Our History

Our History

Our History

History

Where it all began

In February 1980 the Reverend Richard Owen obtained permission to use the Moraira Church for Anglican services and in 1982 the Moraira Church Choir was created.

By 1990 the choir had swelled to 34 members and was invited to sing with Spanish choirs, fiestas and for the Catholic Church on holy days.

Some members of the Moraira Church Choir decided that they would also like to sing popular music. They met on a Thursday for sacred music and in the afternoon for popular music – this group was called “Friends in Harmony.”

In May 1994 the English Choir Teulada was officially created as an association.

Our History

History

Our key figures

The choir has seen a number of musical directors and accompanists and in 2004  welcomed Heather Butcher as our accompanist.

Jo Baldwin took over the baton in 2009 with huge enthusiasm, musical and language skills.

Later, Jan Gardner-Brown stepped to the front and led the Choir.

Shortly after this, we were pleased to welcome another very talented lady, Kirsty Glen as our new accompanist.

We were delighted to secure the talents of  John Oliver Edwards as our Musical Director in September 2022. John has expanded the range of the choir with events such as “The Bond Experience”, “Choral Overload”, “Eurovision!” as well as  Zoom rehearsals and vocal training!

Our History

History

Our performances

The choir prides itself on a wide and varied repertoire and is never afraid to try something new to add to the programme.

We have performed many times for various Moraira/Teulada occasions from singing for the Pensionistas and entertaining the attendees at the Alzheimer’s Day Care Centre in Teuluda and taking part in the Moors and Christians celebrations.

We sang for the British Legion at their 90th anniversary celebrations in a brand new concert hall in Alicante. We have also sung in the excellent Teulada Concert Hall (Auditorio) on a number of occasions with other local choirs.

We have performed in Lliber, and in Moraira for the Lions Club with the Salvation Army band.

After the amazing “Bond Experience” in November, our Christmas sing-alongs at in Teulada and Saxo Moraira were great fun and so busy – which helped boost the collections for the local charities that we support.  A magical Christmas concert in Benitachell church rounded off 2023.

Our History

History

Onwards and upwards

The effect of Covid in 2020 & 2021 along with the changes to “freedom of movement” through the EU had a big impact on the English Choir.

Our numbers dropped, many of our long serving members no longer had the flexibility of spending all the winter months in Spain.

But no one keeps The English Choir down for long. As soon as was possible, we started rehearsals again, this time in a new venue due to the social distancing policies. 

Our singers comprise many nationalities, with almost a third of the choir not from England.

We have been rehearsing in the Pensionistas building in Teulada for around 20 years.

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