The Burgate Singers was founded in 1977 when a group of people got
together to raise money to restore the church tower of St Maryís,
Burgate, with a performance of Handelís Messiah.
were led by Alain Judd, a professional singer who lives in the village.
They enjoyed the experience so much that the following year they staged
a music festival and decided to get together on a regular basis. Over
the years the choir has drawn members from all over Norfolk and Suffolk.
Current singers travel from as far afield as Framlingham and Lakenheath,
attracted by the lively rehearsals and the quality of music.
Burgate Singers aim for professional standards and engage the services
of professional musicians for concerts. We often perform with the London
Gala Orchestra (Patron, John Lill). Soloists include Ruth Kerr, Fiona
Hammacott, David Knight and Stephen Alder. Hiring musicians of this
calibre costs several thousand pounds per concert, so the support of
sponsors and the Friends of the Burgate Singers is always very much
appreciated. For more details, see our Contact Us page.
ALAIN JUDD studied with Dame Eva Turner at the Royal Academy of Music, then went to Glyndebourne and thence to the Royal Opera House as a contract artist.
Listen to a short extract of the Burgate Singers performing the Verdi Requiem:
Play Audio - Libera me Domine (Requiem), 1Mb, 1 Min 12 Secs