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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
Happy New Year!
Remember: rehearsals for Durufle Requiem and Poulenc Gloria start tomorrow evening, 6 January.
Here is the concert schedule for this weekend’s concert. Please note particularly:
- Tonight’s rehearsal is at St Augustine’s, Highbury New Park. Please arrive promptly so that we can start at 7:30
- Saturday’s rehearsal will begin at 2:30. Please make sure that you are in the church at 2:15. We are expecting 150 singers, and it will inevitably take a while to get everyone seated.
- We are in DESPERATE need of stewards for Saturday evening. If you have friends or relatives who can help, please talk to Louise Tucker at tonight’s rehearsal. They will get a seat, so it’s possibly a way for people who can’t otherwise get tickets to see the concert.
- The sits and stands are all in this schedule. Please make sure that you have taken note and, ideally, marked them in your score.