The Levendale Singers were formed in April 1980 at Levendale School on the Levendale Estate, Yarm which is situated just above the River Leven, hence the name ‘The Levendale Singers’. It began under the leadership of a local Bank Manager with twelve members and by January 1996 had a performance of 45. From this time onwards the choir has gone from strength to strength in balance of parts, performance and popularity.
The choir was a member of the National Federation of Music Societies (NFMS) and a registered Charity. The Society was run by a committee consisting of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Conductor and several other members of the choir. The committee, other than the Conductor and NFMS Representative, was elected annually from the body of the choir, all of whom are eligible to stand after having been a member for a minimum of one year.
The choir sang a wide variety of music including songs from musicals, religious pieces, folk songs, classical pieces etc. Concerts included sections from Les Miserables, Disney Films, Phantom of the Opera and settings of well-known religious and secular pieces. They sang an average of 8 concerts a year, including an Annual Fund Raising Concert and an Annual Christmas Concert, in a variety of venues over an area stretching from Teesdale to Ripon. In 1998 the choir was invited to take part in the Tyne Tees Television production ‘With Voices Raised’.
As well as their normal repertoire the choir occasionally sang concert versions of Gilbert and Sullivan and tackled works such as Hayden’s Creation, messiah and Stainer’s Crucifixion and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. They also included Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast as part of an anniversary concert and on another occasion invited the audience to a night at the proms.
Unfortunately, the latter years have seen choir numbers decrease significantly which eventually led the remaining members to decide to close ‘The Levendale Singers’ ensemble in 2017. As a remarkably kind gesture, the group donated their entire music library to TVMS.
- 1980 – 1983: Alan Pittfield
- 1983 – 1993: Heather Rumney
- 1993 – 1995: Peter Smith
- 1996 – 2011: Vicki Boolaky
- 2012 – 2013: Richard McDonald & Karen Kilburn
- 2013 – 2014: Andrew Young
- 2014 – 2015: Nick Wills
- 2015 – 2016: Jane Ford
- 2016 – 2017: Elizabeth Edwards