Come and Sing: Derby Cathedral Sunday, July 29 (09:00-19:00) Eucharist (10:45)/Evensong (18:00)

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The St. Mary Singers are a group of singers from all over England who learn music in advance and come together for a full day, normally either a Saturday or a Sunday, to rehearse and sing together in cathedrals and churches all over England and Wales. Their programme is set out here. Most of the venues  are in the South of England but one is set in Derby  Cathedral on July 29th. The last one at Derby attracted around 30 singers and the programme provides an opportunity to sing in some of our leading Cathedrals in the company of singers used to performing Church Choral music  to a high standard. Anyone interested in singing with them, or in registering  interest for future events, must contact James Reed ( in advance. Bob Middleton.

An Opportunity to perform Opera

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An Opportunity to perform Opera

            –  in Amsterdam – May 30th – June 2nd/3rd 2019

                 – and /or in Nottingham Sept 9th 2018


We are pleased to announce we finally have details of our third trip. 

My email in November was titled ‘Grand Opera in Berlin’. As some of you know, the plan for Berlin was abandoned for a range of reasons, and we have now settled on Amsterdam. Closer venue, and so the plans below are similar to the Paris trips. We still have an Option for making your own way, but the coach trip would be much less daunting than to Berlin

Following Verdi with a work that includes exciting music for chorus, and orchestra, and would attract an audience is not an easy task, and therefore Opera ‘chunks’ has been the choice. Derek has always loved, and been thrilled by Wagner, and he feels strongly that  this is a great opportunity to experience new and amazing pieces.

The decision to tackle ‘chunks’ of Opera was made with the awareness that most Choral Societies do not have these pieces in their repertoire, and would need to learn the works. As was included in the November email, and discussed at the Lunch last September, we will hold 2 events in 2018, a Taster Day in April and a Choral weekend in September.

We will offer You Tube links, downloads/ books of scores and parts to support this learning. 

( Details to follow)

The proposed programme will include :-

Carmen – Bizet – Act 1

Tosca –  Puccine – Te Deum

Lohengrin – Wagner – Elsa’s Procession

Meistersingers – Wagner – Final Scene

If, like me, you are unfamiliar with opera, wait until you hear some of the links that we’ll send out. I bet  you will become enthused to be part of this glorious noise!

Trip to Amsterdam – 30.05.19 – 2/3.06.19

We will travel using Equity again, and have arranged 3 options.

Option 1   ( 3 nights )     – Travel by coaches leaving from Nottingham & Derby early Thurs 30.05

via Dover / Calais.

Stay in de Rjiper Hotel in Eilenden ( 30 minutes from Amsterdam )

Perform in Einkhauzen (by the Zuyder Zie ) Fri 31st May

Perform in Amsterdam Sat 1st June

Return Sunday 2nd June.

Option 2 ( 4 nights )       – As above but with an extra night for a free day in Amsterdam.

Return Monday 3rd June.

This Option is dependent on sufficient participants to fill a coach.

Supplement of £83

Option 3 ( 3 nights ) – Own travel arrangements to and from hotel, otherwise as Option 1.

Includes coach provision for internal journeys.

( NB Eilenden is about 40 minutes taxi from Schipol Airport.)

Prices – Option 1 – not more than £405

Option 2 – not more than £485

Option 3 – not more than £355

Final prices depend on number of participants.

Some single rooms are available for a supplement.  Non -singing partners are welcome.

This trip will be run by Nottingham Music Enterprises – we have formed our own company!

Equity are asking for the first £50 deposit by April 2018.

If you would like to  register for this trip please let me know.

Send a cheque payable to ,Nottingham Music Enterprises’ for £50 to Nottingham Music Enterprises to:-

Adrian Benselin, 3, Maylands Avenue, Breaston, Derbyshire DE72 3EE

Once we have bank a/c details confirmed for bank transfers we will let you know.

There are pictures attached of the performance venues and the hotel at the bottom of this email.


Events in UK 2018

Please can you let me know if you are interested in taking part in either / both these events, and I will send more information.

Taster Day – Sunday 22nd April – St Benedict’s School Derby DE22 1JD

10.30 – Registration – singers & players to rehearse separately

1.00 – lunch ( not provided )

1.45 – All participants to rehearse together

5.00 – Workshop ends.


The cost will be £10  to cover expenses.

Tea & Coffee during the day will be provided


Choral Weekend  – Saturday 8th Sept – St Benedicts, Derby DE22 1JD

                                    Sunday 9th – Albert Hall Nottingham – workshop followed by a performance.

                                     details to follow

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Jenny – NME Administrator


Barber of Seville

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Swansea City Opera tour a fully produced opera each year – in 2018 we are touring Barber of Seville, and we have performances scheduled across the UK, including Mansfield, 25/03/2018.

Each year, we offer the opportunity for a local choir to join us to support our professional cast.

The 2018 production of Barber of Seville by Rossini will be sung in English in our own translation and set in late 18th Century Spain and our design features fantastical and exaggerated costumes highlighting the humour of the opera. This will be a revival of the production originally staged in 2011 and will feature a full professional cast and orchestra of 10 musicians.

The choir will be involved in:

  • the beginning as musicians with Fiorello. Although all the choruses are only written for men we will rewrite the parts for SATB and costume the choir in masks and domino costumes so the ladies can be involved as well. Because of restrictions on space on the set, we anticipate up to 16 members of the choir will be on stage in this scene and the remainder will sing off stage. It would be an advantage if the choir members could provide an old instrument to pretend to play!
  • the Finale at the end of Act I as policemen and general crowd of both sexes, and the parts will be rewritten for SATB.
  • at the very end of the opera, again as a crowd of both sexes and the parts will be rewritten for SATB.

We anticipate having a maximum of 20 choir members on stage in the Finale of Act 1 and the end of the opera, with the facility for any additional choir members to sing off stage. All costumes will be provided – but we will ask you to provide your own footwear.

We will provide the translation and music, and will post sound clips on Soundcloud for you to listen to and learn from. Once again, we will offer 2 supported rehearsals nearer the date with our Musical and Choir Directors, along with a final rehearsal in the afternoon of the performance date.

I would be delighted if at this stage, you would consider supporting us. If so and you are able to help us with more than one performance, please do let us know – it would be lovely if all the hard work put in could be expressed on more than one occasion. I have attached the tour schedule for your information.

We would appreciate a response either way as it is a condition of our Arts Council England funding that we update date them with those choirs taking part.

Best wishes,

Dorothy Haines – on behalf of Swansea City Opera

029 20 397 341