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History of Parbold Chamber Choir

Parbold Chamber Choir was founded in 1987 by David Lewis, then organist and choir master at Our Lady & All Saints' RC Church, Parbold. (He was also Head of Music at St. John Rigby Sixth Form College). In a sense, our choir 'evolved' from his church choir. Starting out with only sixteen singers, the choir’s first concert item was Zadok the Priest. At first, all the choir’s concerts took place in Our Lady & All Saints RC Church, Parbold.

Under David Lewis' leadership, Parbold Chamber Choir’s most ambitious undertaking was participating in the Parbold Festival in 1994. The festival included having a concert featuring the renowned Tallis Scholars and our own choir, together with the Bach Choir from Southport singing Bach’s B Minor Mass. This was supported at the time by the Parbold Parish Council.

When David Lewis left the choir after ten years, Richard Lea (who subsequently became Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool) conducted the choir for 12 months. Richard Lea was involved with Parbold Chamber Choir from quite early on, particularly as our accompanist at concerts. Richard Lea started a series of exchange visits with a choir from La Possonnière in France. The last exchange visit took place in France in 2011.

Paul Chamberlain took over as musical director of the Parbold Chamber Choir in 1998, developing and challenging the choir as well as conducting many successful concerts. Paul Chamberlain, who also has a very fine baritone voice, maintains his association with the choir and often features as one of our most popular soloists.

In 2007, Jim Cooke, our present musical director, picked up the baton and took over as musical director. Peter Kwater has been accompanying the choir since 2000. We are very fortunate in having such accomplished and talented musicians leading and developing the choir.

The choir’s musical directors, past and present, have all shared a love of music with us and we, as a choir, are seeking to continue this tradition of sharing our love of music with our audiences.