6 January 2014:
NEW MEMBERS: A membership waiting list is currently in operation for soprano and alto voices, but we are actively seeking both basses and tenors to join us now. At present waiting time is likely to be several months for sopranos and altos, but if you are interested please get in touch and we can let you know the current position. There is a contact form on the Join page.
Now we have started to get a feeling for the Sea Symphony for our summer concert, you may want to start some work on learning the notes at home so we can focus at rehearsals on the performance of the piece. We’ve just added links to some choral learning resources (several are free) on the ‘Practice’ page here. Please take a look.
Particularly for those joining us on our tour to Perugia (May 2-5) wishing to practise ahead of our rehearsals on 15 April (Tuesday) and 27 April (Sunday) this is a recording of Islington Choral Society performing Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine in 2005:
For the remaining, shorter pieces, there are YouTube recordings that might be useful:
Come and enjoy an invigorating afternoon of music-making guided by an experienced vocal coach and see how much you can improve your sound and develop your confidence.
Renowned singer and choral trainer, Deborah Miles-Johnson, will lead a session on vocal techniques to develop each individual’s voice and create a focused quality sound, in particular -
- breathing technique
- improving tone and projection
- how to keep pitch
- blending voices for better ensemble
- developing confidence in your voice
She will use passages from Vaughan Williams ‘Sea Symphony’, and other short pieces to help us produce a focused, quality sound and perform it with the best possible tone.
The workshop has been organised by Islington Choral Society for its members, but is open to all singers.
Saturday 7 June 2014 2.15pm–5.30 pm
Tickets only £10 (£12 on the door subject to available space)
Full details, timetable, location information and application form – Choral Workshop Flyer
CURRENT choir members are invited to complete a Questionnaire Repertoire 2014 Form to help the next Repertoire Committee choose the works the choir will be singing in 2015 and 2016. Please email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t received a copy of the detailed arrangements for the next concert (Gounod and Haydn, 29 March 2014) by email, and didn’t pick up a copy at last week’s rehearsal, please download one here and print it out to keep with your score. This is vital information!
Here is the flyer/poster for our next concert – feel free to email this to friends, family and colleagues, or to print and distribute.
It’s a .pdf format file (needs Adobe Reader, available free from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/). Just CLICK on the image on the left and the pdf file should display in your browser – then use the controls to save or print the poster.
[If you right-click on the image you can save a .jpg version instead of the .pdf version]
Thanks once again to Hazel Macmillan for another amazing design.
For anyone wanting to buy tickets for our concert on 29 March (Gounod and Haydn) online, the link is:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/262990 (full price)
or http://www.wegottickets.com/event/262991 (concessions). Choir members please note there is a booking fee charged by WeGotTickets so it’s slightly cheaper to buy tickets at rehearsals.