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Singing Day 2018 is announced!

Come and join us in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Old Felixstowe, on Saturday 20th October as we work on a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah, plus favourite anthems such as Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.  Alan Loader, our Music Director, will be taking us on this exciting musical journey, together with our world-class accompanist Marina Korneva. There will be a moderate cost to cover the hiring of music and provision of refreshments throughout the day, though under-18s will be admitted free of charge.  Either bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the old church, or why not treat yourself to a pub lunch in The White Horse across the road.  All the details are on the poster;  just click on it to enlarge.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Christmas Event is announced!

It IS Messiah!
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Christmas concert will be a full performance of Handel’s Messiah with instrumental ensemble and four first-rate soloists. As well as the concert on Saturday December 8th at St Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe, there will be a workshop day  for YOU to have your chance to work through, and perform, choruses from this and other well-loved works. Watch this space!!!

Summer is coming …

… it’s official – it must be, because rehearsals have started for our summer concerts!

A big shout-out to our friends at Stowmarket Chorale, 15 of whom came to our first rehearsal of the new term last night. We went through the whole of Captain Noah and Songs of the Fleet and are thoroughly enjoying working on them. We are looking forward to a great three months of work culminating in two sensational concerts!

Full steam ahead for the Summer Concerts! Yes, that’s right – this summer there are TWO!

The Dorian Singers and Stowmarket Chorale are excited to announce that they will be holding two joint Summer Concerts, featuring two well-loved and widely contrasting works on a nautical theme. The choirs will perform together under Alan Loader and Christopher Moore, their musical directors, and the baritone Mark Saberton will feature in the solo parts.

Joseph Horovitz’s cantata in a popular style, “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo”, with libretto by Michael Flanders (of Flanders and Swann Fame), is a lighthearted, but actually close, retelling of the Biblical Flood as described in Genesis chapters 6 to 9.

Put briefly, God gets very cross. But Noah, the laughing-stock of Fun City because of his strange boat-building enterprise, has two things going for him. A hot-line to God, and a tolerance for wildlife. Which is just as well, really. Because then it starts to rain….

The second featured work could hardly be more of a contrast. Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet” was premiered in 1910 and was considered somewhat old-fashioned even then. A cycle of five songs for baritone solo and mixed chorus, the songs are settings of poems by Sir Henry Newbolt, redolent with the feel of the sea and English naval tradition. Deeply Edwardian in feel, they tell of a kind of imperial grandeur and optimism which was all too soon to be overshadowed by the horror of the Great War, and Stanford’s reputation as composer would be likewise eclipsed by that of Sir Edward Elgar.

The first of the two concerts will be given at Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AN, on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30 pm.

The second will take place at Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD, on Saturday 7th July at 7.30 pm.

Tickets £12, available soon.   Pictures etc available ASAP.

Not Petite, Not Solonnelle ..

In a special event to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death,
The Dorian Singers under their musical director Alan Loader will perform
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. This is the best known sacred work of a composer
much better known for his operas such as The Barber of Seville and William Tell.

Despite its title, Rossini’s take on the Mass is neither small nor solemn.
Originally scored for singers plus organ and harmonium, this performance
will be accompanied by renowned concert pianist Marina Korneva
and well-known organist Andrew Leach.

Proceeds are in aid of Alzheimers Research UK
www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Tickets: £12 from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Rd, Felixstowe. Tel: 01394 283170
and from choir members or at the door
Saturday 24 March at 7.30 pm.
St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s Road, Felixstowe

The Dorian Singers are proud to have the support of the
East of England Co-operative Society
who will be providing light refreshments in the interval.

Singing into Spring

Our Chairman writes …

Rehearsals start on Wednesday 10th January for our Spring concert on 24th March. Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solonelle” will be a first for us and I’m sure that it will prove to be a really great sing! We would like more tenors and basses so if you’d like to have a go please join us on Wednesday. All details of our rehearsal venue are on our web page. Look forward to seeing ALL our regulars and maybe some new faces. Happy New Year to all.

The Dorians on the Air

The choir was delighted to accept BBC Radio Suffolk’s invitation to perform at the Children in Need Carol Concert, which was recorded at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event, and we hope you managed to hear the broadcast.