Musical Director, Barry Hart, has been playing music, composing and conducting for more years than he cares to remember! As a self-taught guitarist he grew up in the rock 'n' roll era and spent many hours trying to figure out just how Buddy Holly played those sparkling guitar parts. Gigging in Sixties rock bands was followed by college and, throughout the years that followed, Barry composed in many different musical genres. These included musicals, choral items and worship songs. London performances of his choral works for children include the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Cathedral. Since moving to Suffolk in 2001 many of his musical projects have been undertaken for Kevin Mayhew Publishers in Buxhall.
Being part of the team that launched Dayspring Community Choir, has been a particular joy. The choir expresses Barry's heartfelt belief that music-making should not be elitist but open to all - a joyful experience for performers and listeners alike. Barry and his wife, Colleen, live in Suffolk where Barry is part of the worship team at Christ Church Moreton Hall.
All are welcome to join us! We have a wide age-range in our group. We are a Bury based choir with some members coming from the surrounding villages.
There are informal activities taking place as we support members who are ill, have suffered a bereavement or indeed just wish to meet up for coffee.
This is varied and is always changing and developing - a mix of old and new songs, some suggested by the choir and some chosen by the Musical Director. Barry arranges much of the material for the choir but we also purchase existing arrangements.
As our numbers grew and the commitment of everyone became evident, it was time to consider how we would present ourselves as a choir. We settled on different coloured scarves to denote the various musical parts in the choir: Soprano 1 purple and Soprano 2 turquoise; Altos wear fushia pink and the Baritones sport blue ties. Barry discovered that M&S obligingly sold a striped tie including all the colours!
A little extra 'branding' in the form of a quaver-shaped bird on our logo and a portable banner all help to proclaim that we are Dayspring Community Choir.
Supporting the local community
We enjoy strong links with The Coffee House and The Moreton Hall pub who invite us to sing at their fund-raising events. Raising money for charity is very much part of our vision and, so far, we have given donations to:
St Nicholas’ Hospice Care
Storehouse Food Bank
Suffolk Family Carers
This year, we will also be suporting:
East Anglian Children's Hospice
East Anglian Air Ambulance
Age UK - Suffolk
A very tangible expression of the choir's community ethos is the loyal team of helpers who keep the show on the road. Throughout the year, assistance comes in all shapes and sizes: the steering group, refreshments, financial administration, publicity, office help, checking copyrights, setting out the hall for rehearsals and concerts, website building and maintenance and 'wardrobe' . . . and a lot more besides! For all these helpers, the choir is truly grateful . . . there wouldn't be a choir without you!