Choir seeking new direction

Members of the St Cecilia Singers choir

Members of the St Cecilia Singers choir

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A popular choir which has been going for nearly 70 years is preparing to say goodbye to its musical director.

Stephen Bell joined the St Cecilia Singers, of Rushden, in 2007 but is planning to leave the choir to move back to Northampton.

He will be leaving the choir in November and its members, who in the past have performed at venues such as Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London, are beginning the search to find his replacement now.

Mr Bell, 48, of Wellingborough, said: “I’ve had many, many highlights during my time with the choir, including our performance of Handel’s Messiah last November. The choir sings with great passion and it was incredible to hear them perform such a wonderful piece of music.

“But I feel it’s time to move on and make way for someone else.”

The closing date for applications for the post of musical director is April 30. Suitable applicants will be interviewed, and those shortlisted will be expected to audition with the choir.

St Cecilia Singers chairman Roy Benning, who has been with the choir for more than 30 years, said: “Stephen has been a superb conductor who knows how to get the best out of us.

“We now need to find someone of the calibre of Stephen or even better, if that’s possible.”

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