MUSICAL director Michael Barlow conducted the Hurst Green Singers for the last time at the summer concert at St Johns Church, Hurst Green.
After more than 30 years with the Singers , he is standing down and he chose a special programme to mark the occasion; it included music by Haydn – Mass in Time of War; Tippett – Spirituals from a Child of Our Time; a piano duet; some solos as well as music by Parry and, Michael himself.
The concert featured the Hurst Green Sinfonia and Alec Crowe (organist and pianist) who will be accompanying the choir and there are four splendid soloists: Anna Cavaliero (soprano); Anna Prowse (mezzo-soprano); Hiroshi Amako (tenor); James Geidt (bass)
Michael studied music at the Universities of Hull and London, and his whole career has been devoted to running school music departments, particularly at Trent College and Limpsfield’s Hazelwood School. In 2000 he embarked on a freelance career, teaching piano, organ, singing, theory and composition.
In addition to conducting Hurst Green Singers, Michael also conducted the Shoreham Singers, is director of music at Westerham Parish Church and frequently acts as a freelance accompanist, organist and tenor. He continues to compose when time permits.
At the end of the concert, the choir sprung a musical surprise on Michael by singing “The Music’s Always There with You” by Rutter which he very much appreciated.
The choir presented Michael with a CD collection of vocal music and a cheque as a token of their appreciation for all that he has done for them. The gifts were handed over by Hurst Green Singers Mark Coulshed.