On Saturday, as an alternative to the Eurovision Competition, an appreciative audience enjoyed a wonderfully mixed programme of music featuring the Ridgeway Chorale at St Oswald’s Parish Church.  There was music spanning more than 350 years from Purcell to Eric Whitacre and comprising a whistle-stop tour of many musical styles and genres.

Alongside the choir were solo and duet performances by choristers from St Oswald’s Church Choir, Eleri Roberts and Alice Williams, both of whom hold the coveted Gold Award from the Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Voice for Life’ Scheme.

Ridgeway Chorale, led by its Director Richard Grylls, hails from Hertfordshire where it performs regularly in concerts and at events.  The choir travels nationally and internationally each year and presents concerts to raise money for local charities, having raised over £40,000 for such charities since 2001.  The proceeds from Saturday’s concert were offered jointly to St Oswald’s Parish Church and local children’s music charity, Music MOB.