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TUESDAY SINGERS

Rehearsals every Tuesday at 10.00am at St Marks Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Rd, Maidenhead SL6 5BH


            

ABOUT US
HELEN STYLES


Helen first directed a choir for a church production of Jonah Man Jazz when she was 14. Born into a musical family Helen went on to study violin, piano, voice and organ and attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Her singing really took off when she was awarded a choral scholarship to Christ’s College Cambridge where she studied veterinary medicine.

She has broad musical tastes and is equally at home conducting sacred choral works, opera, musicals and jazz. Recent conducting highlights include:  Bach Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah and Vivadli Gloria with full orchestra and soloists; a fully-staged production of Annie and working with a Jazz Trio to perform Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass.

As a singer she has performed and broadcast both at home and abroad. As an oratorio soloist (Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Mass in C);  in orchestral song cycles (Berlioz les Nuits d’ete, Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn) and on stage (Meg, Brigadoon; Mother Abbess, Sound of Music; Prince Orlovsky, Die Fledermaus).

Helen believes passionately that music is for everyone, and the friendships made through music-making can last a lifetime. 

Helen worked as a practising vet for nine years (specialising in cats), but is now following her heart and earning her living making music. In addition to the Tuesday Singers Helen is also Musical Director of Laudamus and the Twyford Singers, and is a qualified Suzuki violin and viola teacher. She lives locally with her family.
JAMES CHURCH


James has had a passion for choral music since an early age and supports many choirs in Maidenhead and the surrounding area. He graduated from Chichester University in 2006 after winning the Robert Headley Music Prize.

James’ most recent London cabaret work includes :  Jessica Martin; A Celebration of Judy Garland  (Hackney Empire); An Evening with Maria Kesselman; Gregg Edelman: Broadway State of Mind; Bryan Batt: Batt on a Hot Tin Roof and Russell Grant & Martin Milnes: Songs We Always Wanted To Sing - But Were Never Allowed To (2014 London Cabaret Award nomination). For nine years, James produced his own Cabaret Night at  Norden Farm where he worked with some of the biggest names in theatre, such as Anita Harris, Jess Conrad, Hannah Waddingham, Sally Ann Triplett, Liz Robertson, and  Rosemary Ashe.      

James’ London theatre work includes Bumblescratch with Darren Day (Adelphi Theatre), the acclaimed pie-shop revival of Sweeney Todd; Julian Slade's Free As Air; Ivor Novello’s Gay's the Word & Gyles Brandreth’s Now We Are Sixty. James made his West-End debut in ‘Dora’; a tribute to Dora Bryan at Her Majesty's Theatre. Recent recordings include Bumblescratch, Free as Air and Gay's the Word cast albums.
OUR HISTORY
Ruth Hand
Maggie Davis
John Timewell
In February 1967 Ruth Hand
decided to start a Ladies Choir,
she advertised in the Maidenhead
Advertiser for anyone interested.
8 ladies applied, so a choir was
formed. Why the name Berusca?
These were the first letters of
Ruth's family, Bert, Ruth Susan
and Caroline. The choir met in
Ruth's house and the ladies who
had young children brought them along.
50 years ago there were many Music Festivals around
the country, at the first local one which the choir
entered we sang The Elizabethan Serenade. The choir
entered many more festivals including Ealing,
Croydon, Cheltenham and Blackpool. Sometimes as
many as three a year. By now there were about 24
members. We entertained many local Derby and Joan
clubs and once were a backing group for 'The Wizard
of Oz at the Hexagon theatre in Reading and The
Fulcrum in Slough.
When Ruth retired to Devon in 1986 Maggie Davis
became our conductor, at the same
time Richard West became our
pianist. It was at this time that the
choir changed it's name to The
Tuesday Singers as Tuesday was
rehearsal morning. We still sang in
Maggie's house but as more
members joined we needed to
change venue. We had a room at
the Crown at Cookham for a short
time, eventually coming to The Methodist Church,
Allenby Road where we have been ever since.
We still sang at small clubs and
annually sang for a Masonic
Christmas party. Any money
collected was given to charity.
We still sang each year in the
Music Festival and won the
shield most years. In 1997
Maggie went to live in Ireland.
That is when John Timewell
became our musical director. It was John who
suggested we have a large charity concert each year.
We still sang at small venues but also at a number of
charity luncheons to raise money for local charities.
By now there were 50 members so it was suggested
that a committee was formed to help run our
activities smoothly.
Graham Barker
Pippa Eden
The Maidenhead Festival was still on our agenda and
we sang at the opening concert of Norden Farm
Centre of the Arts in 2000. John retired from the
choir in 2007 and for a year we were conducted by
Adam Balkwill, a young graduate from Cambridge
University. He left us to continue his musical
education at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2008 when Adam left we
were led by Pippa Eden ,she
introduced us to some
different songs including
songs from the shows. We
were now doing fewer small
engagements but still doing 2
large charity concerts each
year. These included one for
Alexander Devine at which
Michael Parkinson attended. It was in 2008 that
James Church became our accompanist and he is still
playing for us in 2017.
Pippa left us in 2011 and for a year we were without a
conductor but we still had our charity concerts with
the help of our assistant conductor, Maggie Fletcher
who is a member of the choir. For the concerts
themselves Graham
Barker kindly stepped in
to conduct. Eventually we
were able to get a
conductor, Colleen
Garret, who stayed with
us from 2012-2013.
Colleen had connections
with SSAFA and we raised
money for a bed hoist for
injured soldiers at Headley Court, Defence
Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey.
We are now up to date because in 2013 Helen Styles
became our Musical Director and we have done some
very different music with her including Abba and
Cantique de Jean
Racine. We
continue to
flourish and at
present there are
33 members. We
are a very
friendly group
and we are always looking for new members. If you
would like to join us you would be made very
welcome.
Tuesday Singers