The Hills Singers at Christ Church, Malvern in 2017.
Liz Johnson, local composer of Colwall Requiem for Aleppo
I was struck by the beautifully blended sound of each voice part, it is a very well-balanced choir. It was wonderful to hear such musical commitment from all four parts.
Ruth Forecast, Voices for the Unheard, 1st July 2017
Malvern Hills Amnesty Group, published in Malvern Gazette, July 2017
Thank you to the Hills Singers Choir [sic] whose wonderful concert, Voices of the Unheard, was performed on Saturday July 1 in aid of Amnesty International UK (Malvern Hills Group).
The programme was chosen by the Hills Singers was to accentuate the human rights work of Amnesty in a musical way.
The programme clearly reflected this in the variety and wide range of music from negro spirituals and songs to help through difficult times.
Some of the pieces were particularly memorable, such as the local composer Liz Johnson’s Why Do The Nations Rage Together and folk songs The Deportees and Morecambe Bay reminding us of those terrible disasters suffered by Mexican fruit pickers and Chinese cockle pickers. These are the real Voices of the Unheard and very relevant to present times and news.
The final pieces in the second half such as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Balm [in Gilead] ended to fill us with joy.
A truly beautiful evening of choral music and significant for our present times in light of Amnesty’s petition to bring an end to indefinite detention.
A heartfelt thank you to all of the Hills Singers from us all at Malvern Hills Amnesty Group. It was unforgettable.
Simon Berridge (THE SIXTEEN), workshop, April 2017
“You are a most responsive choir… When are you performing [Monteverdi Mass for Four Voices (1650) and Tippett Five Negro Spirituals]?… I have a very busy May, but if I can make it, I’ll definitely come.”
Malvern Gazette 1 May 2015
There’s lots happening at our church
Christ Church has certainly seen some diverse activities recently. It is good to see the community in our building for whatever reason and fulfilling a role as an important meeting place in Malvern.
Our most grateful thanks to Carol Green and The Hills Singers for performing at Christ Church (on Saturday 18 April).
As usual, they brought with them their own unique talent as we experience the swift transition from century to century with their theme of Love and Devotion. The programme ranged from serious to light-hearted and pure fun, and all interspersed with very appropriate readings.
A most enjoyable evening of entertainment and we hope they will return soon. Thank you to Harry for his lovely cakes, which were much enjoyed by all. Angela Green
Family member at Tewkesbury Abbey funeral 7.1.16
“I wanted to say your singers were wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. I kept looking over to them when the hymns were singing and thinking how pleased Mum would have been. Please say thank you to them for me.”
Operations Director, The Cottage in the Wood, Hotel & Restaurant, Great Malvern. Christmas Eve carols sung in aid of St Richard’s Hospice 24.12.15
“Thanks so much for your performance on Christmas Eve. It was a really special touch again to the evening. Would you be happy to do the same this coming Christmas?”
Audience comments on ‘SING JOYFULLY’ AT ASCENSION CHURCH MALVERN 23.5.13
“I just wanted to say again what a great achievement Carol Green and the Hills Singers made in performing the Martin Mass so well. It was a real treat to hear it live in Malvern. Well done – I can’t say it enough”
“I was absolutely bowled over”
“It was the best I have ever heard you sing”
“An excellent performance and the readings fitted beautifully. It was altogether a thoroughly enjoyable concert. Well done, Hills Singers!”
A Celebration of the Life of Hermione Mary Gerry, St Peter’s Church, Upper Arley 16.9.13
“There was not nearly enough time after the service to get around and to say to you how much the family, and I, appreciated the choirs’ contribution to the service. You, plural, did wonderful renderings of Hermione’s chosen pieces and it added greatly to the sense of occasion and was remarked upon by many I have spoken to. With very many thanks, Andrew Gerry.”
Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter 29 June 2012
THE HILLS SINGERS AT CHRIST CHURCH
It couldn’t have been a worse night in June, cold, wet and windy, but inside the church we had a feast of music and poetry to delight us and we wouldn’t have missed it for anything. An audience of 60 braved the elements and were rewarded with a tribute to 60 years of music and verse.
The works were largely unaccompanied under the leadership of their musical director Carol Green as we heard Britten, Finzi and Ireland, interspersed with John Masefield and Cecil Day Lewis and Vaughan Williams and Rutter and, of course, Betjeman. We even had a Beatles medley and more modern pieces including the most recent Poet Laureates Andrew Motion and Carol Ann Duffy.
An interval of refreshments and delicious cakes, provided by Harry Green, made for a perfect evening’s entertainment to feed the soul as well as the body.
We are very grateful to the Hills Singers for their generosity in donating £300 towards maintaining our beautiful building.