What’s happening at NLC…
North London Chorus returns to performance
November 27 2021: Britten St Nicholas; Parry I Was Glad; Mendelssohn Verleih uns Frieden
We’re delighted to report that our two performances of Britten’s St Nicolas, our first time back on stage for two years, played to good-size and enthusiastic audiences. It’s not always easy to get going with face-to-face rehearsals after all that time and following many months of Zoom singing we were thrilled to be able to be able to prepare and put on a real, live concert.
It was a real pleasure to see so many different ages in our 5pm audience. In this new venture we set an informal tone with Musical Director Murray Hipkin introducing different instruments in the orchestra and explaining the story of St Nicolas (our very own Santa Claus) as we went along. The audience were free to move about if they needed to and responded energetically to the singing of
the hymns that form part of Britten’s score.
The 8pm performance saw us reconnect with many friends and family members and thrill once again to the angelic voices of Finchley Children’s Music Group, who sang with us, and the magisterial tones of soloist John Findon who captured the character of St Nicolas superbly. As always, the Meridian
Sinfonia provided exceptional accompaniment.
We’re raring to go again and we’d love you to join us. We have openings for all voice parts in the choir so please get in touch if you’d like to try a free rehearsal with us one Thursday night, 7.45pm at Martin Primary School, East Finchley.
North London Chorus during 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.
Like many other local choirs, we have spent the last two years finding ways of continuing to make music under pandemic restrictions: zoom rehearsals, livestream performances, open air rehearsals in the playground … We are delighted to say that we’re now back to rehearsing in our usual venue (Martins Primary School, East Finchley), with precautions in place in accordance with official guidelines. We welcome new members – see below for more information.
Singing in lockdown: live-streamed Messiah
‘Messiah Reimagined’ with London Handel Festival, 3rd December 2020
Although like other choirs we 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 soloists: Joanne Lunn (soprano), Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano), William Wallace (tenor) and Timothy Nelson (bass-baritone).
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 with precautions in place. If you have any questions about our activities during the pandemic, please contact us using the link below.
Let us know if you would like to come along by clicking on Join Us.
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