Pershore Town Choir
The choir, formed in 2007 by the current Musical Director, David Barclay, has more than doubled in number over the past decade and under David’s skilful leadership, is developing a wide-ranging repertoire which includes choral music, unaccompanied songs from the 16th century, secular and sacred works and more contemporary music including pieces by Adele.
We are happy to learn requested pieces for weddings, provided we have sufficient notice, but also have a separate repertoire for weddings and funerals.
Fun, Friendly, Welcoming
2017, our 10th Anniversary year, is proving to be very busy for us. We have been on tour to on tour to Bad Neustadt, Pershore’s twin town, and hosted a visiting choir from the USA, taking part in a joint concert with them in Pershore Abbey. We got soaked singing on a float for Pershore Carnival and very hot singing in Pershore Bandstand!
We recently sang at the Pershore Plum Fayre and are currently rehearsing for a wedding in Tewkesbury Abbey followed by our Autumn and Christmas Concerts and a number of private events.
David Barclay was born in Nottingham in 1971 and sang as a Treble in the Parish Church Choir. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, under the Scottish Tenor William McAlpine. David’s first appointment was in Liverpool as a Lay Clerk at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King where he began teaching singing at St Edward’s College. Later as Director of the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir he conducted many acclaimed concerts, including several with the Cathedral Orchestra. He retains his close links with the Cathedral often returning as guest conductor or tenor soloist.
Early in 2005 he was appointed Director of Music at Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire and during his two year tenure at the Abbey he established a Junior Choir. Later the same year he was appointed Musical Director of Kidderminster Male Choir followed by Pershore Town Choir in January 2007. His most recent appointment is that of Principal Cantoris Tenor Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral which commenced in September 2008. He also teaches singing at Chipping Campden School in Gloucestershire and continues to enjoy a varied career singing, directing, composing and arranging.
As a professional Lyric Tenor, he sings an eclectic repertoire from French Melodié, German Leider, Opera and Oratorio to Neopolitan Song, English and German Operetta, Songs from the Shows and Popular Classics. His engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and St Johannes Passion (Evangelist), Mozart’s Requiem, Schumann’s epic song-cycle Dichterliebe and a recital of French Melodie by Reynaldo Hahn.
Lucas joined Pershore Town Choir in January, 2015. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Vanessa Latarche, Victor Sangorgio, and Fali Pavri, and studied harpsichord (continuo playing) under John Langdon.
Lucus works as a piano accompanist for theatrical societies and choral societies and for students taking their music examinations. He has also been a columnist for the Watford Observer, St Albans Observer (2003 – 2005), Worcester News (2003 – 2011) and of various society websites.