The Edmund Octet was formed in 2008 by top tenor Marcel Rousseau and has been directed by Gill Garside since 2009. The Octet is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Whilst the Octet did start with eight members, today there are actually 12 of us! This means that if someone is ill or unavailable we always have enough members to sing each part. All of us read music and we all sing in other choirs in Suffolk besides the Edmund Octet.
Our repertoire is wide and varied designed to suit all tastes and venues. From Palestrina to songs from the shows with Mozart, Britten folk songs, light jazz, pop classics, Latin motets and barbershop in between. Gill usually accompanies the Octet on the keyboard but some of our singing is a capella.
A full list of our entire repertoire: http://bit.ly/FullRepertoire
The Edmund Octet travel throughout East Anglia giving concerts in churches and local halls as well as singing at music festivals. We also sing at weddings and funerals. Most of our concerts are for charity, for example after our annual concert in the Unitarian Church, Bury St Edmunds last year we were able to donate £500.00 to the News Talk charity.
2017 Nils Carter de Jong