Hat-trick of appearances

HACKNESS Ladies Choir, making its third appearance at South Cliff Methodist Church next Monday, has some new recruits in its ranks.

Ralph Earwicker took over as conductor last September; pianist Frank James is the new accompanist; and there are three new choristers.

The changes took place following the retirement of Monica Daniel, the choir’s conductor and accompanist for many years.

Ralph, 54, is a leadership development manager for an energy company.

No stranger to conducting choirs, he also heads a male voice choir and a mixed choir.

He explains: “I moved to Silpho two years ago and on learning the Hackness Ladies were looking for a replacement conductor I offered my services.

“It’s the first all-female choir I have taken on and this will be our fourth concert together. We are blessed to have someone of Frank James’ talents as accompanist - his wife Griselda is one of the members.

“I’m looking forward to my first visit to South Cliff – I’ve looked it up on the church’s website and it looks a stunning venue”.

The choir will perform a mixture of music to suit all tastes including gospel, African tunes, ballads, George Gershwin’s Summertime, plus a couple of readings and solo spots.

Monday’s show is due to start at 7.45pm.