The Wingrave Singers

Wingrave Singers in concertThe Wingrave Singers are based in a village near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 40 miles north of London. They first sang as a choir in September, 1976 at a harvest evensong in the parish church under the direction of their founder Robert Taylor, whose intention was to bring cathedral-style singing to the village. It was in the following year, amidst celebrations of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, however, that the choir, augmented by members of St Margaret’s Singers of which Robert was a member, performed its first concert.

The Singers’ early years centred on monthly choral evensongs at the parish church as well as regular concerts, often featuring the now world-famous conductor Richard Hickox and members of his orchestra.

In May 1981 the Singers sang a weekend of services at Canterbury Cathedral, deputising for the cathedral choir whilst it was on holiday. The success of this occasion, both musically and socially, made sure that such cathedral visits became a regular feature of the choir’s itinerary. There are now few English cathedrals that have not benefited from hearing the ‘Wingrave sound’!

Wingrave SingersWhen Robert moved to Hampshire in 1987, he was succeeded as director by Malcolm Bury. Since 1990, when Malcolm moved abroad, the choir has been directed by John Alexander (1990 to 1995), Tim Donaldson (1995 to 1996), Kelvin Turner (1996 to 2000), Colin Spinks (2000 to 2009) and Alexander Campkin (2009 to present). Each has made his own mark, introducing fresh ideas and repertoire and, of course, new friends, whilst endeavouring to maintain the most important traditions: links with the church and community in Wingrave, cathedral visits, accessible local concerts, musical excellence, fun and laughter.

The Wingrave Singers have been the featured choir in the Langlais Festival, having taken part in it since it began in 2005.

The local press have been following the Singers’ performances; see article in the Bucks Herald.