Big challenge for small choir

Portsmouth-based choir Wyndcliffe Voices – founded in 1990 by music teacher, conductor and composer Philip Drew – comes to Worthing on June 15 to give a concert in St Botolph’s Church, Lansdowne Road at 7.30pm.

Since its foundation, the choir has performed 344 different pieces by 147 composers in 43 different venues including Chichester and Guildford Cathedrals and both the Anglican and RC Cathedrals in Portsmouth.

When Philip started the group, he wanted a small choir of his own to conduct that would be capable of performing challenging music, and Wyndcliffe Voices currently comprises around 25-30 voices (depending upon availability).

The repertoire leans towards Renaissance polyphony although music from other periods – particularly the 20th century English choral tradition – also figures in the group’s performances. Renaissance composers William Byrd, Tomas Victoria and Orlando Gibbons (all of whom will be represented in the St Botolph’s programme) have been the most frequently performed.

Admission to the concert is free, but there will be a retiring collection.