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 For tickets for any of our concerts, to book the Wedding Choir,  or to book the choir for your event,  contact our concert secretary, Ros Meehan,  on 07862 736766

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Personnel

The Brixi Singers are...

Musical Director

Richard Lea (appointed July 2019)

Sopranos:

Diana Bradley

Eleanor Hill

Stephanie Ives

Sarah Leach

Suzanne Marsh

Eileen Riley

Patricia Zukowskyj

Altos:
 
Kate Booth
 
Glenys Entwistle

Wendy Henshaw

Julie Leach

Ros Meehan

Pauline Murphy

Jeanette Winstanley


Tenors:

Richard Fairclough

David Griffiths

David Jarvis (on sabbatical)

Paul Stanley


Basses:

Michael Booler

Alan Beedie

Tim Henshaw

Choir Officers for 2018/19:

Chair: Eleanor Hill

Vicechair: Jeanette Winstanley

Secretary: Patricia Zukowskyj

Treasurer: David Jarvis

Librarian: Pauline Murphy

Concert Secretary: Ros Meehan

Publicity: David Griffiths

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Who are we?
 

The Brixi Singers were formed in 1994 as a small chamber choir in Bolton, to perform a variety of works, with a maximum number of 22 singers. This small group first sang in a much larger concert, and the piece they chose to sing was Veni Spiritui Sancto, by a 17th century Czech composer called Brixi. As the group became established, they took inspiration from this, and named their group after this composer! The Brixi Singers undertake 4-6 concerts a year, and have performed many sacred and secular pieces, either alone as a group, or in collaboration with other groups. In this way, they have been able to give small intimate performances of pieces such as Handel's Messiah, and larger works, such as Bach's B Minor Mass, or Karl Orff's Carmina Burana. The Brixi Singers are also much in demand for charity concerts, where a lighter programme is provided, and for weddings. 2004 saw the Brixi Singers on a tour of the Czech Republic, where they sang a sacred concert in the church of St Nicholas, in Prague's Old Town Square, and a much lighter concert in the Colonnades of the spa town of Marianske Laszne. In 2006, the choir toured Belgium, giving a concert in the cathedral of Brussels, and having the immense honour of singing for the daily service at dusk at the Menin Gate in Ypres.  2011 saw the group on tour in Paris, which culminated in a concert in Notre Dame de Paris. Although Bolton in Lancashire is the home town of the Brixi Singers, the choir has sung in places as far apart as Oxford's Merton College Chapel, the Lake District, and on BBC Radio Manchester.  In July 2014,  the Brixi Singers undertook a very successful tour of  concerts in the Rhine Valley in Germany,  centred on Rudesheim, including a spontaneous rendition of the Lorelei Song (in German,  of course),  as we sailed past the Lorelei rock,  on a cruise up the Rhine! In 2017, we toured the West Country,  singing in Bath Abbey,  Exeter Cathedral,  and Buckfast Abbey.  And October 2018 saw us in Mallorca,  singing Mass in Palma Cathedral,  as well as concerts in Campos and the Dragon Caves!

 


 

The Choir performs several concerts every year. These vary from light programmes to some very substantial classical works.  The "Concert Diary" page gives more details of our recent concerts.
 
The Choir can be hired to sing at weddings. Our "Wedding Choir" page gives more details.


 
 


Musical Director:

Our Musical Director is Richard Lea,  who takes over from Rory Wainwright Johnston in September 2019.  Richard is Organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Christ’s and Notre Dame College in Liverpool and was Organ Scholar at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral studying with Noel Rawsthorne, Terence Duffy and Philip Duffy. He was then Organist at the Church of St. Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. He was appointed Organist at the Cathedral in 1999 working with Mervyn Cousins, Keith Orrell, Terence Duffy, Timothy Noon and Christopher McElroy. He has directed various ensembles including Wigan Choral Society, the Brixi Singers, and the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir. From 2016-2018 he was Organist at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, where a superb new organ by Fratelli Ruffatti has been installed. He has made numerous broadcasts and recordings, including three discs of the music of Lefébure Wély (featured in BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains), the complete organ works of the Welsh composer William Mathias and the World Premiere recording of by Sir John Tavener’s Requiem (on EMI with the RLPO and Choir conducted by Vasily Petrenko). Reviews include - ‘it is Richard Lea’s superb playing that steals the show’ (Organists’ Review)’, ‘really first rate playing’, ‘masterful’ (Gramophone), ‘Here is music and playing that will lift your spirits (American Organist), ‘the performances are brilliant…and genuinely moving’ (International Record Review), ‘exemplary performances – 5 stars’ (Orgelnieuws). He has also released a DVD, receiving great reviews – ‘Bravado performances’, ‘This is one of the most outstanding instrumental releases on DVD this year’ (International Record Review), ‘Virtuosic and riveting’, ‘Highly recommended’ (Organists’ Review).