Monthly Archives: August 2012

Open Voices – a four-week voice course starts Tuesday 11th September


Sian Croose and Jon Baker will be running Open Voices – a four-week singing course on consecutive Tuesdays (starting 11th September) at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich at 7,30pm. The course cost is £40.00. This popular course is open for everybody who wants to sing. No previous experience is necessary and the ability to read music is also not needed as all the music is taught by ear in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Summersongs 2 – Coutances Normandy July 2012

Coutances at dusk

Lovely to come back here and see so many friendly, familiar faces and lots of new people too. A three-day intensive course leading to a Sunday evening performance, this took a similar shape to last year’s Summersongs, the difference being that if anything, we all worked even harder and did a longer programme

Jeremy Avis’s ‘Dormer'(corrected to Dors bien) went down a storm and sounded great. The acoustics of the seminary chapel where we worked each day(and where we gave the performance) are stunning – not too ‘swimmy’, not over-bright but warm and even.

Chapelle du séminaire – rehearsal

We’re very much looking forward to seeing everyone again – à bientôt!


Hereford Harmony Camp

If anyone was wondering what happened immediately after the last project, here’s some sodden proof of the glamorous choral life. Not strictly in Hereford, but in deepest Worcester, not far from Tenbury Wells, this is usually stunningly beautiful countryside – near to Elgar Country. But the continual bucketing rain had rendered the site a swamp. The crew led by the wonderful Roxane Smith were irrepressibly upbeat and the singing was great but a soggy time was had by all.

This is, honestly, inside the tent…


Forlorn sight (site)


The glamour of it – wonderful singing in the cow barn



The Invisible Voice – Aldeburgh Festival June 2012

For the performance we nabbed one of the best days of the early Summer and that really was saying something. The choir was made up of teenagers and adults performing with soloists Sianed Jones, Rebecca Askew, Sian Croose Dave Camlin and Jonathan Baker. Starting at the South Lookout tower, we structured the performance around the promenade and the beach.

The Invisible Voice – on the South Lookout Tower, Aldeburgh


The ‘not so’ Invisible Voice

Promenade rehearsal… the morning of the show