Tending and nurturing
From the start Elmbridge Choir has been driven and nurtured by the passion and vision of its founder and musical director. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cliff has striven to advance the choir and to give members new experiences, from singing a wide variety of music styles to performing at diverse concert locations. One of the choir’s earliest highlights came in 2008 when over 100 members took part in a European choral festival in Prague, receiving an enthusiastic reception as they sang at the Christmas markets in The Old Town Square and at the festival finale where they sang alongside other choral groups from all over Europe.
Full of boundless energy and positivity, Cliff encourages and engages with his society members, inspiring and coaxing out the very best in all.
As well as wanting to promote choral singing, Cliff formed Elmbridge Choir with the intention of giving something back to the community by raising money for deserving local charities and worthy causes. Numerous and varied charities have benefited from fundraising through concerts and performances, including (amongst many others) Oasis, Walton Blind Society, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, Woking and Sam Beare Hospice, SERV and Shooting Star Chase.
With this philosophy it is hardly surprising that Elmbridge Choir became very popular in a very short space of time, with a steady stream of people wanting to join the choir, and by early 2009 it had reached its membership capacity. The rehearsal premises on a Tuesday evening were bursting at the seams! This of course was great news for the choir, but not so great for those prospective members who were registering to join the choir only to be put on a long waiting list.