A message from Kerry

I am really looking forward to working with Amici again this term.

The men will be singing the Toreador song (rather than the Toreador March in the book). I am attaching the PDF which I found online for free, – I will also print copies to bring along on Wednesday

I hope this is ok?

best wishes
Kerry

 

bizet-toreador-song-votre-toast-vocal PDF

Amici rehearsal Grenville’s trip to Brisbane and STBP

Cari Amici Feb 14

Cari Amici,

Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Very much looking forward to the resumption of rehearsals together next week Wednesday 21 st February when we will rehearse And with his stripes, and Amen , revising choruses learned so far and visiting Brahms Requiem too!

Please do come and hear highly acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond who will play at St Gregory's on Sunday 18 th 15.00 . The  programme like her playing is scintillating;

  • Haydn · Fantasia in C major, Hob XVII: 4 
  • Chin · Études Nos. 4-6 
  • Schubert · 4 Impromptus, D. 899 
  • Beethoven · Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Scriabin · Sonate-Fantasie No. 2, Op. 19 
  • Stravinsky · Petroushka Suite 

(Amongst so many achievements and extraordinary collaborations musically Clare was the the younger version of Maggie Smith’s character, ‘Miss Shepherd’, in the Alan Bennett film adaptation, The Lady in the Van, directed by Nick Hytner.)  A feat of a programme on your doorstep with tickets at the door, free parking, and no need to catch a train to hear world class playing!

Brisbane and STBP

My trip to Brisbane to contribute as key note speaker and conductor for the final Sing to Beat Parkinson' s concert was very rewarding. The symposium held over three days in the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University , was both  to examine and promulgate the results of a six month research programme using group singing with seventy eight people with Parkinson's ( PWP) none of whom had sung before in a choral group. The weekly programme of singing activities ,held in three different locations and facilitated by three choral leaders similarly fresh to the experience of working with PWP, was devised by Dr Yoon Irons whom I met three years ago in Brisbane and who came to our Aldeburgh training in 2017. The rigorous protocol utilised shared resources, identical time allocation, weekly 'homework' for the participants and a variety of recording methods to capture some of the activities en route.

At the end of the six month period standard assessment tools were used to measure the impact of the group singing, ( pdq 39, DASS etc) producing a huge amount of data which was analysed by Dr Irons and Prof Don Stewart, professor of public health at Griffith .

The results are quite wonderful ( both with regard to the trial and by implication)  with improvements shown in each of the areas measured with only one exception.The main outcome is that singing reduced stigma, in which was noticed the biggest improvement compared with other aspects of quality of life measures. Singing in groups also improved emotional wellbeing, social support and reduced depression, anxiety and stress levels. In all these improvements, Yoon Irons and Don Stewart detected a statistical significance and whilst  ' clinically' speaking, it is probably a  'small' improvement any improvement must be welcomed in a condition associated with gradual deterioration. Additionally all the participants were interviewed and this  data demonstrated quite amazing achievements during the six month period.

Yoon presented all the results as part of the first days research and delivery team seminar in great detail with sub section analysis of the data. She then made the 'public ' presentation on Friday to a wider audience which included speech therapists, voice and speech pathologists, a consultant gerontologist and others including some members of the three singing groups. 

Her presentation was prefaced by a panel discussion ,Parkinson's Disease, Neurosciences and the carer: implications for singing programme. ( still using disease here!) with significant and assuring contributions from  neurologist Prof George Mellick ( convinced through his research  that singing is as worthy an intervention as any drug...he was made Dean of the School of Medicine the day before!) and Prof Melissa Kendall, psychologist in the Rehab Dept of a Brisbane hospital and whose mother is a PWP and as such contributed  as a carer too).

Again an interesting mix within the audience of medics, allied health professionals and arts and health practitioners.

I followed Yoon with my keynote presentation for the remainder of the morning, whilst in the afternoon another presentation confirming the impact of group singing from Robin Matthews , Parkinsons Disease and community based singing therapy in Tauranga , New Zealand. A RCT with very positive outcomes which formed also the basis of his PhD.

A final panel of contributions from Robin as a speech therapist, Erica Rose , dance therapist and director Dance for Parkinson's Australia, and Robyn Lamont , Physiotherapist , presented reaffirming evidence of the efficacy of arts for PWP. 

