Old and new for Lea Singers in Harpenden

A concert of choir commissions and favourites gets The Lea Singers’ 50th anniversary season underway next Saturday, November 6.

Fresh from singing the services at Winchester Cathedral this weekend, the choir will be performing at St John’s Church in Southdown, Harpenden.

They will be accompanied by schoolboy organist Edward Picton-Turbervill who became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and organ scholar elect at St John’s Cambridge this summer at the age of 17.

For the concert, The Lea Singers are performing Romantic pieces by Rheinberger and Stanford, the beguiling Sleep by Eric Whitacre and English classics by Walton and Howells.

The choir has also sung new music throughout their half a century and is performing the best of their own commissions by such leading lights of British music as Judith Bingham and Huw Watkins as well as a commission by Herts-based composer Timothy Blinko and a new piece by John Pickard, himself a Lea Singer.

The concert, conducted by James Sherlock, begins at 7.30pm and tickets at �13 with concessions �11 and under-16s �5 which includes free programmes and refreshments are available by calling 01582 761246.