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Phoenix Help Heroes

October 15th, 2010 Isle of Wight County Press by Ross Findon

The Phoexix Choir perform for Help for Heroes

There was good reason for the Phoenix Choir to be on song when they performed in aid of Help for Heroes on Saturday.

The 40-strong choir held a concert at Bembridge Methodist Church, whiched raised more than £860 for the cause.

The charity was particulary close to the heart of one choirester, Geoff Giles, who is also secretary of Sandown and Shanklin Rugby Club.

Mr Giles said "I was in the Royal Air Force and my eldest son followed me, while my youngest son was in the Rpyal Engineers and helped to build Camp Bastion and my son-in-law is in the Royal Navy." As well as raising cash with a retiring admission Help for Heroes merchandise was sold, raising more than £100 towards the total.

Choir's Repertoire Ranges Far and Wide

May 13th, 2011 Isle of Wight County Press

The Phoenix Choir performing at Newport Minster

A concert to raise funds for a Newport church's restoration project was held by the Phoenix Choir.

The concert, Pavarotti to Presley, held at Newport Minster on Saturday, featured music from Phantom of the Opera and West Side story.

The 50-strong choir also sung songs made famous by Luciano Pavarotti and Elvis Presley.

The concert raised about £600, which will be doubled by an anonymous donor and the money will go towards the church's renewal campaign.

A Window of Opportunity

September 30th, 2011 Isle of Wight County Press by Richard Wright

The Phoexix Choir held a concert to help church stained-glass windows rise from the "ashes" of deterioration.

A large and appreciative audience at Shanklin donated more than £700 to the fund for urgent repairs required to St Saviour's Church's stained glass windows.

Under the musical direction of Robin Burnett, the choir entertained with selections from Les Miserables and West Side Story and other well hnown songs.

Eighty-five-year-old Reg Milton received an ovation for his rendition of Bless This House, Liz Hayles generated loud applause for Perfect day and Joan Rigby ansd Jan Merwood's duet of I know Him So Well from the musical Chess, was also extremely well received by the audience of more than 200.

Other songs performrd by the choir included California Dreamin', Sailing. Phantom Of The Opera, The Wonder Of You and Be Still My Soul - the hymn based on part of Sebelius's Finlandia.

Choir's Voices Swell Funds

May 13th, 2011 Isle of Wight County Press by Emily Pearce

The Phoenix Choir perform at St John's Church, Ryde, in aid of the restoration fund

More than £500 was raised for the St John's Church restoration fund at a concert given by the Phoenix Choir.

Held at the Ryde church the electic convert included songs from West side Story and Phantom of the Opera.

The 50-strong choir also performed songs made famous by Pavarotti and Elvis Presley, plus pop songs such as California Dreamin'.

Misical diector Robin Burnett who accompanied the choir on keyboards, said: "The reaction from the audience was wonderful and we have been invited back for another show. We were pleased to raise so much money, which will be used to restore the church hall roof".

Formed in 2009, the Wootton-based Phoenix Choir has raised more than £4000 for Island charities and church restoration projects.

Choir's Thank you Gives Charity a Lift

November 23rd 2012 Isle of Wight County Press by Abbey Rugg

The Phoenix Choir at St John's Church, Ryde
Musical director Robin Burnett

A Special concert was hosted by the Phoenix Choir last weekend in aid of the Hampshire and IW Air Ambulance.

Members of the choir wanted to perform as a thank you to the charity after their musical director, Robin Burnett, was taken to hospital by the helicopter after suffering a heart attack in June.

A total of £815 was raised from a retiring collection and raffle at the concert, which was held last Saturday at St John's Church, Ryde.

The choir's repertoire ranged from Amazing Grace to the Mamas and Papas' California Dreaming. solists included Elizabeth Harbens, Liz Hayles and Jan Merwood.

The choir has raised more than £8000 for many causes and hopes to increase this during 2013 when it will be singing at charity concerts in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Parkinson's Disease, the Society for the Blind and the IW Urolgy Support Group as well as others.

First For Choir

Friday March 19th, 2010 The Gazette

The Phoenix Choir formed to offer anyone who enjoys singing, regardless of ability, the opportunity to join a choral group, is getting into tune for its first performance.

Under the banner of "From Pavarotti to Presley", the Island choir performs a wide range of songs from musicals, films, traditional compositions and more modern tunes.

A number of members were originaly involved in The Wight Musical Society which staged musicals and concerts in the 1970's. They have been joined by former members of Sandown and Shanklin Operatic, the Savoyards, Cowes Operatic, together with individuals who have little or no previous experience but who like to sing.

The choir, which currently has around 40 members is under the musicak direction of Robin Burnett, who arranges the choir's reportoire. They rehearse at the Wootton Bridge Methodist Church where they will stage their first performance on April 10th at 7:30pm. The Lively Ladies, an acapella group from Ryde will also be performing.

Choir's Cash For Fund

Isle of Wight County Press by Martin Neville

The Phoenix Choir performing at Cowes Methodist Church

Around 100 people attended a performance of The phoenix Choir at Cowes Methodist Church, which raised just over £400 for the church organ fund.

Repairs to the organ, which is almost 100 years old, are urgently required.

The choir, who sing under the banner From Pavarotti to Presley, included songs associated with both these famous singers, together with a variety of other well-known favourites.

Choir Sing To Help Preserve Church

Isle of Wight County Press by Jamie White

Members of The Phoenix Choir
in concert at Holy Trinity Church, Ryde

Around 100 people attended a fundraising concert at Holy Trinity Churcg, Ryde.

The event was organised by the Phoenix Choir who were raising money towards maintenacce costs for the church.

The group, who formed two years ago, feature around 50 singers under the direction of Robin Burnett and performed a variety of songs from Pavarotti to Presley, with classic harmonies. The concert raised £320 for the church.

The next event takes place at St. Saviour's Church, Shanklin. on Thursday July 5th, in aid of The Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The group hopes to attract a large audience and raise several hundred pounds.

Choir's Musical Travels From Swing To The 60s

Isle of Wight County Press

Contrasting musical styles featured in a charity concert performed by The Phoenix Choir.

The 45 strong ensemble, based in Wootton, sang popular songs, fro,Amazing Grace to Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Waters, at their recent concert held at the Quay Street Methodist Church, Newport.

Performed to a good-sized audience, the choir, led by musical director Robin Burnett, opened with the George Gershwin swing favourite, I Got Rythmn, followed by a variety of songs that included California Dreamin, a 1960s hit for The Mamas and the Papas. The concert closed with the moderm choral piece, Mansions of the Lord which featured in the Mel Gibson war film, We Were Soldiers.

The show raised £440 in aid of the Island branch of the charity, Young carers.