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December 2011

A fabulous concert at the CBSO centre in Birmingham kicked off the Christmas celebrations for many of us this year. It was our 10th anniversary 'Christmas Cracker Concert' and we all enjoyed singing alongside the 'Northern Brass Quintet'. 

(Go to the Christmas Concert link to hear some of our songs.)

A recording of the afternoon performance was made by CBSO which will be added to this site as soon as possible.

Sept 2011

As we complete our 10th anniversary the Phoenix Singers are very proud to boast that we have been able to donate over £20,000 to local charities over the years

Sept 2011 Phoenix Singers AGM Wednesday 21 September: Chairman Sue Wright welcomed new committee members Pat Turner, Ruth Capewell and Derek Garfield whilst thanking out going committee members Marian Smith, Alan Bailey and Eric Jones for their hard work and support over many years.

July 2011
A wonderful joint concert with our friends from the 'Midlands Hospitals Choir' was very well received on Saturday night 23 July at the Adrian Boult Hall. The highlight second half of Howard Goodall's requiem Eternal Light was enjoyed by singers and audience alike.
Early feedback of an audience members was 'If you were performing it again tomorrow night I would be coming again!' Photos to follow and further feedback. 

June 2011
Stone Choral concert took place in Stone Staffordshire
A comment was made from one of 'Stone Chorals' sternest critics who said: 
'It was the best Summer concert ever performed that he has known since the choirs foundation in 1968.'
High praise indeed, Phoenix Singers with their MD Matt Beckingham were pleased to play apart.

Matt Beckingham, Charley Penn and friends jamming after a 
wonderful concert at Stone Chorals Summer concert.

June 2011: 
Phoenix in Italy
Phoenix Singers holiday to Italy May 29 to 4 June 2011

A party of 50 Phoenix Singers family and friends, accompanied by MD Matt Beckingham and accompanist Sara Wilander shared a wonderful week together in Tuscanny Italy. The holiday incorporated two concerts in lovely churches also local excursions.
For additional photos got to our web 'Photos' page also the following links offer additional choir members photo gallerys they have kindly offered:

*Phoenix Singers are sincerely grateful to Acfea Legato Tours for the brilliant organisation of this specialised holiday, they can be contacted at email:

April 2011:
Sunday 3 April Town Hall Birmingham
'Bournville Young Singers' 25th Anniversary concert
 (Involving Phoenix Singers and local school children's choirs)
(Photos courtesy of Brad Baker for further go to photos page) 

"A fantastic performance" 

'Phoenix Singers' were delighted to appear at 'Bournville Young Singers’ 25th Anniversary Concert in Town Hall Birmingham on Sunday 3 April. This concert brought together primary children, ourselves and BYS to perform individual items, followed by joint pieces, World Song by Mike Brewer, OBE, and Zimbe! by Alexander L'Estrange.

A great time was had by all, especially with the exuberant African music getting everyone involved. A wonderful celebration of music-making, involving all ages from 5 - 90.

Sue Wright Chairman of Phoenix Singers

March 2011: 
In preparation for the forthcoming Town Hall Birmingham concert,all choirs involved have been extremely fortunate to experience rehearsals led by both Alexander L'estrange(Arranger of 'Zimbe')and Mike Brewer.

Mike will conduct at the concert his arrangement a musical celebration, based on songs from five continents entitled 'Worldsong'  

Mike Brewer OBE has been director of the National Youth Choir since 1983. He is a consultant to over 20 award-winning UK choirs and travels the world to teach vocal and conducting techniques.
He is also regularly involved with the BBC TV last choir standing series.

January 2011:  
Annual Phoenix Singers Choir Party Night 
80 Phoenix Singers and friends had any enjoyable evening Friday 14 th January at the Eaton Hotel. 

                              From left: Chris Bryant,Bob and sally Powell,Mike and Anne White

Dec 2010: Phoenix Singers 'Christmas Carol Concert' Saturday 12 December both matinee and evening concerts were very well attended and from feedback very much enjoyed with its audience participation. Alex Hicks of 'Focus Birmingham' thanked everyone for their support and £465 was taken in the bucket swing after the concerts. The contribution from the choir for our charity concert will be confirmed at a later date.