WIVENHOE WI CHOIR
by Miss Jeanne E. Greenwood
In the Autumn of 1948 I
arrived in Colchester, having been appointed Music Mistress at the
Colchester County High School for Girls. Word soon travelled to Wivenhoe
that a music teacher had come to live in the area.
One evening, a lady of the
name, Freda Watsham called to see me and asked if I would be interested in
taking the Wl Choir. I felt quite nervous about this as, being straight
from college (The Royal Academy of Music ), I hadn't had the experience of
choir training. However, I decided to accept the invitation and had the
choir for three years. It was a wonderful experience.
We held our rehearsals in a
room at the Park Hotel and the choir seemed to go from strength to
strength. Our accompanist was a funeral director of the name Louis Barrel.
After a short time we entered for the Chelmsford Festival and won the cup,
gaining 90 marks. We sang at local events, including Garden Fetes at the
Rectory. l became a member of the Wl as they needed an accompanist to play
their anthem, Parry's Jerusalem at their meetings.
After 3 years I left
Wivenhoe to become Head of Music at a Grammar School in Leeds.
Unfortunately there was no one to take on the choir after I had left and I
think they had to disband.
1, Moss Gardens,
Leeds LS17 7BJ
Note: Miss Jeanne Greenwood contributed this piece in March 2003
after learning from the Watsham family of the existence of the Wivenhoe
web site which included a piece about the Watshams.