Women in Choral Music 2

In conversation with Ella, part of our alto line for almost 4 years, and Annie, who joined us as a soprano in 2021

How long have you been singing with Fitz?

Annie: I’ve been singing with Fitz since September. I’ve really enjoyed it so far and I’m looking forward to doing more concerts with the group, not least performing Handel’s Messiah at St George’s in April.

Ella: I’ve been singing with Fitz since 2018

What first drew you to choral music?

Annie: I started singing choral music by accident, to be honest. I’ve always loved singing, but I started off singing more musical theatre. It wasn’t until I moved school and joined the Chapel Choir that I started to sing choral music and I really started to enjoy it. That passion has just grown since starting university and later joining Fitz and I’ve never looked back!

Ella: After an initial short spell of reluctance from my nine-year-old self, my parents thankfully managed to encourage me to audition for a choristership at Bristol Cathedral. 

What would you like to see Fitz doing over the next few years?

Annie: I would love to see Fitz go on tour. We’re so lucky to have so many great concert venues in the South-West which we get to perform in, but it would be amazing to go on tour and reach some new audiences.

Ella: I’d like to see Fitz continue to thrive and host a variety of events and performances, both traditional and contemporary; to maximise its capability in enticing wide and diverse audiences. 

What does choral music mean to you? 

Annie: Whether it’s through listening or singing I will always have a passion for choral music. I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had to sing during school, university and beyond. I’ve made some of my closest friends from singing in choirs, sang some amazing music and there’s never a dull moment.

Ella: Choral music for me, represents a peaceful tradition and history. It’s a form of escapism that I am lucky enough to enjoy with lifelong friends.