Belford Singers started life in 1995 as the Belford
Community Choir under the direction of Chrissy
Lloyd. The repertoire in those days was mainly lighter music.
In 2001 Chrissy moved on and her place was taken by Bryan
Gardner. Bryan gradually changed the repertoire to include Tudor sacred music and madrigals and rapidly
expanded both the range and complexity of the music. At the same time there was a move towards
unaccompanied performance pieces and within a few years these made up the entire concert programme. In
recognition of the changing repertoire and the development of its distinctive sound, the choir was renamed
the Belford Singers.
Concerts were at first organised in various parish churches
in North Northumberland. As the choir's repertoire and confidence grew, so the range of venues expanded to
include Brinkburn Priory (English Heritage), Wallington Hall (National Trust) and Paxton House. A regular
feature of the choir's year is a very popular, "sellout" Christmas concert at Wallington
Though the degree of musical complexity has increased, the
main principle in selecting a concert programme is to choose music which communicates directly and
melodically to an audience. Another aim is to include pieces which are familiar or have
long lingered in the memory while balancing these with less familiar pieces. But always there is the desire
to communicate through beautiful melody and harmony.
Belford Singers - Gibside Chapel
Belford Singers - Wallington Christmas 2007
National Trust/Graeme Peacock)