Mrs Constantine

Mrs Ceridwen Constantine

Mrs Ceridwen Constantine

Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir regrets to announce the death of its founding Musical Director, Mrs Ceridwen Constantine. Mrs Constantine took up the role of MD at the choirs first rehearsal in 1969, and developed the choir over a period of more than 40 years.

Mrs Constantine had a strong musical background of Welsh choral singing and formal music training at the Northern School of Music in Manchester. This helped to ensure the choirs success, with an emphasis on the through learning of pieces and stage performances without the use of musical copy, ensuring that all attention was focused on the director during a performance so that songs came truly ‘from the heart’.

Her vision for the choir was that it would be non-competitive and that its main aim was to “sing for pleasure”, something that the choir has maintained to the present day. Under her leadership the choir performed a wide variety of songs drawn from a repertoire of over 200 pieces.

As Musical Director ‘Ceri’ oversaw the release of three recordings, “Singing for Pleasure”, recorded in 1975 at the William Brookes School, Much Wenlock. “Were You There”, recorded in 1980 in Birmingham and “On Wenlock Edge”, recorded at the William Brookes School in 1996.

Mrs Constantine retired as Musical Director in 2010 but retained a role as Honorary Life President, and continued to take a keen interest in the choirs work. The choir expresses its sorrow at her loss and its condolences to her family and friends.

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