Shrewsbury Choral Society presents 'The Magnificence of JS Bach'
28 October 2015
Shrewsbury Choral Society is to present an evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach in Shrewsbury Abbey on 14 November at 7.30pm.
The programme comprises Bach's Magnificat in D major and his cantatas 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme' and 'Meinen Jesum, lass ich Nicht'.
The society will be directed by Martin Charles Cook and joined by Gillian Winstanley (soprano), Helena Cooke (contralto), Peter Bates (tenor) and Damien O'Keefe (bass). The Shrewsbury Sinfonia will provide accompaniment.
Society chairman Thelma Foster said: 'This pre- Christmas concert will be a splendid introduction to the glory of the Christmas season. I am confident that the audience will be thrilled and pleased with the superb programme of music that we will present to provide an evening of pure delight.'
Tickets cost £12 adults (£5 for students and children).
Shrewsbury Choral Society
Trailblazing organ builder Peter Collins dies
26 October 2015
Peter Collins's last organ, for the 2015 St Albans International Organ FestivalStephen Boffey
organ builder Peter Collins died on 24 October,
after a short illness.
established his own organ building firm in 1964, and over a period of
50 years brought an individual – and sometimes maverick –
approach to his craft, pushing boundaries and sometimes courting
an apprentice, Collins trained first with Bishops (London) and then
Rieger (Austria) in the early days of the Orgelbewegung, the impact
of which encouraged him to build neo-Classical instruments with
mechanical action. From initial box and chamber organs, Collins
developed and expanded his business in the UK – notably for St
David's Hall, Cardiff, and St Peter Mancroft, Norwich – and abroad,
with an organ for Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia;
in the late 1990s, he collaborated with Allen Organs in building a
hybrid instrument for Trönö Church in Sweden, a move which
generated much criticism in the organ building world but which
Collins continued to defend. A new mechanical action instrument for
the 2015 St Albans International Organ Festival – Collins had
already built the Festival's own Silbermann-inspired organ in 1989 –
was to prove his last opus.
tribute to Peter Collins's life and work will be published in the
January/February 2016 issue of Choir & Organ; his family are planning a Memorial Concert and wish to raise money for the LOROS Hospice and Cancer Research. www.petercollinsltd.com
Winners of Young Choristers of the Year announced
23 October 2015
Agatha Pethers and Angus Benton
Angus Benton, 11, from Winchester College Chapel, and Agatha Pethers, 14, from St Catharine's College Chapel, Cambridge, have been named as the winners of the 2015 Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition.
Benton and Pethers each received a trophy and £500 worth of singing lessons. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of radio and television programmes over the year for BBC Religion and Ethics, in addition to wider BBC engagements.
Pethers said of her success: 'On the one hand, the competition aspect was a bit nerve-wracking - the others all sounded very good. On the other hand, the performance aspect felt very natural. This was partly because the acoustic of St Martin-in-the-Fields is quite similar to Catz Chapel.
'I think singing services every week (as I’ve been lucky enough to have done now for seven years) is a great preparation. Dr Wickham’s got us used to singing like we only have one chance to get it right, while knowing there’s always next week. It helps us focus, concentrating on getting things right, rather than worrying about getting them wrong.'
The grand finale of this year's competition took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Eight contestants from around the UK performed in front of a panel comprising choral director Suzi Digby, choral director and arranger Simon Lole, singer-songwriter Dionne Bromfield, and chaired by composer John Rutter.
Simon Lole said: 'It never ceases to amaze me how these young choristers produce such incredibly musical performances, year after year, under such pressure. The standard in 2015 has been really excellent and we have two very worthy winners who will carry the beacon of young choristers everywhere for the next twelve months. Choral music is clearly still very much alive and kicking!'
Jury chair John Rutter said: 'Another stellar competition this year, with an amazing group of finalists, two worthy winners, and a lovely warm supportive atmosphere in the audience. It's always a joy to be involved with this competition, which celebrates the huge contribution made by young people to choral singing in our nation - something to be proud of.'
Past winners have appeared on radio and television, received recording contracts, performed in West End musicals and sung with leading vocal ensembles.
Young Chorister of the Year 2015
Frauenkirche anniversary concert to be broadcast live
22 October 2015
The anniversary concert marking ten years since the reconstruction of the Dresden Frauenkirche will be shown live on 24 October 2015 from 8pm on the Dresden Music Festival
website and on Medici.tv.
The Dresden Music Festival is marking this occasion with a programme based on Dresden's musical history. The Orpheus Orchestra will perform Schumann's second symphony; excerpts from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; and La Muse et le Poète by Saint-Saëns (a friend of Schumann's, and the first to conduct the composer's second symphony).
The programme also includes the European premiere of a new work by Wolfgang Rihm commissioned specially for the occasion. The Duo Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra will be performed with Jan Vogler and Mira Wang as soloists.
The Frauenkirche was built in the 18th century and was destroyed in the Allied bombing during World War II. Work to rebuild the church began after the reunification of Germany, and was completed in 2005.
Following the live broadcast in the internet the concert will be available in free replay on medici.tv for 90 days.
RCO survey 2015
19 October 2015
Organists and choral directors are invited to complete the Royal College of Organists survey 2015.
The survey is part of a consultation process which will help the College and its partner organisations to shape future services and support for organists and choral directors.
The results will be used to develop new services, benefits and partnerships which will ensure that the College is best placed to help musicians of every age, level of attainment and ambition to meet the realities of a 21st-century musical life.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and should be completed by 31 October.
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