Summer Programme Announced - 'Summer by the Seaside'
Saturday 13th March 2021
The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir goes to the seaside - musically and virtually, if not literally!
Many people will be thinking in terms of UK holidays this summer, so it is very appropriate that our Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy, has put together an appealing summer programme with a seaside theme. An Edwardian seaside, what is more, as all the pieces were composed around the turn of the 20th century, in the years leading up to the First World War. A timeline showing how all these composers fit into the framework of Sir Edward Elgar's lifetime is available via the document link below.
Our programme begins with a choral arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar’s much-loved Sea Pictures from 1899. Then comes Sea Drift by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), whose best-known work Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast was performed by the choir in April 2017.
The next piece, To sea! the calm is o’er is by a little-known female composer, Florence Ashton Marshall (1843-1922). Florence wrote mainly songs and operettas, and with her husband worked on parts of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford(1852-1924) is best known to many singers today for his church music, but he also wrote orchestral and chamber works. His Songs of the Fleet dates from 1910. The programme ends with a piece by one of Stanford’s many pupils, John Ireland (1879-1962) - his Sea Fever has been arranged for choir by our very own Lee Dunleavy.
The choir is looking forward to learning these pieces during the summer term, and we fervently hope that we may be able to put on some sort of performance at the end of the term - whether to a live audience or as a recording, or by whatever means proves possible. We are so keen to share our music-making with a wider public once more! DOWNLOAD Related Document (1.70Mb)
Cambridge Choral Singing Retreat
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Taking place in Peterhouse College, Cambridge, Friday 10 - Sunday 12 September 2021
We have been asked to spread the word about this exciting opportunity for experienced singers (a reference and a recording are required with applications), which will be held in Cambridge this autumn.
Steeped in the historic choral traditions of Cambridge and its glorious college chapels, this is an indulgent and therapeutic weekend course designed so you can lose yourself in music and history…
Experience this extraordinary world from the inside: step out of your college room and enjoy:
- Full board conference accommodation in the stunning setting of Peterhouse
- Welcome drinks on the lawns, where you will have the opportunity to meet the other participants and the weekend tutors and staff
- Singing in iconic Cambridge college chapels, each with a different acoustic, feel and organ
- The beauty of Evensong and Compline under leading choral directors from Cambridge colleges
- Vocal health sessions to develop and sustain your voice
- Saturday night formal dinner in college hall with fine wines from a college cellar
- Complementary cultural and educational talks with academic specialists to give context and insights
Working under Artistic Director Edward Wickham (Director of Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and Gramophone Award-winning The Clerks), it’s also a chance to make new friends who share your passion for singing. Visit our website (Click Here) to find out more.
The same organisation is also planning to hold a week-long Cambridge Choral Academy in 2022, at St Catharine's College. Provisional dates are 30 July to 6 August 2022.