Choirs - this page is a record of some of the singing I have been involved in.
Derby Bach Choir - Saturday 18th November 2017
Rutter - Gloria
Bruckner - Locus Iste, Ecce Sacerdos
Schutz - Psalm 150
Parry - Blest Pair of Sirens
Monteverdi - Beatus Vir
St. Matthew's Choir at Blackburn Cathedral - Saturday 20th May 2017
Derby Bach Choir, 'Come and Sing Day' - Saturday 13th May 2017
Great British Anthems including Parry's 'I Was Glad', 'Blest Pair of Sirens' and 'Zadok the Priest'
Derby Bach Choir, 'An Evening With Bach' - Saturday 1st April 2017
The programme included: the first and last movements the Christmas Oratorio and the B Minor Mass, the Gloria from the Lutheran Mass and Cantata 118.
Derby Bach Choir, Christmas Concert - Saturday 10th December 2016
Derby Bach Choir, Dvorak Stabat Mater - Saturday 19th November 2016
St. Matthew's Choir at Tewksbury Abbey - 1st October 2016
Introit - Lvorsky Hymn To The Cherubim
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Brewer in D
Responses by John Reading
Anthem - The River of the Water of Life by Malcolm Archer
Derby Bach Choir Concert - 2nd July 2016
Derby Bach Choir Concert - 12th March 2016
Part of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus
Part of Haydn's Nelson Mass
Nottingham Harmonic Choir - 20th February 2016
Vivaldi Gloria, John Rutter Gloria, Gabriali Jubilate Deo conducted by Richard Laing
Nottingham Festival Chorus - February 6th 2016
Albert Hall, Nottingham
Nottingham Evening Post Review By William Ruff
"The Nottingham Festival Chorus's performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis was an heroic achievement - and by rights the city's bells should be pealing for them.
So were they note-perfect throughout the work's 90 minutes of strenuous complexity? I think the performers would be surprised if I said 'yes'. But there is no doubt that they caught in both hands the spirit of the Mass and hurled it rejoicingly towards the audience.
The Missa Solemnis is not just difficult to perform flawlessly. It is impossible. Most conductors avoid it - but not conductor Angela Kay. Her ambitions for her various groups of singers know no bounds and on Saturday she offered them the ultimate challenge. And I have never known a conductor, a choir, a solo quartet and an orchestra work so hard in the service of great music.
You knew her approach was going to work from the opening bar. The attack and energy of the opening word 'Kyrie' gave it lift and spoke loudly that this was going to be a Missa Solemnis that soared heavenwards. Phrases were intelligently shaped; there was excellent balance between choral sections and there were plenty of sharp, dramatic contrasts between the exultant, the tender and the fiercely assertive.
The four young soloists (Paula Sides, Clara Hendrick, Nick Pritchard and Tim Dickinson) were all fresh-voiced, alert to meaning and capable of serving the Mass's fierce technical demands.
The chief difficulty that performers have with work is that Beethoven often uses human voices as if they are musical instruments - and seems to ignore their limitations. The choir coped admirably with his vocal extremes and had a good stab at clarifying musical textures, even when the vocal lines are at their most intricately complex.
So Saturday was a day to remember in the history of Nottingham's music- making."
Leicester Bach Choir 'Come and Sing Day' Thomas Tallis 'Spem in Allium' - 23rd January 2016
A thrilling workshop day learning to sing a complicated piece of music and performing it by the end of the day.
From Youtube 'Spem in Alium', by Thomas Tallis, performed by the Taverner Choir, accompanied by an animated graphical score.
Successfully Auditioned for Derby Bach Choir - 20th January 2016
Kaleidoscope Christmas Concert at Voicebox in Derby - 17th December 2015
A recording of Blue Moon made during the performance.
'Sing for your Supper' performed at The Intu Centre in Derby - 12th December 2015
Not many of us there. Yes I am wearing a silly hat, as I did last year.
Sing For Your Supper's Youtube Channel
'Sing for your Supper' performed at Alvaston Park - 6th December 2015
'Sing for your Supper' performed at Sudbury Hall - 5th December 2015
I am the Elf at the top of the stairs with a really lovely group of happy people. Singing is good for you.
A YT video of one of the songs we sang.
St. Matthews Church Choir sang at a private house to raise money for charity - 5th December 2015
'Sing for your Supper' performed at the Turning on of Draycott Christmas Lights - 1st December 2015
Kaleidoscope Choir 'Turning on the Christmas Lights in Derby Market Place' - 14th November 2015
Gathering before the performance.
Our colourful conductor, Willow, as seen from the dizzy heights of a rain soaked stage.
MP3 files of us singing in the final practice.
Barwell Old Hark
Sound Your Instruments Of Joy
Choral Holiday - 20th - 23rd August 2015
Milton Abbey Dorset
Photographs of the location here.
Photographs of the singers here.
Community Christmas Family Fun Day - Sunday 7th December
Alveston Park, Meadow Lane.
Merry Christmas Medley
A Winter's Tale
Twelve or So Days of Christmas
Carol of the Bells
Follow That Star
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Candlelight Silent Night
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Fairytale of New York
I Believe in Father Christmas or Wonderful Christmastime
Derby Bach Choir Handel Workshop - Saturday 6th December
I attended a workshop to learn to sing Handel's Messiah during the afternoon. Wonderful experince!
John Harrison Gospel Workshop at Kaleidoscope - 13th November 2014
A scrappy little mobile phone clip showing John working with the tenors. The sound he managed to achieve in such a short space of time was amazing.
Bob Chilcott Workshop Derby Cathedral - 11th October 2014
This was a one day workshop led by the inspirational Bob Chilcott. A marvellous day when the 200 or so people achieved a really high standard.
These are two youtube clips of pieces we sang
Requiem Thou Knowest, Lord.
A Little Jazz Mass. We sang the Agnus Dei which starts at 8.30
The Choir of St Matthew's Darley Abbey
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014
Saturday 30th August
4.00pm Choral Evensong (rehearsal 2.30 to 3.30)
Arrive 2.00pm: meet the Duty Verger
Introit: ‘Let Thy Merciful Ears, O Lord’, Mudd
Setting: Brewer in D
Anthem: ‘Come Down, O Love Divine’, Harris
Hymn: CP 610
Organ Voluntary: Imperial March, Elgar
Sunday 31st August 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist (rehearsal 9.30 to 10.00)
Setting: Sumsion in F
Hymns: CP 89, 455, 432, 427
Anthem: ‘Hymn to the Cheribim’, Lvorsky
Organ Voluntary: Allegro Assai Vivace (Sonata no 2), Mendelssohn
4.00pm Choral Evensong (rehearsal 3.00 to 3.50)
Introit: ‘Holy Is The True Light’, Harris
Psalm: 105 (vv 1 to 15)
Setting: Noble in B minor
Anthem: ‘O Thou The Central Orb’, Wood
Hymn: CP 466
Organ Voluntary: Toccata (Plymouth Suite), Whitlock
'Sing for your Supper' performed at the Furthest From the Sea Festival
This is a list of the songs we sang:
I Have a Dream
Something Inside so Strong
Let the River Run
Then I decided to join another one called Kaleidoscope.
The next choir I joined was Sing For Your Supper.
In November 2013 I joined St Matthews Church choir. I enjoyed the singing so much that I have since joined other groups to sing.