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Vivace Christmas Concert

St Peter's Church, Arlesey
Saturay 14th December 2002


Concert success

SIR - Viva Vivace! The recent Christmas Concert by Vivace and Friends, conducted by Douglas Coombes, at St Peter's Church can best be described as a turning point for Arlesey.

With so many cutbacks and the subsequent losses we have endured over the years the welcoming voices of such a talented choir to a packed audience on Saturday night was an immense pleasure. Well done to the young voices of Gothic Mede Lower School Choir and to the Vivace Strings and Wind who played in support. Welcome Kate and Bob to Arlesey. Give us an A - an Arts Centre at Edgeworth House.

Douglas Coombes worked for many years as a music producer for the BBC and often working with his wife the soprano Carole Lindsay-Douglas. Kate Elmitt is a concert performer, teacher and adjudicator for music festivals and Associated Board Examiner. Husband Bob Wilkins is a professional storyteller, teacher and singer. They both recently moved into Edgeworth House (The Eagles) High Street Arlesey and are proposing to create an Arts Centre in the coach house in the grounds - move over Johnny (Dankworth) and Cleo (Lane).

Cricketer's Road, Arlesey

Comet, 9th January 2003

A Lively Launch for Town's New Choir

VIVACE, the choir recently re-launched in Arlesey, played to a full house for its first concert, which took place in December, writes Isla Dennis.

Choir founders, Kate Elmitt and Bob Wilkins, were delighted with the turnout and the performers were enormously encouraged to see St Peter's Church packed on such a cold, wet night.

The audience was treated to a selection of traditional and not-so-traditional carols with some beautiful singing from the choir.

Music director, Douglas Coombes, coaxed a polished sound from the choir and was rewarded for his efforts with some enthusiastic performances.

This was a strong first concert and the choir shows great promise.

There was also some fine playing from Vivace Strings and Wind (henceforth to be known as Vivace Chamber Orchestra), a promising young chamber ensemble, which played works of Bach and Vivaldi. Children from Gothic Mede Lower School also took part.

Vivace concerts will eventually take place in the Coach House Arts Centre, Edgeworth House, Arlesey, when this becomes operational in about a year's time.

The Coach House will be the choir's permanent home and will add to its sense of identity.

Biggleswade Chronicle 10th January 2003

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