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The Aquarius Singers

The Aquarius Singers is a ladies' choir, which was formed in 1999 by Gill Garside, the music director. They've performed many major works including Fauré's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Schubert's Mass in G, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Stainer's Crucifixion. However, their repertoire encompasses folksong arrangements, songs from the shows, sacred and secular songs and most recently Karl Jenkins' Adiemus.

Whilst singing for pleasure the choir has raised thousands of pounds for local churches and charities both in Bury St Edmunds and further afield.

Gill Garside - Music Director

Gill Garside studied music at the University of East Anglia where she was trained in conducting by Prof Peter Aston.

Alongside conducting, much of Gill's time was spent singing in various sized ensembles. Her aim in setting up a choir was to perform music in many different genres reflecting her own interests.

Alongside teaching music in school for many years, Gill trained the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Workshop Choirs and conducted the West Suffolk College Evening Class orchestra. She is also one of the music directors of the Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society - recent shows she has conducted for them include The Merry Widow, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Gill has also trained the chorus of Suffolk Opera for their productions of Carmen, La Traviata and La Bohème.

Whilst the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds was closed for extensive renovation, Gill conducted three semi-staged Gilbert and Sullivan operettas The Yeomen of The Guard, The Gondoliers and Iolanthe - in a local church.

As well as conducting, Gill has a busy teaching schedule, both singing and piano, and has an ever growing number of adult pupils.

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