Rehearsals for our next concert (which will be held on 12th May 2018) begin at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 4th January 2018 in the hall of Shipston Primary School, Station Road, Shipston-upon-Stour. If you would like to join the choir, this is the perfect time to do so.
Even if you find you cannot attend the concert itself, you are still welcome to come to rehearsals and join us in learning the new works.
CAROL SINGING IN THE COMMUNITY
Members of the choir will be singing carols in the community as we do every year in December. The date this year is Thursday, 14th December. We will be singing first at 6.30 pm at the Ellen Badger Community Hospital where even those who cannot get to the day room can still enjoy the sound of our voices as they echo through the corridors. We then go on to the Low Furlong Residential Home at 7.30 pm. The Home has recently been rebuilt, and there are excellent social facilities there – residents and their families will be able to enjoy not only our carols but also hot chocolate, mulled wine, and mince pies!
Stour Singers are delighted that Darren Jeffery – who excelled in the title role in Handel’s Saul for us in May this year – has accepted our invitation to be the 2017/18 Honorary Fellow. Darren’s expressive bass baritone voice is very versatile, and he is completely at home on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. Starting his musical training at the Royal Northern College of Music, Darren was one of the very first singers to join the Royal Opera Young Artists Programme (even singing there with Luciano Pavarotti!).
Darren has built an extensive career, singing a diversity of roles from Handel to Wagner, from Britten to Stravinsky, in some of the great opera houses of the world from our own Royal Opera House and English National Opera to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. He has also sung at Glyndebourne, Garsington, and the Proms. Based with his family in Cornwall, he can often be seen restoring Land Rovers and tinkering with tractors as well as encouraging young local singers!
Darren’s programme from now until summer next year includes a premiere at English National Opera, oratorio in Bude, Dartington, and Liverpool, singing ‘Monterone’ in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Covent Garden, Britten in Moscow, and an extensive tour of the Netherlands in the title role of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Closer to us, Darren is singing at Longborough Festival Opera in July next year as the ‘Music Teacher’ in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. What a full programme!
When invited to be our Honorary Fellow, Darren said he would love to accept, and was thrilled to be asked. The thrill is ours!