New Saffron Walden youth choir to perform John Rutter’s ‘Feel the Spirit’ in concert

PUBLISHED: 16:48 15 November 2010

ENJOY a choral treat next week as a youth choir puts in a concert performance of John Rutter’s ‘ Feel the Spirit’.

On Friday November 19, at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church, Saffron Walden composer and conductor Janet Wheeler will be leading her local youth choir, SignuptoSing.

Ms Wheeler said: “This recent work by Rutter is an evocative arrangement of seven wonderful spirituals, such as ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’ and ‘Steal Away’.

“The young singers’ instinctive enthusiasm for the music is irrepressible, and their fresh sound a true delight. A small group of singers will take the mezzo soprano solos, some of whom are already experienced solo performers.”

The concert will include two other choral pieces, and a selection of short solo items. The intimate setting of the Baptist Church will provide an ideal setting in which to appreciate both the ensemble and solo performances. Please support them as they perform this entertaining programme.

The concert will end by 8.30pm.

Tickets: Adults £5 Under 18’s free available from Steph Green on 01799 521614.

For more information and to sign up online for future events visit

• SignuptoSing is a newly established youth choir based in Saffron Walden made up of singers aged between eight and 18 years. It draws singers from primary and secondary schools in the town and surrounding villages as well as further afield in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Singers sign up for each particular project rather than necessarily making a longer-term commitment.

• Janet Wheeler is a highly regarded composer and conductor who enjoys introducing young people to the many and varied facets of choral singing. She currently directs five choirs, including the Saffron Walden Choral Society, the Granta Chorale and the Saffron Walden County High School Youth Choir.

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