Evoke Does Worcester 2019

http://iksdome.com/' What happens when you put together 16 brilliant choral conductors plus the 24 choral singers of Evoke? Heaps of glorious music-making of Martin, Poulenc, Byrd, Vaughan-Williams and more – of course!

buy clomid paypal Travelling to Worcester to be the choir for the Voces Academy summer residential has become a highlight of Evoke’s calendar. This year was Voces Academy’s biggest ever intake, as well as its most ambitious programme. Poulenc fans will know that his Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence, with their complex harmonies and high, exposed melodies, are not for the faint-hearted. Meanwhile Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir is a gargantuan, gorgeous piece demanding great stamina from both conductors and singers.

buy neurontin gabapentin Our conductors rose to the challenge of conducting this complicated music. Each conductor brought their own interpretation to the table which made the masterclasses fascinating, varied and highly creative. We singers were also able to learn a huge amount about what it is that we respond to from a conductor – much of which is subconscious and to do with how a conductor embodies the music, not just how they ‘wave their hands’.

The programme culminated in an open concert in Worcester’s stunning Cathedral, with an enthusiastic audience that included members of the public who were visiting the Cathedral without realising that by doing so they would hear such amazing music!

We are also privileged that Ian Venables, whose Requiem we premiered in July in London, joined us for the concert. Worcester is Ian’s hometown so we included a rendition of his beautiful Pie Jesu from this work in his honour – a very special and moving moment.

Of course it wasn’t just about the singing! We can safely say that Worcester has a variety of fantastic pubs, cafés and burger joints too and we would thoroughly recommend it for a weekend visit. Elgar fans will be pleased to know, too, that his Cockaigne Overture adorns the walls of the toilets in Zizzis. Surely this must be the greatest symbol of love and affection from the hometown of one of the greatest British composers.

We look forward returning to Worcester again next year – and keeping in touch with the wonderful Voces Academy conductors in the meantime. Watch this space – they may well be coming to a choir near you soon!

Heavenly Star – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for our Christmas with Evoke event, Heavenly Star, are now available for purchase.  Join us on Saturday 15th Dec at 7pm for an evening of good music and good cheer.  Discounts available for Earlybirds who book by 30th November.  For more information and to book your tickets, please visit the event page here

Anglistenchor Heidelberg Does London

Ferndale Voices of Reconciliation – A Friendship Exchange
25th-28th Sept, London UK
25th-28th Oct, Heidelberg GER

August 2017.  Evoke is in full party mode after the final concert at the Worcester summer programme with Voces Academy.  Jan Wilke is there, he leans over to me and says…

‘Why don’t we do a joint project with our choirs?’

‘Sure! Why not?’ I replied.

And so began the journey of our friendship exchange with the Anglistenchor Heidelberg.  All of my best work is done at the pub…

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