6 January 2014:
NEW MEMBERS: A membership waiting list is currently in operation. At the moment, it is closed for soprano and alto voices, though we can still accept both basses and tenors onto the list. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch and we can let you know the current position. There is a contact form on the Join page.
I wonder if you’d be willing to tell your members about our vacancies for a few extra singers in Chelmsford Cathedral on July 26 – if anyone is interested in joining us for the day, please ask them to get in contact with me directly at this email address. We’ll be singing Darke in F for the Choral Eucharist and Stanford in Bb for Choral Evensong. Would be delighted to hear from any of your singers who might be interested in coming along and singing with us.
James Reed. (Director, The Festival Singers)
Voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass):
First rehearsal – 14 April 2015
Half-term – 26 May (subject to confirmation)
Concert (Mozart: Requiem) – 27 June
Concert Schedule for 2015 Spring – Durufle Poulenc click here to download.
Please be at the church in good time to be seated at 1:45pm.
Note that this Tuesday’s rehearsal is at St Augustine’s, Highbury New Park.
CALL FOR SINGERS
An artist is looking for singers to perform a dawn chorus.
The chorus takes as its prompt a poem by William Wordsworth,The Pilgrim’s Dream; or, The Star and the Glow Worm (1818). The poem will be sung as a loop over the course of an hour with a simple musical structure akin to a medieval chanson. The score will be provided to all singers in advance of rehearsals.
If you are able to commit to one rehearsal on either the 15th or 16th May, and the performance on the 18th May, please contact us. This is an unpaid opportunity as part of an artist project, but early morning transport and post-performance breakfast will be provided. Please email Tilly at AIR, Central Saint Martins for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07949 664 858
From Christopher Pick:
Dear fellow ICS singers
I help raise funds for a new and very successful community choir — called SING4ALL – in my area of south London. It’s a great venture with about 35 members (including about 8 men!) so far who meet every week to sing rounds, songs from the shows and so on and enjoy tea afterwards. Real ties of friendship are being formed among members, some of whom are in poor health and and/or are socially isolated; for some the Tuesday afternoon sessions are one of their main social activities.
I have applied for £300 for the choir from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund. This will help p[ay for music and to enable less-well-off choir members to attend the choir’s occasional social events and outings.
Five prizes from the Fund are awarded each week. Four winners are chosen at random. The fifth is chosen by popular ballot.
Please take just one minute to vote for SING4ALL. Just go to the link below and follow the very clear instructions. When you have voted you will receive an email — don’t forget to click on the link within this email to validate your vote.
If you could then send this email on to friends, family, other singers etc and ask them to vote as well that would be fantastic.
NB there is one vote per email address, so if you have more please use all of them!
The deadline for voting is 11.59pm next Sunday, 15 February.
I hope that’s all clear. Get in touch if it isn’t.
Christopher Pick (tenor)
I am writing to you on behalf of the Fieri Consort in regards to a workshop that they are running on the 28th February at St James Sussex Gardens. I was wondering if you might be able to tell the members of the Islington Choral Society about the workshop?
The workshop is an exquisite mix of Sheppard, Byrd, MacMillan, and Tallis, and ties in with their 2015 concert series. I attach a flyer for more information about the day.
The Fieri Consort was formed whilst studying on The Sixteen’s young artists programme in 2012, and they have gone on to establish themselves as one of the UKs most exciting young vocal groups, described as having ‘intricately-blended and immaculately-controlled vocal lines’. The Fieri Consort regularly appear on the BBC, including BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, ‘The Choir’, and as lunchtime concert artists over a weeklong period in late 2014. In August 2014 they were invited to perform a tour of Australia, and have recently been selected as artists on the Brighton Early Music Live scheme. 2015 has The Fieri Consort performing and running workshops across the UK, and beyond. This is a group doing new things with music, and the opportunity to perform with them should not be missed!
For even more information and to book a place please visit: http://fiericonsort.co.uk/product/out-of-the-shadows-choral-workshop/ or email email@example.com
“The standard of ensemble that they had been able to achieve in this brief time was outstanding. The performances were assured and confident, a tribute to the Fieris’ teaching.” Review of The Fieri Consort workshop in Sherborne Abbey.