'Christmas in Congleton' - Saturday 18th December
Our Christmas Concert featured Misa Criolla by Ramirez and folk music and carols from South America with South American band Caliche, one of the leading groups promoting the music and culture of South America in Britain for the last 18 years, followed by favourite carols for choir and audience accompanied by the Rode Hall Silver Band.
Sunday 12th December 2004
Those of us who went felt privileged to sing carols with prisoners and staff at HM Prison Styal.
Sunday 28th November
Our annual Advent Carol Service at the Church of St Peter, Swettenham.
On the 6th November 2004 we enjoyed a choral workshop with Nigel Perrin. This was part of Congleton Choral Society's development programme to involve more people locally and regionally in singing together.
Nigel's musical life began as a boy chorister at Ely Cathedral, from where he won a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge, to study under Sir David Willcocks. After a short time spent singing in most of London's professional choirs, Nigel became well-known as the high voice of The King's Singers and for the next eleven years he travelled the world on concert tours, recorded some twenty-five albums and appeared in countless television shows with artists as diverse as Kiri Te Kanawa and Cliff Richard. This background and experience formed the basis of his current international career - conducting, directing choral workshops and summer schools, adjudicating and teaching. He is a member of staff at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School, where he works with young developing voices and trains the Chapel Choir. Having established Bath Camerata as one of the UK's leading chamber choirs, he is now greatly sought after as an inspiring choral conductor, directing the City of Bath Bach Choir, the Bath Festival Chorus and the Exeter Festival Chorus, and working regularly as consultant and motivator to many other choral groups.
We spent the day rehearsing Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass’, together with some Spirituals, for which he is famous. Nigel gave away some of the choral secrets that won the Bath Camerata the Sainsbury Choir of the Year competition. We learnt how to breath properly; how to sustain a long musical phrase; how to stop singing flat!!
This was a very successful venture with more than 150 singers taking part, and one we hope to repeat in 2008!
In June we sang as Swettenham Church, helping the congregation to celebrate their 700th Anniversary. With Andrew Cummings as our organist, we performed music which might have been heard in the church over those 700 years - concluding with 'Gloria' by Vivaldi, with Lis Murphy as our soloist.
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