Bach Magnificat Concert

Still buzzing after our amazing Bach concert. We were so thrilled to see the cathedral filled almost to capacity. A huge shout of thanks to Rob Evans, our incredible music director. Huge thanks as well to Alan Davies, our accompanist, who last night was our amazing cellist. We also want to thank our wonderful soloists Julie Cooper, Emily Prosser, Ben Davies, William Purefoy and Tom Robson. Wow, what beautiful voices! The orchestra was amazing...they made it easy for us to sing these difficult pieces of music. The Cantata 23 Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn is a very pretty Cantata and not often performed. The Magnificat has everything...beautiful arias, challenging runs and rousing choruses. It was all great fun and thank you to all who supported us. Thank you as well for all your compliments and we are so pleased you enjoyed it!

Our next concert will be our Christmas Concert at 630pm on 12 December in St David’s Church, Llanfaes Brecon.

Bach Magnificat Concert

Not long now...mark your calendars....Brecon Singers Bach Magnificat Concert Saturday 10 Nov 2018 at 7pm in Brecon Cathedral.....Its an all Bach evening and one not to be missed.....Did you know that Bach wrote 4 Cantatas and the amazing Magnificat in just 6 months in addition to playing the organ, conducting rehearsals and copying the voice parts...and this is the reason why he is often referred to as "music's most sublime creative genius”: Tickets available now from the Cathedral Shop, at Ardent Gallery or on the door.

Bach Magnificat Workshop by Ros Reed

On Saturday 13th over 50 singers overcame Storm Callum to attend an Interesting, educational and enjoyable workshop under the innovative tutorlege of Robert Evans, masterfully accompanied by Alan Davies.

From physical warm ups , through vocal gymnastics and unpicking of complicated passages from JSBach's Magnificat, the singers grew in confidence and capability as the day went on .

We all went home buoyed up with new vocal techniques, rehearsal 'wins' , earworm music and cake!

The concert performance can't fail to be enhanced by the days work, and it is always good to sing alongside visitors from other choirs .

BACH MAGNIFICAT COME AND SING

Thanks to all of you who have enquired about “Come and Sing” for the Bach Magnificat Concert on 10 November 2018 at 7pm at Brecon Cathedral. We have had several enquiries about this. We would now like to invite those who want to join us in the Brecon Cathedral on the 10th of November for this concert .  The fee is £15 and you are welcome to join Brecon Singers for our next few Wednesday rehearsals at Christ College.  Singers joining us must have the new Novello version of the Bach Magnificat in D must have previously performed this work   Please email breconsingers2016@gmail.com if you would like to sign up or for more information and there are a limited number of spaces available. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bach Magnificat Concert Poster

The poster for our Bach Magnificat Concert on 10 Nov 2018 at Brecon Cathedral is now out. Our posters and programme covers are designed by Lesley Lillywhite and the  Usk Valley Artist’s Co-operative based at the Tower Gallery, Crickhowell.  The beautiful backgound image on this poster is of a ceiling in the Palazzo Te, or by its official name Palazzo del Te. The palace was constructed 1524–34 for Federico II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua as a palace of leisure. Giulio Romano, a pupil of Raphael, was commissioned to design the building. The frescoes are the most remarkable feature of the Palazzo done in the late Renaissance Mannerism style. You can see our poster on our Concerts and Workshops page.

BACH MAGNIFICAT CONCERT SOLOISTS ANNOUNCED

Brecon Singers are really excited about our Bach Magnificat concert on 10 November 2018 , 7pm at Brecon Cathedral!! The music is just incredible and our soloists are WOW! Our soprano soloist is Julie Cooper, William Purefoy as Alto, Ben Davies as Bass and Tom Robson as Tenor. All have performed with Harry Christopher's The Sixteen as well as other well known groups in some of the world's most prestigious venues. We are pleased to have them join Brecon Singers for this performance. We are selling tickets now for pickup on 10 November at Brecon Cathedral Door. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under 18s. To get your ticket now, email breconsingerstickets@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there.

