Come and Sing/Play Saturday 19th January 2019

Come and Sing / Play Workshop

 ZELENKA: Missa Gratias agimus tibi

J.S. BACH: Ascension Oratorio BWV11 (first chorus)


Director: Richard Roddis


Instrumental Specialist: Nicolette Moonen


Saturday 19th January 2019

The Music

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore music by Zelenka - referred to as Bach’s Catholic counterpart, his work is fresh and surprising. Zelenka’s musical language is similar to Bach’s, especially in its richness of contrapuntal harmonies but it also contains unexpected harmonic twists and chromatic movement. This mass is scored for four trumpets in addition to woodwind and strings and is full of varied musical ideas. It is known that Zelenka was held in high esteem by Bach. Just over half of Zelenka’s works have been recorded and he certainly deserves to be more widely known.

We will also be studying the first chorus of Bach’s  Ascension Oratorio, a work full of passionate spiritual yearning. The instrumentation is sumptuous and the opening chorus is bright and brilliant with dance-like features that enliven the texture.

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.

Sinfonia Chorale Director

Director 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.

Instrumental specialist

Instrumental specialist Nicolette Moonen is a renowned Baroque violinist. She has performed with most of the country’s leading period instrument ensembles and has been increasingly in demand as a leader and teacher. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is the Artistic Director of The Bach Players.

Venue for the Come and Sing/Play event :

St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3HD.

The venue is conveniently situated between Nottingham and Derby close to the A52. There is a car park next to the Church and additional on-street parking nearby.

 You will be able to hear the Sinfonia Chorale and Baroque Ensemble performing the works studied during the workshop in concert on Saturday 16th March at Beeston Parish Church, Nottingham.

Programme for the day

    • 9.30 Registration
    • 10.00 Rehearsal starts
    • 11.15 Tea / coffee break
    • 11.45 Rehearsal continues
    • 1.00 Lunch *
    • 2.00 Rehearsal continues
    • 3.45 Tea / coffee break
    • 4.15 Performance
    • 5.00 Depart

The cost for the day will be £25.00 – this includes the hire of the music

Music may be borrowed in advance of the event – details will be in the confirmation letter which will be sent to you on receipt of your application.

* A hot buffet lunch will be available at a cost of £5.00.
Please indicate on the booking form whether you will require lunch and include your payment when booking.

Further details and information from Pam Richings Tel: 0115 9810874

Booking for the Event

EITHER enclose a cheque made payable to Sinfonia Chorale
OR make your payment via BACS (details on the booking form)
for £25/(£30 including lunch) and then return the appropriate form to:
Diane Roberts, Sinfonia Chorale Secretary, Birch End, Boat Lane, Hoveringham NG14 7JP

Forms and payment, and any cancellations MUST be received by Saturday 5th January 2019.

Comments from the 2018 workshop:

"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."

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