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TUESDAY SINGERS

Rehearsals every Tuesday at 10.00am.
St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, St Mark's Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ



            

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 throughout the South East. He is Musical Director for the Phyllis Court Singers in Henley-on-Thames.
 
James’ most recent cabaret work includes:  Jessica Martin: A Celebration of Judy Garland  (Hackney Empire); An Evening with Maria Kesselman; 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 musical theatre.
 
James’ 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, and  Gyles Brandreth’s Now We Are Sixty. Since moving to London in 2017, James has been working as an audition pianist for Bill Kenwright Ltd., and a repetiteur for a number of drama schools
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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