The Fleet Singers began in September 2008 when the Barts Choir decided to sponsor a local community choir. The South End Green locality was approached because the Musical Director of the Barts Choir, Ivor Setterfield, had conducted at two concerts arranged locally by the South End Green Association.
The first objective was for the choir to participate with the Barts Choir in Carmina Burana at the Albert Hall in mid-November.
The choir was to be completely open to anyone regardless of ability to read music or otherwise. There were nine rehearsals before the big night. The initiative was funded by the Barts Choir, subscriptions from Fleet members and a grant from Camden Council.
Subsequently the Fleet Singers, together with the Barts Chamber Choir and Fleet School, who were also involved in Carmina Burana, put on a local Christmas concert in December. A strong link has been established between the Fleet Singers and Fleet School.
Phil Wilcox’s most recent engagements include singing in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear at the Barbican Theatre; recitals for Leeds Lieder + and the RAM Song Circle; a recital of Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms) for Oxford Lieder; a masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott for the London Song Festival; and performing Scarpia in Opera on Location’s production of Tosca. He was a member of the Chorus of Buxton Opera Festival and covered the role of Banco in Macbeth (1847, Verdi) for their 2017 season.
Phil has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Alex Ashworth and Audrey Hyland. During his time at the Academy he appeared as Kalenik in the RAOpera production of May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov), Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea (Handel, Semi-staged) Liberto (cover) in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Rambaldo in La Rondine (Puccini, scenes), Minskman in Flight (Dove, scenes), Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten, scenes) and Jonathan in Siren Song (Dove, scenes). He has been a soloist and chorister for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and has given recitals at Wigmore Hall and Marylebone Parish. He is proud to be a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle and grateful to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.
Phil has appeared regularly as an oratorio soloist, recitalist and professional chorister throughout the country. He has performed several roles with 'Young Opera Venture' including The Count in The Marriage of Figaro and Papageno in The Magic Flute. Phil has been a Lay Clerk for the cathedrals of Bradford and Manchester and performed with the BBC Singers. He has delivered education programmes for Opera North, Hull University, Leeds Lieder + and NHS training Academy and has directed choirs for Leeds Beckett University, Music in Offices and Bradford Academy.
Phil also enjoys playing the piano accordion in ceilidh bands and at sessions and folk festivals throughout the UK and finds inspiration and refreshment through long walks in the country.
To provide singing for both recreational and learning purposes as well as to provide entertainment. To make classical music available and accessible to all. To liaise with orchestras to bring entertainment but also to support music provision in local schools.
Applications for funding from various sources are made for our different projects. To cover the cost of a professional Musical Director and accompanist, it is currently necessary to ask choir members for a termly subscription equivalent to £6 a week. In order not to exclude anyone, those with great difficulty in meeting this commitment can make representation.