Leith Hill Timeline Choir concert

On 21 October the Leith Hill Timeline Choir will be performing an early evening concert inspired by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in his childhood home, Leith Hill Place.

Taking inspiration from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ devotion to the collection, preservation and celebration of traditional music from all over the British Isles, the choir weave together songs collected by the composer in Sussex and Surrey with other folk music from the South East, including songs from the collections of the well-known local scholar-musician Lucy Broadwood and Horsham’s Victorian bell-ringing, singing shoe-maker Henry Burstow.

In between the beautiful songs the choir share stories about the colourful local characters they were collected from, as well as some of Vaughan Williams’ personal thoughts as he wrote them down. Alongside the composer’s favourite folk song, Bushes and Briars, which inspired him to begin his song collecting travels, you can hear such favourites as The Water is Wide, The Trees They Do Grow High, Just as the Tide Was Flowing, John Barleycorn and (of course) Greensleeves – listen and enjoy these ancient English melodies as you watch the sun begin to set over Leith Hill.

Leith Hill Timeline Choir, conducted by Stef Conner and Claire Robins, is a friendly and light-hearted but artistically ambitious choir with a mission to celebrate history and heritage in song. Their repertoire includes a mixture of medieval, renaissance and English choral music, as well as vintage standards and folk songs, all specially arranged so that non-sight-readers and sight-readers alike can learn at a good pace and feel nurtured and challenged in equal measure.

Since its inception in 2014, the choir has performed several concerts locally and in London and collaborated with excellent soloists, including Susannah Austin, Lisa J Coates and Juice Vocal Ensemble. Last year composer Kerry Andrew composed the choir’s first new commission to honour the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Stef and Claire strive to balance supportiveness, humour and good fun with musical ambitiousness and detailed knowledge of repertoire. 

The concert is on Saturday 21 October frrom 4:30-5:30pm. Tickets cost £12 per person and need to be pre-booked on 0344 249 1895. There will also be a workshop earlier in the day for those who would like to learn to sing with a few members of the choir. The workshop will be from 2:30-3:30pm and costs £10 per person and can be booked on the same number above.