Imagine, if you will, a rash promise made at a party to start a choir of professed non-singers. Imagine likewise, the look of sheer pleasure after a few practices when they sang their first harmony.
Stretch your mind even further into a space-time dimension in which they’re singing original songs in four-part harmony. Add sheer joy in singing together and you have, in a nutshell, Village Voices.
Village Voices - The Rose
Drew is currently Musical Director of Cor Aduniad, a fine local choir with an enviable reputation for finely-crafted performances. Their current repertoire includes original pieces by Drew and award-winning, local composer Jack White, as well as works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Harold Darke, Peter Gabriel, Morten Lauridsen, J.S. Bach, Handel and others spanning four centuries. Past and planned venues include Bath Abbey, Brecon Cathedral, St. Woolos Cathedral Newport, Llandaff Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, St Gabriel's Cwmbran and the Usk Choral Festival.
Cor Aduniad - Ubi Caritas - December 2019
For over a decade Drew ran the Flying Shepherds. They became well known for their choral performances, both sacred and secular. Taking their inspiration from a shared love of vocal music, and their name from a musical mistake, the Flying Shepherds performed in South Wales, Dorset, Essex, Sussex and Pembrokehire.
Equally at home with madrigals, motets, and modern part-songs, the choir sang unaccompanied repertoire from 6 centuries of sublime choral music interspersed with poems and solo items.
William Byrd's Angus Dei
Flying Shepherds in Concert - 40 min video of songs, ditties and poems
Dore Abbey Singers
Until November 2021 Drew was proud to direct Dore Abbey Singers, singing monthly for services in the magnificent acoustic of Dore Abbey in Herefordshire