Coro is looking for strong Alto voices to join its performance of Handel’s Israel In Egypt, with professional orchestra and soloists, in London on April 1st 2017. Of all baroque oratorios Israel In Egypt gives the greatest prominence to the choir with sequences of great choruses, approximately fifteen of them for double choir. Weekly rehearsals on Mondays begin on 23rd January in Holborn and attendance is expected at nearly all of them. (We also have limited room for Tenors and Bass 2s, but currently not Sopranos.)
To find out more about auditions, please read our Join Us page.
During rehearsals for our 2016 Christmas concert we were delighted to host Dr. John Dickson, Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University, for a choral conducting masterclass.
The internationally known conducting pedagogue put emerging conductors Adam Hope, Blandine de Raulin, Patrick Barrett and Lucy Morris through their paces as each worked with the choir on a piece from our current repertoire. The conductors and choir alike were fascinated to see John making adjustments to conducting gesture, and recognised the resulting alterations in sound and musical interpretation that could be achieved. The choir was invited to participate with their feedback on the participants’ conducting.
John and the students praised Coro for their responsiveness and focus, which produced an instant response when they experimented with John’s suggestions.
It was a lively evening of learning and music making; we wish the conductors every success in their choral careers and look forward to welcoming John again in the future.
Can’t wait until Christmas for your next Coro fix?
Pop along to St Andrew, Holborn on 30th November (19.00) where we’ll be singing Eucharist for the Feast of St Andrew (patronal festival).
It’s a short walk from Chancery Lane or City Thames link Station. 5 St Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AB
Coro has just spent a beautiful autumnal weekend singing a charity concert in Doddington, Kent in aid of the Fynvola Foundation.
We are delighted to hear that the concert raised nearly £600 for the charity which provides specialist nursing and end of life care for people with learning disabilities.
The concert featured settings of Shakespeare’s songs by Matthew Harris, and other settings of the Bard’s work by a range of composers including Bob Chilcott, Robert Young, Thomas Morley, George Macfarren and Jakko Mantyjarvi. We were invited to perform the concert at Doddington Place as part of Musique Cordiale in Kent 2016.
The money raised will go towards the purchase of overhead hoists for nursing home bedrooms.
As well as raising money for a great cause we had a great weekend together thanks to the hospitality of Doddington Place. Have a look at these behind the scenes photos to find out more.
Tickets are now on sale for our Xmas concert on 17 December, 2016 at St Clement Danes church.
Coro’s Christmas Concert, which has become such a fixture in the diary of hundreds of Londoners features something for everyone, will be on 17 December 2016. Many of your favourite Christmas standards rub shoulders with great Christmas motets of the renaissance, lighter arrangements and festive readings. And let’s not forget the audience carols! Tickets go on sale in early November.
We’re really looking forward to our next concert, Rachmaninov Vespers on Sat 12 March at St James, Clerkenwell. We look forward to seeing you there!