Thursday, 29 May 2008

Noel and Ivor

I am guest soloist singing:-
Waltz of my heart
Rainbow in the fountain
Glamorous Night
I'll see you again
Love made the song
Waking or sleeping
Someday my heart will awake

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Ivor Novello throughout much of his colourful career, was as well known an actor as composer. As his legacy has emerged more clearly since his death, however, it is his contribution to composition, especially in the realm of the British musical theatre that carries greater artistic significance. Novello's musicals were generally rich in distinctive melody and had a conservative, operetta-like character.Novello was born in Cardiff, Wales, on January 15, 1893. He showed rare musical gifts in his childhood, exhibiting an exceptionally attractive boy soprano voice and a talent for creating original melodies.
Noel Coward, playwright, director and actor as well as a songwriter, filmmaker and novelist, his witty, urbane stage productions forever altered the perceptions long inherent in theatre dialogue by shifting away from declamatory tones to a more natural, conversational approach, making them ideal for later film adaptations.Born December 16, 1899 in Middlesex, England, Coward was the product of a musical family; his grandfather was the organist at the Crystal Palace, while his father was a piano tuner.Fred Wharton will be holding a presentation evening on the 1st April 2008 where he will play some of their fabulous music and give an insight into the format the show will take, in what promises to be a wonderful celebration for our 100th anniversary year. Tickets will be in high demand for this unique show as there will be only 4 performances.

A Night at the Opera

Monday, 26 May 2008

New Tyneside Orchestra Concert

Saturday 14th June 2008,

The Royal Grammar School,



Soprano soloist, Rachel Orr (Northern Opera)

Conductor - David Milner

Leader - Ian Reevley

Festive Overture - Shostakovich

'Song to the Moon', Russalka - Dvorak

'O Mio Babbino Caro' - Puccini

L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 - Bizet

Overture, 'William Tell' - Rossini

Exsultate Jubilate - Mozart

Voi Che Sapete - Mozart

Overture '1812' - Tchaikovsky


The NTO's three main concerts take place at the Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4DX.

Tickets for these concerts are available from JG Windows in Newcastle:Telephone: 0191 232 1356 and Royal Grammar School: Telephone: 0191 212 8930 around three to four weeks before each concert.

Alternatively you can buy tickets on the door.

Tickets cost:£9 for adults

£7 for concessions

£4 for students/unwaged.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Hexham Male Voice Choir 60th Anniversary

For its anniversary concert on Friday, May 23, at 7pm, the choir will be joined by soprano Rachel Orr, baritone Robert Seaton, and violinist Ben Armishaw, whose wife, Ruth, will accompany the three artists on the piano.

Tickets and further information are available from Mr Arthur on (01434) 600488.
FOR 60 years Hexham Male Voice Choir has enthralled its audiences the length and breadth of Tynedale and beyond.

Now, fittingly, members are preparing to mark their diamond anniversary in song with a special concert at Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School next week.
The evening will be a chance to look back on the choir’s illustrious history – from its inaugural meeting in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall cafe on May 26, 1948, to success at festivals in Tynedale, Blackpool Southport and Wansbeck, to name but a few.
And it will be an opportunity to encourage new singers to join the choir’s happy band.
Current chairman Tom Arthur, who joined the choir himself 57 years ago this coming November, said: “We have always done our best to reach the highest levels of singing we can
“Sadly, many young men are not coming through these days because they have other interests, or are leaving for universities, or to work elsewhere.
“But once in, new members would enjoy the camaraderie of the choir.”
Today there are just 29 members, but Mr Arthur remains hopeful the choir’s ranks will, once again, top 40-45 – a level enjoyed during its earliest days.
Following its inauguration, the choir held its first rehearsal in June 1948 at the Abbey Hotel (now the Beaumont Hotel), by which time it had grown to 36 members.
It staged its first major concert in aid of Hexham’s Trinity Methodist Church and by May, 1950 had even recorded six of its favourite songs.
During its 60-year history the choir has come under the baton of just five conductors.
First was John Gilhespy, then Bill Highman, whose wife, Joan, was the daughter of Tom Mearis, the famed conductor of the Felling Male Voice Choir.
Other conductors have been Bill Skelton, Allan Armstrong, who succeeded Bill in 1976, and Douglas Carrick, who later led the choir to success at the North of England Music Festival at Blackpool.
Nine years ago Mr Armstrong, of Allendale, signed up for his second stint with the choir and he remains its conductor today.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Annfield Plain Male Voice Choir

Soprano Rachel Orr

Saturday May 10th
Annfield Plain Methodist Church
7pm start