Richmond concert choir raises money for good causes

Members of ROSCO Choir.

The Richmond Operatic Society’s ROSCO concert choir are celebrating after two successful concerts in April.

The choir presented a concert at Brompton-on-Swale Church, raising £200 towards the church’s support of a school in India

A concert at Richmond Town Hall raised several hundred pounds for the mayor’s charities.

Both concerts were preceded and followed by some light music and easy jazz played by conductor John Hunter, his wife Jane, and various members of the choir.

The choral programme included a wide variety of styles with unaccompanied numbers such as Steal Away and The Way We Were, jazz standards Paper Moon and Blue Moon showbiz medleys from Les Miserables and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

There were also a few light classics – and some delightful solos from well-known local singers Sophie Montgomery, who starred in Richmond Operatic’s My Fair Lady last year, and now sings with the Scottish Opera Youth Company, and Gracie Wills, who is soon to portray the lead role of Deloris in Sister Act at the Georgian Theatre Royal.

Conductor John said: “Both concerts were extremely well received, both for the quality of singing and diversity of the programme – and concluding both with refreshments and light jazz created a lovely relaxed ambience.

“Around half of the choir are members of the Richmond Operatic Society, several in the current production, but I’m pleased that other local singers have joined us along the way.

“We love to welcome any new singers interested in our programme of largely stage and screen music.”

The  choir rehearses every Wednesday evening at the ROS headquarters in Bargate.