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I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Many thanks to Maura Fanshawe, Vice-Chairman of Mayfield Choir who sent this picture for all to enjoy.
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They’re not just pretty faces:
they can sing too!
A new contributor is Dorking Camerata. As part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival, they gave a concert at St. Martin’s Church, Dorking on 17th October. Report soon.
Know the name Gareth Malone?
If you do, it is because you have been following his choral programmes on BBC TV. If you don’t, you will have missed out on how he’s made singing Cool to reluctant young men. You’ve also missed out on his creation of the South Oxhey Community Choir and the South Oxhey Youth Choir. More soon. southoxheychoirs.org
Bachfest '09 25th October to 20th November. Some wonderful events more
How far is far?. So far, New Orleans
One of the singers of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, named Ginger, asked for some help on Bernstein’ Chichester Psalms. I was delighted to answer her and in passing, I said I lived about 60 miles from Chichester. She replied,
“WHAT??!!!! In England??!! Ohmygawd! Oh well I shouldn't be surprised; I just thought that this was a web site from the American Chorus Society! Great!”
The site is worth a visit. You can always learn something from other choirs.
is a nationwide project run by the BBC to encourage people across the UK to find their voices and discover the joy of singing.
The BEEB wants to get thousands of people to sing Handel's famous Hallelujah Chorus as part of a nationwide celebration of one of the most popular choral pieces in the world.
The BBC also invites you to record your performance of the Hallelujah Chorus in any style and upload your recording to the sing web-site to reach an even wider audience.
You’ll find it all at www.bbc.co.uk/sing/
Singing Season in full swing.
What are you doing about recruitment? Don’t wait until next year.
◊ Capriol Chamber Choir, directed by Graham Dinnage, based near Westerham in Kent is seeking experienced singers to boost their numbers in January 2010 for a recording of new arrangements of carols for brass quintet and choir + soloists with the renowned brass group Mardi Brass. Capriol has given recitals for mainstream music societies such as the RVW Society. Mardi Brass has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and has appeared on BBC TV and radio. Enquiries to the choir secretary,
Vivienne Cox or ‘phone 01732 866372.
◊ Dorking Choral Society would like more men. Their next concert on Sunday 13th
is Christmas Celebration. Want to sing? Contact Ges Ray, Chairman
◊ Cantamus Reigate’s conductor Nick Landauer, has found lots of tenor so don’t miss their concert on Saturday 28th November. More
◊ City Chorus (aka National Westminster City Chorus) kicks off the Christmas season with an evening of swinging Yuletide music, including Rockin' around the Christmas tree, Let it snow, Winter wonderland, Ding dong merrily, Go tell it on the mountain, and the Louis Armstrong number that gives our concert its title: Cool Yule.
The eighty voices of City Chorus will be accompanied by Joanna Forbes and the L'Estranges in the Night quartet. Joanna is a former musical director, and Alexander L'Estrange a former bassist/arranger, for the Swingle Singers.
Caroline Weiner, their Publicity Manager sent me full details more
◊ Ian Maple, Chairman of Oxted & Limpsfield Choral Society tells me that singing is good for you. So forget the Health Farm, lipo-suction and Botox: tune yourself up by contacting Debbie Wren, their Membership Secretary, 01892 822352. Next is their December Christmas Concert which includes Mozart’s Te Deum and Chilcot Jubilate
Scores needed of Howard Goodall's Love Divine. Can you help, please?
Nick Landauer, Conductor of Cantamus Reigate, says he could manage with what he has
Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society has some very good music coming up. Looksee here.
Incitement to free-lovemaking in Dorking on 4th July
“How much passion and theatre can a choir put into singing 'Kyrie, Kyrie'? Not a lot. So it must have been refreshing for the Dorking Choral Society under their conductor Justin Doyle...“ Read Rupert Street’s report here
On Sunday 26th July, Over 40 members of the Dorking Choral Society performed Zimbe! at the Ryedale Music Festival. This is a collection of African songs which was commissioned by DCS from composer Alexander L'Estrange.
The choir was joined by over 50 singers who took part in a workshop earlier in the day. In the first part of the concert, Dorking Choral Society sang a collection of African songs, many written by their conductor Justin Doyle. Justin spent time teaching in Kenya where he collected 75 recordings of songs which are an intuitive part of daily life. He said the Kenyan’s never sing flat! The concert was a sell-out. The choir’s faithful accompanist Gavin Roberts, had to rush to catch a train to Ghent where he was giving an organ recital the next day! The composer Alexander L'Estrange also took part in the performance where he played double-bass with his accompanying Jazz group.
Requiem for Jan Palach.
This Requiem, written in July, 2008, was first performed in Luxembourg and is now recorded on CD. Scores are available from the website www.bullockmusic.info.
Read about the music and Jan Palach here
“You can sing ...
But can you Swing?”
This was the title of the Choral Workshop sponsored by East Surrey College on Saturday 11th July. It was conducted by Alexander L’Estrange writer of Zimbe! other African and Gospel music. Now this was really something special and a new adventure for choral ‘traditional’ singers. You can buy his score but why not ask him to run a Workshop with your choir? He also does similarly for schools.
See his web-site here. Try it!
Liturgical Music Courses. In Exeter, Malvern and Wells. Not heard from them but I should think they’ll be doing similarly in 2010. web-site.
Mayfield Choir invites sops and tenors to the two pint test?
A touch of unintended humour from Eric Scott, Publicity Manager, in his call for new singers. “They are very friendly occasions with lots of laughs! Members are encouraged to go to the pub afterwards. Then if it appeals, you would be invited to attend a short but relatively easy audition.” Two pints and you’re in? More. The conductor, Graham Caldbeck makes rehearsals fun as well as hard work. www.mayfieldchoir.co.uk
Marcus Farnsworth singing at the Mayfield Choir concert on 1st November 2009. ead the review here.
Their next concert is a Charity Concert on Saturday 5th December 7.30pm at St. Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield.
Mayfield Festival Choir conductor: Graham Caldbeck
St. Leonards-Mayfield Schola Cantorum.
conductor: Peter Collins
Skippers Hill Manor Prep. School Senior Choir, conductor: Dorothy Bridger
Melanie Scott soprano
Jane Money alto
Philip Snowdon baritone
Andrew Benians organ
The interesting programme includes Bach, Rutter, Britten, Holst, Handel with some audience participation.
If you want to know more, contact Robin Howden 01825 830277 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org