Aquarius Singers set to perform at Ickworth Church next month

The Aquarius Singers

The Aquarius Singers - Credit: Andy Abbott

The Aquarius Singers will performing at Ickworth Church, on the Ickworth Estate, in Horringer, next month.

The 50-strong choir are to focus their concert on choral classics spanning several centuries, with a focus on English composers from Henry Purcell to Lennon and McCartney.

It is taking place at 4pm on Saturday, June 9, and works are to include John Tavener’s Song for Athene, John Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing and Clare Benediction, and settings of The Lord is My Shepherd by Franz Schubert and contemporary composer Will Todd.

Purcell’s triumphant Come Ye Sons of Art, composed in 1694 to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary II, will close the performance.

Proceeds from the event will support the restoration of the church.

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The Aquarius Singers was founded in 1999 by Gill Garside, who directs the choir through its programme of weekly rehearsals and regular performances in west Suffolk and beyond. The choir has raised tens of thousands of pounds for local churches and charities as well as national causes such as Macmillan Cancer Care.

She said: “We are delighted to have been invited back to the church in the park. It is such a beautiful setting for this very special building and close to our hearts. We hope many people will walk down through the meadows to hear some lovely music on what will hopefully be a warm and sunny afternoon.”

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Polly Anderson is the choir’s accompanist and soloist and is also the director of Chedburgh Community Choir, which is performing at Ickworth Church on July 1. She and Gill are also members of Classic Femme, a quartet which will be performing at the Marquess of Bristol’s garden party on June 22.

Tickets for the concert on June 9 are £6 and available on the door, or from John Porter, telephone 01284 735596.

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