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Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Sinfonia Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Concert on Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster certainly lived up to expectations, and the performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor - a monumental composition which never fails to inspire the listener - was indeed one of the highlights in the musical calendar for 2017. 

The magnificent line-up of soloists along with the Baroque Ensemble (Leader Nicolette Moonen) together with our Conductor Richard Roddis, ensured the evening was one to remember for years to come.

Hopefully this selection of the many comments received conveys the appreciation of all who were involved - both the audience and performers alike.

  • "You the choir, with tremendous application and intelligence, made it live, gave it heart, and did all the right things" - Richard Roddis
  • "I personally felt that the choir had never sounded better" - Pam Richings 
  • "... it certainly hits the spot and carried everyone along with it, instrumentalists, singers and, above all, the conductor who injected a very special shot of pzazz into the enterprise from the very first rehearsal." - Jeremy Leaman
  • "I'm pleased to hear that I wasn't alone in choking back a tear as we walked off after the tumultuous applause." - Liz Pike
  • "I must have sung it four times but last night was by far the best." - Margaret Tait
  • "I would especially single out the orchestra who brought the music alive more than I have heard before." - Kelvin Steele
  • "Richard's conducting was so inspiring – he was almost dancing to the music." - Thoralf Klein
  • "A few from my church congregation came to our concert last night - admittedly a little apprehensive at the prospect. During our service this morning, on the theme of 'What's God up to in the world?' someone was moved to stand up and share that God was indeed to be found in Southwell Minster last night....'It was not a concert, but a sublime drawing close to heaven.....'" - Amanda Lees
  • "Never before have I felt such joy and ability in singing so many semiquavers at such a speed in such a fantastic setting with such a wonderful choir and conductor." - Diane Roberts
  • "... the outstandingly beautiful Agnus Dei and the Dona nobis pacem took me to another 'sphere', it was truly transcendental." - Pat Travis (audience)
  • "I have not heard, and certainly not taken part in, any B Minor Mass outside London which came near to this one. I worshipped, and I suspect others did too." - Colin Wolfe (audience)
  • "... what a treat to sing with such a wonderful choir, ensemble and group of soloists." - Liza Cassidy (soprano)
  • "I loved it, what a concert." - William Purefoy (counter tenor)
  • "The choir was in fantastic form and that is a credit to your leadership. I couldn’t agree more that it was a wonderful performance of a beautiful piece of music." - James Gallimore (tenor)
  • "It was a really special concert to be involved in. Your choir and orchestra were glorious, my fellow soloists superb, and the reaction of the audience showed." - Michael Dewis (bass)
  • "Stunning performance of Bach Mass in B Minor by Sinfonia Chorale at Southwell Minster tonight. Thank you for a fabulous evening." - Gordon Foster (audience)
  • "Excellent B minor Mass tonight - well done to all involved." - Nick Milburn (audience)

A detailed review written by Choir Member Sue Jolly is available for perusing on the Sinfonia Chorale website.

Created: 27-Mar-17 18:16

The Sinfonia Chorale supports NCYP

As part of our mission to interact with and support local communities, representatives from Sinfonia Chorale performed a medley of Christmas songs, ably assisted by many enthusiastic members from Notts Clubs for Young People - the Chorale's chosen charity for this year.

This heart-warming event took place in the foyer of ASDA, West Bridgford, much to the delight of the Christmas shoppers who were very generous with their donations.

The Charity was amazed with the amount raised and this, along with the retiring collection from our concert at West Bridgford Methodist Church, will go towards purchasing music equipment for therapeutic use.

The Sinfonia Chorale 

Created: 23-Jan-17 12:14

Winter News from the Sinfonia Chorale 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Sinfonia Chorale’s 50th anniversary year began with a superb concert at St. Giles’ Church, West Bridgford. The main work in the programme was Lauda Creatoris, composed by our Musical Director, Richard Roddis. This was very well received by both audience and choir alike.

Now, of course, rehearsals are in full swing for our Christmas performances.

On Sunday, December 11th the choir will be singing at Patchings Farm Arts Centre, Calverton NG14 6NU. Details and tickets for this are available from Patchings Tel: 0115 9653479 or from their website.

The following TuesdayDecember 13th we shall be singing at West Bridgford Methodist Church, Musters Road NG2 7PQ starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and £5 for full-time students, available from Sandra Wakefield, Tel 0115 9606236, Jayline, Tudor Square, West Bridgford or from the Sinfonia Chorale website.

