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Come and Sing Mozart Requiem

Posted by on 14 Jul 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances, Recruitment, Workshop | Comments Off on Come and Sing Mozart Requiem

Come and Sing Mozart Requiem

‘Come and Sing’ Mozart’s magnificent REQUIEM with members of Newcastle Choral Society Musical Director: Mark Anyan SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 10 TILL 3 TRINITY CHURCH GOSFORTH We had an amazing day on 14th September! Under our Musical Director Mark Anyan’s command, a choir of 104 singers in total, made up of guests and members of NCS, worked hard all day – the powerful attraction of Mozart’s Requiem without a doubt! Thank you to everyone who came and the appreciative audience of family and friends plus some passers by, who came in at the end of the afternoon for an informal performance! ” It really was a very good performance” from an audience member. Warren Smith, Director of Music at St Mary’s Church Ponteland was our superb guest organist. Our guest soloists were a delight; Emma Anyan Mezzo, Nerys Angel Soprano, Luke Busbridge Bass and multi tasking Mark Anyan as Tenor and Conductor! Trinity Church is a marvellous venue and our thanks go to the team of staff and volunteers who manage events such as ours so immaculately. Rehearsals now continue for the Feb 1st 2020 performance of Mozart Requiem in the Banqueting Suite at Newcastle Civic Centre at 7.30pm. We will also be squeezing in a festive concert on Sat Dec 7th 2019 at Trinity Church again. Diary Date: SUNDAY 3rd May 2020 at 3.00pm SAGE ONE GATESHEAD NCS are delighted to be collaborating with Hertfordshire Chorus and their Musical Director David Temple in a blockbuster concert in Hall One. https://www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk/ They are a very impressive choir and it is a privilege to be joining forces with them! In the first half, the combined choirs of around 200 voices will be performing the North east premiere of James McCarthy’s Codebreaker’– an oratorio about the life of Alan Turing, the “father of computer science”, commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus in 2014. It’s a terrific piece! This will be conducted by Mark Anyan In the second half,  David Temple will conduct Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony It’s all go at NCS! Come and join us!!    ...

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FEEL THE SPIRIT

Posted by on 13 Jun 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, Gallery, news, Performances | Comments Off on FEEL THE SPIRIT

FEEL THE SPIRIT

On SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019, 7.30pm TRINITY CHURCH GOSFORTH NEWCASTLE CHORAL SOCIETY and NCS CHAMBER CHOIR Musical Director MARK ANYAN A bit of Awakening and Toe Tapping went on in our FEEL THE SPIRIT  concert last month, the final one of the 18-19 season! RUTTER Feel the Spirit TIPPETT Five Spirituals BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb  The audience enjoyed the varied programme and particularly the guest organist Louise Reid who accompanied the choir for the Britten piece  Rejoice in the Lamb. Louise’s son Christopher, a chorister at Newcastle Cathedral, sang the Treble in the same piece. Members of the choir took solo roles in the Britten and the Tippett and were declared a hit!  Sara Louisa Parry mezzo soprano delighted us with 3 pieces by Harold Arlen. Sara, combines a professional singing career with a busy teaching practice. She is a member of vocal trio Closer performing mainly in Switzerland, and in the UK with the Neil Sedaka tribute show Oh! Carol Our own Eileen Bown accompanied the choir and Sara on piano NCS Chamber Choir had their own section in the concert singing Charles Wood’s Full Fathom Five and Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies.        ...

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SING GOSPEL WORKSHOP

Posted by on 12 May 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances, Recruitment, Workshop | Comments Off on SING GOSPEL WORKSHOP

SING GOSPEL WORKSHOP

‘Sing Gospel’ workshop Come find your joy with Sharon Durant at our ‘Sing Gospel’ workshop. Join in with uplifting gospel songs, beautiful harmonies and John Rutter’s ‘Feel the Spirit’ for a great day of singing together. Hosted by Newcastle Choral Society Musical Director Mark Anyan  Saturday 15th June 2019 10 till 3 St Lukes Church Hall, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne All voices welcome Cost £10 Tea and coffee available – bring your own lunch or use food outlets nearby Parking available on Claremont Road Contact enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk Mobile 07980 484598 or 07707 621312 Sharon Durant is a freelance vocal teacher, performer, choir leader and composer. She works with singers of all ages leading workshops and singing projects within a wide variety of settings including schools, where she trains teachers on the use of singing in the classroom. For many years, Sharon worked at Sage Gateshead as Vocal Strand leader, delivering a diverse collection of large-scale singing projects. She has also worked with organisations such as Music in Hospital and Care, British Lung Foundation (Singing for Lung Health), Sunderland Music Hub and Concordia. Sharon directs, composes and arranges for several community choirs including Customs Voices, Urban Chorus and North East Gospel Choir and performs as part of Mouthful, a four piece ensemble who push the boundaries of vocal possibility and successfully devise new vocal...

