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.
James Davey, is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected young choral directors, in demand for his work as conductor, choir trainer, choral education practitioner, arranger and adjudicator. A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Roehampton University, where he gained his MA in Choral Education, James studied conducting with the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) and under many eminent choral figures, including; Mike Brewer, Peter Broadbent, Therees Hibbard, Paul Spicer, Ralph Allwood and Bob Chilcott. He has since returned to teach conducting for both Roehampton University and the ABCD and is on the ABCD Council of Practitioners.
Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC's sheet music archives, James has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department as workshop leader and mentor, as well as regularly conducting and preparing choirs for broadcasts on TV and Radio.
At the heart of his busy schedule, James is the regular Conductor for several choirs. As well as conducting the Fleet Singers, he is Musical Director for; Chantage - BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006 (which he founded in 1999 whilst Music Assistant at St Paul's Cathedral School), the Chandos Chamber Choir, the Aylesbury Festival Choir and a number of work-place choirs, including; 4Tunes (Channel 4's staff choir) and Gleemantle (Fremantle's staff choir). James is also Chief Music Consultant and workshop leader for the Music of Life Foundation, a charity giving children with special needs opportunities to learn and perform with professional musicians.
He is also a choir trainer for ARK Schools, the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Junior Trinity College of Music, a Guest Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and a tutor for the Cranleigh Choral Week, the Ingenium Academy and the Sherborne Summer School of Music.
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.