What’s happening at NLC…
North London Chorus … and Covid-19
We’re a friendly local choir, rehearsing on Thursday evenings and singing a varied and exciting repertoire of sacred and secular music from the last six hundred years or so. In normal times we give concerts three times a year, often with professional orchestras and soloists, and our main performance base is St James’s Church in Muswell Hill.
Despite the impact of Covid, we continue to function as an active choir, albeit with many changes to our usual routine. We have been holding regular online meetings and sessions to learn new music, and we have also been meeting for distanced face-to-face rehearsals when government guidelines allow (currently out of doors!).
Live-streamed Messiah: ‘Messiah Reimagined’ with London Handel Festival, 3rd December 2020
Although like other choirs we have had to cancel our scheduled concerts, NLC (in collaboration with the Finchley Choral Society) still managed to get involved in a show: we were among six choirs, four soloists and baroque orchestra participating in a blended live-streamed performance of Handel’s Messiah. The live performance took place at Handel’s church, St George’s Hanover Square, London, with the London Handel Orchestra and soloists performing under the direction of Laurence Cummings, Musical Director of the London Handel Festival, and a patron of NLC.
Alongside the live performers, six choirs contributed the choruses through individual pre-recordings. Each group was assigned three choruses, which were rehearsed online and then individually recorded by choir members whose recordings and videos were blended into a mass choral event for the livestream.
This was an amazing event which stretched the vocal and even more the technical abilities of those who took part – many of us had to do some very rapid upskilling to get to grips with audio and video technique! Watch the livestream through this link ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96kDvTLN1wA
It was a privilege as well as a great learning experience to be working on this project with the fabulous LAURENCE CUMMINGS, and also the four brilliant soloists:
JOANNE LUNN soprano
HELEN CHARLSTON mezzo-soprano
WILLIAM WALLACE tenor
TIMOTHY NELSON bass-baritone
Rehearsals are currently taking place in our usual venue (Martins Primary School, East Finchley) on Thursday evenings, with about half the choir in the playground and the other half on Zoom link. We are singing through a mixture of music (Palestrina, Schumann, Vaughan Williams …) which we hope to perform in future concerts.
We’re also hoping to be able to stage a workshop in July to sing through all the material we’ve learned.
Join Us – applications welcome even during Covid!
Are you looking for a choir? North London Chorus is currently recruiting in all voice parts, especially tenors and basses.
Whether you are an experienced singer or discovering your voice, come and be part of this friendly, ambitious and well-established group of singers. Develop your skills under the expert guidance of our Musical Director, Murray Hipkin, and our team of professional vocal coaches, who give us technical guidance and support. Get involved in our regular social activities and theatre trips, and enjoy our annual residential weekends.
Rehearsals are every Thursday in East Finchley. The choir performs three concerts a year, mostly in Muswell Hill, with occasional trips abroad (most recently to Zurich and Berlin) as well as concerts elsewhere in London and the UK. Watch this space …
We are currently meeting face to face (outdoor and distanced) and also via zoom link. If you have any questions about our activities during the pandemic, please contact us using the links below.
Let us know if you would like to come along by clicking on Join Us.
Members’ website: current news and information for members https://members.northlondonchorus.org/