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Britten ‘War Requiem’

Posted by on 10 Sep 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news | Comments Off on Britten ‘War Requiem’

Britten ‘War Requiem’

BRITTEN ‘WAR REQUIEM’ Newcastle Choral Society (NCS) was delighted to be the guest choir of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir (CPC), along with Northern Spirit Singers for this magnificent performance held in Sage One on Saturday 10th November 2018. We joined the Choristers of Durham Cathedral and St Peter’s Church Stockton, Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir, and the Mowbray Orchestra. The acclaimed soloists were the magnificent baritone Roderick Williams, his voice deemed by an audience member to be ‘like melted chocolate’ wonderfully expressive tenor Mark Padmore and thrilling soprano Rachel Nicholls who sat amongst the choir. The Conductors were led by the commanding John Forsyth MBE, Gary Matthewman, and Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers, Durham Cathedral. The details of the concert can be viewed here A wonderful evening and a thrill to perform alongside CPC! We sang to a hugely appreciative audience totalling 1111 and received rapturous applause as well as many post concert plaudits! …“fantastic, marvellous performance, most impressive, never boring. Well done! ...Astonishing’ ‘Astounding’’ A triumph’ ‘Magnificent’…  ...

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Carmina Burana

Posted by on 9 Jan 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news | Comments Off on Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

On Saturday 23 March 2019 7.30pm at the Banqueting Suite Newcastle Civic Centre Newcastle Choral Society and the NCS Chamber Choir Musical Director Mark Anyan had a blast with Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ Our soloists were stunning! Austin Gunn Tenor Lisa Swayne Soprano Philip Smith Baritone David Murray and Eileen Bown provided the accompaniment, on two pianos, and also performed Lutoslawski ‘Variations on a Theme of Paganini for two Pianos’ which was breathtaking! We were joined by a choir of schoolchildren from St Godric’s RC Primary School Durham and St Stephen’s RC Primary School Longbenton. They behaved impeccably, sang their own pieces beautifully in the first half and gave that extra lift to Carmina Burana. Lovely comments were received from the Head Teacher of St Godric’s: ‘A great experience that will inspire the children for years to come! We were so well looked after and everyone was so kind to us.’ and from the Deputy Head of St Stephen’s ‘It was a pleasure to be involved and such an experience for all of the children and their families.’ From an appreciative audience member: ‘Carmina was amazing, a ‘tour de force’ and the children’s input to the whole concert, brilliant’. We were all very happy! David Whetstone, former Culture Editor of the Journal was kind enough to give us a lovely review. This can be viewed here    ...

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‘A Christmas Celebration’

Posted by on 20 Nov 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news | Comments Off on ‘A Christmas Celebration’

‘A Christmas Celebration’

Our Christmas 2018 concert was held on 15 December, forecast to be dire weather later in the afternoon and sure enough it was!  Arctic blasts transformed the roads and pavements into sheets of ice! Singers living in  farflung places and prospective audience members decided it was safer to stay at home. Nevertheless, for the hardy folk who turned out undeterred, we thank you! It was a super night, much appreciated by the audience.  NCS Chamber Choir, newly formed in the summer,sang an Appalachian Carol which was well received. ‘ A cappella group Quintessential Voices brought traditional and modern elements to the concert in their own inimatable way. The pay bar and the complementary mince pies went down a treat. Trinity Church Gosforth is such a great venue and we were, as always,  well looked after by their staff and volunteers....

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Summerthyme and tales

Posted by on 16 May 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Summerthyme and tales

Summerthyme and tales

                                                                                          Our summer concert featured 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. He certainly enthralled our audience and made us laugh too! Venera Bojkova is a recitalist, teacher and workshop leader, a skilled harpist and also conducts Bishop Auckland Choral Society. We were delighted to introduce the newly formed 18 strong NCS Chamber Choir who performed madrigals to an appreciative audience. They 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...

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Easter recruitment

Posted by on 31 Mar 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances, Recruitment | Comments Off on Easter recruitment

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 Thyme’ Sat 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...

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Dream of Gerontius

Posted by on 16 Feb 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, Friends of NCS, news, Performances | Comments Off on Dream of Gerontius

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...

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Open Rehearsal Dream of Gerontius15.1.18

Posted by on 6 Jan 2018 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, Friends of NCS, news, Performances, Recruitment | Comments Off on Open Rehearsal Dream of Gerontius15.1.18

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...

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