29th June, 2017
Registered Charity No: 1117134 Member of The National Association of Choirs
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Harrow Apollo Male Choir Samples.

About us

The Choir was formed in 1941 at the de-Havilland Aircraft Factory in Stag Lane, Edgware. It was originally known as the ‘de-Havilland Male Voice Choir’. Throughout the subsequent decades, the Choir changed its name to the Beverly Singers, Apollo Male Voice Choir and more recently to the Harrow Apollo Male Choir to signify the strong links with the Borough of Harrow. The Choir recruits from all over North West London and performs to audiences in London, South East England and overseas.

Based at the Harrow Arts Centre, Hatch End, Middlesex, the Choir is non-denominational and currently has nearly 50 singing members. The common bond is the desire to sing for enjoyment, give pleasure through singing to others and to raise funds for charity. The Choir has long established itself for its quality of sound and its broad musical repertoire.

Throughout its history, the Choir has sung at venues as diverse as the Royal Albert Hall, Cologne Cathedral, Arsenal Football Ground and Wormwood Scrubs Prison! About 12 concerts are given each year mostly in England. The Choir has also performed in Germany, Ireland, USA (1998), Belgium (2002), Normandy (2005), Scotland (2008) , Jersey (2010 and 2013) and Isle of Wight (2015).

The Choir continues to raise substantial funds for national and local charities including the Paul Strickland Scanner Appeal, The Stroke Association, Bentley Priory Museum and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Choir's second CD is en-titled 'In Reflection'.

Choir Personalities

  David Heasman : Music Director.

 David joined the Apollo as a baritone and second tenor in 1963. He took over as conductor over 40 years ago when the MD was ill and has since then been the full time Music Director.He has conducted the choir at many venues across the UK., including concert halls , cathedrals and football stadiums. He has been an ever present on the choir tours over the last 30 years to  Boston U.S.A., Normandy , Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Jersey.

David was delighted to appear as one of the joint conductors at Watersmeet Rickmansworth in April 2016 when the choir celebrated its 75 th anniversary with the Band of the RAF Regiment.

A recent innovation for the choir ,the creation of an ensemble of up to 6 members to appear at smaller functions, was the brainchild of David.It has proved immensely popular with small charities and retirement homes.A recent success was the celebration of the 60 th Anniversary of Cannon Lane Methodist Church Pinner ,where David with the ensemble entertained the church and the choir's patron the Mayor of Harrow.

 

David Heasman : Music Director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Avis Gerry - Accompanist

Avis has been accompanying the Harrow Apollo Male Choir since May 2011.  The daughter of an organist, she had piano lessons at an early age and started accompanying when at school in Harrow.  She has been organist at a Methodist Church in Pinner for over 30 years, and runs a singing group of Church members who visit local residential homes and church fellowships performing songs from musicals, and carols at Christmas.

She is also the Musical Director and accompanist of a ladies choir in nearby Hatch End, and sings with the Harrow Choral Society in religious works such as Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, St Matthew Passion etc, and opera choruses.