The Leconfield Singers is a thriving mixed-voice choir of around 100 members based in Petworth, the heart of the South Downs National Park, in West Sussex. Our choir has performed an impressive list of major and small-scale works from the choral repertoire of both sacred and secular music, in venues ranging from cathedrals, concert halls to open air venues.
We are a charity (No. 1152725) dedicated to promoting music, the arts and culture within our local community and as such we are non-profit making.
Our concerts have been received enthusiastically by full audiences throughout the South East of England, and we have taken our repertoire on tour to France, Italy, Belgium and Prague in the Czech Republic.
In May 2016 we joined forces with two other ‘sister’ choirs and performed Verdi’s Requiem to a full audience at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and very recently in May 2019 we returned there to perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, as part of English Philharmonia Chorus.
We are always glad to receive new members and pride ourselves in being a very welcoming, friendly choir who, although not requiring auditions for membership are ambitious and have achieved an enviable reputation for high achievement through the dedication and enthusiasm of our members and the excellent direction of Graham Wili, our Musical Director. For more information on the choir and how to join, visit our Contact page.
Graham is an experienced conductor, teacher and performer, and has taken choirs from humble beginnings to singing throughout Europe and performing on the London stage. He is passionate about making music accessible to everyone, and his energy and expertise ensure that singing together is both fun and educational, with members benefiting from his expert vocal tuition. In demand as a conductor both nationally and internationally, he conducts several concerts each year in Moscow with the State Symphony New Russia Orchestra and English Philharmonia, with whom he is principal conductor.
Jo studied the piano with Patricia Carroll at the Royal College of Music in London and specialised in accompaniment with John Blakely. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James Piccadilly, and also spent many hours tinkling the ivories at Harrods and various top London hotels. Jo is also a music and piano teacher.