FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS
Those who wish to sing always find a song. Saturday 25th June 2022.
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS
Those who wish to sing always find a song. Saturday 25th June 2022.
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Festival of Choirs - Saturday 25th June 2022 at 6.30pm at AKS School

Some years ago we had the idea of starting a Choir Night on the Saturday evening of LSA Music Festival. It was decided that it should be non-competitive and open to all choirs no matter what their size, style or ability. An adjudicator made helpful and encouraging comments after each choir had sung but only if each choir wished them to do so. Over the years the event has grown and changed in small ways but it is still essentially run to the same format.

An interesting observation is how year by year each choir has grown and evolved, in some cases exploring more adventurous repertoire or trying a new idea, sometimes as a direct influence from hearing another choir with a different style.

The important thing is that everybody thoroughly enjoys the event and at the interval, when cold drinks and biscuits are provided, the room is buzzing with chatter, camaraderie and enthusiasm for making music together.

The festival organising team warmly welcome your feedback on any of the recent events and would love to hear any ideas you may have on the direction that we should go in the future, post Covid-19.

In 2022 we are thrilled to welcome the experienced Alistair MacKenzie as our adjudicator.

Saturday 25th June 2022.
The following choirs will be performing in June

Do come to this enjoyable event at AKS School, which follows success at earlier Festivals.
Eight choirs will perform 2 contrasting pieces each and the festival will start at 6.30pm. There will be an entrance charge of £3.00 per singer & £5.00 per supporter and audience member.

For more information contact Sylvia Howard – Music Co-ordinator [email protected]

This year we are delighted to include these choirs:

 
The Freckleton SingersThe Encore Singers
Kirkham SingersCapricorn Singers
St Bede’s School ChoirGathered Voices
Elswick SingersSoundwaves
 
 

FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS ADJUDICATOR

Alistair MacKenzie

Alistair hails from the Wirral and was born in 1960; his first appointment was that of organist and choirmaster of a local church at the age of 14. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied organ, piano, harpsichord and choral conducting and has studied with Dr. Francis Jackson OBE and Dame Gilliam Weir for whom he has also performed in master classes. His post-graduate study was at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he was awarded a major scholarship in organ studies and became Sub-Organist at Glasgow Cathedral.

Alistair has performed in many cathedrals, churches, concert halls and universities throughout Great Britain. He has directed courses for the Royal School of Church Music, adjudicated for and performed in national and local music festivals and conducted choirs in Austria, Czech Republic, France and Germany. His recordings and broadcasts include those for BBC television and radio.

Following a lengthy career in education as head of department at independent schools across the UK, he is now enjoying semi-retirement with a busy schedule as conductor, organist and pianist. He is Organist at St. Annes Parish Church, Lytham St. Annes, Musical Director of Fleetwood and District Choral Society and he directs the Lidun Singers of St Annes.