Police choir sing for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:23 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:56 16 June 2010

Exeter Police and Community Choir will be performing a concert for Hospiscare at the Guildhall in Axminster. The event will feature soloist Jacqueline Palmer, who started singing semi-professionally a number of years ago

Exeter Police and Community Choir will be performing a concert for Hospiscare at the Guildhall in Axminster.

The event will feature soloist Jacqueline Palmer, who started singing semi-professionally a number of years ago and has given recitals with her husband and accompanist, Wensleigh, in the Exeter area, including Exeter's Festival series of lunchtime recitals and in Cornwall. She recently joined forces in an international recital with soloists from Norway.

An Associate of Trinity College London, she began solo singing at a very young age and started vocal training in her early 20s with Naomi Johnston at Cornwall Rural Music School, in Truro, achieving distinction in Lieder and Oratorio classes, at the prestigious Cornwall Music Festival.

Since then she has featured as guest soloist with choral societies, sung at Exeter Cathedral, the University Great Hall, Exeter Guildhall and numerous churches, chapels and village halls throughout Devon and Cornwall.

She currently studies with Alison Pearce in London.

This year will see her fourth annual 'Last Night of the Proms' concert, with Wensleigh, at Sidwell Street Methodist Church, Exeter - back by popular demand!

Wensleigh Palmer's earliest musical memory, aged four, is of sitting on the organ stool next to his father, who was playing for a wedding.

Whilst studying the violin, he took up the organ and held his first organist and choirmaster post at 19.

He has been organist and choirmaster at Sidwell Street Methodist Church, Exeter, since 1976, with a break of five years when he moved to Cornwall, where he was organist at Threemilestone Methodist Church, Director of Music of Redruth Choral Society and accompanist to the St Piran Singers.

The concert will take place on Thursday, March 4, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Archway Bookshop, on (01297) 33595, and the Hospiscare Shop, South Street, Axminster, priced £10.

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