Blog – Northampton Philharmonic Choir

It’s September again, and the start of a new term. How nice to be singing again after the long summer break, and getting stuck into a new programme of music – all of which is new to me. Not only new music, but a new language, as we are getting to grips with Otče náš (Our Father) by Leoš Janáček in czech!

 

Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 10:45 am
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On Thursday 5th November we were thrilled to perform yet again before the Gunpowder Plot event at Boughton House near Kettering.

Showcasing madrigals written around the same time as the historical events of the failed Plot, we sang in the Fire Garden during a merciful break in the rain!

The Fire Garden
The Fire Garden

Now, we turn our attantion to our upcoming concert.

On Saturday 28th November we will be performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Faure’s Requiem at St Michaels in Northampton. We are dedicating the concert to the memory of June Fonge, a Soprano with the choir for many years who sadly passed away in 2014. The Faure Requiem was her favourite piece and we are thrilled to have some of her family members coming along to hear us perform the magnificent work. Tickets are still available to purchase, details here.

 

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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I always enjoy this point in our singing season: the Musical programme is usually a little lighter as we work towards our free Tuesday night end of term concert and the management committee meet to plan the next season’s concert series.

This year, I’m enjoying the variety of languages which feature in our “Summer Soiree” – we have English (Elizabeth I and II versions!), French and Italian. Its a stretch keeping the brain engaged sometimes but I do find myself getting transported by the language into the imagery of the words (even if I don’t fully understand what they mean!).

Planning the concerts for 2016 is particularly enjoyable. Hearing the Musical Director’s plans is exciting and the thrill of getting a sneak peek at what’s coming up is yet another perk of being on the committee.

Our overriding desire as a committee and a choir is to continue to bring beautiful music to all sections of the public and this annual free concert hopefully allows people who perhaps aren’t so familiar with classical choral repertoire to ‘try it out’. Its also a nice way to thank our loyal ticket buying regulars who support us whatever the occasion!

Hope to see you on June 30th,

Avril.

 

Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 10:02 am
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Welcome to my first blog for Northampton Philharmonic Choir, my name is Avril Moore and I’m Chair of the choir and also a soprano!

On Saturday 21st March we were joined by The Harborough Collective and Stephen Moore for our performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Durufle’s Requiem at our home venue: St Michaels Church on Perry Street, Northampton.

Our programmes are planned up to 18 months in advance but when one of our long standing basses, Don Taylor passed away in September last year we felt this concert would be ideal to dedicate to his memory.  We were thrilled to receive the blessing of Sally and Simon his children and welcomed them and quite a family members and friends of Don’s to the concert itself.

For me personally, this was the first time I had sung the Nelson Mass although the choir have performed it on quite a few occasions. (Please refer to the archive section of the website to see just how many!) I found it both a challenge and a joy to sing, the Credo especially is a technical wonder with the upper and lower voices in canon throughout; an effect I attempted with a great deal less success during my days as an A Level Music student!

The Durufle was more familiar, complex in both rhythm and range but so emotive, especially with the orchestra accompaniment.

We were joined around halfway through by an extra, continuous and off key note from the organ which our MD described as a cipher as he paused the concert in order to try and stop it. You can find out more about organ ciphers here.

After several failed attempts to stop the cipher from the organ’s keyboard a guardian angel in the form of an employee of the organ maintenance company leapt into the organ itself to manually track down and remove the offending pipe!!  This achieved, the rest of the concert passed without incident, although I’m sure there were a few frayed nerves among the performers!

We are always very fortunate with our soloists and this quartet were no exception. A huge thank you goes to Anna Gould, Lindsay Bramley, Joseph Doody and Przemyslaw Baranek, their singing was a treat for the choir as well as the audience!

We now move on musically to some seasonal songs for our next concert in June, details can be found on the home page of this website.

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 5:33 pm
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What a great concert on Saturday – first class orchestra, fab soloists, and as for the choir – well modesty should forbid, but I think we were pretty good too. And we even coped with a gremlin in the organ!

 

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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Welcome to the Northampton Philharmonic Choir blog!

We have just upgraded the website, part of which was to add this blog area.

Please keep visiting us to see the latest news on the choir, and leave us a comment or two.

Better still, come and join us, or come to one of our concerts.

 

Posted on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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