Plymouth Philharmonic Choir have announced that they are holding a full day choral workshop on Saturday 14 October at the Woolwell Community Centre, Plymouth.
It is a particularly special occasion as the event is being led by the much loved, long-standing friend of the choir, John Hobbs. John will be known to many singers across the entire South West region both as a baritone soloist and as a conductor.
John’s warm and engaging personality, together with his enthusiasm and willingness to share his experience will guarantee that this is an event not to be missed. It will provide an opportunity to gather singers from across the South West who have admired his work and who want to share in the joy of singing.
Memorable tunes, rousing choruses
The first of the two pieces of music chosen for the workshop is Messa di Gloria. It is seen as Puccini’s personal farewell to sacred music before making the decision to embark on a career composing opera. All of his creativity is deployed in the Gloria, the movement from which the piece derives its name. Full use of the elements of opera bring drama to the piece: memorable tunes, rousing choruses, key changes, sudden switches of mood, and a fugue for the movement finale.
Tingles and shivers
Parry’s I Was Glad, first composed for the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902, is a piece of music that does what it says on the tin. The uplifting, intense and rich passages contrast with the sublime melody for the semi chorus. It is no wonder that it elicits tingles and shivers upon hearing it even for the hundredth time.
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