From England and……
THE SILVER RING CHOIR OF BATH
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Jazz superstar Jamie Cullum with his parents Yvonne and John in New York last year.
A MIXED voice choir from England with a unique celebrity connection will be visiting Singapore and New Zealand in November of this year on a 17 day concert tour.
The Silver Ring Choir are from the historic Georgian city of Bath in the West of England, a city with a strong rugby tradition. The Silver Ring choir are known as one of the top concert choirs in England and will be bringing 55 singers on the tour, which includes dates in Singapore on the way out performing at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Saturday November 5th, then Auckland from November 7th-10th, Roturora from November 10th-13th, Wellington from November 13th-15th and Auckland to November 19th.
One of the Alto’s in the choir is Yvonne Cullum – mother of jazz superstar Jamie Cullum. Dad John will also be in the tour party. Jamie has made a massive impact on the music scene since singing for universal in 2002. Members of the Silver Ring have watched his mercurial rise to become one of the leading young Jazz performers in the world today.
In December 2002, Jamie performed with the Silver Ring Choir in Bath, a Christmas show that attracted a sell out audience of over 1700. It raised £5,000 for a local charity in Bath.
Silver Ring conductor Grenville Jones said:
“It’s great, we have now become known as ‘the choir Jamie’s mum sings in’ and have made a number of TV and radio appearances through the Jamie link. He is a super young man and comes to our concerts regularly and is a fan of the choir, which is terrific.
“The Silver Ring has toured extensively in past years. We have been to Europe on many occasions as well as Canada, the States and Scandinavia. This will be our longest trip however, and we will be promoting a new Christmas CD just released by the Choir.”
More information from the choir can be found on their website www.silverringchoir.co.uk
The choir name originates back to the late 1940’s. The founder conductor, a Welshman, named the choir after a singing group his mother had led in the Welsh Valleys. Times were austere so each child had a small silver curtain ring sewn on their blouse.