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Dates for the Amici Chorus rehearsals for the summer term are now on the Amici Chorus page
latest update from Grenville
June 15th 2015
Canterbury Cantata Trust
Lots of developments with Canterbury Cantata Trust
The application for Charitable Status was filed with the Charity Commission some weeks ago and we have just heard that it will be accepted with only one minor modification being required. Great news! Hopefully we will report the final outcome by late July and begin September sessions for all groups under the banner of a Charitable Trust.
Special thanks to Roshna Ahmad, who has steered the tortuous course of charity commission application so determinedly and deftly.
Very exciting familiarisation with the exteraordinary music that is Mozart Mass in c minor and with such pleasing progress and with wonderful focussed commitment shown in these demanding rehearsals. Twelve occasions only to rehearse before concert date! (Please bring Lauridsen on Wednesday June 17). Pianist Matthew Shipton will join us on Wednesday.
Vigorous and engaged singing taking place on Mondays at 11.00 with an average of sixty or so attending. MM will be performing in the Beaney in September and are inviting friends to join us next Monday June 22 for a matinee sing.
Skylarks and Simon Langton
We have launched a very exciting project with Simon Langton Boys Grammar School, its staff and pupils centred around Music and Health. Several initiatives have commenced including all boys in Key Stage 3 participating in communal singing each morning before lessons begin, a workshop at the school earlier this term with Skylarks, a seminar with students and invited academics and on Tuesday 16th June the first visit by students to observe Skylarks in action at St Paul’s. All these activities are being monitored, research papers devised by students for their EPQ element of A level and a target of July 2016 set for the presentation of results at a conference to be held at the school to reflect on the impact of some or all of these initiatives on the health of the school and its community.
Pimlico Skylarks are going from strength to strength as dynamic singing group! Over thirty two members appeared at a conference held at the Royal Society of Public Health on June 4th, proving without doubt that whilst singing may not be a cure for Parkinson’s., it certainly has a profound effect on the quality of life for PWP which is of great importance. Observations from both groups suggest that voice strength is certainly enhanced by regular group singing and were there an instrument available to measure self esteem, re calibration would be required to give an accurate reading!
Plans now well formulated for a series of concerts from October with rehearsals in September including, an open rehearsal of Bach Cantatas at the Beaney (October), U3A illustrated lecture on Bach Cantatas (November 14), Britten Rejoice in the Lamb (St Stephens Church November 14) Britten ceremony of Carols December 5 (Beaney and Crundale Church) Handel Messiah St Eanswyth’s Folkestone December 6, Cathedral Crypt (date tbc)
The University of Kent has appointed Grenville as an honorary professor for a three year period 2015-18.
Amici will perform Mozart Mass in C Minor on November 22nd, 2015 at 3pm at the Colyer Ferguson Hall, University of Kent.