Singing Day with Nigel Perrin – Saturday 22 September 2018

Handel: Extracts from The Messiah & Coronation Anthems and more!

Saturday 22 September, 9.30 am – 3pm
United Reformed Church, Malmesbury

Scroll down for more information and a form that you can complete online and send to us directly, or click here to download a pdf form that you can print out and email to us at  Sign up by Saturday 15th September to be sure of a place!

The address for the church is St Mary’s Street, Malmesbury, SN16 0BJ. There is no parking at the church, but the town’s long stay car park is only 5 mins walk and the 1st two hours are free. To reach the car park follow signs for Long Stay from the approaches to Malmesbury. Leave the car park heading towards the fire station, and walk up Gloucester Road towards the town centre. St.Mary’s street is on the right before the triangle and war memorial.

Nigel Perrin is one of the UK’s best known and foremost choral directors. He is the musical director of Bath Bach Choir and Exeter Festival Chorus, was the founding director of award winning Bath Camerata chamber choir and was known to millions as one of the very earliest members of the Kings Singers. His approach to workshops and singing days is lively, entertaining and instructive in equal measure and I’m sure we’ll all have a great time.

We start at 9.30 and expect to end between 2.30 and 2.45. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and later in the day. After a light lunch, provided for a modest £5/head in aid of church funds, we will have a recap and sing through of the pieces we’ve studied in the morning.

The repertoire will include Handel’s Coronation Anthems (Zadok, My Heart is Inditing and The King Shall Rejoice) plus some choruses from Messiah. In addition Nigel will bring his usual eclectic selection of warm ups and rounds to get us going.

We are able to provide scores of the Coronation Anthems and Messiah, but if you have your own copy it would help us if you could bring it along.

On the form below please indicate if you would like lunch and if you can pay by BACS the details are on the form or downloadable sheet.  If you wish to pay by cheque, please make the cheque out to the Malmesbury Singers and email us for the address to post to or bring on the day.

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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

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.