The Fisher Singers began life as a community choir linked to St John Fisher High school back in 2003. Since then we have welcomed many new members and have sung a wide variety of music. One of our first ventures was to take on David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, complete with Zulu dancers. The composer himself attended our concert in Ripon Cathedral. Other large scale concerts have included Carmina Burana, Messiah, Mozart Requiem, and Jenkins Mass for the Armed Man.
In 2014, a group from the choir took part in an international choir festival in Malta and In October 2015, we travelled to Paris to sing the Fauré Requiem. Our very first international venture was however a very successful a choral exchange with a choir in San Diego, California.
In addition to performing in Ripon cathedral, our performance venues have included Leeds Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, Harrogate, the Royal Hall and the International Conference Centre.
We aim to perform a large choral work with orchestra each year, and always enjoy the lighter repertoire in our summer concert, which usually raises substantial sums for a variety of charities. In July 2016, we enjoyed an evening of operatic and music theatre music, with former Opera North soloist, David Owen-Lewis and former student members who have now gone on to sing professionally. There are no auditions, all that is required is a love of music and a desire to sing! We meet every Monday evening at St John Fisher High School and new members are always welcome. June Garbutt is the musical director, and Nigel Beetles is our accompanist.