Our annual ‘Come and Sing’ days are a great opportunity to join with the Tan House Singers to spend a full day exploring interesting and popular choral works under the guidance of our Music Director or a guest conductor.
Come and Sing 2023
We are pleased to announce that plans are now fully in place for our 2023 ‘Come and Sing’ day on March 11th. Paul Spicer will be leading us through Duruflé’s Requiem at Dene Magna School, Abenhall Road, Mitcheldean, GL17 0DU.
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Paul Spicer began his musical training as a chorister at New College, Oxford. He studied with Herbert Howells and Richard Popplewell (organ) at the Royal College of Music in London. Paul is best known as a choral conductor, partly through the many CDs he made with the Finzi Singers.
He conducted Bach Choirs in Chester and Leicester before moving to conduct the Birmingham Bach Choir in 1992. He taught at the Royal College of Music between 1995 and 2008, and now teaches choral conducting and directs the acclaimed chamber choir
at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He also teaches at Oxford and Durham Universities.
We look forward not only to working with Paul Spicer but also meeting with other enthusiastic singers for a day of ‘choral immersion’!
Come and join us!
Come and Sing 2022
Schubert’s ‘Mass in G’ and Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’
Saturday 19th March 2022, Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean
The hall was alive…with the sound of music!
We met up for a day of singing under the direction of one of the UK’s best known, best loved choral conductors, Brian Kay. The accompanist was distinguished organ and keyboard musician, Robin Baggs
We had around 80 singers joining together under Brian’s direction – not so many as for our 2020 event but we were thrilled to welcome such a group at this time. Brian’s approachable and entertaining manner and Robin’s accompaniment skills once again made the day hugely enjoyable and rewarding.
Most of the morning was devoted to learning Schubert’s Mass in G, composed in six days in 1815 when he was a mere 18 years old. In contrast, the rest of the day was spent getting to grips with the equally beautiful but more complex Lux Aeterna, written by American composer Morten Lauridsen and premiered in 1997.
After a break for tea and cakes, the choir-for-a-day gave a performance of both pieces to a select audience of family and friends.
Feedback from singers at the end of the day included praise for Brian Kay’s conducting skills, delight at the unusual mix of classical and modern music, appreciation for the spaciousness and acoustic quality of Dene Magna’s main hall and the Tan House Singers’ organisation of the day and our attention to their comfort.
We would also like to thank Dene Magna School for providing an excellent venue for our event. The staff were most helpful and professional in their dealings with the choir and our visitors and we look forward to holding a similar event there in the future.
Here are a few pics of our enthusiastic participants…
We will keep you posted about future events. Keep looking!