Gearing up for Westminster Abbey

It took a bit of negotiation with the Minor Canons (who decide on the music at the Abbey) but we are finally there. The music has been sent out to singers and we have a week and a half until our first rehearsal. Westminster Abbey ask visiting choirs to sing the same Introit for each…

New recording up on site

Many thanks to Ed Hughes who made a sneaky recording of our Christmas concert! Good thing too, as we never seem to have much luck doing it ourselves. So we’ve finally got around to editing and choosing some of the best bits to put on the site. ‘Stille Nacht’ is now up on the ‘Listen’ page….

No room at the Inn (well, the church anyway)

Hurrah! Our concert on Sunday was a sellout – we lined up extra chairs and tried to get everyone in, but I did actually have to turn about 5 or 6 people away, which was such a shame, although they took it really well. What a buzz. It was so exciting to see St Michael’s…

Lewes Christmas Concert – programme latest

As well as the Vivaldi Gloria, there’s going to a be lovely mix of seasonal stuff at our Christmas concert. Although there’ll be several unaccompanied numbers such as John Tavener’s The Lamb and Victoria O Magnum Mysterium, some plainchant and possibly even some 20th century schmaltz (!) we’re taking advantage of having Nick’s chamber organ and a string quartet. They’ll…

Two weeks till our first rehearsal

Putting on a concert requires a bit of planning and with ours just a month away this is the point when I try not to start worrying! My only worry is always the same one – that we won’t get a decent-sized audience! But by the time it gets to the day there’s nothing more you can…

Planning for the Christmas concert

The September concert went fabulously – a full audience, Briony was fantastic in ‘In the Beginning’, I managed to squeak out my ‘mouse’ solo without developing a frog in the throat, the singers gave their all. Loads of lovely compliments, such as ‘we won’t hear a better concert in this church for some time’… hopefully not too…

Hear us in rehearsal next Saturday

… not that we’re not encouraging you to come to the actual concert of course! But next Saturday 13th September it’s Heritage Open Day in Lewes when several town centre buildings will open their doors for guided tours, talks and generally having a look around. One of those buildings is St Michael’s Church on the…

The story behind the poster

The poster for our next concert is a little different from normal. I love creating event posters but I’m not a trained graphic designer and I’m aware I can easily fall into using certain familiar styles and layouts. When it comes to classical music concerts, it’s tempting to go with something that will be instantly recognisable…

Concert: Britten, Copland, Finzi, September 20th

We’ve just had our third rehearsal for our autumn concert and it’s sounding fantastic, especially our super mezzo soloist Briony Lambert who is going to be sensational in the Copland piece. There are ‘corners’ in the Copland that I’m having to listen to over and over to make sure I’m certain of landing on the…