The Gallery Singers and Bellini Strings are proud to present a brand new version of Faure's sublime Requiem Mass, arranged for chamber choir, string quartet and organ. The programme will also include Lauridsen's Rose Songs and French music for string quartet. A donation will be made to Severn Hospice from the proceeds of this event. Please come and join us for an evening of stunning music.
It's been a very busy day for The Gallery Singers. It was off to Hertfordshire first thing this morning to sing in the St Albans heats of the BBC Choir of the Year competition at the Alban arena. The competition was stiff with some excellent choirs from across the midlands and the south of England taking part. We had some great feedback from the judges who said our performance was 'awesome', and our programming 'bold and brilliant'. They particularly liked our vocal blending and said it was an honour to hear us. We were awarded 'Outstanding Choir of the Day' and go through to the National Selection round later in the summer. How exciting!
The Gallery Singers recently performed a fund raising concert in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance. The concert was organised by the Baptist Free Church at Marston Green, West Mids and coincided with the 25th anniversary celebrations of the charity. We are delighted to announce that the concert raised well over £1000 for this vital service.
The Gallery Singers are delighted to announce that this year’s Christmas Concert will see us return to sing in the glorious setting and lovely acoustic of Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock. This will be the third time we have sung in this delightful setting and it is an honour to have been asked back.
As the title of the concert suggests we will be performing Benjamin Britten’s classic Christmas piece, ‘A Ceremony of Carols’. We will be accompanied by our special guest, young professional Harpist, Alice Kirwan, who recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of music. From the solemnity of the opening Processional, to the glittering ‘Wolcum Yole’, from the sublimely beautiful ‘There is no Rose’ and the haunting ‘In Freezing Winter Night’, to the fast and furious ‘This Little Babe’ and fanfare like ‘Deo Gratias’, this beautiful set of Christmas pieces with it’s shimmering harp accompaniment contains something for everyone.
Alongside this we’ll also be performing Christmas music be Macmillan, Will Todd and some world premieres by our very own Richard Fox. We’ll be reprising Bob Chilcot’s hysterical epic version of the Twelve Days of Christmas and even inviting some of the choir members children to join us for the prettiest finale piece you could imagine. (Truth be told, the children are even better singers than the adults)!
Add the candle lit setting, the mulled wine and mince pies and the opportunity to join us for some traditional carol singing – what better way to get into the Christmas mood could there be than to join The Gallery Singers for this very special Christmas concert?
Tickets cost £8 and are available from Croft Design in Much Wenlock, and by visiting our website, or calling 07968906446
Following a lovely visit to last year's Christmas tree festival, we have been invited back to sing at the Supporter's reception for the festival; don't let the name put you off - this is an open concert to anyone and free entry in a wonderful setting. We will have Alice Kirwan, a harpist and recent graduate from the RNCM, performing with us in Britten's sublime "Ceremony Of Carols", amongst other things. A beautifully atmospheric event and a great way to start your Christmas (if your festive spirit needs a kick start - not a problem for some of our singers who started feeling distinctly festive in October!).
The Famous Shrewsbury Mummers!
Celebrate Christmas in traditional style with a brand new carol concert at Shropshire’s Stokesay Castle.
For the first time Stokesay’s beautiful medieval hall will come to life with the sights and sounds of the Festive season with ‘Carolling at the Castle’ on Friday 4 December.
The evening concert will bring together two celebrated local performers – The Shrewsbury Mummers and the Gallery Singers -and a special guest, soloist Jayne Carpenter from Cheshire. There will be music, dancing and a rare chance to experience the Castle after hours.
The Shrewsbury Mummers will open the evening with a suitably medieval twist on the season of goodwill. From some classic characters to a bawdy sense of humour, modern day pantomimes owe a lot to the medieval mummers’ plays which were performed to celebrate the changing seasons. The Shrewsbury Mummers’ Play, a seasonal tale of love, loss and lust, will set the tone for an evening of traditional festive frolics.
The group, made up of actors, musicians, dancers and singers, will also be inviting the audience to join them in song, dance…or both! In the past carols weren’t quite as we know them today - some of our favourite Christmas songs were designed not just for singing but also to accompany celebratory dances. The Shrewsbury Mummers will be bringing back this tradition at Stokesay!
The Gallery Singers are a multi-award-winning chamber choir hailing from throughout Shropshire. In the second half of the evening concert the group and Jayne will delight with sublime performances of some Christmas classics. There will also be the chance to join in and get firmly into the Christmas spirit as they lead the audience in song.
