Friday, December 26, 2008

Halcyon Days

The Halcyon Singers were formed in 2003 under the leadership of outgoing conductor Rose Bottomley, pictured above. Now the gran-of-three is determined to find a replacement so that she can return to the ranks as a soprano. Rose, who teaches piano and singing, said: "I really don't want to see the Singers fold, but I can't carry on running it. I want to spend more time with my family and on my other hobbies, like painting and travelling."

The successful candidate will have to have exemplary organisational skills, and naturally, an interest in music and singing. They will be responsible for organising rehearsals, choosing the programme and arranging performances. And the new conductor should be willing to accommodate the occasional big name from the world of music. In 2006, the Halcyon Singers performed with Guisborough lass and international opera star Sarah Sweeting.

The 30 members perform concerts singing a variety of popular hits from the musicals and, as well as a new conductor, they are looking for more members to join their ranks.
Rose said: "We'd really like some more younger members to come and join us, with lots of energy and ideas."

Brenda Marquis is in charge of publicity for the Singers, and was first in a long line to pay tribute to the director. She said: "Rose started this group with just eight people, and now we have more than 30 members. She has made an enjoyable hobby popular for so many people, and it will be great to still have her around."

If anyone is interested in leading the Halcyon singers, or joining as a singer, they can contact Rose on 01287 209123.