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Sophie Biebuyck on Phoenix FM

Sophie Biebuyck dropped into Monday Classics tonight; she knows the Phoenix ropes
from when she was in on Bryan's Drive show just before Christmas, and she was great
fun to chat to this evening.

We talked about belonging to a choir, the benefits and commitment, the team work and
the sense of belonging to something that is unique to the UK - the Cathedral Choir.

Sophie is Director of the Girls' Choir at Brentwood Cathedral; we spoke about their role
in the life there, providing music for services, and also we chatted about their forthcoming
concert on Wednesday 13th May at 8pm at the Cathedral.

The conversation moved to music for adverts on the telly, to Sophie's University Finals
and back to two other concerts in Brentwood in May that she is involved in. As you see,
and heard, she is much in demand!

And before we let her leave Phoenix HQ tonight, she (kind of) agreed to bring the Girls' Choir
round to sing us some Christmas Carols, later in the year (obviously)...!

And THIS was your Monday Music:

The Non-Classical Classic
A Good Heart - Fergal Sharkey (1985)

Allegro from Concerto a 5 in B flat - Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)

Minuetto from Symphony no 25 - W A Mozart (1756-1791)

Never Say Goodbye - Maurice Ravel/Pamela Sheyne sung by Hayley Westenra

The 7.30 Wind Down
Meditation - Cafe del Mar

All things bright and beautiful - John Rutter

Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) - Rodrigo

The Film Classic
The Magnificen Seven - Elmer Bernstein

Gigue from Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major - J S Bach (1685-1750)

The Showstopper

Choral Dance - Cafe Del Mar

And it was 8pm, and four days 'til the weekend, and so on...

Talk to you again soon, Ed

And, May is a busy month for local classical musical events, and here they are:

** The Phoenix FM Classical Events Guide for May 2009 **

Friday 1st May at 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Organ Recital by James Norrey
Chelmsford Cathedral

Friday 1st May at 7.30pm

Open Rehearsal with the Valentine Singers
Gearies School in Ilford

Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm
Essex Musical Association presents
The Dream of Gerontius - Edward Elgar
Thaxted Parish Church
Sung by the Combined Choral Societies of Brentwood, Davenant, Dovercourt, Havering and Ingatestone
with the Essex Symphony Orchestra
Tickets £10 (£9 before 1st May) from choir members, or Box Office, 24 Oliver Road, Shenfield CM15 8QD
Cheques payable to EMA (SAE please)

Saturday 9th May at 7.30pm
Rotary Club Spring Concert
St Thomas' Church Brentwood, featuring:
'Cantabile' - String Quartet (Guildhall School of Music)
Oliver Farrant - Cello (Chethams School of Music, Manchester)
Harry O'keefe - Violin (Royal Academy of Music Junior Dept)
Martin Ray - Violin (Guildhall School of Music)
The Becket Singers (based at St Thomas' Church)
in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Francis Hospice
Tickets from the St Francis Hospice Shop, Franklins Jewellers, Shenfield
Ticket Hotline: 0870 720 2855

Wednesday 13th May at 8.00pm
Spring Concert by Brentwood Cathedral Girls' Choir
Directed by Sophie Biebuyck
Admission free - retiring collection

Saturday 16th May at 7.30pm
Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra
Sophie Biebuyck - Soprano
Bishops Hill Adult Community College
Orchestral and Vocal Concert of music by composers from Britain, Russia and Scandinavia
Details: www.

Wednesday 20th May at 1.00 - 1.40pm

Organ Recital by David Schmidt
Brentwood Cathedral
Admission Free - retiring collection

Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm

Basildon Operatic Society
'Carousel' - Rodgers and Hammerstein
Details: 01245 222267

Friday 29th May at 1.00pm - 1.45pm
Sophie Biebuyck - Soprano
St Thomas' Church, Brentwood
Sandwiches and drinks on sale from 12.30pm
Admission Free - retiring collection

AND...get this one in your diaries

Sunday 20th September at 3.00pm
Benjamin Grosvenor in Concert at Brentwood Theatre

Kapustin 3 Concert Studies Opus 40
Liszt Sonata in B Minor
Chopin Berceuse
Chopin Scherzo Opus 39
Chopin Nocturne C Sharp Minor
Ravel Ondine
Ravel La Valse

Tickets are priced at £15 (£12 concessions) with children 16 and under just £5
Further details, booking at


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