Located just outside Ludlow, Stokesay Castle is one of the finest and best preserved medieval manor houses in England – and a picture perfect backdrop to yuletide celebrations. The evening of carolling will see the Castle’s medieval great hall decked for the season with traditional greenery.
The Castle’s gift shop offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping on the high street. Enjoy a relaxed browse with tastings of English Heritage’s award-winning meads, wines and chutneys, pick up gifts to delight history-hunters young and old, and put together your own mouth-watering hamper of award-winning treats and tipples. With a special 10% discount all evening, where could be better to pick up a festive treat or two?
‘Carolling at the Castle’ brings together sensational singing, joyful performances, and a chance to be filled with festive cheer and sing and dance along.
The Gallery Singers have started their 7th Season in fine style. On Saturday 17th October, Shropshire’s multi-award winning chamber choir spent the day doing some intense vocal training with professional singer Robert Evans. Robert sings regularly with ‘The Sixteen’ and ‘The Cardinal’s Music’ amongst many others. The choir spent the day working with Robert on our current repertoire, and then in the evening performed a concert to an appreciative audience to showcase the outcome of the work. We worked on ‘Nocturnes’ by American composer, ‘Morten Lauridsen’, and Sir Michael Tippet’s ‘Five Spirituals – from A Child of our Time’. It was a brilliant experience working with Robert. We got so much from it and felt that our singing had notched up another level again. The icing on the cake however came when Robert agreed to sing with us at our concert in the evening. Not only did he sing some beautiful solo’s including Quilter’s ‘O Mistress Mine’, he also joined the bass section of the choir to sing with us throughout the entire concert. What a privilege! He certainly passed the choir audition! TGS love making new singing friends and sharing our concerts with as many musicians as possible. Thanks to Robert for an amazing day. We hope we can repeat the experience again in the future. Our next concert will be ‘Sam’s Concert’, our annual fundraiser for the Ironbridge Lions at Wellington Methodist Church on November 28th.
We're delighted that the Gallery Singers have featured in the latest edition of the Shropshire Magazine. Written by Shirley Tart, the article, entitled "The Harmony of Friendship", gives an overview of the group since we first began in 2009. To read the article in full, please click here.
Well, it's the end of the season for The Gallery Singers. We had a great concert last night at Nantwich Civic Hall which we shared with the stunning Jackfield Brass Band, a lovely way to end the summer term. We also have a fantastic news update regarding our fund raising for Severn Hospice, The concerts we did at St Michael's, Madeley, and our concert with Beaumaris Singers in memory of Chris Herrick, have now raised a staggering £1720! This money has been passed on to the hospice - so thanks to all who supported, organised, contributed - in any way, shape or form! Our next season is looking really exciting already. We are back with a vengeance, looking tanned and beautiful (ahem!) on September 26th at St Michael and All Angel's, Lilleshall. This will be your last chance to hear us perform the Lauridsen, 'Nocturnes' and the Tippet 'Spirituals' but also your first chance to hear us perform some great new jazzy numbers, some with a distinctly Latin American groove! Watch this space for details. There's an updated website on the way, the first edits are in on the first tracks of the second CD, there's a professional harpist joining us, a string quartet and some very exciting competition work. We'll be singing some world premieres, some obscure treats and some great classics from the choral repertoire. Something for everyone! Have a great summer. Thanks to all who continue to listen to us and support us. We'd be terribly lonely without you!
The Gallery Singers performed at the 114th Mid-Somerset Festival at the Bath Guildhall yesterday. It was a wonderful day and we met some lovely supportive people and hugely talented choirs, with whom it was an absolute honour to sing on the same stage with. We would like to particularly like to thank 'Men Out of Bounds' and 'Vox in Frox' (whom we shared the whole day with - singing in almost every category together) for their friendship and support. It is just brilliant that a day like this can lead to the start of new singing relationships. We are so, so lucky! The Gallery Singers competed in five categories and won 1st place in four of them; Sacred Choral, Popular & Show Songs, Mixed Voices and Vocal Ensemble. I don't think we can quite believe it. What an amazing day! Thank you to all of our friends and families who support us. I'm sure that we will always remember the feeling when we got to the end of Eric Whitacre's 'Sleep' at the very end of the contest. So - next week we start recording the second CD. There's a full season of concerts in place for the summer season, and then it's time to start preparing for the Isle of Man Choral festival in the autumn. It's never boring in Gallery land!