Perhaps of interest..
Recent studies on the benefits of music / choral singing
The relationship between playing musical instruments and cognitive trajectories: Analysis from a UK ageing cohort Link
See BBC article for summary
Beneficial effects of choir singing on cognition and well-being of older adults: Evidence from a cross-sectional study Link
See Neuroscience_blog for summary
Konstanz pictures - thanks to Helen Sadler for these
Above: After a joint concert of Beethoven's Choral Symphony with the Konstanz choir and the John Bate Orchestra in Richmond, 30th October 1982. RIght: The poster to advertise the concert - Kathryn Harries was the soprano soloist.
Rehearsal aids (with links for the German Requiem)
This option is recommended by Christina Northcott who says the quality is excellent.
Choose your own voice part using the box on the right.
For individuals, the cost is £17
Sandra recommends ChoraLine. It costs around £10 to download or you can buy a CD.
John Fletcher’s recordings
Sylvia Walker and Sue Mason recommend John Fletcher.
Also free. Scroll down to access voice parts other than soprano.
Please tell Veronica (Veronica.Tuffrey@blueyonder.co.uk) about your experience after you use any of these or other rehearsal aids, then she can add more information about the options.
Also please let her know if any of the links don't work.
Singing holidays and courses
(This information shared with Harry by Graham Ross from Clare College, Cambridge)
Bookings are now open for Singers Abroad 2024 summer courses this year in Italy - one in Friuli and one in Puglia - each of which comprises a beautiful a cappella programme under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, leading to a public concert, with 6 nights of bed & breakfast accommodation, group meals, a welcome drinks reception, and excursions. These are the perfect courses for committed amateur singers who wish to make music together with friends old and new! www.singersabroad.co.uk has all the details, including pricing, repertoire, and how to sign up. Bookings are now open, and based on a first-come first-served basis.
Maniago, Friuli ‘Sun, Moon, and Stars’, 25-31 August 2024
The course leads to a public performance in the superb acoustic of Montereale church, joined again by the Corale Polifonica and pianist Maurizio Baldin. Music from Hildegard of Bingen and Robert Schumann to Laura Mvula and Henry Mancini, and much more. There are wonderful group excursions to San Daniele, Profabbro, Treviso, and the stunning Mosaic School in Spilimbergo, and time to explore the Friulan Dolomites and enjoy a Spritz Aperol inbetween rehearsals in this beautiful part of northern Italy!
Vignicastrisi, Puglia ‘Strife and Harmony’, 2-8 September 2024
Singers Abroad’s first outing to the very heel of Italy in the beautiful Salento region of Puglia. Housed in a beautiful former mayoral mansion (with a small pool and gardens) - Palazzo Guglielmo in Vignicastrisi - the course leads to a performance of Josef Rheinberger’s wonderful Mass in E flat for double choir at Mass, followed by a concert of music from Tallis and Tomkins to Richard Rodney Bennett and Bob Chilcott - all taking place in the charming church directly opposite the Palazzo. Outings include visits to the Baroque splendour of Lecce, olive oil tasting in Presicce, and a half-day visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello’s famous trulli. Puglian wines flow aplenty when not rehearsing!
www.singersabroad.co.uk has full details. Places are now open to all voice parts on a first-come, first-served basis.