The A Cappella Singers first met in February 1995, when it was felt there was a need for a different kind of choir in East Lancashire, one that could tackle the sort of music not normally heard from the larger choirs in the area.
The first concert was in Great Harwood in June 1995, and the choir has grown from the original 15 members to 25, many of whom are founder members. For more information on membership contact our Secretary on 01254 249280.
The repertoire is extremely varied, and by no means all "a cappella"! It ranges from part songs and English folksong arrangements, church anthems and motets, through the more traditional larger-scale works such as Haydn Masses and Handel’s Coronation Anthems, to modern choral works such as John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit – a particular favourite – and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. A fine line-up of ladies’ voices allowing performances of such gorgeous pieces as Schubert’s The Lord is My Shepherd. The choir has also given concert performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
The Musical Director is Rory Johnston who, having graduated from Manchester University, is currently studying for an MMus in Composition. The choir is fortunate to have Bill Ashton as its accompanist. It is also lucky to have among its members some gifted soloists, enabling concerts of works that include solo parts to be performed without having to call on outside assistance.
The choir, which is an auditioned choir, meets weekly in Wilpshire, on Wednesdays in school term time, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm to rehearse, and aims to perform one concert each term, usually for local charities. Performances have taken place in many churches and other venues around East Lancashire, Preston, the Fylde Coast and West Yorkshire.