Last Tuesday was Holocaust Memorial Day and to mark the occasion Leamington Music presented She'Koyokh, “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard). This was a real celebration of Eastern European music, including Jewish klezmer, the whole audience was won over by their energy and enthusiasm and I was not the only one wanting to get up and dance. Worth checking out! They're playing for Shropshire Music Trust at Shrewsbury School on 21 February.
Building on successful courses in past years, Tyndale Choral Society again invites those who would like to sing in a choir to join it for a Beginners’ and Improvers’ Class. The sessions are designed for those who would like to experience choral music but either haven’t had an opportunity to do so in the past or who would like some extra experience and coaching. All are welcome: all voices, all ages, all levels of experience (and none).
The sessions will be held on six consecutive Monday evenings, starting on the 9th of February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Methodist Church, Dursley. The fee is £25 (for all six sessions). In previous years, some attendees have joined the Society after the course, some have gone on to sing elsewhere and others have just enjoyed the experience; no commitment is sought or given. The course is participative, relaxed and informal: come prepared to give it a go. For details or to reserve a place, please contact Catherine Bennett: 01452 883759 or e-mail. The Society is delighted to welcome, as course tutor, Nia Llewelyn Jones. She is currently the Singing Development Leader at Gloucester Cathedral - in addition to working with all the Cathedral’s resident choirs, her remit is enthusing and inspiring children and young people in the Diocese to sing. Nia has appeared frequently with groups such as the CBSO Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and has been involved with numerous youth and choral education projects.
A chance to hear the wonderful Requiem by Mozart with our own English Symphony Orchestra and Hereford-based choir Academia Musica with Ken Woods at the helm, on Friday 27 February in Hereford Cathedral.
Mozart’s Requiem has been shrouded in mystery and rumour since it was first published. Commissioned by an anonymous stranger and completed for performance after Mozart’s death under controversial circumstances, the Requiem is also a work with a complex and intricate connection to Mozart’s musical forebears. ESO Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods takes listeners on a journey of discovery into the origins of Mozart’s last and greatest work, heard here alongside some of the works Mozart turned to for inspiration in the final weeks of his life.
Jill Davies has spent most of her life immersed in music, from sitting under the piano while her mum gave lessons to taking up the ukulele a couple of years ago. She's an agent (mainly for singers) by day, has a personal record of going to 12 concerts in 3 days, and can't decide whether it's more fun to sing Elgar partsongs or play Gibbons viol consorts.