Rossendale Ladies Choir


Beatrice Wade Memorial Concert


St. Marys Church, Rawtenstall, 9 May 2014


Rossendale Ladies Choir with guest artiste Alwyn Mellor  



What a wonderful tribute this concert was to Miss Beatrice Wade, former conductor of the Rossendale Ladies and Rossendale Male Voice Choirs.  This was certainly a concert that Beatrice, who made such a considerable contribution to music in the Rossendale Valley, would have enjoyed herself.


The concert was attended by MP Jake Berry, the Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Amanda Robertson, Sheila Conway the choir president, and a plethora of other people who were buzzing with positive comments about the evening.


The Rossendale Ladies Choir, which has been singing for over thirty years in the valley, were conducted by Kate Shipway and accompanied by Renee Halstead.  The choir presented a rich and diverse selection of choral music including religious works and modern music.  A range of African pieces were performed with a particularly moving piece written by Alan Simmons to commemorate Nelson Mandela.  Some songs formerly conducted by Beatrice were also part of the programme.


The magnificent Alwyn Mellor, the new choir patron, was a musical tour-de-force and bounced her impressive top notes right off the roof of this lovely church.  She sang a range of music including operatic pieces by Puccini to more modern works by Gershwin and a piece she originally sang when she was in the choir many years ago “We’ve only just Begun” by Williams/Nichols, as her own special tribute to Miss Wade.


The Rossendale Ladies Choir was very honoured to sing three pieces together with Alwyn including the beautiful and poignant Laudate Dominum by Mozart.  Alwyn was expertly accompanied by Angela Livingstone, a noted pianist, who had travelled up from Cardiff especially for the occasion.


What a wonderful and memorable evening this was for everybody there.  The Ladies Choir members had even made a selection of delicious cakes for the interval.


Alwyn concluded the evening with a special rendition of The Lord’s Prayer.


Rest in Peace, the much loved and respected Beatrice Wade.


Janice Crowley

Rossendale Ladies Choir


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