I have sung and conducted a number of great Glorias by the likes of Vivaldi, Poulenc, and John Rutter, and so it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I approached the writing of this piece. A few years ago, a young American singer from a children’s choir festival I was conducting said to me that she liked the piece of mine that they were singing. She then told me that she had recently sung another new piece that she really liked by ‘some guy called Vivaldi’. She asked me if I knew him. I was so struck by this, because to this young lady the piece might have been written yesterday. To her it felt fresh and communicative, and I thought, if I could emulate those feelings for just a few moments, I would be happy. Vivaldi’s Gloria was very much in my mind when I wrote my own setting.
28th June (Sunday) afternoon in the new River Room at Sutton Courtenay Church from 2:00pm to 5:30 pm with a break for refreshments.
In this afternoon workshop, Anna, a singer and teacher will help attendees to understand their voice – with some basic vocal anatomy for choral singers and how to apply good technique in practice. This will include some basic technical aspects, on how sound is produced when singing. There will be a various singing and breathing exercises to try. After a break for tea/coffee (which is included in the price) we will apply what we have learned to sing a piece in the second half.
Tickets cost £20 (or £10 for young adults aged from 18 but not yet 21), including refreshments, and may be obtained from: