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Amber Weather Warning Forces Cancellation of Choir Practice
For the first time in years, South Devon Choir will not be rehearsing on a Thursday night in term time #3wordweather #snow #below-zero #Torquay Winter definitely has a sting in its tail this year.
The rehearsal scheduled for Thursday 1st March has been cancelled due to a Met Office amber weather warning for snow and ice on Thursday and Friday. Heavy snow is expected possibly followed by frozen rain, producing hazardous conditions for travelling. In the circumstances, we thought staying tucked up indoors, warm, snug and safe was a pretty good option.
The good news is that the weather ahead is looking less cold, spring must surely be on the way and we shall be singing again next week. Practice makes perfect for the wonderful Rossini and Puccini concert programme to be performed on Saturday 21 April.
Please do let any choir members you know who are not on the choir email list, or on Facebook, that there is no practice on 1st March.
Saturday 24 February at 10am
Come along to Brixham Christian Community Centre in Fore Street, Brixham on Saturday 24 February at 10am till 12 noon.
South Devon Choir are holding a coffee morning in aid of Choir funds and, in addition to coffee (or tea) and plenty of cakes for sale there are stalls and a lucky dip to tempt you.
If you are not sure exactly where to come click here for a map.
See you there!
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
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.
To buy tickets now please use our secure online booking system
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.
To buy tickets now please use our secure online booking system