Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 6 (February 2016)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
Well, what a month it has been!  On the back of just two rehearsals we have had two very successful and well-attended concerts - at St Peter's, Chailey and St Andrew's, Burgess Hill.  Some brief details are shown below.

Whilst the two March concerts are over, we are starting to prepare for the Shakespeare 400 concert which will be held at the Ascension Church in Haywards Heath on Sunday 17th July.  It's an exciting time because the concert will also include the final of our first young musician bursary competition.

The 'hot off the press' news is that we were successful in our application for financial support from West Sussex County Council's Community Initiative fund, to run two music masterclasses, one later in 2016 and the second in the first part of 2017.  There are a few more details below, and our aim is to have a wide and diverse involvement in this as possible.  Let me know if you have any ideas!

Kate Kent
Chair of Coro Nuovo
The Young Musician bursary competition is a new event for Coro in 2016, with the aim of supporting young musicians with a Sussex connection who are about to go to, or are currently studying at a recognised music Conservatoire. The £500 bursary is intended to go towards supporting their musical studies.  Click here if you would like to hear our Music Director Andrew Rees speaking about the bursary.

If you would like to get involved with the bursary competition or come and listen then here are a couple of dates which you might like to keep free!

Sunday 5th June at St Peter's Chailey (afternoon) - Bursary applicants will each perform a 10-minute programme and a panel will select four musicians to go forward to the final.  Tickets will be available for this event in May.

Sunday 17th July at the Ascension Church, Haywards Heath (evening) - As part of Coro's Shakespeare 400 concert, each of the finalists will perform and the winner will be selected based on both an audience and a panel vote.  We expect that demand for tickets for this event will be very high and early booking is strongly recommended.  Tickets for this event will also be available from May.
St Peter's Chailey
The first of Coro's Spring concerts was at St Peter's Church, Chailey and supported the fundraising efforts of the Friends of St Peter's.  The programme was based on a 'Night at the Movies' theme and included Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem and Sull'aria, Williams' Hymn to the Fallen, Orff's O Fortuna. The second half included The Rose,  Hail Holy Queen as well as songs from My Fair Lady, Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, Oklahoma! and the Sound of Music.

Alongside Coro Nuovo, some young musicians from Chailey School had an opportunity to show their talents - Sam Segal on guitar, Reuben H Brown on piano, Zoe Webber on trumpet, Abigail Hollingsworth on snare drum.  Zoe Webber, Georgia Cudby and Wil Rees also performed solos.

We were pleased to hear that the Friends of St Peter's were able to raise around £1000 from the Coro Nuovo's concert.  A few pictures from the concert are shown below.
St Andrew's, Burgess Hill
The second of the Spring concerts was held at St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill and it is the first time that Coro Nuovo has performed at this excellent venue.   Our aim is to support talented local musicians, and we were delighted to invite Nick Hughes (violin) who hails from Haywards Heath and is currently studying at the Royal School of Music.   We were also fortunate to include for the first time a performance from Coro's Patron, Mike Lavelle on 'cello.  As with the performance at St Peter's, the concert theme was based on well known music from films and musicals. A few pictures of the concert are shown below.
Concerts Involving Choir Members
Mike Hanna writes that he is taking part in the Soul of the City Choir Charity Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint on Saturday 2nd April at 7.30 PM. In addition to the main Choral performances, Mike will be taking a couple of solo spots in songs of Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley. Tickets can be bought on the door , or in advance from
We are very grateful to the West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Funding who have kindly provided Coro Nuovo with a grant of £1500 towards two music masterclass events that will be held during 2016/17.  These events are still in the planning stage and we will let you know more details in due course.

The master classes will be an ideal opportunity to involve those who would like learn more about music and singing:
  • By seeing 'behind the scenes' how individual singers work on the development not just of their voice, but also how to perform the music that they sing.
  • Through a group sing along, learn how to develop your voice in the space of 10 mins; this even applies to those who regard themselves as non singers!
Members: David and Liffey Caverhill
David (bass) and Liffey (soprano) Carverhill have recently joined Coro.  They also sing with Heber Opera. 

It's funny how singing can trigger a memory from the past. Whilst rehearsing Over the Rainbow Liffey told an interesting story about how it reminded her of earlier times when she lived in Africa. She says “Dave and I met in Zambia where we were both working on the Copperbelt and involved in a local theatre company. 

During our time there we were in many shows together, including the Wizard of Oz and, as our Swan Song in 1981 we produced Oklahoma!  We then moved to Johannesburg and joined the Bach Choir where we performed many oratorios including the Verdi and Mozart Requiems and Bach Passions.  

I am glad their first singing experience with us provided such a happy memory and I hope they enjoy more Coro singing in the future.
Member: Katherine Collett
I first performed on stage at 10 years old as the Lion in “Wizard of Oz” and then followed other roles in school productions.  Whilst at Liverpool University I sang many soprano heroines in most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.  As well as singing I have studied speech and drama, classical guitar and piano and also had the opportunity for voice coaching with Margaret Hyde from the RAM.

Despite the enjoyment of singing, work life balance got in the way and I developed an enjoyable career in sales and senior marketing roles within the healthcare industry. Then in 2008 I came back to singing and have developed that into solo work and being a speaker. This enables me to build on my interest in modern history and garden design which I have incorporated into a programme of lecture recitals.

I have LOVED being a member of Coro Nuovo as it has provided some great camaraderie with other singers, some great solos and inspirational musical direction from Andy.

When I am not singing I enjoy gardening and sailing.
Music is the shorthand of emotion - Leo Tolstoy

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it - John Lennon
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