BACH MAGNIFICAT WORKSHOP NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Brecon Singers would like to invite you to register by clicking here for the registration form for our Bach Magnificat Workshop.  This event will be held on Saturday 13 October 2018 at Watton Presbyterian Church in Brecon from 11 - 4pm.  Tickets are available at £15 per person including refreshments.  The workshop will be led by our Musical Director and Professional Singer, Robert Evans. Robert studied at The Royal College of Music.  He made his London debut in 1987 at The Royal Festival Hall with the choir of The London Oratory.  Having spent ten years in the choir of Westminster Cathedral (winners of the Gramophone Record of the year 1999) Robert moved to Salisbury, allowing him to concentrate on his freelance singing career, both as a soloist and as a consort singer working with The Sixteen, The Cardinalls Musick (winners of the Gramophone Record of the year 2010) and The Gabrieli Consort. A recent highlight was a performance with The Sixteen of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater in The Sistine Chapel.   

Details of Bach Magnificat Workshop to be released on 1 September 2018

Brecon Singers are pleased to announce that we have almost finalised details of our Bach Magnificat workshop and you will be able to sign up for this workshop on 1 September.  The workshop will be led by the amazing Robert Evans, our well loved Musical Director who has performed with the Sixteen, The Cardinalls Musick, Alamire, Tenebrae, The Kings Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. He recently had the honour of singing James MacMillan's Stabat Mater with the Sixteen at the beautiful Sistine Chapel.  You can view this concert on our facebook page. 

Ticket information for our Bach Mgnificat Workshop will be available on our website and our facebook page.

Brecon Singers Diary Dates

Mark your calendars!

For all who are longing to sing, Brecon Singers reherasals start again at 730pm Wednesday 5
September at Christ College Neuadd Goffa Memorial Hall.  New singers are welcomed!!!  We are always especially on the lookout for tenors.

Our Bach Magnificat Concert is on 10 November at Brecon Cathedral.  Exciting soloists to be announced soon!!

Fancy exploring the Bach Magnificat?  Join us for a workshop on 13 October 2018.  More details to be announced very soon.

Our amazing Christmas Carol Concert is scheduled for 12 December 2018 at St Davids Church Llanfaes Brecon.  Join us for all your favourite carols, readings, and the magnificent display of food provided by Brecon Singers.  

Brecon Singers Rehearsals now finished until 5 Sept and this is how our year has been so far!

Wow it has been a wonderfully busy and exciting year for the Singers. The year has flown by.  We started with our Brahms Requiem Concert on 11 November 2017.  A sell out performance under the baton of the wonderful Robert Evans with solos by Emilia Morton, Soprano soloist member of The Sixteen, and Nicholas Morton as our Baritone soloist.   Alan Davies and Peter Allwood  were wonderful with their four hands on a piano and the dramatic sounds of the Timpanist, Gareth Hamlin, rounded it all off. 

November saw Brecon Singers hosting a workshop for Mendelssohn Elijah, led by Robert Evans who talked us through some of the intricacies of this challenging work.  Open to the public, this workshop completely sold out. 

We were very pleased to be a part of the Christmas Lights Switch-on Event in Brecon on 18 November 2017.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our Christmas "Carols and Canapes" concert is always special.  We were so thrilled to see so many people who attend year after year.  The Brecon Singers enjoyed singing all our favourite carols and in the interim offered, as usual, the most delicious spread of canapes.  

In May, it was time to salute British composers with our Best of British concert.  There was something for everyone...Handel, Byrd, Purcell, Parry, Stanford, Rutter, Tavener, Chilcott, Vaughan Williams, MacMillan and Mathias.  Serena Jopson From Kington was our Soprano soloist and Meirion Wynn Jones on Organ enthralled us with his playing.

We finished off last week with our Summer Jolly programme for members and family and it was fun, whimsical, and full of entertainment and good food.  

We look forward to returning to our rehearsing for our Bach Magnificat concert on 10 November 2018 in Brecon Cathdral and we hope to see you there.  Robert Evans has agreed to lead a Bach Magnificat workshop for us on 13 October 2018.  Please email us if you would like to attend. More details to follow.

Rehearsals commence at 730 pm on Wednesday 5 September at Christ College, Neaudd Goffa Memorial Hall and new members are always welcome.  We look forward to seeing you. 

Thank you for all your support!!