alongside Ceri Williams, accompanist .

Lynne Rogers MA, BA Hons, CTABRSM

Lynne Rogers originally studied Theology at Manchester University before travelling to Italy to study singing under Maestro Arrigo Pola, who famously taught Pavarotti. She then studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a Masters in Performance Studies.

Currently Lynne has a busy career as a freelance soprano, singing teacher and choral director. She is a gifted concert and oratorio performer and gives concerts and recitals regularly. Her broadcasts have included BBC1, ITV, S4C, Radio 3 and she is also a regular member of the BBC Daily Service Singers which broadcasts on Radio 4. She particularly enjoys 20th Century English Song repertoire and has sung in France, Holland, Italy and throughout the UK.

Lynne currently teaches singing at Liverpool Hope University and St Vincent’s School, a school specialising in the education of the visually impaired. She also adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has directed a number of ensembles, amongst which are show choirs, opera choruses and youth choirs. She currently conducts for Southport U3A choir, Richard Hart Singers and of course, Sefton Ladies’ Choir.

Ceri Williams: Accompanist

Ceri began playing the piano aged 9 and the clarinet a year later while at primary junior school. He continued to be involved in music throughout school in orchestra, wind-bands and choirs including playing with the Liverpool Schools’ Orchestra at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has since established himself as a regular accompanist for singers in concerts and music festivals. Ceri moved to Southport and founded the choir, Octave, in 1998; he has been its musical director ever since.

About Ceri Williams

Ceri Williams

Accompanist at Sefton Ladies Choir for many years.

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See below for info about Ceri from the internet….

Ceri founded the choir, Octave, in 1998 and has been its musical director ever since.

He began playing the piano aged 9 and the clarinet a year later while at primary junior school. He continued to be involved in music throughout school in orchestra, wind-bands and choirs including playing with the Liverpool Schools’ Orchestra at St. Paul’s Cathedral. At age 16 he became church organist at Oakvale United Reformed Church in Liverpool. After secondary school he attended Mabel Fetcher Technical College studying music to A level and taking his teaching diploma. But after college he went into the jewellery trade, continuing his music playing and singing with local orchestras, wind-bands and operatic societies throughout Liverpool. He also established himself as a regular accompanist for singers in concerts and music festivals. At the age of 21 he worked as musical director with St. Paul’s (Seacombe) Amateur Operatic Society with their production of Die Fledermaus.

He moved to Southport in 1985 and began to work with local music groups and continue his work as an accompanist. In 2001 he was MD for the Birkdale Orpheus Operatic Society’s production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and assistant MD for SONG in Children of Eden. Octave began in 1998 and rapidly became established in the local area and continues with rehearsals every week and performances two or three times a year.

Four years ago Ceri made the decision to make music his full-time occupation and now teaches piano and clarinet, continues his role as organist for Ainsdale Methodist Church and is an independent organist for weddings and funerals. He is much in demand in his work as an accompanist and has been the MD for several recent Gilbert and Sullivan operas performed by Hoghton Players.

Welcome Lynne Rogers

Lynne Rogers

Became Musical Director at Sefton Ladies Choir in April 2014

 See below for info about Lynne from the internet…… 

A soprano who originally studied Theology at Manchester University before travelling to Italy to study singing under Maestro Arrigo Pola, Lynne then went to Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a Masters in Performance Studies. Currently Lynne has a busy portfolio career as a singing teacher, choral director and freelance soprano. She is a gifted concert and oratorio performer and is a regular member of the BBC Daily Service Singers which broadcasts daily on Radio 4. In addition to conducting a number of choirs Lynne currently teaches singing at Liverpool Hope University and is Head of Choral Studies at St. Edward’s College, the choir school for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Lynne’s freelance career has seen her perform in many interesting places; St George’s Chapel, Windsor and Lisieux Cathedral to name but two. She is a familiar face with many local choral societies and can often be heard giving solo recitals. She has sung in a number of world premieres and was featured in the BBC drama All the Small Things. She has also sung on Songs of Praise and is a regular performer on BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service.  She was even on S4C with Russel Watson!

However, Lynne is very honoured  to participate in important occasions and celebrations for people. As a wedding singer Lynne’s singing enhances an already joyous occasion. She is very happy to learn a ‘special song’ or suggest music that you might like to have at your wedding. During the sad time of a funeral, families and friends often don’t want to sing and Lynne is happy to lead the singing and perhaps perform a piece which is special to the family. This uplifts the service and helps to make a sad occasion more special.

Lynne also sings at parties, which is always fun. She has had some lovely experiences, most notably at a wedding where the bride didn’t want speeches and asked Lynne to give a recital instead. She provided a lovely concert of light classical music and musicals. Whatever your needs, Lynne is always happy to try and accommodate them.

Lynne Rogers Soprano
Telephone: 07946 440 479
E-mail: lynnerogers_soprano@yahoo.co.uk