Wherwell Singers enjoyed a rehearsal in April with Guest Conductor Brian Kay, following a successful charity auction bid by Director Dale Webb.
Brian led us through a selection of works for our forthcoming concert, honing the choir’s technique and encouraging us both to sing without the music and smile, breathe and pitch our notes more effectively.
It was a warm Spring evening and the choir enjoyed canapés and drinks in the interval, with a chance to enjoy further anecdotes from our genial and effective guest conductor.
Our thanks to Brian for a most enjoyable and educational evening, which received publicity in both the Hampshire Chronicle and Andover Advertiser.
Brian was a founder member of the King’s Singers. He is noted as a choral conductor, being conductor of the Leith Hill Musical Festival and former director of the Huddersfield Choral Society. He is Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus.
On radio, he has been a presenter of Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 and until 2006 presented 3 for All and Brian Kay’s Light Programme, a weekly programme about light music on BBC Radio 3. His many presentations for BBC radio have also included Brian Kay’s Sunday Morning, and Choirworks, the popular programmes Melodies for You and Friday Night is Music Night, and for Radio 4, Comparing Notes and Music in Mind. His former BBC World Service programme Classics with Kay reached an audience of millions all over the world. Brian’s television presentations have included the competitions to find the Cardiff Singer of the World and the Choir of the Year, and every year since 1996, the New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna. He has twice won a Sony Award as Music Presenter of the Year, including the coveted Gold Award in 1996.
On the concert platform, he presents and narrates concerts with many of the leading orchestras. His narrations include Peter and the Wolf, Paddington Bear’s First Concert, Tubby the Tuba, Babar the Elephant, The Snowman, The Musicians of Bremen, Walton’s Facade, Honegger’s King David and Bliss’s Morning Heroes.
Brian has twice appeared at the Royal Variety Show, and was the voice of Papageno in the film Amadeus and the lowest frog in the Paul McCartney song We All Stand Together (The Frog’s Chorus)!