Saturday 25 January 2020
St Michael’s Without, Bath
It was a wonderful day of singing and camaraderie on Saturday 25 January, when over 200 participants came together to study ‘the best opera that Verdi never wrote’. We chose Verdi’s Requiem for this year’s workshop not only because it’s a fantastic ‘sing’, with theatrical arias and huge choruses, but also because we will be joining forces with Exeter Festival Chorus on 4 July at Exeter Cathedral to give the full concert performance. Maestro Perrin directed the music with customary aplomb, expertly accompanied by Marcus Sealy who negotiated a breathtaking number of notes during the day; Di Shelley masterminded her famous raffle, the Verdi & Vino wine bar ran all day, and ‘MC’ Peter kept us all on schedule. For the afternoon session and final sing-through we were joined by four professional soloists: Maria Danishvar-Brown soprano; Nina Alupii-Morton mezzo-soprano; Chris Why tenor; and James Berry baritone.
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Just a quick note to thank you all for organising such a fun day. It was my first choral workshop with you and I was afraid I’d find it impossible but instead I felt encouraged by the support, direction and humour from Nigel and my surrounding choristers. I’m planning to be back next year!
Maria, 2020 participant