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A Sea Symphony

Posted by on 9 Feb 2020 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on A Sea Symphony

A Sea Symphony

Sunday 3rd May 2020 3pm Sage One Gateshead Newcastle Choral Society and Hertfordshire Chorus jointly present: Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony James McCarthy Codebreaker David Temple conductor Mark Anyan conductor Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson soprano Ashley Riches bass Orchestra North East Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR Tickets £25, £20, £5 (under 18s and students) Box Office: 0191 443 4661 boxoffice@sagegateshead.com Poster here If you are a friend or supporter of Newcastle Choral Society, please use the code NCS online and mention Newcastle Choral Society when buying your tickets. Thank you. Newcastle Choral Society is grateful for support from Hadrian Trust and Sir James Knott Trust.   Hertfordshire Chorus and Newcastle Choral Society are delighted to bring you this combined concert, featuring one of the great choral works by Vaughan Williams and the northern premiere of the critically acclaimed Codebreaker,written by James McCarthy, one of our most talented contemporary composers. Commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus in 2012, the music is dramatic, emotional and memorable and charts the life of AlanTuring, famous for breaking the German’s Enigma code during World War Two which possibly shortened the war by two years.We are thrilled that James will be in the audience on the night. Appropriately, this concert is performed in the week when VE 75 celebrations will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe....

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Mozart Requiem Concert Feb 1 2020

Posted by on 13 Dec 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Mozart Requiem Concert Feb 1 2020

Mozart Requiem Concert Feb 1 2020

Newcastle Choral Society Musical Director Mark Anyan Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Beatus Vir Bethany Partridge: Soprano Sarah Lucy Penny: Alto Richard Pinkstone: Tenor Greg Link: Bass Orchestra North East Saturday 1 February 2020, 7.30pm BANQUETING SUITE, NEWCASTLE CIVIC CENTRE We were very proud of this (almost) sell out concert! Super soloists, powerful Orchestra North East and masterful Mark Anyan driving us on to give a really exhilarating performance. Lots of great comments from the orchestra ‘brilliant’, our regular audience members ‘world class singing’,  and those new to NCS.    ...

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Christmas at Home and Away

Posted by on 4 Nov 2019 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Christmas at Home and Away

Christmas at Home and Away

Our festive offering this year was in Trinity Church Gosforth on Saturday 7th December 2019: Christmas at Home and Away Musical Director Mark Anyan Special Guests : Mouthful The exciting 4-piece a Cappella vocal group who gave us 2 sets of really unusual and exciting singing! Warren Smith accompanied us in style on the magnificent organ and piano. He had his own solo spot playing Toccata by Georgi Mushel Lucy Anyan, the 8 year old daughter of Musical Director Mark Anyan, sang the treble solo for the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City. Lucy was very confident and sang beautifully!                    ...

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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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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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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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