Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

Sorry this has taken so long, but it's taken a few weeks (and a rather protracted round of answerphone ping-pong) to get things finally settled.

Interviews and auditions for the Musical Director role were held a few weeks ago. It was odd being on the other side of the table for a change, asking the questions instead of trying to answer them, but the candidates acquitted themselves well, and the audition rehearsals, though very different in character, were equally inspiring. It's reassuring that musical leadership in the area is in such good hands for the next few years.

Every member of the Chorale was given a vote, and Jon Payne was elected to be our new Musical Director. Jon is taking up the role of Assistant Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral in September, and the Chorale looks forward to working with him in our 40th Anniversary season.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Heard it on the grapevine...

so Saturday's concert went very well, I'm told. The large audience were appreciative of the variety of music (and the afternoon tea), and the choir really enjoyed themselves. I'm very sorry to have missed it, though I was being kept informed with regular updates (although I'm protecting my source ;-) ).

We usually break for the summer holidays after the June concert, but this time we're continuing for a few weeks so we can hold an audition rehearsal for our candidates for the Musical Director role - fingers crossed it goes well! It's nice going back to the Faure Requiem, for possibly the first time ever, I'm not looking at the page and thinking 'no, don't remember any of this', but actually picking bits out that have clearly stuck from last time. We've only had one rehearsal, and we've got a long summer break coming up, so I'm not counting chickens, but......

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Just one of those things....

Very sad to be missing Saturday afternoon's concert - the music on Tuesday was sounding really beautiful, and I'm sure everyone is in for a treat.
Tickets still available  - details are on the poster, but will also be available on the door.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

There must be something in the air...

or maybe in the water around here, that's inspiring wanderlust.

Only a couple of months after Mr Eyre's departure, we learnt that Mr Alex will also be leaving Yorkshire for Birmingham, or Solihull to be precise. He will taking up the role of Head of Choral Music at Solihull School in September.

Alex has been a great friend to the Chorale over the last few years, playing for several of our concert endeavours - where his ability to play more notes at once than you'd think possible has been amazingly impressive. He's also taken rehearsals as needed, and of course, stepping in as our temporary MD since April.

Massive thanks, Alex, and very good luck for your new role!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

..and one man in his time, plays many parts

Life has gone a little bit crazy of late, and I'm quite sad that for the first time, I won't be able to take part in a choir concert, as I'm going to be away.

Rehearsals are going well, the music we're rehearsing really does have something for every taste, from Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, to the haunting Long Day Closes, to the Rhythm of Life - and lots in between.

We're also inviting our audience to join us for an afternoon tea following the concert, so they'll be lots of time to chat, and weather permitting, enjoy the sunshine!

Tickets are available, see poster below:

Sunday, 24 April 2016

We are such stuff as dreams are made on...

The concert last Saturday went really well. Our orchestra were an amazingly talented group of people and really brought Bach's music to life. Our soloists were also on fine form, including those from the ranks of the choir, and the audience were very appreciative of our performance.

I've never had a concert go so quickly before, the interval came as a genuine surprise when I turned the page! The second half went just as well, and soon that was the end of several months worth of hard work and practice.

We waved Jonathan off to Chester with a small gathering after the concert, and on Tuesday started preparations for the summer concert. We are very pleased to be welcoming Alex Woodrow, Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral to act as our interim Musical Director until we appoint Jonathan's replacement. The music for summer is an eclectic collection of pieces, so a complete change from the Bach!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

It's now or never....

So that's it. Thankfully things have really come together since my last post. There are some really beautiful pieces of music in the St Luke, and it's a great feeling when everything comes together and it sounds amazing. Really looking forward to getting into the cathedral on Saturday and hearing the full orchestra play their period instruments. It's rare that the St Luke is performed, and it's shaping up to be a really great evening.

Tickets are still available, and will be available on the door - details on the website -