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Hallelujah! It’s Christmas

Posted by on 22 Oct 2017 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Hallelujah! It’s Christmas

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! ...

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Recruitment ‘Let’s Sing’

Posted by on 4 Sep 2017 in Activities, Featured Concert, Friends of NCS, news, Recruitment | Comments Off on Recruitment ‘Let’s Sing’

Recruitment ‘Let’s Sing’

Our Away Day and Let’s SING! 23rd September 2017 was great fun! We had a goodly number of guest singers joining us at Newcastle Falcons Platinum Suite Kingston Park  where we learnt such a lot about Vocal Technique from the brilliant Miranda Wright – Masterclass leader and singing teacher Samling Academy; Head of Classical Singing Newcastle University; Durham Cathedral Choristers; National Youth Choirs of Great Britain We enjoyed singing the MESSIAH CHORUSES and learning fun African songs with Mark Anyan Director of Newcastle Choral Society; General Manager of National Youth Choir of Great Britain If you are interested  in joining the choir that ‘pushes the songboat out’ a little further than most choirs, register for an audition by contacting enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk ...

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‘AHOY’ Sing for the Mary Rose

Posted by on 7 May 2017 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, Gallery, news, Performances | Comments Off on ‘AHOY’ Sing for the Mary Rose

‘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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Bach B Minor Mass

Posted by on 29 Jan 2017 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Bach B Minor Mass

Bach B Minor Mass

Bach ‘B Minor Mass’ Bach’s Mass in B minor stands as one of the finest works in all music. Completed in the final years of his life it can be regarded as the crowning glory in the career of one whom many regard as the greatest-ever composer Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30 Banqueting Suite Newcastle Civic Centre Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson soprano Beth Mackay alto Peter Davoren tenor Andri Björn Róbertsson bass Orchestra North East Newcastle Choral Society (Musical Director Mark Anyan) £15 (£8 for those in full time education or registered unemployed, free to under 18s with a paying adult) email: enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk Phone: 0191 2854868 or 0191 2866338 online...

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Festive Fusion

Posted by on 24 Oct 2016 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Festive Fusion

Festive Fusion

Saturday 10 December, 2016 7.30 pm, Banqueting Suite, Civic Centre With special guest stars Quintessentialvoices who proved to be very popular with the appreciative audience who enjoyed the fusion of different styles of music and the dash of Christmas sparkle! Schubert, Whitacre, Vaughan Williams and Festive favourites! JAMES MORGAN bass PAUL BRAIDEN tenor ELIZABETH WOODS soprano MIKE DUTTON Organ CAMEO STRING QUARTET The Concert formed part of the Council’s celebrations of 800 years of Mayoralty and Freemen in Newcastle The closing collection was held in aid of the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal; one of the current Lord Mayor’s four chosen charities in her Mayoral year, and raised over £500....

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Come and Sing Mary Poppins !

Posted by on 4 Sep 2016 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Performances | Comments Off on Come and Sing Mary Poppins !

Come and Sing Mary Poppins !

On Sunday 25 September 2016 we had an exciting day, in the lovely setting of Ushaw College, learning songs from Mary Poppins.  The event was led by Ben Parry, Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and was “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! The day was open to anybody who wanted to be part of the chorus, join others in a good old sing-song (including kids), or be part of the audience when we gave a performance at the end of the day.   Fancy dress was optional, but many people felt this added to the spirit of the day! This Sunday was the 2nd day of a special weekend for us.  We had a choral workshop on the Saturday, working on pieces by Schubert and Bach, to improve vocal techniques.  We enjoyed a lovely meal in the evening, with a cappella group Quintessential Voices providing us with superb entertainment.  Particular thanks are due to three of the group for a special time this weekend – MD Mark Anyan, our ‘in house’ singing teacher Jim Morgan (not many choirs have one of them included as part of subscriptions) and Elizabeth Woods, our wonderful Mary Poppins....

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Recruiting Now!

Posted by on 18 Aug 2016 in Activities, Featured Concert, news | Comments Off on Recruiting Now!

Recruiting Now!

Join us on our new adventure to become the ‘Choir of Choice’! Come to our next rehearsal – Mondays at 7.30 pm, at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Kingston Park...

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Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

Posted by on 20 Mar 2016 in Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Past performances, Performances | Comments Off on Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

Land of Singing Waters – Words and Music from Northumbria and Beyond

Our summer concert this year was held on Saturday 11 June 2016 in the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road; a new venue for the choir. We were joined by some North East celebrities in an event featuring music, words, and even some dancing, from the local area and beyond. Kevin Whately Kitty Whately Madelaine Newton Will Lang and Guests Pianist Joseph Middleton Music by Will Todd and Will Lang along with more traditional folk music REVIEW: The Chronicle and Journal published this fantastic review by David Whetstone: click here for review Prior to the concert, the Chronicle and Journal also published this article with more information about the Whatelys, and the link which was uncovered between the Tyne Theatre and our Chairman! – Chronicle Live Article Thank you to everyone involved in making this event a great success, and if you came along we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.              ...

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The Creation – Joseph Haydn

Posted by on 6 Feb 2016 in Activities, Concerts, Featured Concert, news, Past performances, Performances | Comments Off on The Creation – Joseph Haydn

The Creation – Joseph Haydn

Our concert on Saturday 19 March 2016 featured The Creation by Haydn, and was held in the Banqueting Suite of Newcastle Civic Centre. These fabulous soloists joined us: Angela Hicks, Soprano Ben Thapa, Tenor Dominic Barberi, Bass We were supported by our friends Orchestra North East, and our Musical Director Mark Anyan conducted. This concert was dedicated to the memory of John Parker, loyal member of the choir who died in November 2015.  A closing collection was held in aid of the Hadrian Trust, and raised over £730.  The Trust is a registered charitable trust allocating grants to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool, for which John acted as solicitor, trustee, correspondent and administrator for almost 40...

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BE HAPPY – JOIN A CHOIR!

Posted by on 4 Jan 2016 in news | Comments Off on BE HAPPY – JOIN A CHOIR!

New Choir Term – New Singing Opportunity Always loved singing but not sure about joining a choir? Would like to sing in a concert with professional guest artists? Join us!  Come along for a try first without any commitment. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening, starting at 7.30 pm at: St John’s Church Kingston Park Avenue Kingston Park Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 2HB – opposite Next, near Tesco. We are currently working towards a performance of Haydn’s The Creation in March.  Come along and join...

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