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After the concert

Following the Choir’s concert on Saturday 25 November, Sally Laird, Chair of South Devon Choir, posted the following message.

I’m feeling a very proud and happy Chairperson today! Our Choir gave a superb concert last night – a huge thank you to every single person involved- and there were a lot! And we all enjoyed it so much – so many dramatic and thrilling not to say moving moments, from pickled Choirboys to the glorious singing of our soloists- Nick Hawker as St Nicolas was stunning, the sounds of that superb trumpet solo are still ringing my ears with the lovely soprano Elinor Chapman, the rich tones of Julian Rippon, and as for the duetti on the piano – fantastic! There were dramatic moments during the week before the concert when it looked as though the organ might not be playable – I think that Simon Dunbavand proved beyond any doubt that it had been repaired – what an exceptional musician he is.
As for my committee, all the volunteer helpers – what can I say – just a huge thank you. And as for John Hobbs – he’s incomparable! And a delicious buffet too. Hooray for South Devon Choir

St Nicolas-Julian Rippon

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Julian Rippon – Bass

Julian Rippon treats us to the well-known solo ‘Mighty Lord’ by Bach from his famous ‘Christmas Oratorio’  in our forthcoming concert on Saturday 25 November at St Matthias’ Church, Wellswood, Torquay.  In addition, he will perform in the beautiful Bach Cantata, ‘Sleepers, Wake!’ together with Elinor Chapman and Nick Hawker.

Julian is in constant demand as a soloist around the South West, performing in a wide range of choral and operatic works with many of the foremost groups in the region. He is also a full-time member of Exeter Cathedral Choir.

Julian began his singing career as a boy chorister with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, and continued to sing regularly while an Engineering
undergraduate at Cambridge
University. He moved to Japan in 1990, and later to Shanghai,
returning to the UK in 2007. While in the Far East Julian appeared
frequently as soloist, both on the stage and in the concert hall.

His solo repertoire includes Monteverdi Vespers, Handel Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, J.S. Bach B
Minor Mass
, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem, Beet-hoven Symphony No. 9, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn Elijah, Verdi Requiem, Brahms German Requiem, Stainer Crucifixion, Fauré Requiem, Mahler
Symphony No. 8, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Carl Orff
Carmina Burana, Duruflé
Requiem, Britten War Requiem and Howard Goodall Requiem.

Julian recently performed in Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem, and has a busy round of concerts leading up to Christmas, including Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat, and Durulflé Requiem. He has also been invited to perform
Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ (‘Songs of a Wayfarer’) in Sidmouth next spring.

To hear Julian join us on Saturday 25 November at the earlier time of 7pm.

Tickets are available priced £12 for the concert with a separate ticket of £4.00 for the finger buffet.  As usual children and students under 19 are welcome to the concert free of charge but will require a finger buffet ticket at £4.00. Tickets can be obtained from Choir Members and online and of course, on the door.  Please  note that because we have to cater we are asking people to book tickets no later than Saturday 18 November.  There may possibly be extra buffet tickets available on the night but first come, first served as they say.

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St Nicolas Concert – Tenor Soloist

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Nick Hawker – Tenor

Nick Hawker performs as St Nicolas himself in our forthcoming concert on Saturday 25 November at St Matthias’ Church, Wellswood, Torquay.  In addition, he will perform in the beautiful Bach Cantata, ‘Sleepers, Wake!’ – a treat to look forward to.

Nicholas began his musical education as a chorister at St Alphege, Solihull. He later read music at Birmingham University, eventually winning a postgraduate scholarship to complete an MPhil thesis on the music of Edward Elgar. Since then he has
edited manuscripts linked with the composition of Elgar’s The Apostles which have now been published by the Elgar Society.

Nicholas Hawker is increasingly in demand as a soloist throughout the South West and further afield. In 2003 Nicholas moved to Truro, Cornwall to take up a choral scholarship with Truro Cathedral Choir. As a lay vicar in Truro Cathedral Choir he has toured throughout Europe, made numerous recordings on the Regent and Lammas record labels and appeared as a soloist on BBC radio and television. He previously sang with the choir of Birmingham Cathedral and has recently performed, recorded and toured with the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.

Nicholas’ recital repertoire includes the song-cycles Britten’s Winter Words, Schubert’s Winterresie and Schumann’s Dichterliebe as well as other songs by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Quilter, Gurney, Elgar, Ireland, Schubert and Schumann. In opera Nicholas has appeared with Birmingham Festival Opera in Shostakovich Moskva Cheremushki and with Duchy Opera in Puccini Madame Butterfly and Mozart The Magic Flute. In 2009 he appeared with Duchy Opera in the premiere of Paul Drayton’s The Hanging Oak.

To hear Nick sing join us on Saturday 25 November at the earlier time of 7pm.

Tickets are available priced £12 for the concert with a separate ticket of £4.00 for the finger buffet.  As usual children and students under 19 are welcome to the concert free of charge but will require a finger buffet ticket at £4.00. Tickets can be obtained from Choir Members, online and of course, on the door.  Please  note that because we have to cater we are asking people to book tickets no later than Saturday 18 November.  There may possibly be extra buffet tickets available on the night but first come, first served as they say.

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St Nicolas Concert Soloist

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Elinor Chapman

Our soprano soloist for our concert on 25 November at St Matthias’ Church, Wellswood, Torquay is the sublime singer, Elinor Chapman.

Elinor graduated with a degree in Law with French before taking a post-graduate diploma in performance and vocal studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since then she has performed many operatic roles including Despina (Cosi), Oscar (Ballo in Maschera),
Adele (Fledermaus), Mercedes (Carmen) and Blonde (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) for
companies including Kentish Opera and Unexpected Opera. For Duchy Opera Elinor has played Malwina in Marschner’s The Vampire and Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

She has twice toured as a soloist with the Kent Sinfonia to China and has given concerts and recitals as far afield as New Zealand.

