It seems a long time since our Baroque concert at All Hallows Church in October. Wasn’t it a great night? The choir thoroughly enjoyed singing there, with Charlotte Badham as our soloist. She is delightful to sing with, both as an artist and as a person. She will be singing with us again in The Messiah at St Faith’s church in Crosby on 2nd May 2020, when the weather should be bright and spring like!
I hope you and your loved ones are well and safe.
Last night should have been our Messiah Concert at St Faith’s Church in Crosby and many of you would have been in the audience. It would have been a great occasion, with baroque instruments, as Handel intended his works to be performed.
But it wasn’t to be and along with all other performances since mid-March, both professionals and amateur, had to be cancelled – but we prefer to think of postponement for this and the Mahler concert at the Bridgewater Hall in June. Initially we all felt intense disappointment at the cancellation of rehearsals and performances, but I expect like me, you have begun to accept this as a temporary way of life.
Be assured, Liverpool Welsh Choral will rise again! Our committee members are meeting and talking, with the use of technology, and plans are being made for the future. Meanwhile we as a choir are encouraged to continue to listen to music through any means at our disposal, and I encourage you to do the same. You could make Handel’s Messiah your Sunday listening today and Mahler’s 8th Symphony of 1000 your project for June!
Happy listening. Keep well and safe, and we hope to see you all as soon as we can.
Liz at LWC
You will not be surprised to hear that Liverpool Welsh Choral rehearsals have had to be suspended with immediate effect. The current plan is that we will resume in September for the new season. Our forthcoming concerts:The Messiah at St Faith’s Crosby in May, and Mahler’s 8th at the Bridgewater Hall in June will NOT take place as planned this season, but we are hopeful that they can both be rearranged when the current difficulties come to an end. We are particularly disappointed at the cancellation of the Mahler at the Bridgewater Hall as our rehearsals were coming along so well and the whole choir was very excited to be part of this performance. However the health and welfare of all of us is our prime concern.
We will let you know when we have firm plans for future concerts, but rest assured our plans for season 2020/2021 are already in the pipeline!
Take care and keep well.
Liz at LWC
Our Christmas concert was a great success, which if you were there, I am sure you will agree with. Aled Jones was a warm and engaging presenter and LWC and Northop Silver Band had a lovely programme for our audience.
What a long time ago it seems though – Christmas is but a distant memory! This Spring and Summer we have a lot to prepare for. Firstly, we are putting on the whole of the Messiah on Saturday May 2nd at 7.30pm, accompanied by the period instruments of the 18th Century Sinfonia, at St Faith’s Church, Crosby. We often sing choruses from this work, but it is a real treat to perform it in its entirety and with period instruments too! I’ve heard people say “The Messiah in May! – I thought it was a Christmas work” and it often is performed around Christmas (Think of “For Unto Us a Child is Born” ), but did you know that it was originally written to be an Easter offering? It was first performed in Dublin on April 13th 1742, where ladies in the audience were asked to wear dresses without hoops, to make more room in the auditorium! We are not making any dress code suggestions for our concert!
So put that date in your diary now and get your tickets!
Sat 2nd May 7.30pm, St Faith’s Church Crosby. All tickets £15 – online at https://sales.webticketmanager.com/liverpoolwelshchoral OR
from Mavis Owens on 0151 652 6374 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or from any choir member
Our BIG event this season is in June. We have been invited to join a huge performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Symphony of 1000). We are joining Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, with a string of eminent soloists – at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday 20th June 7.30pm. This will be a real treat for us as a choir and also for you our devoted audience. Put the date in your diary! More information may be available at a later date.
See you at The Messiah!
Liz at LWC
For now, the weather is definitely wintery and in the words of the old song,”It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….”
I know it’s not December yet, but you need to think ahead to get tickets to good concerts! This is certainly true of Liverpool Welsh Choral Christmas concert this year, as ticket sales are going really well. Don’t delay!
Aled Jones, well known for his programmes on Classic FM and appearances on Songs of Praise and for his boyhood chorister successes, will be our presenter. Its great to have a Welsh presenter for A Welsh Choral Christmas don’t you think? The choir, with our esteemed conductor Keith Orrell and marvellous accompanist Stephen Hargreaves, will be singing old favourites which you can join in with, and some beautiful items in Welsh and in English, including a fabulous John Rutter – and a rousing item in German called Schneewaltzer. We are perfecting our German as I write! We are joined as always by the fantastic Northop Silver Band, conducted by John Doyle.
Where? Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
When? Monday December 16th at 7.30pm
Ticket prices: £13, £18, £22, £24 and boxes £28 (concessions available)
Get your tickets today if you haven’t already done so, from Mavis Owens our ticket manager at email@example.com, or phone her on 0151 652 6374. Also from Philharmonic Hall Box Office 0151 709 3789 or their website www liverpoolphil.com. Also from our online sellers : https://sales.webticketmanager/liverpoolwelshchoral
Hope to see you there!
Liz at LWC
The 2019-20 new season for Liverpool Welsh Choral is about to begin with rehearsals starting for the choir next week. We are still buoyed up by our fantastic experience at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July. Singing with another choir (the London Welsh Chorale) was brilliant and it is always exciting working under a different conductor. It was a glorious evening too, and with the backdrop of the Berwyn mountains, an idyllic venue. Thank you to anyone who was there to support us.
Now onto pastures new. We start the season with “Great Baroque Choral Classics” a concert of Baroque music in All Hallows Church, Greenhill Road, Allerton, L18 6JJ on Saturday 19th October 2019 at 7.30pm. You will be able to hear some fantastic music from composers of the period: Te Deum by Purcell, some items from Vivaldi’s Gloria, excerpts from Bach’s B Minor Mass, parts of Handel’s Messiah and some individual items too – a packed programme indeed!
All conducted by Keith Orrell and accompanied by Stephen Hargreaves. All unreserved tickets are £14 from Mavis on 0151 652 6374, firstname.lastname@example.org or from Ticketmaster –
https://sales.webticketmanager.com/liverpoolwelshchoral or from any choir member.
Some advance notice about our Christmas concert – Aled Jones will be our presenter this year, at the Philharmonic Hall for “A Welsh Choral Christmas” on Monday 16th December at 7.30pm. Put it in your diary now!
In 2020 we will be putting on the Messiah as a whole, with a Baroque orchestra, at St Faith’s Church Crosby on Saturday May 2nd.
Our ‘piece de resistance’ will be performing Mahler’s Symphony No 8, on Saturday June 20th at – wait for it – the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester! We are very excited about this opportunity to sing there by invitation, with a choir from Sheffield and the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. It will be a large choir for such a prestigious piece and fabulous venue. We hope to have lots of our faithful supporters there. Tickets for this concert are from the Bridgewater Hall on 0161 907 9000
Our new season’s prospectus is not quite ready for emailing out to you – hopefully it won’t be long.
We look forward to seeing many of you at our concerts this season.
Liz at LWC