Summerthyme and tales

This year our summer concert NCS Summerthyme poster 30.6.18 features compilations of familiar and traditional tunes and texts of the British Isles, some with a new twist, all interwoven with readings from Adam Bushnell, local author and storyteller, and all sung by the full chorus accompanied by Venera Bojkova.

Adam Bushnell is a qualified teacher, experienced storyteller and published author. He aims to inspire a love of creative writing and reading amongst adults and children alike. He is also voice over artist for museums, audio guides and audio books CDs

 

 

Venera Bojkova is a recitalist, teacher and workshop leader, a skilled harpist and also conducts Bishop Auckland Choral Society.

 

 

We are delighted to introduce you to the newly formed 18 strong NCS Chamber Choir who will perform madrigals on the 30th June and who will continue to enhance our concerts in the future.

Newcastle Choral Society

Mark Anyan Musical Director

Summerthyme and Tales

The Sprig of Thyme: John Rutter

Selection of traditional songs of the British Isles

Songs and Sonnets: George Shearing

Shakespeare inspired Jazz settings

Venera Bojkova Piano

Adam Bushnell Author and Storyteller

Saturday June 30th 2018 at 7.30pm

Trinity Church Gosforth

Tickets £15 to include free programme (£8 for those in full time education or registered unemployed, free to under 18’s with a paying adult)

email: enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk phone 0191 2854868, 01207 560555.

Online: www.wegottickets.com (booking fee applies)

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Easter recruitment

recruiting NOW

Step forward  if you have:

  • experience of singing in a choir
  • the ability to read music or a good ear to learn quickly
  • the ability to hold a line in multi-part music
  • a love of singing and socialising and happy to be auditioned. A short and informal process!

What can you expect as a member of NCS?

  • Expert Musical Direction
  • Access to Vocal Training
  • Professional approach, but also Sociable
  • Be part of a Great Musical Tradition
  • Sing with Professional Soloists and Orchestras in Prestigious Venues

Look what’s coming up:

‘Summer ThymeSat June 30th Trinity Church Gosforth

And the BIG one! NCS as Guest Choir alongside Northern Spirit Singers

Britten’s War Requiem  at Sage One Gateshead on Sat Nov 10th 2018 at 7.30pm

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Conducted by  John Forsyth MBE

JOIN NOW to be able to take part!! View pdf here Easter Recruitment

Contact:  Tel: 0191 286 6338 or 01207 560555  email: enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk

Start ?      Monday 16th April 2018 19.30 -21.30

Where?    Church of St John the Evangelist
                    Kingston Park Avenue
                    Newcastle upon Tyne NE3

NB  Sat 21st April at Church of St John the Evangelist – a multimedia War Requiem presentation 10 -1pm by John Forsyth

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Dream of Gerontius

Newcastle Choral Society

Musical Director Mark Anyan

Elgar ‘Dream of Gerontius’

Saturday 24 March 2018, 7.30pm
Banqueting Suite Newcastle Civic Centre

 

Stephanie Lewis Mezzo Soprano

Adam Tunnicliffe Tenor

Philip Shakesby Bass

Orchestra North East

 

Elgar considered The Dream of Gerontius  to be his finest work. Indeed it might be regarded as the greatest piece of music ever written by a British composer. Based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman, the piece relates the journey of a man’s soul from his death bed, where he is attended by friends and a priest who pray for him in his last moments of life.

After death a Guardian Angel conducts his soul past demons and angels to the presence of God for judgement, and thence to the tranquillity of Purgatory to await a glorious re-awakening. The concert was well received by an appreciative audience. The work called for three soloists who represented respectively Gerontius, Priest and Angel. Adam Tunnicliffe was deemed to be ‘sensational’ as Gerontius and the rich voice of Stephanie Lewis gave depth and emotion to the role of the  Angel. Philip Shakesby’s resonant bass voice gave power to the role of the Priest. There was a double chorus which incorporated a semi-chorus, portraying friends, demons and angels at various stages of the drama. Orchestra North East were superb and provided a wonderfully varied palette of sounds throughout the work, enhancing each phase of the journey.View pdf here

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Open Rehearsal Dream of Gerontius15.1.18

OPEN REHEARSAL AWAITS YOU
Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
MONDAY 15TH JANUARY 2018

DREAM OF SINGING with a large mixed choir, professional soloists and one of the finest orchestras in the North East? Make your dreams come true! ALL WELCOME

ELGAR’S ‘DREAM OF GERONTIUS’

Open Rehearsal with Newcastle Choral Society and Musical Director Mark Anyan. Leading to a performance in the Banqueting Suite, Newcastle Civic Centre on March 24th 2018.
Considered to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written by a British composer. The considerable numbers involved in this dramatic masterpiece make performances something of a rarity. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity to be a part of it!

Join us for the Free open rehearsal and if you would like to take part in the concert then sign up for the Spring term for £50.
To be a full member you would need to sign up for a short audition to remain with us.

When? Monday 15th January 2018 from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Where? St John’s Church, Kingston Park Centre, Kingston Park Ave, NE3 2HB
Cost? FREE with coffee and cake
Contact? 07707 621312 / 07980 484598 / enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk

Read the full flier here

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Hallelujah! It’s Christmas

Newcastle Choral Society

Musical Director Mark Anyan

HALLELUJAH it’s Christmas!

Saturday 9 December 2017, 7.30pm
Trinity Church Gosforth

Handel – Messiah Part 1
Bob Chilcott – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Kris Thomsett organ
and special guests Quintessential Voices

Our Christmas programme was very well received by a near capacity audience! It began with music from Part I of Handel’s ever-popular Messiah. This section of the oratorio dealt with the prophecy of Christ’s coming, the circumstances of His birth, and rejoiced over the significance of the event, all as described in various books of the Bible. We sneakily added the famous Hallelujah! Chorus from Part 2, always a popular chorus.
After this impressive introduction to the festive season we lightened the mood with an imaginative version of The Twelve Days of Christmas by the prolific choral composer Bob Chilcott. Not to be missed, it incorporated some witty references to other well-known pieces of music and got the whole choir uplifted.
Our friends, a cappella group Quintessential Voices, added to the programme with their fine ensemble singing with a very catchy encore. The smiling audience joined us in some favourite carols. Kris Thomsett on the organ and piano was something else! Flying fingers and extremely competent.
If you want to stockpile our very eyecatching fliers , download HALLELUJAH it’s Christmas!  here.

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‘AHOY’ Sing for the Mary Rose

We had a special Summertime Treat on Saturday July 1st!  Newcastle Choral Society led by Mark Anyan, joined forces with 60 children from 3 primary schools and the ‘Call Me Al’ quintet led by composer Alexander L’Estrange, to perform his joyous cantata ‘Ahoy’ Sing for the Mary Rose 

This was a unique opportunity for the children from  Seaton Sluice First School Whitley Bay, Eastlea Primary School Cramlington in south east Northumberland and from St Godrics RC Primary School in Durham to work with professional artists and the choir in the iconic Turbine Hall in The Castlegate, Melbourne Street Newcastle upon Tyne.

Specially designed banners hung from the 5m high steel columns in the Turbine Hall. Each school was given a signed banner to display in their school halls.

A quote from one of the Head teachers ‘It was a wonderful opportunity and I am sure that it is one that the children will remember forever. Thank you too for the banner which we will proudly hang in out school hall!

Funding was received from Hadrian Trust and the Roland Cookson Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

Support was also acknowledged from The Castlegate and Emma Bunting Creative Designer

 

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