This is to let you know about our latest concert by Southern Voices, the Winchester-based chamber choir, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a concert in St John’s Church in Alresford, “Fly Me To The Moon”.
The music we’ll be singing celebrates all the magic, mystery and romance of the moon: the source of inspiration for composers throughout the ages and across the world. The audience will be treated to a dazzling array of musical styles from the 17th century to the 21st century, from Brahms to Richard Rogers, via Van Morrison to Whitacre. And the evening wouldn’t be complete without uplifting arrangements of popular standards “Moon River”, ‘Moondance”, “Blue Moon” and of course the title song “Fly me to the Moon”.
What’s more, you will be able to catch Rebecca and Livi playing wine glasses in Eric Esenvalds piece ‘Stars’.
A concert not to be missed!
Online tickets will available via www.ticketsource.co.uk/southern-voices — booking fees apply.
Southern Voices is returning to the nave of Winchester Cathedral this month to perform this choral masterpiece with renowned period orchestra Florilegium. This promises to be an exciting and authentic performance with a smaller chamber choir and a superb orchestra. The concert is on Friday 23 March at 7.30.
Directed as usual by Katherine Dienes-Williams, the soloists consist of
- Mark Wilde (Evangelist)
- Jamie W Hall (Christus)
- Ruth Provost (soprano)
- Tom Lliburn (countertenor)
- Joel Williams (tenor)
- Thomas Humphreys (bass)
Tickets £12.50 to £29 (£1 for children 18 and under) are available via the Cathedral Box Office (01962 857275 – booking fees apply).
Hope to see you there!
Southern Voices will be performing its next concert on 18 March – this time celebrating the work of two organists of the Chapel Royal, Henry Purcell and Christopher Tye.
This promises to be sublime early music in the fantastic acoustic of St Cross Church in Winchester. There will be a number of pieces from each composer reflecting the choice of the concert title (as well as the season). Highlights from Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) include I Was Glad, Hear my prayer and Remember not, Lord, our offences. Altogether a century earlier, we will be performing amongst other pieces of his, Christopher Tye’s (c1505 – 1573) Euge bone mass.
As usual, the concert will be conducted by Musical Director Katherine Dienes-Williams, with chamber organ accompaniment from Richard McVeigh. The concert starts at 7.30, with tickets priced at £16 (full) and £14 (concessions). Tickets can be purchased from the Cathedral Box Office.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Come and join Southern Voices as we sing a Baroque Christmas in St Cross on 17 December!
This year our theme is baroque music with some fantastic carols and composers, ranging from Praetorius and Scheidt through to Bouzignac to Sweelink, via Rutter and Allain (those two not quite so baroque). And as usual, some more secular fare with Winter Wonderland and 12 days of Christmas (the latter hopefully not b-roke).
As ever, the concert will be directed by Katherine Dienes-Williams with Paul Provost at the organ.
Tickets: £16 (Concessions £14; children 17 and under, £5). and are available online and from the Winchester Cathedral Box Office (01962 857275).
With due thanks to Margot, we had a brief taste of the life of a retired Brit living in Spain. As anywhere, it seems the more you put in the more you get out, and it was good to get a sense of the real Spain (and some of her issues) from locals we met. Infrastructure much better than the last time we visited, and a new government about to be sworn in (albeit with the EU demanding yet more cuts to public spending). However, if what you want is sun and cheap living, there appear to be worse places to live.
Slightly surreal to temporarily join the local choir to practice parts of the Messiah, but as us singers know, there is nothing like choral music for bringing people together.
Beer and tapas in Almoradi
Hot springs at Archena, near Murcia
Hot springs at Archena, near Murcia
Marina at Torrevieja
Post market and post lunch at La Marina
Join Southern Voices for our next concert in Winchester Cathedral Quire on Friday 4 November for a choral collection on the theme of angels.
Angels and archangels have inspired some fine music through the ages, and this concert will includes examples from the 15th and 16th centuries (Isaac, Palestrina), the 17th and 18th (Dering, Borthiansky) and the 20th (Chesnokov, Tippett, Tavener, Drayton) as well as examples from notable current composers (Patrick Hawes, David Hamilton). In a first for Southern Voices, we will be singing the Hamilton and one of the pieces by Patrick Hawes ‘in the round’ to get an ethereal effect as befits the music!
The choir will be directed as usual by our musical director Katherine Dienes-Williams, who will be joined by Paul Provost at the organ and cello, and daughter Hannah Dienes-Williams on the violin.
Tickets are on sale at the Cathedral Box office. £16 full price, concessions £14 and children 16 and under £5. It will be a great concert and we would love to see you there!
The programme includes:
Factum est silentium – Richard Dering
Ige Herouvimy – Bortniansky
Prayer to a guardian angel – Patrick Hawes (cello – Paul Provost)
Angelus Domini – Patrick Hawes
St. Bride, assisted by angels – Judith Bingham (organ)
Angelus Domini – Palestrina
Angeli, archangeli – Heinrich Isaacs
Plebs angelica – Michael Tippett
How like an angel – Paul Drayton
Angels – John Tavener
Les anges – Olivier Messiaen (organ)
Factum est silentium – Patrick Hawes (violin – Hannah Dienes-Williams)
Ige Herouvimy – Chesnokov
Angele Dei – David Hamilton
Join us for a night of Bubbles and Song in Winchester on 5 March!
Southern Voices brings you a night at the opera full of memorable melodies which will leave you humming if not bringing your operatic voices fully out into the open!
Singing in Russian, French, German, Latin and Italian, familiar choruses will delight you, ranging from Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ from Lohengrin to March of the Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen, Mascagni’s Easter Hymn to Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew slaves from Nabucco.
Ladies’ voices are heard in the Witches’ Chorus of Macbeth by Verdi, whilst the men present the Soldiers’ Chorus from Il Trovatore. There are, of course, many other operatic delights to entertain you as you sip a glass or two of bubbly and enjoy a table of fine nibbles.
Husband and wife team Paul and Ruth Provost are your accompanist and solo soprano respectively – Ruth will perform four solo arias.
A choice selection of choruses and arias from the best of grand opera including:
with Ruth Provost (soprano)
director – Katherine Dienes-Williams
piano – Paul Provost
Tickets are available online, by phone or in person from the Cathedral Box Office (01962 857275) £20, including a glass of Prosecco and nibbles (concessions £17:50; children 17 and under £7.50)