At this concert there will be a retiring collection in support of the Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People.

The programme will contain the usual mix of Carols old and new, along with readings and, of course, audience participation.

The first event in 2017 is the Come and Sing/Play led by Richard Roddis and Nicolette Moonen. This will take place on Saturday January 21st, commencing at 10.00am and concluding at 5.00pm. The venue is Bramcote Parish Church,NG9 3HD. We shall be studying Bach’s Mass in B Minor. The cost for the day is £20 (£25 with a hot lunch)

Information and booking forms are available from the Sinfonia Chorale website.

Anyone who has been to these workshops before knows what stimulating and satisfying occasions they are, so we do hope you will come and join us.

On 11th March 2017 we have our major celebration concert in the magnificent surroundings of Southwell Minster. We shall be performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

The soloists will be: 

  • Soprano - Lisa Cassidy
  • Countertenor - William Purefoy
  • Tenor - James Gallimore
  • Bass - Michael Dewis

The Baroque Ensemble will be led by Nicolette Moonen.

Tickets are priced at £15, £12 and £10 and will be available in January from the usual outlets.

Do come and join us for what promises to be an exciting event. It will be a great opportunity to hear this magnificent piece performed with the kind of resources that Bach himself would have used – a chamber-sized choral group accompanied by Baroque instruments.

As usual we thank you for your continued support and hope to see you at our future concerts.

We wish you a Happy Christmas and send our best wishes for 2017.

Sinfonia Chorale

Created: 09-Jan-17 20:13

Autumn News from the Sinfonia Chorale 2016

Welcome to Sinfonia Chorale's 2016-2017 season.

Once again the summer holidays are over and the new season of Autumn activities are upon us.

This 2016/17 season will be a particularly exciting one for Sinfonia Chorale as we celebrate 50 years of choral music making.

We have three major concerts which offer a wide range of varied choral music.

The first of these concerts is at 7.30pm on Saturday, 12th November 2016 at St Giles Church, West Bridgford, NG2 6AX.

The main work is a composition entitled Lauda Creatoris by our own Musical Director, Richard Roddis. It was originally composed for the 50th Anniversary of the Derby Bach Choir where it was extremely well received. The work celebrates all Creation through the words of the Canticle of St. Francis and the writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins. For this second full performance of his work, Richard has re-arranged the orchestral score for two pianos.

The soloists are Natalie Windsor (Soprano) and Dana de Waal (Baritone), with pianists Michael Overbury (our new accompanist) and Clive Pollard.

Also in the programme will be performances of some of Handel’s Coronation Anthems including the ever popular Zadok the Priest.

Ticket prices are £10 (£5 for all full-time students) and are available via the website or from Sandra Wakefield (Tel:- 0115 9606236)

Our annual Christmas Concert at Patchings Farm Arts Centre, Calverton, NG14 6NU (from where tickets will be available) takes place on Sunday, December 11th at 7.30 pm.

On Tuesday, December 13th at 7.30pm our second Christmas Concert will be held at West Bridgford Methodist Church, Musters Road, NG2 7PQ. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People.

Tickets at £8 (£5 for all full-time students) will be available from Sandra Wakefield (Tel:- 0115 9606236) and the website.

As usual, the programmes for both these events will include new and traditional music and readings.

On Saturday, January 21st 2017, from 10am to 5.00pm our annual Come Sing and Play event will be held at Bramcote Parish Church, NG9 3HD. We shall be studying Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the day will be directed jointly by Richard Roddis and Nicolette Moonen.

Those who have attended our workshops in the past will know how exciting and exhilarating these days are. The cost of the day will be £20 (£25 with lunch).

Information is available from our website.

Sinfonia Chorale thoroughly enjoys singing Baroque music, particularly when accompanied by authentic instruments. It is very fitting that we should celebrate our anniversary by performing what many consider to be J.S. Bach’s masterpiece, his magnificent B Minor Mass, in the glorious setting of Southwell Minster, NG25 0HD on Saturday, March 11th at 7.30pm.

The soloists will be:

  • Lisa Cassidy (Soprano)
  • William Purefoy (Counter-tenor)
  • James Gallimore (Tenor)
  • Michael Dewis (Bass)

The Baroque Ensemble will be led by Nicolette Moonen and the performance will be directed by Richard Roddis.

