Anne was born in Africa and at a young age won a bursary to study Singing and Piano at the Royal College of Music in London.
After graduating, Anne returned to Africa continuing her studies with Madam Armholt, a lieder specialist and one time accompanist for Richard Tauber before WW2, teaching at Bishops Diocesan College Preparatory School in Capetown and the prestigious St John's College in Johannesburg, singing in the highly acclaimed chamber choir Chanticleer Singers and the SABC Chamber Choir as their resident soloist under their Director, Richard Cock. Her solo career included, amongst others, Verdi Requiem, Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius' & 'Sea Pictures', Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio & Mathew Passion, Handel's Messiah and Solomon, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Duruflé's Requiem
Anne returned to England and settled in Henley-on-Thames where she had the pleasure of forming chamber groups with like-minded friends and musicians, such as the 'Coppice Chorale' and 'Handel with Care' while raising money for local and national charities. These groups finally merged and Aliquando Chamber Choir was born!
Musical Director - Anne Evans
Accompanist - Joanna Miller-Shepherd
Joanna Miller-Shepherd has been playing the piano from the age of 7, and achieved Grade 8 (with distinction) at the age of 12. The first choir she accompanied was Reading Bach Choir – she was just 14.
After studying at Trinity College of Music with Valda Aveling (Piano) and James Gaddarn (Voice) she returned to Berkshire where she is now much in demand as a piano teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. As a repetiteur Jo is highly respected, and works regularly with Opera at Bearwood, Park Opera, Spotlights Musical Theatre Group and Kennet Opera. She also has a varied concert schedule, playing mainly for singers. Her career has seen her travel extensively both in the UK and overseas.
We are absolutely delighted that Jo is working with us. Her professionalism and keen ear, not to mention sense of humour, is very much appreciated by us all. Rehearsals are concentrated and fun! Away from the music Jo is married to Reuben and they have 4 boys.
Our concerts are fundrasing events for local charities, and since our inception in 2010 have raised over £41,000.
The concerts are keenly anticipated social occasions too, offering the charity a chance to address the audience and meet them during the interval.
We have raised funds for, The Royal British Legion, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Chiltern Centre, Jacaranda Charity, Headway. Parkinson's, Rotary - 'Say no to Polio', Riding for the Disabled, Kamui Friends Charity and lastly for the local RBL Poppy appeal 2018
'In Memoriam 1914-18 War'
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Aliquando is entirely self-funded. Our members pay an annual subscription and together with numerous acts of generocity from within our Community, Businesses and Friends, Sponsors and Patrons, we are able to perform 2 concerts a year - May and November. Aliquando is also committed to giving our singing members a fulfilling experience by making good music with friends and raising money for charity.
There are many costs involved in putting on a concert, such as the cost of a suitable rehearsal venue and for concerts, months of rehearsals with a professional accompanist, publicity, printing programmes and flyers, procuring orchestral players and soloists when needed.
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