We were delighted that ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors) held an Initial Conducting Course here throughout the Autumn and Winter; designed for newcomers to conducting, this four date course provided participants with the basic techniques and information needed to start conducting a choir!
Gaynor Keeble workshop day
We were delighted to welcome renowned mezzo-soprano, Gaynor Keeble, to the VoiceBox on Sunday 28th September for a day of lessons, workshops and masterclasses. Many of our singers took part throughout the day and Gaynor was an incredibly inspiring and enthusiastic teacher. Here she is in action with a former pupil and now VoiceBox teacher, Phoebe Eley, with accompanist Richard Hodges.
Voices Choir tour to York
Voices had a fantastic time in York in August 2014, performing in the stunning candlelit Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, as well as the Chapter House of York Minster. Whilst there, some of the choir attended prayers for peace with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, as part of his Vigil for Peace. The Archbishop kindly attended the concert and thanked and congratulated the choir afterwards. Please visit our Facebook page for a variety of photos from the trip and concerts –www.facebook.com/voiceboxuk
^ Voices Choir with Archbishop John Sentamu in York Minster ^
ChorAlchemy performed as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe in 2014, and received a wonderful welcome at St Mary’s Church. Thank you to Amy Dollery, who gave a very favourable review of the concert;
When I signed up to review ChorAlchemy (Youth chamber music) I was a little reticent as sometimes the term youth can also imply mixed abilities as people hone their skills. This time I couldn’t have been more wrong. The choir I experienced was nothing short of exceptional.
Their amazingly varied repertoire, covering everything from David Guetta to Shakespeare, was sung with accuracy, emotion and impeccable timing. The solo’s showcased the talent of every individual and the duets were breath taking. The rendition of “All I ask of you” from Phantom of the Opera, had my hands clapping so hard they hurt.
The location of St Mary’s church, with its beautiful light and fabulous acoustics only added to the intimate atmosphere and it was only the pleasant informal nature of the choir leader, who openly encouraged his singers, which gave any indication these weren’t seasoned professionals.
This was simply an afternoon of great music, and I will definitely be signed up to hear ChorAlchemy in the future.
Thank you to everyone who performed, organised and attended events as part of Derby’s Festival of Britten during October and November 2013. The Festival was a huge success, with fantastic concerts and events across the city.
Derby’s own Festival of Britten offered a unique opportunity to explore some of his choral, vocal and instrumental music, beginning with a Study Day on 26th October, and culminating in the multi-choir concert in the Cathedral on the day itself, 22nd November.