Ticket prices will be £15, £12, and £10 (£5 for all full time students)

They will be available from Sandra Wakefield (Tel:- 0115 9606236) and on the website nearer the time.

The conclusion to our celebrations will be a concert at St. Judes’ Church, Woodborough Road, Mapperley, NG3 5HE to be held on Saturday, 17th June at 7.30 pm.

This will be in the nature of a reunion with a programme chosen by Members both past and present

The culmination of the evening will be a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40 part motet Spem in Alium.

Tickets for this concert will be £10 (£5 for full time students)

More details about the programme will be available in subsequent newsletters.

We are anxious to trace as many past Members as possible, so if you (or anyone you know) sang with the choir, please let our Secretary, Diane Roberts have the details via e-mail.

We do hope you will join us for our special celebrations and we look forward to seeing you at the concerts.

The Sinfonia Chorale

Created: 21-Sep-16 19:37

The Spring Newsletter

It is hard to believe that we have almost completed this year’s programme and that this will be the last newsletter of the 2014/15 season.

The Royal Baroque concert on March 7th at Beeston Parish Church was a great success. Not only were both the singing and the instrumental playing of an exceptionally high calibre, but we also had an amazing audience with hardly any seats to spare. Thank you for your support. We are grateful to those who regularly attend our concerts but equally, it was wonderful to see so many new faces. Some had even come from the South of England!!

Midsummer Music

The next concert “Midsummer Music” was at West Bridgford Methodist Church on Saturday, June 13th at 7.30pm. The programme was an eclectic mix, ranging from John Rutter’s “The Wind in the Willows” to the final chorus of Verdi’s great opera “Falstaff” with lots of interesting items in between.

To add an instrumental dimension to the programme, we were delighted that four members of the talented Kanneh-Mason family (semi-finalists on Britain's Got Talent) captivated our audience with their outstanding performances.

Concert at Patchings Arts Centre

Lastly, on Sunday, 19th July The Sinfonia Chorale are performing their "Midsummer Music" programme as part of a weekend of musical activities held at Patchings Arts Centre. Further details of this and other events should be available on their website.

Bergedorfer Kammerchor

You may recall that in 2014 Sinfonia Chorale visited Germany to sing with the Bergedorfer Kammerchor. This was a most enjoyable trip and we are delighted that they are visiting us for a “Return Match”. They arrive on the 19th August and will be here until Sunday 23rd. They are giving two lunchtime concerts, at 1.10 p.m. on Thursday 20th August in Lincoln Cathedral (usual admission charges apply) and at 12.15 p.m. in Southwell Minster on Friday 21st August.

On Saturday August 22nd at 8.00 p.m. both choirs will join forces to perform in St. Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road, Nottingham. We hope you will be able to come to support this event.

Tickets for the St. Barnabas concert are priced at £10.00 (£5 for full time students under 21) and will be available from:-

We hope to welcome you to the remaining concerts in the season and thank you for your continuing support.

The Sinfonia Chorale

Created: 11-May-15 15:53

The Winter Newsletter

Welcome to the 2nd newsletter of Sinfonia Chorale’s 2014/15 season

The choir had a busy run-up to Christmas starting off with a Flashmob performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah in the Tesco's Chilwell store, with the full performance of the oratorio at Christchurch, Chilwell on November 29th. This was followed by three Christmas concerts at Patchings Arts Centre, West Bridgford Methodist Church and an informal concert at Cobden Chambers in central Nottingham.

2015 started with a highly successful “Come and Sing/Play“ event in January. This was extremely well supported, with well over 100 participants. Once again we were delighted to welcome Nicolette Moonen, the Baroque string specialist, to coach the instrumentalists and Richard Roddis directed the singers. An enjoyable day was had by all.

During the day we studied the works that feature in our next concert which will take place at Beeston Parish Church on Saturday, March 7th at 7.30pm. This is a very exciting programme entitled “Royal Baroque”. Most of the music being performed was composed by musicians serving in the French Court of Louis XIV at Versailles.

The works are:-

  • Lully : Exaudit te Dominus 
  • Charpentier : Te Deum 
  • Charpentier : Salve Regina (a trois choers) 
  • De Lalande : Confitabor Tibi Domine 

The concert also includes Zadok the Priest, the most famous of the Coronation Anthems by Handel.

