written by Ann Graver June 2008
It all began with our first performance on the 6th December 1994. How nerve racking was that, having formed the choir only 3 months earlier. All went well under the guiding hand of our choir master Peter Leonard and accompanist Diana Pordham. We must have sounded okay, as we (about 30) were invited to take part in the Framingham Earl School Christmas Carol concert on the 14th December. We had fun and enjoyed singing, and gradually our confidence grew. We even had a write up in the EDP on the 16th February 1996 following a Valentine’s evening concert at Framingham Earl High School, where we had tackled a mixed programme, including items from the musicals, the 1930’s and the 1960’s.
Our members ranged in age from students to… shall we say, the “not so young.” What a great time we had singing in churches, schools, village halls and even the odd garden or two. Over the years we have helped to raise funds for local communities as we love to give our support when we can. We have tackled a wide range and difficulty of music, from classical to modern and German to Russian, challenged by Peter on many an occasion, with outcomes that have surprised us all – the hard work was certainly worth it!
On the 24th March 2000 to help celebrate the Millennium, we performed an evening of Victorian Music at the Trinity Hall, Shotesham. In keeping with the theme we dressed in Victorian costume, supported by a Master of Ceremonies – Charles Parsons to oversee the whole event. What a memorable time.
Sadly in 2001, we lost one of our founder members Jill, and we found ourselves singing at her funeral in the July. Since then however, we have sung on happier occasions, at numerous weddings and various celebrations, including our own 10 year anniversary concert in 2005.
Peter and Diana officially retired from the choir in 2008. Peter has occasionally helped us with the choir since his retirement and Diana has returned as our accompanist.