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A Tribute to David Fanshawe

We were all saddened when we learned David Fanshawe had passed away on 5th July 2010.

Wikipedia summarises the man as "an English composer, ethnomusicologist and self-styled explorer" but to the YPC and our audiences he was something much more: a catalyst for excitement. We in the choir have been privileged to have worked closely with David on many occasions. Each time his music (and his personality) really encouraged us to give a lively, bright, and uplifting performance. His infectious enthusiasm had to be seen to be believed.

Richard Haigh, Chairman of YPC said “I guess one of the most exciting moments was when we performed in Howden Minster and at the end of the concert, when the audience were shouting for more, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, took hold of the proceedings and became the lead drummer - and dancer for that matter!!”

The choir has performed African Sanctus on four occasions, the first in March 2001, then in June 2004, September 2006 (both in Wakefield Cathedral), and September 2009 with Harrogate Choral Society in Leeds Town Hall. In 2007 we were proud to give the first performance of the ‘African Sanctus Suite’ with Bristol Cathedral Choir and Black Dyke Band in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

It was therefore only fitting that we add our voices to those of The London Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Vasari Singers and Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus in the Celebration Concert taking place at the Royal Festival Hall on 31 March 2012, 7.30pm.

To purchase tickets go to, or in person, or call the Box Office on 0844 8479910.

Our conductor, Dr A ndrew Padmore, said “David regularly kept in touch and I valued his friendship. I miss him and hope that my future performances of this remarkable, great work will live up to his high expectations.”

I think it is fair to agree that those of us in the choir who were lucky enough to work with him will all dearly miss him.

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