Greetings from Sinfonia Chorale during these uncertain times. We hope that you are all coping as well as possible with the difficulties that life has been throwing at us lately.
We have just resumed rehearsals after such a long time of trying to practise together via Zoom meetings, with backing tracks and Richard valiantly conducting! It’s lovely to be able to sing together again in the same room, albeit keeping more distance from each other, sanitising chairs and with some people wearing masks! After the enforced ‘hibernation’ it is wonderful to stretch the muscles, awaken one’s vocal folds, and get those endorphins flowing!
Providing we are still allowed to, we will be performing Brahms’ uplifting German Requiem and also his popular Liebeslieder Waltzes on Saturday November 20th, 7.30pm, at St John’s Church in Carrington. On piano we will be enjoying the marvellous combined talents of Michael Overbury and Philip Robinson. Not to be missed!
Composed in 1868, using text from Polydora by Georg Friedrich Daumer, the light and enjoyable Waltzes explore, over 18 relatively short movements, the myriad of emotions that being in love can stimulate. In contrast, our longer work (The German Requiem) uses words from the Luther Bible and is sacred but non-liturgical. Composed between 1865 and 1868, the piece might have been inspired by the death of his mother but, rather than being a Mass for the dead, this cleverly crafted work moves from darkness to light, giving hope to the living and comforting those who are grieving, which is a sentiment that definitely resonates with most people around the world today.
We would love to welcome you all back to enjoy a concert and hope that you feel comfortable enough to attend. The church is quite a large, airy space and, naturally, audience members can wear masks and sanitise, whilst we will continue to follow any precautions that the current government guidelines suggest. Tickets will be £15 and include a drink of wine or fruit juice. Please contact Teresa Marchewicz on 0115 9140525 with any enquiries, or visit our website
Looking further ahead, we hope to present a Christmas concert in Rainworth Parish Church on Tuesday December 14th at 7.30pm. Please join us for some Christmas jollity!
After New Year, on Saturday January 22nd, 2022 (starting at 10am), we are hoping to hold a Come and Sing event at Bramcote Parish Church. This will explore some beautiful settings of the Stabat Mater and, if you are interested, more details on how to book are available from our website.
Thank you so much for your support over the years – we are looking forward to seeing you again and sharing an uplifting musical experience!