The Bembridge Singers

The choir that  exists today had its origins as the School Choral Society for Bembridge School (a boarding school at that time) which was set up in 1979 by the Head of Music, Martin Cooke.

 

The choir consisted of pupils and staff from the school as well as some parents and adults from the village. Martin also became the organist for Holy Trinity Church in the village as did two of his successors who  continued to run the choir.  

 

In 1995 Richard Benger took over the choir and the role of church organist for Holy Trinity church during the last few months of the schools existence.

 

When the school closed, the choir moved to the church and the name was changed to `The Bembridge Singers`.

 

Between 2007-08 Stuart McKerracher took over as MD and when he left the position to study music at Oxford, Richard Benger took over again for a short period before Howard Wilkie was appointed in 2009, until he left in the summer of 2012 to take over the role of Musical Director at Newport Minster.

 

The current Musical Director is Richard Hutchins, who has a wide range of experience with choirs of various sizes and age ranges.

 

The choir exists for the enjoyment of the singers, though when concerts are performed money collected goes to a variety of good causes.

 

The choir sings as a traditional 4 section choir with the ladies split into Sopranos and Altos and the men split into Tenor and Bass. There is a small charge each term per member to fund the costs of running the choir.