The final day started with a live radio interview on national radio, at 7.00 ,followed by a further three tv interviews! and ended with a moving celebratory concert by the three research groups, testimony to the results which had been revealed the day before .  The media coverage has been immense with news bulletins leading on the symposium and national television including coverage in their news output throughout the remainder of Saturday Feb 3. This  media interest is mirrored by the desire for Sing to Beat Parkinson's ®to be the vehicle for a measurable impact on the lives of PWP, in Australia, New Zealand ,China,South Korea and the UK.

A small,pebble thrown into the pond three years ago in Brisbane has resulted in wonderful ripples of change for these and others in the future. All three groups intend to stay together and be part of our international organisation, Sing to Beat Parkinsons!

All best wishes

A bientôt

Grenville

Here are some of the media links :

ABC News - http://www.abc.net.au/news/ 2018-02-04/parkinsons-singers- trial-australian-first/9394346  

Seven News - https://www.facebook.com/ 7NewsCQ/videos/ 1813877301958447/ 

ABC Radio National Breakfast - http://www.abc.net.au/ radionational/programs/ breakfast/2018-02-05/9396046

 

Amici message January 26th

Cari Amici,

A very good rehearsal again this week. Glorious music in both works which we are approaching with typical Amici enthusiasm and expertise. Kerry will take the choruses forward over the next two weeks whilst I am absent. Additionally (if time) we will embark on no VII Selig sind die Toten and Since by Man came death, Messiah no 46 .
I look forward to taking up the baton again on Feb 21 with a reminder that there is NO rehearsal one Feb 14 (Ash Wednesday).

If you are reading this message and have not been able to be at a rehearsal for a variety of reasons, please will you ensure that you revise independently the choruses that we have worked on to date:

Brahms Requiem

  • no I Selig sind
  • no IV Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

Handel Messiah

  • no 28 He Trusted in God
  • no 12 For unto us a child is born

The following fifteen choruses will be rehearsed for performance on December 9th 2018. Without exception they are demanding and need to be very well known to be able to deliver a memorable performance

  • Part 1 Nos 4, 7, 9, 12, 17, 21
  • Part 2 Nos 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 44
  • Part 3 Nos 46, 53

I attach projected costs for both concerts to be given in Collyer Fergusson based on 400 ticket sales (max) at either £15 for £20. This may be useful in our deliberations with regard to fund raising.

Finally confirmation of the remaining spring time rehearsal dates.

  • January 31
  • February 7, 21, 28 (note not 14 Feb)
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 11, 18

All best wishes

Grenville

and here is a message from Maggie:

Many thanks to everyone who came with the right money to collect scores yesterday.  We have sold out of Messiah but still have a number of the Brahms left.
Thanks again
 
Maggie

Amici Scores: Messiah and Brahms German Requiem

Scores will be available for you to pick up on Wednesday.

Prices are: Messiah £8 and Brahms £7. A total of £15 if you have asked for both. 

Please have the right money if you are  paying in cash as we are unable to give change.

Best of all is if you pay by cheque...made payable to Canterbury Cantata Trust. This makes it easier for Steph to pay the money in

Many thanks and see you Wednesday

Maggie.

Amici rehearsal on 24th January

Cari Amici,

What a great start to the term last week! It was so refreshing and uplifting to work intensively on the first movement of the Brahms and cement once again our relationships which make Amici such a special group. It is a privilege to make music together! ( If you were unable to be at the rehearsal please listen to your individual line courtesy of e.g. Cyberbass free to listen online or $15.99 to download, or Choraline which can be downloaded for £8.99 less 10% discount using code CANTERBURY. Further details on Resource page, in advance of this weeks rehearsal)

We will revise the two Brahms choruses rehearsed so far, in German of course. (Very impressed by Amici's grasp of German pronunciation!) together with choruses from Messiah ( He Trusted in God, For unto us a child is born) .
Peter's edition and Novello ( Watkins Shaw) edition.

Reminder too that Kerry will rehearse Brahms and Handel whilst I am in Australia and that there is NO rehearsal on Wednesday Feb 14, Ash Wednesday.

Grenville

Amici subscriptions for 2018

Dear Members,

The time has come to pay your membership fee for spring 2018 if you did not buy an annual subscription at the beginning of last term.  As with last term there is a £1 discount if you pay early, no later than the second rehearsal on January 24th.  The two members who have already paid £25 can have £1 repaid at the next rehearsal.

