Journey Into Space

Our most recent concert took place on 20th May 2017 and had the theme Journey into Space.  We kicked off with a performance of Richard Strauss’s ‘Sunrise’ fanfare, leading straight into ‘The Heavens are Telling’ from Haydn’s Creation.  The rest of the concert included space-themed classics such as David Bowie’s Space Oddity, Joe Meek’s Telstar, Gustav Holst’s Jupiter Fantasia, Urban Spaceman, Venus in Blue Jeans, Fly Me to the Moon, Shine on Harvest Moon and and some wonderful solos and duets, including Here Comes the Sun and Carolina Moon.  We rounded off a very enjoyable evening with a full-choir performance of Wonderful World.

All Mozart

Close up of choir in churchOur All Mozart concert took place on 26th November 2016.  We performed the lovely ‘Missa Brevis in D’ with choir, soloists & string ensemble and continuo, as well as the beautiful ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ and solos/choruses from Mozart’s dazzling operatic output.

The Musical World of Lerner & Loewe

The Ross Penyard Singers presented and performed ‘The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe’ in front of a packed house at The Venue on 21st May 2016.  Under the expert leadership of our Choirmaster, Mr John Frith, and ably supported by pianist Phil Holland, we presented a range of medleys from ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Camelot’ and ‘Paint Your Wagon’.  In addition, a number of soloists sang excerpts from ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Gigi’ and ‘Camelot’, topped by John’s excellent rendition of ‘How to Handle a Woman!’, and some passable impersonations of Maurice Chevalier.
Following the  success of our concert, we were invited to perform at the Ross-on-Wye ‘Mayor-Making’ ceremony at the Larruperz Centre on the evening of 6th June.  While the new mayor was being dressed in his raiments, we sang excerpts from ‘My Fair Lady’ to the audience, again conducted by John and supported by Joe Scrivener on the keyboard.


Choral Classics

On 28th November 2015, the Ross Penyard Singers presented an evening of Choral Classics.  Under conductor John Frith, and with string ensemble and continuo accompaniment, we sang Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Zadok the Priest, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Pavane and concluded with the magnificent Faure’s Requiem, with soloists Joanne Sparkes (soprano) and Peter Wells (baritone).


Our concert with the theme of ‘Angels’ took place on 16th May 2015 at The Venue in Ross-on-Wye.  The programme included Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck; The Holy City by Stephen Adams; the Negro Spiritual Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, arranged by J Frith; The Angel’s Farewell by Elgar, adapted by J Frith; One More Angel in Heaven by A Lloyd Webber, arranged by J Frith; Fools Rush In by Rube Bloom; Until It’s Time for You to Go by Buffy Sainte-Marie; Angels by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers; Daisy Bell by Harry Dacre; and an Angels Medley arranged by J Frith.  The soprano soloists were Joanne Sparkes and Pam Frith.  The evening also featured two piano solos by Peter Johnson.

Our Special Relationship

Our Special Relationship with the US dates from William Penn and the founding fathers. Our shared language and culture (especially in those early colonial days) has created a mutual bond that we still enjoy today.

In our concert held on 29th November 2014 we highlighted the importance of the work of the ‘English Folk Movement’ spearheaded by Cecil Sharp and his musician colleagues without whom we would be much the poorer. Collectively these men travelled the length and breadth of this country seeking out (often elderly) folk singers who could still remember local traditional songs learned from grandparents and great grandparents. Because of their passion for collecting, many wonderful folk songs that could have been lost forever are now preserved and written down.

In addition, we explored some songs that have become so deeply embedded in the culture of our two nations that one could argue for for their inclusion in the national ‘folk canon’ and who can say whether these songs will, indeed, be viewed by future generations as the folk music of our own times.

The Ross Penyard Singers were very pleased to present the exceptional musical talents of 16-year-old Huw Sparkes (violin & saxophone) supported by Philip Holland (tenor & pianist) Tessa Frith (bass guitar) Pam Frith (keyboard) and Carol Killinger (narrator).  We performed the following:

  • 1. Sourwood Mountain (Tennessee Folk Song) arr. J. Rutter
  • 2. The House of the Rising Sun, Traditional arr. J. Frith
    Soprano: Joanne Sparkes
  • 3. An American Medley, Dvorak/Foster arr. J. Frith Violin and Piano
  • 4. O Waly, Waly, Somerset folk-song, arr. J. Rutter
    Quartet: Joanne Sparkes, Pam Frith, Philip Holland, John Frith
  • 5. Linden Lea, R. Vaughan Williams
    Soloists: Liz and Dave Berry
  • 6. Afton Water, Scottish folk-song, arr. D Willcocks
  • 7. I Got A Robe
    Soloists: Jo Fishpool,  Michael Arnold
  • 8. Summertime, G. Gershwin
    Soprano: Pam Frith
  • 9. I Love my Love, Cornish Folk Song, arr. G. Holst
  • 10. Chanson de Matin, E. Elgar, Op. 15 No. 2 Violin and Piano
  • 11. Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, S. Foster, arr. A Simmons
  • 12. Among The Leaves So Green O, English folk-song, arr. J Byrt
    Quintet: Joanne Sparkes, Pam Frith, Tessa Frith, Philip Holland, John Frith
  • 13. The Keel Row


Come and Join Us!

Ross Penyard Singers are a very friendly, non-auditioning choir and we welcome new voices.

Please join us at 7pm at Ashfield Park Primary School,  Redhill Road, Ross on Wye, HR9 5AU, on Wednesdays during school term time.

Call John on 01531 634675 for more information, or just come along on the night. You’ll be very welcome.

  • Have some fun on a Wednesday evening
  • We sing a range of musical styles, old and new
  • You don’t have to be able to read music
  • We even make time in rehearsals for tea and cake!

La Dolce Diva

On Saturday 5th April 2014 our concert was Popular Operatic Choruses, performed at yZone youth and arts centre, Hill St, Ross-on-Wye. [Read more…]


We  were delighted that Ledbury Choral Society and Tarrington Brass joined us at John Kyrle High School on Saturday November 16th for the second performance of our Musical Director, John Frith’s, composition ‘Jubilate!’  This specially commissioned mass was premiered at a wonderful concert we did in March at Ledbury Parish Church. This time, Parry’s “I Was Glad” (well-known from the Queen’s coronation service) and Dvorak’s “Te Deum”, together with other works performed by the choirs and brass, provided a very varied concert programme.

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Choir’s Out!

Rehearsals have stopped for the summer, to start again on September 4th 2013 at Christ Church, Ross-on-Wye.

To celebrate the “end of term” we enjoyed good company and a summer BBQ on 13th July at the home of Liz and Dave, and we thank them for their hospitality.