Once a month, we will be introducing a member of the choir, who will tell you a little bit about themselves and their lives. This month is the turn of Richard Steventon, our very hardworking Secretary
Richard has been a member of the Hawarden Singers since 2012 when he added his high baritone voice to the somewhat small tenor section of the choir and has remained there ever since. His friendship with our musical director, Malcolm Williams, goes back much further. They were first “thrown” together in 1989 as members of “The Gaiety Boys & Girls” in an old time music hall at what was then Chester College. It was at this same establishment in 1974 when Richard made his singing “debut”, playing the role of Curly (yes he was – very!) in the college production of “Oklahoma”. On reflection, he thinks it was the hair rather than the voice that got him the part! This led to many more enjoyable years performing in musical theatre before moving on to choral singing.
Richard’s wife, Leonie, is also in the Hawarden Singers and music is, and always has been, a central part of their lives. Away from the choir the couple enjoy walking, gardening, visits to the theatre and spending time with friends and family, especially their 4 very special grandchildren.
Richard looks forward to many more years performing with The Hawarden Singers and if he could be granted one wish it would be – More tenors please!!
Pat is the Chairperson of the Hawarden Singers.
Originally from Oldham, Lancs. Pat arrived in Hawarden 10 years ago with her husband of 51 years and immediately joined the Alto section of The Hawarden Singers. She has sung in church and secular choirs for more than 40 years and has also appeared in a variety of amateur musicals including Salad Days, Oliver, Hello Dolly, Annie and The Sound of Music.
When Pat isn't singing, she loves spending precious time with her 3 children and 6 grandchildren, visiting extended family in France, tending her garden and still enjoys working as a trained Funeral Celebrant - a job which she says is a huge privilege to perform and where music plays a vital role when families are saying farewell to their loved ones.
'Music has always played a huge part in my life' says Pat, 'it brings such joy, raises the spirit, evokes treasured memories and massages the soul'.