Milestones

 

The Rushley Singers

 

                The Rushley Singers, based in Hest Bank on the edge of Morecambe Bay, are an SATB Chamber Choir of around 25 voices who celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2012. The choir began with a group of friends coming together to sing for fun and quickly found a role supporting local and national charities with their fund-raising. Over the years, repertoire has covered part-songs, spirituals and major works including Mozart’s “Vespers”, Brahms’ “Ein Deutches Requiem”, Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

               The emphasis now is mainly on church music from the Tudor period to the present day. In December 2011 the singers led a choir of over 400 taking part in a Flash-mob “Hallelujah Chorus” in Lancaster city centre. The choir aims to present three concerts each year including the annual Christmas concert in Lancaster’s beautiful and iconic Ashton Memorial. They also make periodic appearances in Blackburn Cathedral to lead the worship.

               The choir was founded by Rachael Lee, who remains the Musical Director. In recruiting, Rachael has paid particular attention to encouraging young singers so that the choir has almost always had one or two student members. The Rushley Singers are privileged to have Andy Plowman, an accomplished organist and pianist, as their accompanist.