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Musical celebration of Shakespeare will benefit two hospital charities

Hexachordia ANL-160922-124136001
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The Aquarius Singers and Hexachordia are uniting for a fund-raising concert at St John the Evangelist Church in Bury St Edmunds at 7.30pm on October 8.

Hexachordia are masters at performing Elizabethan music and the concert will see them join the Aquarius Singers to present choral settings of Wiliam Shakespeare works to raise funds for the West Suffolk Charity and the Papworth Hospital Charity.

Aquarius member Jan Melero has organised the concert to acknowledge the cancer treatment she received at both hospitals.

It will include works by British composers John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, David Willcocks, Benjamin Britten and John Gardner performed by Suffolk ladies’ choir the Aquarius Singers.

The conductor is Gill Garside, with accompanist Polly Anderson.

The 60-strong choir gives regular performances in aid of local charities and churches, and in the past 15 years has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

With a number of cancer survivors in the group, and all its members having family or friends affected by cancer, these charities

are close to their hearts.

Hexachordia will perform a programme of music from Shakespeare’s time, integrating pieces that would have been heard on the Elizabethan stage with quotations from the Bard’s works.

The trio are experts at recreating Elizabethan music-making both in song and playing a variety of instruments, connecting the present to the past.

The three musicians are Sarah Doig, who studied organ with Harrison Oxley at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Tony Scheuregger, whose studies at Cambridge led him to a career which has seen him composing for and appearing on TV and Jane Scheuregger, a former head chorister at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

In Elizabethan England, the ability to play different musical instruments along with a good singing voice was essential for professional and amateur musicians.

The trio use the quintessentially Elizabethan instrument, the virginals, as well as the lute, viol and recorder.

Tickets cost £8 (under-16s free) and are available in advance from Balaam’s Music in Risbygate Street, or on the door.

Light refreshments will be available, donations are requested.

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