Hazel Wickham (1st June 1935 – 11th March 2019)
Wickham was at the age of 16 accompanist for the North Devon Choral
Society. She graduated in music and Classics at
She was accompanist for the BBC West of England Singers notably in Bristol Prom performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Haydn’s Creation and has worked with conductors such as Meredith Davies; George Hurst; Bernard Keefe and Stanley Black.
She was Conductor of the Bristol Ladies Choir for twenty-nine years and had conducted them many times in the Colston Hall and also in Bristol Cathedral, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and taken them on tour to Norway. The choir raised several thousands of pounds over the years in their charity concerts. For three years she was conductor for the Laetare Singers- a small mixed choir – in their annual concert at Corston with Leslie Crowther and his wife taking part.
was the accompanist for the Yate Choral Society for over forty-seven years until her death in March 2019 and
enjoyed the friendship; varied musical life; the trips to France and the
social activities. For forty-seven years she was also the accompanist and répétiteur for the Bristol Opera Company working on
operas such as Carmen; The Marriage of Figaro and the Flying Dutchman plus
several less familiar ones such as
Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes
and Menotti’s The Saint of Bleeker Street –
including playing it for the composer.
Her favourites were the many Verdi operas including Aida which the
company took to Valetta in
She taught Music and
Classics to A level for many years latterly at Clifton High and
However what gave her most pleasure was her family: her two daughters and five grandchildren whose progress she watched with great pride.
Her friendship, personality and above all musical skill was invaluable to the members of the choir and it is with sadness that we record her passing in early 2019.