A Date for Your Diary – Oriel Singers, 24 March 2018

On Saturday 24th March, the Oriel Singers are putting on a programme in Ampney Crucis C of E the Church of the Holy Rood as follows: St Magnus Mass by William Petter, John Sanders’ Reproaches, An Invocation of the Holy Spirit by Matthew Martin, Silence and Sound by Ben Sawyer, Stabat Mater by Alissa Firsova, Poulenc’s Chansons Françaises, folk songs, jazz arrangements and Four Elizabethan Songs by Gryspeerdt.

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Choral Workshop with Bath Bach Choir

Bath Bach Choir are holding a choral Workshop on

Saturday 27 January 2018, 9.30am – 5.00pm
at St Michael’s Without, Bath
Christopher Wood: “Requiem”

Workshop Director: Nigel Perrin

Christopher Wood’s Requiem is a compelling and highly accessible piece with echoes of both Rutter and Puccini in its romanticism, which reflects on the nation’s emotions at the passing of the Queen Mother in 2002. In preparation for its first West Country performance, we invite you to join us for our annual workshop – a day of fun, singing and camaraderie, and a highlight of our year – as musical director Nigel Perrin takes us through the work with his customary warmth, humour and musical agility. To book your place please download the booking form from here or email Caroline Gumbley at workshops@bathbachchoir.org.uk.

Tickets £25 Including score hire and complimentary tea & coffee throughout the day

Choir Workshop with Fiona Evans November 2013

On Saturday 2nd November 2013 the Malmesbury Singers hosted a choir workshop with Fiona Evans, former singer with “The Sixteen” and much acclaimed by names such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, not to mention Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Workshop was held at the United Reformed Church in Malmesbury and members from surrounding choirs also came along to take part.  The idea of a workshop was originally conceived by the Malmesbury Singers committee in memory of Judith Miller, an alto with the Malmesbury Singers who sadly died from cancer two years ago and whose husband Rob kindly made a donation in her memory; she is very much missed by all who knew her.

The singers enjoyed a morning coffee before starting rehearsals at 11am.  Fiona gave us a brief introduction to her life and how she came to now be managing choirs, conducting and engaging singers.  She recently started a Military Wives choir in Wallop and both she and the participants are thoroughly enjoying themselves!  During the workshop Fiona suggested that if the choir isn’t engaging, it is the duty of the conductor to change the way they communicate to elicit engagement, and in fact skilfully illustrated this during the day.

We did some basic relaxation exercises and learned to change our mouth shape to elicit different sounds.  We breathed in for four and out for four, eight, sixteen and thirty-two.  We learned to keep our mouths open at the end of a piece to allow the sound to continue travelling.  We also learned to “throw” out notes like a frisbee – going upwards, along and downwards and to appreciate how our voice changed as our physical shape and actions changed.  A lasting memory I have is when – to assist with choir engagement – one substitutes certain well known words from (for example) The Messiah (i.e. “Wonderful Spiderman” aka “Wonderful Counsellor”) it has an uplifting effect as the choir inwardly chuckle. What an amazing day.  Click here for a recording of “Nova Nova!” from the day.