Richard Roddis will be directing the choir and Nicolette Moonen will be leading the Baroque Ensemble.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear this rarely performed French music in the lovely setting of Beeston Parish Church.

Tickets at £12 (£5 students under 21) are available from:-

  • The Sinfonia Chorale website (secure payment via PayPal)
  • Turner Violins 1-5 Lily Grove, Beeston. Tel 0115 9430333
  • Nottingham Tourism 1-4 Smithy Row. Tel 08444 775678
  • Sandra Wakefield. Tel 0115 9606236

Forthcoming Events

June 13th

Summer Concert at West Bridgford Methodist Church with members of the talented Kanneh-Mason family.

July 19th

Patchings Farm Art Centre, Calverton NG14 6NU - details and date to be confirmed on our website

Aug 19th-22nd

Hosting the Bergedorfer Kammerchor from Hamburg - the choir we visited in 2014. 

There will be a joint concert at St. Barnabas Cathedral on Saturday 22nd August.

Best wishes - we hope very much to see you at our concerts.

The Sinfonia Chorale


Created: 06-Feb-15 10:54

Tom Zadik

We have been greatly saddened by the death of Tom Zadik, one of Sinfonia Chorale's most loyal members.

Tom had been a member of the Choir for many years and had served as treasurer as well as being responsible for setting up the mailing list and the original website several years ago. He was also very involved in the organisation of the Choir's trips abroad.

Music was one of Tom's great passions - even during his illness he continued to make music and attend rehearsals. Besides possessing a fine singing voice he played the viola regularly with friends and was a member of the Djanogly Community Orchestra. He was also a composer and many of you will remember his interesting and well researched talks at our "Come and Sing" events.

In 2011, Sinfonia Chorale and the Derwent Singers from Derby jointly performed the magnificent Te Deum by the 18th century Portuguese composer Antonia Teixeira. The music was held by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Unfortunately, it was discovered that many parts of the modern edition made in the 1980's by Christopher Bochmann had been lost and so Tom headed a small group from both choirs who transcribed and re-edited the work to produce what was essentially a new edition of the piece. It was largely due to Tom's patience and perseverance that the task was completed.

Tom was a very modest man who never sought the limelight. He was a good friend who was always willing to "go the extra mile".

He will be sorely missed.

Created: 19-Jan-15 20:30

Sinfonia Chorale become a FLASHMOB at Tesco!

On Saturday 22nd November, almost half of the Sinfonia Chorale, together with their intrepid Director Richard Roddis, braved the challenges thrown down by the tramworks in Beeston and assembled at Tesco and became a FLASHMOB promoting their forthcoming concert of Handel's Messiah at Christ Church Chilwell.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your point of view, iPads, iPods, even cameras etc were there to record this auspicious event for posterity - here's one of the very first submitted for public consumption! 

Created: 22-Nov-14 23:29

Season 2014-15

Sinfonia Chorale begin their season with a performance of Messiah.

This great work has become a favourite during the run-up to Christmas, with its deep spiritual message and its splendid tunes.

The performance will be small-scale, intimate and direct, with crisp lively choral singing, accompanied by trumpet and organ.

What better way to begin Advent?

For full details - see Future Concerts

The Spring Concert is another feast of Baroque music with authentic period instruments, led by international violinist, Nicolette Moonen.

The event focuses on the French Baroque – the opulence of the Royal Court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, at the palace of Versailles.

The French style of grand motet – calling for soloists and massed forces of voices and instruments – is amply represented with works by the King’s Musician, Jean Baptiste Lully, the man who followed him, Michel-Richard de Lalande, and his contemporary, Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Charpentier is the best known to us now, especially through the Te Deum – though not always in the concert hall! 

The Salve Regina is a fine work for three separate choirs, based on Gregorian Chant, with some strikingly dissonant and chromatic writing.

Lalande is unjustly neglected, so this is a rare opportunity to hear his magnificent Confitebor tibi Domine.

For soloists, 5-part choir and instruments, it is a psalm of praise with plenty of thrilling and vigorous part-writing. As a foil to these, Handel’s great Coronation Anthem, Zadok the Priest, is a worthwhile curtain-raiser – not French, but certainly royal!

In addition, there is the excellent opportunity to sample and study these works with Richard and Nicolette in the annual, Come and Sing and Play in January.

Created: 14-Sep-14 13:09
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