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- everyone wants to join
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Our Christmas Concerts
After the success of our French Connection II concerts in October we’re now busily preparing our Christmas music and in these concerts we’ll be breaking some new ground.
Our first concert is on Sunday December 8 at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham when we’ll be joined by our orchestra. As Linda says: “Philomusica has been giving concerts for nearly 50 years now and we’ve sung many times in all of the major local venues, including Cheltenham Town Hall and Gloucester Cathedral. However, it's a very long time since we performed in the Pittville Pump Room. It’s a wonderful place to give a concert and we’re really excited about the opportunity to sing there again.”
We’re repeating the programme the following Saturday, December 14 at St. Mary’s Church, Kempsey starting at 16.00 rather than the usual time of 19.30. The change is an experiment. We’ve given Christmas concerts in Kempsey for many years. We always enjoy them and the people of Kempsey are great at supporting us. However, over the years people have said to us that turning out on a dark December evening isn’t always attractive. So, we’ve decided this year to change from our usual evening format and have a late afternoon start. We hope this timing won’t get in the way of Christmas shopping and also that if people have evening plans they’ll be able to fit in our concert too.
The programme is a varied one: truly, something for everyone, we hope. We’re reviving A Christmas Cantata by Geoffrey Bush. This is a really attractive and fresh piece, full of lovely Christmas melodies. We sang it a few years ago and it was really popular with our audiences and with the choir. There’ll also be lots of favourite Christmas items including carols by John Rutter – of course! – and plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the singing. It should be great fun.
Pittville Pump Room, Sunday 8 December at 19.30. Tickets cost £12 for adults; £5 for children; £29 for a Family Ticket (for 2 adults and 2 children). Tickets are available from the Town Hall Box Office on 0844 576 2210 or www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or on the door.
St. Mary’s Kempsey, Saturday 14 December at 16.00. Tickets cost £8 (accompanied children under 16 admitted free.) Tickets will be available on the door but you can also book now at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Lyn Rimell (01905 820140).
We are delighted to announce that, at our Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 23rd, Roderick Williams became a Vice-President of the Choir.
To have such a distinguished performer associated with us gives us great pride. Roddy has already assisted in coaching some of the choir soloists and we look forward to a closer association with him in the future.
More details on Roderick can be found in the Who we are section of the website.
To have two such marvellous singers as Roddy and our President, John Mitchinson, as supporters of the choir we feel is a real accolade.
Deep Voices Needed
At our Annual General Meeting in February the distinguished baritone, Roderick Williams, was elected as a Vice President of Philomusica. We are already closely associated with one eminent British singer, the tenor, John Mitchinson, who became one of our Vice Presidents when we created the post in 1996. Subsequently Mitch became President in 2005 in succession to John Miller.
Mitch himself has warmly welcomed our new association with Roddy Williams who he describes as “a fine, musical singer of great warmth and musicianship.” Roddy is a marvellous and immensely versatile singer, widely acclaimed all over the world for his recordings and performances in opera, oratorio and in song recitals. In our part of the world he’s a frequent and welcome guest at Three Choirs Festivals. We feel very honoured that two such distinguished singers as Mitch and Roddy are linked with Philomusica.
Roddy is, of course, a baritone, and we hope that he won’t be the only singer with a deep voice to join us. Linda, our conductor, says. “The choir has over 100 members. New singers join us all the time and they’re always most welcome. However, though we have enough sopranos and tenors at present we’re very keen to attract second altos and basses, the deepest voices which provide the foundation for a choir. At the moment singers with nice deep voices seem to be in short supply. So if you’re interested in joining an active, friendly choir that sings a wide variety of music and has great fun along the way then we’d love to hear from you. We don’t have auditions so new recruits can try us out without the worry that auditions can cause.”
In addition Linda is also keen to hear from singers who are or want to be soloists. In Philomusica we almost always use our own members as soloists, so we can offer some great opportunities for talented singers. Our soloists usually sing in the chorus when not performing solos. Their involvement with the choir as a whole adds a tremendous amount – and our soloists really enjoy taking a turn in the chorus. If you explore our website you’ll see the exciting range of music that we perform.
Rehearsals take place as follows:
In Worcester at Bromyard Road Methodist Church, St. John’s Worcester on Thursday evenings at 19.30.
In Gloucester at The Milestone School, Longford Lane, Gloucester on Friday evenings at 19.30.
If you would like to join Philomusica as a chorus member please contact the relevant Group Representative:
Worcester – Worcester@philomusica.org.uk
Gloucester – Gloucester@philomusica.org.uk
If you’d like more details of the singing opportunities as a soloist with Philomusica, then please contact Linda at email@example.com
We’d love to hear from you.