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Winter Newsletter 2016

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

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


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Autumn Newsletter 2016

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscriber,

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 and booking forms are 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


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Summer Extra Newsletter 2016

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscriber,

We are fast approaching the final two concerts of Sinfonia Chorale’s 2015/16 season.

On Saturday, June 25th, the choir will perform at Linby Parish church at 7.30pm and on July 9th the final concert will be at West Bridgford Methodist Church.

We shall be performing a variety of pieces, most of them inspired by William Shakespeare whose 400th anniversary we celebrate this year. His words have been set by numerous composers over the years and our programme includes a wide ranging selection, both serious and humorous. There are part songs by 19th century composers such as Charles Wood and George Macfarren and contemporary settings by Christopher Brown and Gyögy Orbán. The programme also includes selections from Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story inspired, of course, by Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

Our guest artist at Linby is the talented young Tuba player, Harry Smith

Harry was the Brass Finalist in the Nottingham Young Musician Competition 2015. He will be performing two movements from Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto, as well as Galop by Gordon Jacob and Czardas by Monti

At our West Bridgford concert we are delighted to welcome back the Saxophonist Alistair Parnell as our guest artist.

Tickets for the Linby concert are £8 (£9 if purchased on the door) students £5 and under 16 free.

Tickets for West Bridgford are £10, and £5 for students under 21.

Tickets for both concerts are available from Sandra Wakefield Tel 0115 9606236 or via the website.

As usual we thank you for your continued support and hope that you are able to come to one of these concerts. If not, we hope you have an enjoyable summer and that you will be able to support us next season in our 50th Anniversary events.

The Sinfonia Chorale


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Summer Newsletter 2016

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscriber.

It's hard to believe that the 2015/16 season is coming to its close.

In January last term we had a very successful “Come and Sing” when we studied some Schütz motets and the Choralpassion by Distler. These works formed the programme for the two concerts we performed before Easter. The first of these was at St John’s Church, Carrington and the second at Southwell Minster as part of the Holy Week Devotions.

The Distler Choralpassion was unfamiliar to most people but the semi-staged performance with wonderful lighting effects and superb solo singing from Choir Members really heightened the dramatic and emotional content of the piece.

At the end of the Easter term, our accompanist, Charles Tebbs left us. As most people will be aware, Charles has a busy teaching schedule. As well as being a composer and solo performer he felt that he needed to spend more time on these activities. He has made a valuable contribution to the Choir, both in rehearsal and in performance, and will be greatly missed.

Now we have just two concerts to round off the season.

Called “Music for a Summer’s Evening", the programme has a strong emphasis on pieces with words by William Shakespeare. These range from some very interesting contemporary settings by Christopher Brown and György Orbán to selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

The first of these two concerts is at Linby Parish Church on June 25th at 7.30pm. Our guest artist will be Harry Smith (tuba) who was the Brass Finalist in the 2015 Nottingham Young Musician of the Year Competition last November.

Tickets for this event cost £8 or £9 if purchased on the door, £5 for students and FREE for under 16s.

They are available from Sandra Wakefield. Tel. 0115 9606236, online via our website or from Linby Parish Church

The second concert is at West Bridgford Methodist Church on Saturday, July 9th at 7.30pm

The guest artist on this occasion will be Alistair Parnell (saxophone).

Tickets for this concert will be £10 and £5 for full time students under 21.

Again they are available from Sandra Wakefield Tel. 0115 9606236 or the website 

When we return after the Summer break we shall begin our 50th Anniversary celebrations in earnest. We have some exciting events planned.

Our Autumn concert on Saturday November 12th will include a composition by our Musical Director, Richard Roddis entitled Lauda Creatoris as well as the Magnificat by Bach

On Saturday, January 21st 2017 we shall hold our "Come and Sing and Play". This will take place at Bramcote Parish Church and we shall be working on Bach’s Mass in B Minor which will be performed in the Southwell Minster on March 11th 2017.

The details of these and other events will be posted on the website in due course.

We hope you are able to come to one of our upcoming events and we thank you for your loyal support over the past season.

The Sinfonia Chorale


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Spring Newsletter 2016

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscriber,

A very Happy New Year to you all.

2015 ended with three very successful concerts.

The November concert at St. John’s Church, Carrington celebrated the International Year of Light. The church was beautifully candlelit and the music covered a wide spectrum of styles all pertaining to the theme of light.

The second half of the concert was a performance of Fauré's Requiem. The terrible terrorist attacks in Paris had occurred the previous night and so it was fitting that before we sang the Requiem, Richard asked the audience to join the choir in a few moments of silence as a mark of respect to those who had died. 

