We very much hope that you are interested in joining one (or both!) of our new singing projects.
Keep your eyes peeled on the website, facebook and your emails for further details coming out very soon. Tuesday evenings will have more of a social and vocal health focus, where as Monday evenings will run in a more usual way, with a programme of entirely new music arrangements of uplifting and hope-filled music as we move into spring and (hopefully) out of lockdown!
Our current concerts are almost ready for performance! Liverpool are ready to present the latest in our series of Spotlight on Broadway concerts, although if you haven’t got your ticket yet you may be too late as they were almost sold out on Monday…
Manchester and Birmingham groups are working hard for their presentations of the Christmas concerts, if you would like to see these, tickets are available in rehearsal or from Caroline.
Next years first set of concerts are planned and raring to go. We will celebrate the music of some legendary singer songwriters with an all new programme. Launching first in Liverpool, with a performance in St George’s Hall on April 14th, subsequent performances will take place in Birmingham at The Bramall on May 19th, and then in Manchester at the RNCM on June 17th. Visit the singer songwriter web pages for full details, including launch dates, song lists and rehearsal dates and venues. You can also sign up online…
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Summer concerts are almost upon us, and everyone has been working very hard – the concerts themselves are going to be tremendous!
Up first we have our final Summer of Love concert in Liverpool, 25th June at St George’s Hall. Tickets are available from Caroline over the phone or online from Ticket Quarter.
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Next is the first of our Spotlight on Broadway concerts – Sunday 2nd July in The Bramall at the University of Birmingham. Again tickets are available from Caroline, in rehearsals and from The Bramall website.
Our final summer concert is the Manchester Spotlight on Broadway concert, Saturday 15th July at Emmanuel Church in Didsbury. This is a new venue for us and a change to the original venue. Tickets are available in rehearsal and over the phone from Caroline.
We are preparing the launch of the Autumn concerts as well – first out of the traps is the Liverpool Spotlight on Broadway concert which will take place at St George’s Hall on Saturday 18th November. With the launch arriving straight after the summer break on 4th September, we would like to ensure that we have the numbers to make this concert happen before the summer break – please return your application form to us, or sign up online by the end of July so that we can ensure this concert can go ahead as planned. Full details of the concert are available online.
Launching very soon after the Liverpool concert there are the two Christmas concerts – one in Birmingham on Saturday 9th December, and one in Gorton Monastery, Manchester on Sunday 3rd December. Again, we need to get numbers for these concerts confirmed before the summer break, so please return forms or sign up online before 1st August to ensure the concerts can go ahead as planned. The Christmas concert will be an entirely new programme of traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary Christmas music, chart hits and music associated with the festive season.
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We are delighted to announce that we are able to return to the RNCM concert hall on Saturday 15th July for the Spotlight on Broadway concert. We are very excited to be able to return to such a prestigious and well appointed venue so soon after the Summer of Love concert and hope that you will be equally excited…
The programme for the Spotlight on Broadway concerts is as follows:
Lullaby of Broadway and 42nd Street – 42nd Street
It’s a Grand Night for Singing – State Fair
Someone Else’s Story – Chess
Will you love me tomorrow – Beautiful
Last night of the world – Miss Saigon
One Short Day – Wicked
I’ll never love again – Promises, promises
Put on your Sunday Clothes and Motherhood – Hello, Dolly!
Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz – Chicago
Comedy Tonight, Agony, Another 100 People – Stephen Sondheim Medley
La Vie Boheme – Rent
Surrey with the Fringe on top, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, All at once you love her, Something Wonderful, This Nearly was mine – Rodgers and Hammerstein Medley
Sign up forms will be available in rehearsal this week, or visit our sign up to sing page and sign up online!
Things are always moving onwards, and this week has been no exception. Currently underway are the orchestrations for the Summer of Love concert which will get their first outing in Birmingham in April, closely followed by a second performance in Manchester. Also underway is the programme listing for the musicals concert – it promises to be a very exciting concert with music from some of the biggest names in musical theatre, although possibly not always the items that you might be expecting! All will be revealed by the end of this week…
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The website continues to be developed, and you never know there might even be a picture or two up there soon! We have some excellent images from the concert that people have sent to us, as well as some amazing videos of one or two performances. In terms of new functions, it is now possible to register for the Birmingham Musicals concert and the Liverpool Summer of Love concert online – hopefully this will save lots of paper and lots of stamps. The other upcoming concerts will be added nearer to the time, as well as the Manchester Musicals concert as soon as we have a confirmed date.
We will also add some space for you to download useful resources, such as newsletters, rehearsal schedules and so on.
We are looking forward to seeing the Birmingham singers on Saturday, and the Manchester singers the following Sunday. Do remember to email and let us know if you wish to audition for a solo for either of these concerts.
Hoping to see lots of you soon…
Happy new year to you all, and we hope that the Christmas break was everything that you wished for. Now that the festivities are over it’s time to think about moving forward through the year. The Liverpool concert is progressing very well indeed, ready for the concert room at St George’s Hall on 21st January, contact Caroline if you want tickets to see this, or see Jane at rehearsal – they’re going fast though!
As well as this we are busy preparing for the launches in Manchester and Birmingham. These will go ahead with the Birmingham launch taking place at St Columba’s URC in Moseley on Wednesday 18th January, and in Warwick at St Nicholas’ Church on Thursday 19th January, leading to a performance at the Elgar Concert Hall on Saturday 8th April. There will also be rehearsals in Surrey preparing for this concert with the first rehearsal in Esher on Wednesday 18th January.
The Manchester concert will be launching on Wednesday 25th January at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, with rehearsals in Bolton and Cheadle Hulme, preparing for a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music concert hall on Wednesday 12th April. This is a new, exciting and top quality venue for us to sing in and we would be delighted to see you there.
If you are planning to sign up for either of these concerts and haven’t yet done so, we would encourage you to do so in advance of the launch date so that music can be prepared for you in advance. If you are not able to do this you can of course sign at the launch or at the first couple or rehearsals.
Finally, please note that our telephone number has changed – please do not use the 01484 number, which is liable to be answered by the primary school age secretaries, please use 07445 042777, or you can send us a text!
We are very excited that the Liverpool concert is going to launch at Elm Hall Drive on 17th October. If you have sent us an application form already please keep an eye on your email for a form regarding payment – you can choose whether to pay in one payment or three, and whether you pay by cheque, card or bank transfer.
If you haven’t yet sent back an application form for the Merseyside concert and wish to sing please do so – then we can make sure that all the necessary music and CDs are at the launch! Applications will be accepted at the launch and for a couple of weeks into the rehearsal period.
Rehearsals for the Birmingham and Manchester concerts are now well underway and we are looking forward to our first concerts in November. Tickets for both concerts are £12 and are available in rehearsals and from Caroline Manders on 01422 349211.
We are currently working on an exciting series of concerts for 2017, which will start with the Liverpool concert in St George’s Hall on 21 January, and go through to Christmas concerts in all areas in December 2017. We very much hope that we can start announcing dates next week so that people can start making plans – keep an eye on the website, facebook and your emails for full details as soon as we have them!
The debut concert for Espressivo Chorus in Birmingham has now been confirmed! Having reached the minimum numbers to make the concert work we can confirm that rehearsals will take place in Moseley, Warwick and in Surrey.
There are still places available for singers in all rehearsal groups, so do keep the application forms coming in if you haven’t sent yours back already. We will also be able to sign people up at the launch and the first couple of rehearsals, but if your form has been returned in advance we can make sure that all of your rehearsal materials are available for you at the launch!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon…