London International Choral Conducting Competition

 

Coro is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition, in partnership with our friends at Chantage. We’re honoured to be part of this exciting and important event, championing emerging talent and promoting the choral arts.

This is a brand new initiative, turning the spotlight on the next generation of choral conductors and forging stronger relationships in the international choral community in the process. We’re looking for emerging choral conductors aged 18 – 32 years old from all over the world to compete in front of a distinguished international jury over the weekend of 20th to 21st October 2018.

Hosted by premier London chamber choirs, Chantage and Coro, and joined by this year’s guest choir, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Chamber Choir FREIA from Finland, the weekend festival will also feature masterclasses and a Gala Concert. The event, which is taking place at the Royal Academy of Music, will celebrate choral music-making of the highest quality and through its competitive element, featuring a first prize of £5,000, give a significant boost to exceptional conductors in the early stages of their career

For details on how to apply and the format of the competition, as well as further information on the events of the festival, visit www.liccc.co.uk. Applications close on 25 May 2018.

Read more at www.liccc.co.uk/news

 

 

 

Celebrity Reader Announced

Breaking News!

We are delighted to announce that our celebrity reader for this year’s Christmas concert is Susan Jameson.

Sue is perhaps best known nowadays for playing Esther Lane in New Tricks from 2003 to 2013 and, to younger viewers, as the ghastly Great Aunt Loretta in CBeebies award-winning show Grandpa in my Pocket. She also starred as Jessie Serton in When The Boat Comes In, as Kate in Take Three Girls and in To Serve Them All My Days.

Sue played HM The Queen in the Channel 4 series The Queen a few years ago, when HM came up against Lesley Manville as Margaret Thatcher in her heyday. Sue says the Queen definitely won that contest!

Recently Sue was seen on BBC in the drama Him and in 2014 Sue’s first book of short stories Pony Tails was published.

We will be delighted to welcome Sue to our concert on 16th December 2017. Tickets are selling quickly so buy yours now.

 

What’s Coro doing?

We’ve had a long summer break from full choir concerts but have been getting together for a few smaller events and gigs.

We were delighted to participate in Symfunny, a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Parkinson’s UK featuring musicians and comedians including Aled Jones, Pete Townshend, Katie Melua, Collabro,  Josh Widdicombe and Jack Dee.

Symfunny

At the end of July we returned to Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich as the guest choir for Choral Eucharist. It’s a truly beautiful setting with a very welcoming congregation and we always enjoy our visits there.

old royal naval college

We loved performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt earlier in the year, so when the work featured in this year’s Proms programme there was a good group of us who went along. It was as dramatic in the audience as it was to perform and we (mostly) contained the urge to sing along.

Proms 2017

We’re now in the process of auditioning to fill a few vacancies and finalising plans for our autumn 2017 weekend get together.

Sneak Preview – Listen to us rehearsing

Rehearsals for our next concert (Handel’s Israel in Egypt) are in full swing. We’re having such a good time that we’d like to share a sneak preview from our last rehearsal. The work takes us through the plagues of Egypt, and in this clip we’re singing number 9, He Smote All the First Born of Egypt.

 

We’ve got a couple of weeks to add a bit of polish but we’re starting to feel the buzz…or maybe that’s just the flies from movement 6! On the night we’ll be accompanied by a baroque orchestra and an impressive line-up of professional soloists.

Tickets are cheaper in advance, what are you waiting for? Book now!

Coro sings Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Saturday 1 April, 18.30 at Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch.

 

Rehearsal pics March 2014

 

 

 

Soloists announced – Israel in Egypt concert

We’re excited to announce the soloists for our next concert, Handel’s Israel in Egypt on 1 April 2017. Emma Walshe, Rachel Ambrose Evans, Jeanette Ager, Roland Wood, Nigel Cliffe will be accompanied by The Coro Baroque Consort.

Soprano Emma Walshe has performed all over the world with The Tallis Scholars , and has been a permanent member of the group since 2014. In June 2013, Emma Walshe sang the role of Daniel in George Frideric Handel’s Susanna with the Early Opera Company at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.

Soprano Rachel Ambrose Evans’s recent solo engagements have included George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Holst Singers/Stephen Layton), J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion (Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem/Avner Biron), Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria with the King’s College Choir Cambridge and St John’s College Choir in Cambridge. In 2017 Rachel travelled to Scandinavia for the first time to perform a staged version of G.F Handel’s Messiah at the Bergen Opera with Amici Voices.

Alto Jeanette Ager’s solo work has included: recitals and other appearances at the Wigmore Hall; Handel’s Messiah at St David’s Hall, Cardiff; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Tippett’s Child of our Time at the Royal Festival Hall; Verdi’s Requiem at Gloucester Cathedral; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Barbican Concert Hall and the Missa Solemnis at York Minster, Truro and Exeter Cathedral. In addition to performances at many of the leading venues in the United Kingdom, Jeanette’s concert work has taken her to Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Spain, Libya and China.

Baritone Roland Wood made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Roucher (Andrea Chénier) and has since sung Ford (Falstaff) for the Company. He regularly sings with English National Opera, where his roles have included Kissinger (Nixon in China), Marcello (La bohème), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Zurga (The Pearl Fishers), Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Speaker and Papageno (The Magic Flute), Bunyan/Pilgrim (The Pilgrim’s Progress), Don Fernando (Fidelio) and Oedipus (Thebans).

Baritone Nigel Cliffe is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which he joined in 1999. He has sung many solo roles for The Royal Opera, in operas including Der Rosenkavalier, Rigoletto, L’anima del filosofo, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sophie’s Choice, Pagliacci, Thaïs, La Gioconda, Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal, Cyrano de Bergerac, Macbeth and Die Zauberflöte.

Coro performs Handel’s dramatic oratorio, Israel in Egypt, on 1 April 2017 at St Leonard’s Shoreditch. Buy Tickets here.

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