Our annual Christmas concert at Patchings was, as usual, very well supported and we repeated the programme at Beeston Parish Church a few days later.

Our first concert of 2016 will be held on March 5th, again at St. John’s Church, Carrington (NG5 2DL) at 7.30 pm, and promises to be an exciting musical experience. The programme features pieces by two very diverse German Composers – Heinrich Schütz and Hugo Distler.

The programme includes German and Latin Motets by Schütz and the Choralpassion by Distler.

Heinrich Schütz (1585 -1672) is generally regarded as the most important German composer before J.S. Bach and is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the Seventeenth Century along with Claudio Monteverdi. He composed large amounts of both sacred and secular works but his best known compositions are in the field of his sacred music of which these Passion Motets are a fine example.

Hugo Distler (1908- 1942) is now recognised as one of the most significant German composers of his generation. He was a composer, conductor, organist and teacher. His works show the influence of old forms and styles, particularly the music of Heinrich Schütz. However, his innovative harmonic style caused him to come into conflict with the Nazi authorities, who considered his compositions to be “degenerate art”.

The Choralpassion will be a semi-staged dramatic performance with lighting.

Tickets for Choralpassion at St John's are £10 (£5 students under 21) and are available from:-

Highlights of the concert are being repeated at Southwell Minster on Monday 21st March at 7.30 pm as part of Holy Week.

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

The Sinfonia Chorale


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Autumn Newsletter 2015

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscribers,

Welcome to Sinfonia Chorale's 2015-2016 season.

The Bergedorfer Kammerchor Visit

Since the last newsletter, the choir has enjoyed a visit from our friends in the Bergedorfer Kammerchor and their Musical Director, Frank Löhr.

A most interesting programme had been arranged for their four day visit, including a lunchtime concert in The Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral and another at Southwell Minster. On the Saturday evening, the two choirs joined forces and performed together in St. Barnabas Cathedral.

We were delighted by the number of people in the audiences at all the venues, particularly on Friday lunchtime at Southwell Minster which was attended by over 200, and on Saturday evening we had over 100 in the audience. We know that many of you attended and hope you enjoyed hearing the very accomplished German Choir.

Naturally, these occasions do not just happen by chance. Many Sinfonia members were involved in one way or another, but the bulk of the work fell upon the shoulders of our indefatigable chairman, Pam Richings and her stalwart team of helpers on the tour committee, Christine KirbyLiz PikeJonathan Page, Lesley Cohen and Teresa Marchewicz.

Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was good to renew friendships we had made on our visit to Bergedorf last year, to meet new people and to make music together.

The Coming Months

Once again we have an exciting programme planned for the coming months.

The first concert of the season is on Saturday November 14th at 7.30 pm at St. John's Church, Carrington, NG5 2DL.

To celebrate the International Year of Light we shall give a candlelit performance of the Fauré Requiem along with pieces by ByrdGabrieliWhitacre and Rutter. The performance will be directed by Richard Roddis and the Organist will be Tom Corfield.

Tickets - £10 (£5 for full time students under 21)

We shall be celebrating the Christmas Season with two events.

Once again we have been invited to sing at Patchings Farm Arts Centre, Calverton, NG14 6NU on Sunday December 13th at 7.30 pm.

On Tuesday December 15th at 7.30 pm, we shall perform at Beeston Parish Church, NG9 1GA.  As usual, the programme will be a mixture of both familiar and newer Christmas items with audience participation!

Tickets - £8 ( £5 for full time students under 21)

Tickets for all these events, except Patchings Farm Arts Centre, are available from Sandra Wakefield, Tel: 0115 9606236, the Sinfonia Chorale website, or on the door - subject to availability.

For the Patchings concert please visit their website or Tel: 0115 9653479

Come and Sing

We start the New year with our annual "Come and Sing". This is on Saturday January 23rd, 2016 at Christ Church Chilwell, NG9 4AS. Directed by Richard Roddis, we shall be studying part of the Choralpassion by Hugo Distler and selected motets by Heinrich Schütz.

The choral workshop begins at 10.00 am and finishes at 5.00 pm. The event costs £20 (or £25 if you want lunch). The information and booking forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from Pam Richings, Tel: 0115 9810874.

This music will form the basis of our first concert of 2016 when we shall give a semi-staged performance of the Distler work along with the Schütz motets.

We shall be performing part of this programme again at Southwell Minster, contributing to the Holy Week Devotions. This will be on Monday March 21st at 7.30 pm. There will be a retiring collection.

As you can see, the programme for the year ahead is an exciting one with some well known favourites and some exciting innovative pieces.