Oratorio work includes Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Judas Maccabbeus, Haydn’s The Seasons, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Faure’s Requiem. Future engagements include Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

To hear Elinor perform in Bach’s ‘Sleepers, Wake!’ and ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ from Handel’s Samson Oratorio join us on Saturday 25 November at the earlier time of 7pm.

Tickets are available priced £12 for the concert with a separate ticket of £4.00 for the finger buffet.  As usual children and students under 19 are welcome to the concert free of charge but will require a finger buffet ticket at £4.00. Tickets can be obtained from Choir Members, online and of course on the door.  Please  note that because we have to cater we are asking people to book tickets no later than Saturday 18 November.  There may possibly be extra buffet tickets available on the night but first come, first served as they say.

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Will the real Father Christmas please stand up

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St Nicolas, the real Father Christmas

Excitement builds in the minds of small children as Christmas Eve approaches and Santa leaves presents for them but what do we know of this magical person?  Who is he? Who was he?

The origin of Father Christmas, or to give him his proper name, St Nicolas, is shrouded in the mists of time.  All we know of him is largely down to a writer from the 9th century giving an account of a figure who lived some 500 years before, one Nicolas of Myra.

Nicolas of Myra was reputed to have performed a number of kindly, indeed saintly, acts including the restoration to life of children whom he raised from the dead, the rescues of three sisters destined for a life of misery and prostitution, three men from an unjust death and three drowning sailors off the coast of Turkey.  You can see the influence of the holy number three in these accounts.

His diverse activities have earned him the patronage of unmarried girls, pawnbrokers, merchants, perfumiers and apothecaries as well as the modern fame in which he is now held.

At our concert on 25 November we will sing of the life of St Nicolas, including the restoration to life of the children.  In the Britten Cantata the children are three small boys, Timothy, Mark and John, whose parents are in anguish at their disappearance.  Nicolas realises that the boys have been pickled in brine by an unscrupulous butcher and supplied as meat to a landlord in the famine stricken land. He restores them to life and you will hear them in the concert as their parts are sung by three choristers from Exeter Cathedral.

Forget Strictly, catch up on iPlayer, and come out for an evening of choral entertainment with us as we sing St Nicolas and the famous Bach Cantata BMV140 Sleepers, Wake!  and if you would like to join us for a finger buffet afterwards then be quick and buy tickets for that too – the deadline is Saturday 18 November (for catering purposes) but concert tickets will be available on the door on the night.

Tickets are available online click here

For more information about the concert click here – do join us.

Proposed trip to Holland

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The Choir is proposing a trip to Holland following the visit by the Grootkoor. The organiser, Nan van Groenigen, has been in touch and the initial outline of the trip, in his words, is shown below. Please note the costs are approximate and do not include travel/ferry crossing. The date proposed for the trip is the first weekend in August, 2-6th, 2018. Further details will be made available once we have the travel costs.

Choir trip to The Netherlands 2018

Thursday
Departure on Thursday 2 August 2018 towards Harwich. In Harwich you can take the night boat to Hoek van Holland where you will arrive on Friday morning. If you prefer to travel by day you could also drive to Colcester, stay there for a night in a hotel and take the boat on Friday morning to travel to The Netherlands. This will be a bit more expensive since you need to have an extra night in a hotel and the trip in The Netherlands will be 1 day longer and therefore more pricey.

Friday
You will arive in Hoek van Holland at 09.00 in the morning and you will have a 30 minute travel towards Delft. A beautiful city with old buildings, amazing shops and a touristic city center. Your choir members can walk through the city and have lunch here. In the afternoon you will go to a hotel on the outskirts of Amsterdam. This 4 star hotel has decent rooms and a marvelous restaurant. You can choose to stay in the hotel and have a shared dinner at night. Or you could choose to have a dinner at the late afternoon and have a concert at night.

Saturday
After breakfast we go to Amsterdam city. Your choir members can enjoy the city. Go to one of the many museums Amsterdam has and after we will take a traditional boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam. Everyone will take care of his/her own meals during this day. After dinnertime we will walk towards the Noorderkerk where you will be performing a concert at night. After this concert you can all have a drink in one of the restaurants or bars in the area. Afterwards we will go to the hotel again.

Sunday
After a delicious breakfast we will drive by bus to Schevening where you can have another touristic day with each other. Especially in the months May until September this city is the place to be. The shops are opened and the boulevard and beach have many restaurants, bars and beach clubs. In the late afternoon you will go to Hoek van Holland (40 minutes) again where you take the nightboat towards Harwich.

Monday
You will arrive at Harwich at 9.00 in the morning and the bus will take you to back home where you will arive at the late afternoon.

 

Price: €215,– p.p.
Including:
• 2 night stay in a 4 star hotel for 2 people in 1 room
• 2 days breakfast buffet
• Tourleader from the start in Hoek van Holland until departure
• Tourist tax
• 2 concerts in different churches
• A concert in Scheveningen if the weather allowes it
• Visit to Delft
• Cozy gatherings after the concert
Excluding:
• Own expenses during the trip
• Lunch and dinner
• Boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam, €11,– p.p.
• 1 room surcharge for staying in a single room, €95,-

Sing with Willcocks

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Choral Workshop with Jonathan Willcocks
Choral Workshop with Jonathan Willcocks

Jonathan Willcocks will be conducting a choral workshop on Saturday 30th September hosted by the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir at Meade King Hall, Plymouth College.

 

Tickets are £18 and the booking form can be downloaded by clicking this link.

Willcocks-workshop-leaflet (2 pages) (1)

Further information can be obtained from Pauline Cornish 01752 346563