Please use the online payment system as this greatly reduces the administration load on the Amici committee.  To do this please follow this link.  The system will ask you to log in or create a new account. You will be asked for your  email address (please always use the same email, or if you do have to change it contact admin@canterburycantatatrust.co.uk) and your password.  If you have forgotten your password follow the "Forgotten your password" link the enable you to set a new password.

Do you want to check whether you are already covered by an annual subscription? If you think you paid online then follow this link and select "Orders" to view all your previous online orders. If in doubt please contact me at admin@canterburycantatatrust.co.uk. If you did not use the online system please ask Steph or Anthea at the next rehearsal.

Many thanks

Ben

Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM agenda and minutes

The next AGM for Canterbury Cantata Trust will be on Wednesday January 24th at St Paul's Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal with the AGM starting at 7.15. All members welcome to attend. The agenda for the AGM can be viewed or printed by following this link, and the minutes of last year's AGM can be viewed here

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Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM

The next AGM for CCT will be on Wed January 24t January at St Paul’s Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal probably 7pm or 7.15 start – (precise time to be confirmed). All members welcome to attend and agenda to be circulated later.

Details of concert on Dec 13th and dates for next year

Cari Amici,

A very productive rehearsal yesterday.We worked very hard on both Brahms and Berlioz. Whilst singing both in English it offered an exciting insight into Brahms German Requiem. Challenging, very beautiful and so different from Mozart and Jenkins. (Still people commenting on the impact of the November 11 performance).

Next weeks meeting will take the form of an open rehearsal together with a community carol sing! The schedule will be:

Setting up/helping team 1​6.45​. Seats from hall to chancel.
Amici arrive from 17.20
Warm up and rehearsal Brahms, Berlioz, Jenkins, Irish Blessing, Christopher Gower
Guests arrive for 18.00 sitting in nave

Programme open rehearsal/carols

Oh How lovely are thy Dwellings Brahms
Carols
God shall wipe away all tears Jenkins
Carols
Shepherds farewell Berlioz
Carols
Kings and Shepherds Christopher Gower
Carols
Irish Blessing Bob Chilcott
Carols

Wine and mince pies!

Dates for next year 2018

Amici Chorus rehearsal of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem/Handel Messiah

January 17
January 24
January 31
February 7 No rehearsal February 14
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28

Summer term (opera choruses)

April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23 No rehearsal May 30th
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27

Autumn Term Handel Messiah

September 19
September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24 no rehearsal October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28
December 5
Performance Handel Messiah Colyer Fergusson Hall, UKC Sunday December 9 ​ 2018​ 15.00
December 12

Future concerts

Performance Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Colyer Fergusson Hall, UKC Sunday March 17 ​ 2019 15.00 ​

Until Wednesday
Grenville

Amici – Leiden and next rehearsal and concert

Cari Amici,

Such a lovely weekend has been spent together with our Dutch friends from Excelsior choir making music and cementing our choral relationship which his now almost three years old. Congratulations for such sensitive singing offering a lovely contrast to Excelsior’s programme and the combined Vivaldi Gloria performance. Many thanks and further congratulation to Charlotte Hardwick for her lovely solos in Jenkin’s Kyrie and her duet with Kitty Jansen and to Jennifer Brisk for her glorious Vivaldi arias. Rumour has it that plans are in hand for the next trip …best watch this space!

Our next rehearsal is on Wednesday December 6 when you will be able to purchase Peter’s edition Brahms Requiem at £6.00 each score. (I have paid for 80 copies in advance to ensure this exceptional price.) Please bring your copies of Christopher Gower’s Kings and Shepherds
We will rehearse

  • Berlioz L’enfance du Christ
  • How Lovely are thy Dwellings
  • Christopher Gower Kings and Shepherds

Wednesday December 13

End of term sing with friends
All above plus carols

Please CONFIRM your attendance for 6th/13th December by posting

Name…………………………….
I will be attending Amici 6/13 December
I would like to invite a guest

to

info@canterburycantatatust.co.uk

by December 4th

A reminder

Cantata sing
Hooray Handel!
December 10th St Eanswythe’s Folkestone

  • Handel Dixit Dominus
  • Handel Zadok The Priest
  • Handel Choruses from Messiah

and on December 16
Cantata sing
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
15.00

Grenville