We look forward to welcoming you to our concerts and thank you for your continued support.

The Sinfonia Chorale


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Summer Newsletter 3 2015

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Friend

Bergedorfer Kammerchor

Sinfonia Chorale are looking forward to welcoming the Bergedorfer Kammerchor and their conductor, Frank Löhr, to Nottingham.

Some members of Sinfonia visited Bergedorf in May 2014 and had a most enjoyable trip, making music together and singing in some magnificent venues.

Since it was founded in 1946 by Helmut Wormbächer, the Bergedorfer Kammerchor has had an important part to play in the cultural life of Hamburg and North Germany and since 2003, the artistic development of the Choir has been in the hands of Frank Löhr, Professor of Choral and Orchestral Conducting at Hannover College of Music and Theatre.

The Choir has approximately fifty singers and performs sacred and secular choral works from all ages. Each concert has a carefully structured programme which over the series, spans all styles of music. Alongside performances in North Germany, the Choir regularly gives guest performances in the Abbey at Marienmunster and has in recent years been on concert tours of Saxony and Italy.

We are delighted that they are coming to Nottingham for the “return match” and we are sure they will enjoy the exciting programme of events which has been arranged for them.

On Thursday August 20th, they will be giving a lunch time concert in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral from 1.10pm to 2.00pm. There is no charge for this concert but normal admission charges to the Cathedral will apply.

On Friday August 21st, they will perform in Southwell Minster from 12.15pm to 1.00pm as part of the Minster’s regular Lunch time series. There will be refreshments available for the audience in the South Transept, with sandwiches at £1.50 and cold drinks at £1. Admission is free but there is a retiring collection.

On the final day of their visit, Saturday August 22nd at 8.00pm, the Sinfonia Chorale and the Bergedorfer Kammerchor will sing together in a concert at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road, NG1 5AE

It will be an exciting programme including works by Schutz, Mendelssohn, Distler and arrangements of some Northern German Folk Songs by Hellmut Wormbächer.

The Sinfonia Chorale will be singing works by Weelkes, Holst, Larley and Whitacre and the two choirs will join forces to sing Bruckner's Locus Iste and Cecilia McDowell's Ave Regina.

Tickets for this concert are priced at £10 (£5 for students under 21) and are available from:-

We look forward to seeing you at some of these events.

The Sinfonia Chorale


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Summer Newsletter 2 2015

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Friend

On Sunday, July 19th, at 7.30pmSinfonia Chorale are performing Music for a Summer Evening at Patchings Art Centre, Calverton, NG14 6NU, as the closing event of their Summer Exhibition.

There is a distinct Animal Theme in the programme which includes a group of pieces called Prayers from the Ark by Ivor Davies, Aaron Copland's I Bought Me a Cat and Eric Whittaker's beautiful part song The Seal Lullaby.

The final item is a musical entertainment (with surprises!) based on Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows set to music by John Rutter and accompanied by Charles Tebbs, Martyn Spencer (bass) and Jon Richmond (drums).

The Charlie Tebbs Trio will also play some jazz favourites including Gershwin's Summertime and Rodger's My Favourite Things during the concert.

As you can see, this offers a varied and eclectic mix of music to be enjoyed on a pleasant summer evening.

Tickets are available from Patchings only - Tel. 0115 9653479. They cost £12.50 and include wine and nibbles.

Do come along. We look forward to seeing you!

The Sinfonia Chorale


Created: 16-Nov-17 17:08

Summer Newsletter 1 2015

News from The Sinfonia Chorale
The Sinfonia Chorale

Dear Subscriber,

It is hard to believe that we are two-thirds of the way through 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!!

Next Concert

Our next concert “Midsummer Music” is at West Bridgford Methodist Church on Saturday, June 13th at 7.30pm. The programme is 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 are delighted that four members of the talented Kanneh-Mason family are to be our guest artists.

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 performing two lunchtime concerts on their own, at 1.10 p.m. on Thursday 20th August in Lincoln Cathedral 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 both the West Bridgford concert and the St. Barnabas concert are priced at £10.00 (£5 for students and under 21s) They will be available from:-

  • The Sinfonia Chorale website
  • Nottingham Tourism, 1-4 Smithy Row,(08444 77 5678)
  • Grices, 8, Central Ave. West Bridgford (West Bridgford Concert only)
  • Sandra Wakefield ( 0115 960 6236)
  • On the door.

Concert at Patchings Arts Centre

Lastly, on Sunday, 19th July The Sinfonia Chorale are performing 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.

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

The Sinfonia Chorale


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