Farewell to Judith

It is with much sadness that we must announce that our former Assistant Director and Bass section leader, Judith Hunt, died after a long illness on Saturday 11 April 2020 at the age of 79.

Judith joined the chorus shortly after it was founded by Jenny Lawson and sang on the risers for some twenty years before retiring due to ill health. Many members and ex-members will be able to recall Judith welcoming them to the ranks of Surrey Harmony with some well-chosen words delivered whilst the chorus sang their rendition of “Consider Yourself” from Oliver.

Judith was instrumental in making sure that the whole chorus ran smoothly, and quietly undertook any job that needed doing; from putting up risers to running fetes and jumble sales, handing out leaflets and selling items on eBay to raise much-needed funds for the chorus. She never sought or wanted recognition for her huge contribution to the chorus, although she was regularly awarded with chorus contribution prizes (despite her best endeavours!) at the annual AGMs.

She sang Bass in a quartet – Zig Zag – with Jenny for over twenty years, achieving a third place at regional convention and a first place at Sligo Music Festival. Zig Zag member Karen Pallot says that the success of the quartet was mainly down to Judith’s incredible Bass sound, and her tenacious approach to planning and managing rehearsals.

In her ‘real’ life, Judith was a Deputy Head Teacher of a school for children with learning disabilities for over 40 years and was a calm and gentle soul, who was very supportive of everyone. All who knew her would recognise that Judith’s life was a life of service.

Judith will be remembered for her kindness, support and wonderfully strong, deep bass voice. She will be much missed by family and friends and chorus members alike. Judith leaves two sisters, two daughters and eight grandchildren and everyone at Surrey Harmony sends them our sincerest condolences.

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