A CHORAL WORKSHOP TO REMEMBER



Tuesday 11th November 2014 was a day to remember for the Dyfed Choir, not only for its original purpose but also, perhaps fittingly, for a musical one. Peter Nardone, Scottish countertenor, composer, organist and choirmaster of Worcester cathedral, travelled to Pembrokeshire on probably the wettest night of the year, to help us with vocal technique, style and interpretation of Bach’s Magnificat. He did this in a number of ways, including pronunciation, diction, breathing and posture. However, perhaps Peter’s most useful tools were his humour and his story telling. He explained how Bach changed his style to match the history of the biblical text and he illustrated the various dynamic possibilities with reference to his own experiences of singing this work with the Monteverdi Choir – over forty times! (Peter blames John Eliot Gardiner for setting an unprecedented fast pace to the work that others have since tried to emulate)

The evening was a mixture of hard work and great fun, and Peter could justifiably add another title to his list of achievements – stand up comedian! At the end of the workshop he paid tribute to the choir’s dedication and achievement, and commented that he particularly enjoyed our smooth Welsh sound. Peter also credited our music director Oliver Waterer with great courage for handing over his choir to another conductor to rehearse an ongoing work, something many music directors would avoid. (So, thank you Oliver for arranging this for us). At the end of the evening, Peter was presented with a book of David Wilson black and white photographs of Pembrokeshire. Hopefully this will encourage him to return one day.

KMS
Chairman

CÔR DYFED CHOIR  was founded in 1967 by John S Davies. Each year the Choir performs about five concerts, primarily in St Davids Cathedral, and also some fine local venues including Monkton Priory, Goodwick, Cardigan, Rhos y Gilwen (Nr Cardigan), St Mary's Tenby.  The choir is made up of approximately 60 choristers. Oliver Waterer is the choir's current Conductor and Music Director.

The Choir is always looking for new singers and if you think we are the choir you would like to join, you are welcome to come to a Tuesday evening rehearsal at Bloomfield, Narberth. Membership of the choir is by audition.

Please contact the secretary    rmliggitt@which.net  


A REVIEW of our recent concert written by Margaret Hurle

Sat 12th July 2014

‘A Feast of Renaissance Music’ was an apt description of the Dyfed Choir's Summer concert in St Davids Cathedral on July12th. Conducted by Oliver Waterer and accompanied by The City Musick, director William Lyons, sackbuts, cornetts, shawms and renaissance violins complemented the early music of Lassus, Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Dering and Schutz. Simon Pearce provided the organ continuo. The double choir formation throughout the concert demonstrated the vocal dexterity of the choristers who rose to the challenge of this demanding yet beautiful music. Amongst the highlights was the confidently sung Monteverdi with soloists from the choir clearly revelling in its intricacy. The warm applause of the audience at the end testified to the enjoyment of this exciting and imaginative programme. The choir's next concert is now eagerly awaited.

 

The Choir frequently performs with the Menevia Consort, led by Barry Haskey, which can number 20 professional players. The Choir is equally fortunate to have the services of Simon Pearce FRCO, assistant organist at St Davids Cathedral.

Dr Stuart Evans is Chorus Master and Rehearsal Accompanist is Sue Howley.

Choristers are made up of local professional and amateur singers. A valuable Choral Scholar scheme has been introduced and young singers are invited to apply.
Concert soloists are often young professionals who have provided sublime performances in many concerts.

Introducing choral music to young people is important to the Choir, and many concerts are free to under 16s when accompanied by adults.  

If you would like to be on our email database please email cathy@pchols.com     (reference Dyfed Choir).







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Music Centre Wales (for Welsh Amateur Music Federation)

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