The choir has been invited to take part in the Cancer Research Festival of Voice and Brass in London on 30th October 2021.
Quite an honour to be invited! So we must have made a good impression when Mr Relton the MD visited us last time.
The set up is similar to last time: a long weekend travel out on the Friday, Saturday morning rehearsal, Saturday evening performance and back home Sunday, unless you are going to stay on in the UK.
The music is similar with a few new additions and the theme is still similar to a concert of remembrance and last night of the proms finale with twinklers, flags and over 1500 singers.
The suggestion this time is we use the outer London hotels (probably Heathrow area) as those hotels offer more than the inner London. To be fair last time the Canary Wharf (inner London?) hotel was still an hour coach ride to the Albert Hall. Heathrow to Albert Hall is an hour also. The outer London hotels seemed more accommodating to the needs of the large numbers attending.
The music has to be learned and committed to memory which is a challenge on its own.
Supporters can come along too and tickets for them are available via the booking agent.
Travelling as a choir we usually all travel out together but most people extended their stay in the UK to visit friends and family. This is a logistical headache, however the plans are:
The cost include:
The MD whoever it is will more than likely visit us in Spain as we are not expected to travel to the regional rehearsals in the UK.
The event is very good, exciting, entertaining and moving. A good social outing for the choir and to get to know people better. A brilliant experience albeit the second time (or third/fourth) for some.
01-10-2020 Update this event has been cancelled.
An exciting joint concert with two choirs and an orchestra!
On Sunday evening 26th Jan 2020 at Vera Auditorio, the two choirs of The Incognito Singers and Vera Voces will be joining forces to take part in the Concert for Peace presented by the Cariatiz Orchestra and led be Dave Sharp.
The evening will be a great night of music. Some orchestral pieces plus two choral works accompanied by the orchestra.
We have chosen a medley, The Music of M-G-M, whilst Vera Voces have chosen the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.
Joint choir rehearsals are pencilled in for January as:
Sheet music for the two vocal pieces has already been distributed to singers.
Stage-wear has yet to be confirmed along with final arrangements for joint orchestral rehearsals and dress rehearsal.
Here's to a great collaboration and evening of music!
We are taking part and all the arrangements are finished now, hopefully says Sally... she has been coordinating all the bookings, transfers, flights etc. I think she needs a medal.
The choir have been learning the songs and just to make sure we are on the right track and as costs were prohibitive for us to attend a UK regional rehearsal, Mr William Relton kindly came to us in Spain, along with the organiser Syd.
We had a good rehearsal and evening, but we must say a special thank you to Sue for playing the piano for us that night and a big thank you to Spikey for taking the great photos.
We have a gallery of a selection of the photos from the rehearsal.
So as the big day looms I think we are fairly well prepared. Just remember no more copies.... so it's all from memory. So my advice is "just smile at it".
Rehearsals recommence Friday 7th September, 18:00 at Hostal Rosaleda. See our rehearsal page for more details.
New members are always welcome to come along to a rehearsal to see if you would like to sing with us. We have a wide selection of music from popular song, ballads, loves songs, songs from the shows and light classical. Something for everyone.
This term we are running split rehearsals, the first hour focusing on new music and our repertoire. The second hour focusing on the music we have to prepare for the Cancer Research Festival of Brass and Voice at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Demonstrating their levels of artistic flexibility a production of The Actress by Peter Quilter is soon to be performed at El Teatro Pedro Gilabert.
Directed by Roger Dickman, tenor, produced by Ian Jones, baritone and starring Sally Fitzsimmons, contralto, Marie Fletcher Carolan, contralto, Dianne Kilner, soprano and Terry LeGassick, tenor with full supporting cast.
Not to be missed
This evening our MD visited the Coral Escalmo Mojacar a traditional Spanish choir.
David our MD and Peter our Event Organiser attended their choir rehearsal to develop a relationship between the two choruses in a hope that we can perform together in a future concert.
Our MD was made most welcome by maestro Pedro of the choral.
The choral is made up of both male and female singers plus a band of instrumentalists. They perform traditional Spanish music and seem to enjoy the whole music making activity.
Maestro Pedro told us he has the usual issue of needing more male voices to join the chorus. Something all choruses tend to need these days. Also he usually has more instrumentalist so in addition to the guitars, mandolins and double bass there is also violin and flute to accompany the singers.
All being well a joint/split concert will be arranged by the end of the year to encourage a musical union of two choir cultures. Something that should be good and enjoyable for both choruses and audiences alike.
Keep an eye on our events page for forthcoming events as this will be one not to be missed!
for more information about Coral Escalmo Mojacar visit their Facebook page.
Linda Hands our multi-talented stage manager has been persuaded to re-visit one of her other skills and join force with The Independent Theatre Group to direct their production of “Lilies on The Land”
Based on one hundred and fifty letters and interviews with original Land Girls, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroes and charts the personal journeys of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War 11, determined to work endless hours on farms across the country in a bid to “do their bit” for the War Effort.
The play describes how these young women from totally different backgrounds, torn from their families and bereft of all the basic comforts of home, dealt with the hardship of farming life and the pressures of the War. Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the sky are just what it needs for these girls to get through?
Linda is no stranger to stage direction having previously directed the critically acclaimed Quartet which had a record-breaking run playing to packed houses in Cantoria and Mojacar.
Linda is joined in this production by two of our other choir members, Sally Millar and Marie Fletcher Carollan both accomplished actresses who have appeared in many other productions with various amateur dramatic companies.
The play will be performed at El Teatro Saavedra in Cantoria on 25th and 26th March and again at El Teatro Municipal in Zurgena on 1st and 2nd April.