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March 2017

From our concert manager

Afternoon 130 pm Church is open 2 – 5 pm Full rehearsal for Choir, Soloists, Orchestra 3.30 – 3.45 Time for a break ? Evening 7pm Doors open … earlier if weather poor. 7.15 Choir find places for line up…In choir stalls etc 7.20 Stella speaks. 7.25 Orchestra take seats and choir lead on from both sides. 7.28 Chairman speaks to audience. 7.30 Led applause from H and choir as… Read More »From our concert manager

George Bowles

From Elizabeth: Some of you will remember George Bowles who chaired the Brighton Orpheus Choir before Annette took over and continued to sing in the bass section for some years after stepping down as Chair. I am sorry to say that I’ve just learnt that George passed away earlier this morning; his son and daughter were with him. Further information will be passed on as and when it becomes available.

Concert Dress for 25th March, 2017

Ladies Ankle length, plain, black skirt or smart, long black trousers. [No jeans ,jeggings or similar! ] Plain black shirt style top with long or 3/4 length sleeves. Collar. Black shoes and hosiery. No boots. Small black handbag. Choir scarf. Gentlemen Smart black trousers. [ No jeans ,jeggings or similar! Dress trousers preferred ] Black shirt with traditional collar for tie. Long sleeves. Black shoes and matching socks. Choir tie.… Read More »Concert Dress for 25th March, 2017

Nicholas Warden

We are delighted to welcome back Nicholas Warden as the Bass soloist in our forthcoming performance of the Dvorak Requiem. (Nicholas last sang with us in Bach’s St John Passion last March. “Nicholas Warden’s rich and agile bass left no doubt as to his authority” (Opera Now) Born in London, Nicholas graduated with a music degree from Durham University before continuing at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Mark… Read More »Nicholas Warden

Oliver White

Oliver graduated in music from Durham and won a scholarship to study at the RCM. He studied with Ryland Davies and teaches at Eton College, Chetham’s School of Music, and at Arts Educational, London. He was Director of Music at St Augustine’s, Kensington for 12 years. His busy operatic career as principal tenor has included his acclaimed West End debut with the D’Oyly Carte at The Savoy Theatre (The Yeomen… Read More »Oliver White

Kate Symonds-Joy

Kate graduated with a First Class music degree from Cambridge University and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy Opera Course. Concert highlights include Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses at the Purcell Room, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit at the Barbican, Mahler’s Symphony No.2 at Cadogan Hall, Handel’s Messiah with Bordeaux Opera and at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mozart’s Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. Operatic roles… Read More »Kate Symonds-Joy

Emily Blanch

Emily was born in Melbourne and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While still in Australia Emily won the Australian Singing Competition and the McDonald’s Aria, which led her to move to London to take up a scholarship at the Guildhall where she studied with Janice Chapman. Emily has sung with Opera Holland Park as the High Priestess… Read More »Emily Blanch

‘Come and Sing’ Dvorak’s Requiem at Barbican

From Julia Jacob (SOP1) : “In conjunction with Radio 3, the Barbican in London have great ‘Come and Sing’ sessions, led by Mary King (she of English National Opera/ Glyndebourne/ Cardiff Singer of the World competition/ Channel 4’s ‘Operatunity’ and ‘Musicality’ fame). The next one is ‘Come & Sing Dvořák’s Requiem’ on Friday 07 April at 7pm at the City Of London School for Girls at the Barbican. It costs… Read More »‘Come and Sing’ Dvorak’s Requiem at Barbican