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For a Singer (celebrating SGB 1915-1980)

Christine Bennett - soprano - ( She has sung since childhood, at home, in church, at school, in shows. She has been a member of the St James's Church Choir (Bushey) since 1976 (with a break). Her first formal singing lessons took place while she was at University in the 1970s and her current teacher is Julie Bale.

Whenever she was at home from university, she would sing with the Priory Cross Group Choir (centred on Fincham, in the north of the diocese), with their organist, Christopher J Young. She was a member of her parish church (St James, Bushey) choir when it visited in 2010 to sing services at Ely Cathedral. Her most precious memory of singing here was when she had the privilege of being part of the "warm-up act", to keep the congregation in festive mood as they had a long wait before the start of the 13th Centenary service on 23 June 1973.

She took up singing professionally nine years ago. Although her original career was not in singing, she is experienced as a soloist: singing oratorio, opera arias, art songs, early music and church music, as well as a wide range of popular, humorous, and folk songs. Her oratorio repertoire includes music by Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Vaughan Williams. On several occasions, she has been a soprano soloist for the Bushey Festival Gala Concerts. She has sung as soloist for Harrow Philharmonic Choir, Potters Bar and Hertford Choral Societies, and Simeon Singers (formerly Louth Chorale) as well as, privately, for a number of life-step events (such as weddings and special birthdays). She has been invited to sing as a member of the select chorus of OperaHerts, singing occasional "chorus solos".

Christine teaches beginners using the course devised by The Singing School, Bushey.

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