East Cornwall Bach Choir and Dartington Community Choir offer workshops
IF YOU'VE ever wanted to sing with a large choir, but would like to try it out first, then there are two great opportunities to do this at the start of next month.
The only problem is, like the proverbial London bus, they both come together on the same day!
Head down to Liskeard Methodist Church on Saturday, March 2, and you will find the East Cornwall Bach Choir (ECBC) hard at work on Durufle's Requiem.
Composed in 1947 the work is not unduly difficult, and if you're a tad concerned about following the score, then a helpful 'buddy' can guide you through during the day.
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Given that it lasts around 40 minutes, it's certainly manageable in one day, with the workshop running from 11am to 5.30pm, and a public performance following on at 7pm.
Registration for the workshop begins at 10am and full details and contact numbers are available at the choir's website, to include cost, meal arrangements and everything else you'll need to know, to set you up on the day.
The conductor will be ECBC's Paul Ellis, with Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral Luke Bond accompanying on the organ.
If you're into Bach, though, you'll need to head in the opposite direction for a two-day workshop on the St Matthew Passion, with Dartington Community Choir.
Given the far greater length of this work, two days' study allow for a more relaxed approach and, of course, you can always luxuriate in the glorious surroundings of the gardens and medieval buildings – Studio 6 on Saturday, March 2, and the Great Hall on the Sunday.
Registration opens at 9am, and again the choir website has all the details you'll need for a superb weekend's singing, culminating in an informal free performance on Sunday afternoon.
Conductor Jonathan Watts, who recently took over the direction of Devon Baroque, will be running the event, with piano-duet accompaniment.
PLYMOUTH-BORN classical guitarist Alison Smith makes a welcome return to St Matthew's Church, Elburton for a recital on Friday, March 1 at 7.30pm.
Alison's programme will be the usual varied mix with something to suit all tastes, helped along by her informal spoken introductions to each piece.
Classical composers will be represented by works by Bach, Giuliani and Mertz – Tarrega, Albeniz and Villa Lobos will add a Spanish and Latin American flavour to the evening, together with something contemporary, from the pen of fellow-guitarist Gary Ryan.