The Sinfonia Chorale Come and Sing Workshop on HUGO DISTLER: Choralpassion (1933) and HEINRICH SCHÜTZ: German and Latin Motets took place on Saturday 23rd January 2016
Distler’s succinct Passion setting uses chorus and soloists in traditional roles – all unaccompanied, drawing particularly on the music of his compatriot Schütz for inspiration. It is dramatic and direct, and deserves more frequent performance in this country. We studied in depth one of the 7 scenes, including narration, as well as other significant moments in the work – all alongside some of Schütz’s huge and also largely neglected output.
It was a rare opportunity to discover and rediscover this great music!
Richard Roddis is well known throughout the East Midlands for his work with choirs. His conducting experience stretches back more than a quarter of a century and, as a professional singer and a member of several top choirs, he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to choral conducting. He was appointed Director of the Sinfonia Chorale in June 1991.
Over the years the Sinfonia Chorale has developed its own distinctive sound based on technical accuracy and a high standard of performance of different styles of music.
You will be able to hear the Sinfonia Chorale in concert on Saturday 5th March at St John’s Church, Mansfield Road, Carrington, Nottingham and on Monday 21st March at Southwell Minster. In these concerts, the Chorale will be performing the works which will be studied during the workshop.
Christ Church Chilwell,
College Road, Beeston,
Nottingham, NG9 4AS.
The venue is conveniently situated between Nottingham and Derby. The tram to Toton stops close to the Church. There are some parking spaces next to the Church and on-street parking nearby.
Comments from last year’s event:
‘ It was well organised and I enjoyed the opportunity to sing music that I'd probably never normally come across '
‘ a wonderful day's singing ’
‘ a really enjoyable and expertly organised day. I really enjoyed it – such lovely music.’