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  • Life Membership award for Janet
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 6 Nov 2019
    Life Membership award for Janet
    One of our longest serving Baritones, Janet, was presented with the Phoenix Life Membership award by President, Fi, and Musical Director, Lynda.  Janet joined Phoenix chorus in 1988!
  • Get to know interview: Sue Wilson, Lead Section Leader
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2019
    Get to know interview: Sue Wilson, Lead Section Leader

    How long have you been in Chorus ,what section do you sing and what role/s do you play?
    SUE: 27 years! I joined on an open evening, we had a cup of tea while I listened to (and fell in love with) the Barbershop style. Within minutes Lynda told me to put my tea down and join the end of the front row! I auditioned a few weeks later (I sang my audition song twice because I loved doing it so much) and joined the chorus. I’ve sung tenor for about 24 of those years and I have moved across to the lead section now as my voice is changing as I get older.

    I’m currently lead section leader which basically means that I manage the section (there are 26 leads at present) and I have 4 team leaders working with me so the section has structure. I’m also on the choreo team, developing presentation and showmanship for Chorus. I’m past President and Chairwoman and I have served on the committee for many years and I have always played a role in the fundraising efforts we do. I’m also a member of the music team.


    Other singing activities?
    SUE: I love to sing but I also love to learn, improve and stretch myself a bit! So I’m also in a quartet called Capella (I sing tenor in this quartet) and we competed in Ireland in October at our first contest.


    What are your Highlight/s of being in Chorus?
    SUE: I started singing competitively when I was 6 years old. I had the most wonderful head master, who when it came to music, he put his heart and soul into it. I guess I’ve always wanted to have his passion. What a man! I’ve sung in school choirs, community groups, Police Service choirs (I sang for the Duke of Wellington once!), Stevenage Ladies Choir and for a number of years I sang with the Hatfield Philharmonic (I probably should tell you that I can’t read music!)
    I genuinely love my chorus. To me, it’s just like home. I can be whoever I want and the ladies in the chorus just take you for who you are. I’ve never known a nicer bunch of people who I can absolutely count on as dear friends. I do thoroughly enjoy competing and having a goal to work towards and in getting there, no two rehearsals are ever the same!
    My favourite song is “Auld Lang Syne” it’s quite a dated piece which you rarely hear these days. Another favourite is “The masquerade is over” - two beautiful ballads. I also love Funky Rudolf, but don’t tell Lynda!


    What would you say to anyone thinking of joining Phoenix?
    SUE: Why would I join Phoenix? Because it’s a place where I can be me. I love to sing and I love to be with people who like to work hard at something and achieve goals. I’ve never been in a club quite like Phoenix, it’s a very special bunch of ladies indeed!
    If you’re thinking of joining, do it! Don’t listen to us and think “crikey, I couldn’t do that” The truth is, you can do it, but like us, you don’t know until you try. You don’t have to be a music reader, you do need to be able to carry a tune, but there are four different voice parts to choose from. It’s quite a commitment to make, but I honestly don’t think you’ll regret it!
     

  • Meet our President!
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Oct 2019
    Meet our President!
    How long have you been in Phoenix Chorus ,what section do you sing and how long have you been President?

    FIONA: I’ve been in chorus since January 2008 when I joined as a ‘hitch-hiker’ going to International in Hawaii.
    I sing tenor and I’ve been President so far for 3 years


    Do you have other singing activities?
    FIONA: Throughout my life if I have played sport and sung so, in 2005, when the harmony singing group that I was part of folded, I was glad to see a local newspaper advert asking for new members for a ladies a cappella harmony group. So I joined Cambridge Harmony which was then named County Connection We performed many sing-outs for local events and competed annually at Region 31 Convention. I attended a ‘Fame’ Singing Day run by Phoenix and then completed a successful audition to hitch-hike with Phoenix to Hawaii. I was a dual member of both Cambridge and Phoenix for many years and Team Leader of Cambridge for 6 years. I then decided to leave Cambridge to concentrate on singing quartet and with Phoenix. I was honoured to be elected President of Phoenix in 2016.

    Highlight/s of being in Phoenix Chorus?
    FIONA: Outstanding moments include singing in Westminster Cathedral and in the MGM Arena in Las Vegas as well as having the opportunity to bring amazing music to everyone that we entertain.

    Favourite song ever performed?
    FIONA: I’ve always loved ‘ If I give my Heart to you’ and the emotional energy that chorus conveys when they sing it and our current uptune 'I Got Rhythm' is extremely challenging but the greatest fun!

    What would you say to anyone thinking of joining Phoenix Chorus?
    FIONA: Apart from the acknowledged health benefits to be gained from singing, being part of an amazing group of women like Phoenix gives you more than 60 good friends who will support you through thick and thin. A cappella singing is challenging but when you nail it and see the smiles on the faces of your audience or an emotional ballad brings tears - there is nothing more satisfying. Phoenix requires a huge amount of commitment but it really is worth every second!
     
  • Phoenix Chorus win bronze at IABS Convention
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 9 Oct 2019
    Phoenix Chorus win bronze at IABS Convention
    Phoenix Chorus were proud to earn a bronze medal at IABS2019 in Killarney, Ireland.  We all had a fabulous time, and made lots of new friends! 

     
  • Phoenix Sing on Anglia News for Christmas 2017
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 12 Dec 2017
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