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Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 5 (December 2015)
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WELCOME
December seems to be a very busy month!  A number of Coro members are singing carols at Stanmer House.  We are also now receiving a number of enquiries for the 2016 Young Musicians bursary.

Many Coro members are also involved in other choirs' Christmas concerts and events and it feels like there are opportunities to perform almost every day. From a singer's point of view, it's also the time of year when we need to look after our voices by trying to avoid catching whatever coughs and sniffles are going around. Unfortunately I didin't manage it this year and at the time of writing am laid up with a dose of 'flu!

If you have any items which you would like to be considered for inclusion in the monthly newsletter please send them to news@coronuovo.org.uk before the end of the second week in each month.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.  I'm also looking forward to a great programme of Coro Nuovo concerts and events in 2016.

Kate Kent, Chair
LATEST NEWS
Rehearsals for the March Concerts Start Soon!
Coro Nuovo's first 2016 concert is on the 12th of March at St Peter's Chailey at 7.30pm followed closely by a second concert on the 13th March at St Andrew's Church, Burgess Hill at 2.30pm.  The first of two rehearsals for these concerts is on Saturday 27th February.

Due to popular request, the concert will contain many of the songs from the very successful 'Night at the Movies' concert which Coro Nuovo performed in July of last year.  
Coro at Stanmer House, Brighton 
Last month we reported that a group of Coro singers will singing carols at Stanmer House, Brighton on the 19th December for their Festive Forest event.  If you would like to see Coro in action then click here for details of the event.
Concerts Involving Coro Members
Carols by Candlelight - a few Coro singers will be singing at St Peter's Ardingly on 20 December at 6.30 pm for this special Christmas service.   David Martin (bass) is Music Director.

Sussex Chorus are holding a family carol concert on Monday 21 December at 6.30 pm at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill. You can get your tickets via this link: http://www.wegottickets.com/sussexchorus
 
Update on Coro Nuovo Sponsorship
Susannah has worked her magic yet again and managed to secure sponsorship for the choir from Cote Brasserie who are delighted to be added to the sponsors for  our March concert in Burgess Hill.   They are also giving vouchers for a meal which we can raffle at the concert – all raising valuable funds.

Borde Hill Gardens are also donating a year's membership which we will also be able to raffle at a future event.  In addition they would like us to come and sing for them next year at their beautiful house and gardens.

We are pursuing new sponsors all the time so if you know of anyone or an organisation who might support a small choir – do let us know.
 
Young Musician 2016 Bursary Competition
Adverts for the 2016 Coro Nuovo Young Musician Bursary have been published and we have been very pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of responses received to date!  

If you know of anyone who would like to know more about this and consider applying for the bursary, the details can be found by clicking here.  The closing date is 31st March 2016.
MEET THE MEMBERS
Member: Chris Wardle
Not one, not two but three choirs and all their rehearsals and concerts  keep me busy throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.  My diary lists twelve performances for this festive season!
 
 I'm so looking forward to Coro's Christmas concert at Stanmer House (I'm a regular walker in their lovely park).  Also to the 2016 concerts in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
 
My other choirs  are a women's a capella group - Coastline Harmony Chorus ( bass line)  and mixed voice Sussex Chorus (tenor).  I've sung with both of them for ten years and enjoy the camaraderie as much as the eclectic mix of repertoire.
 
Luckily my voice is quite versatile so that I can switch from one musical genre to another with relative ease.
 
With Coastline we sing without music scores (we need our hands free for the choreography!) and it's basically in barbershop style. The music has to be perfect of course, but there's a greater emphasis on performance and communicating with the audience.   We wear sequins - yes!  We've performed at The Royal Pavilion, Amex Stadium and next week on the RNLI's lifeboat at Shoreham for their Christmas bash.  We're also dab hands at flashmobbing (bursting into spontaneous close harmony singing) most recently in Portugal on the metro and a riverboat cruise whilst on tour).
 
Rehearsals for this one are once a week with no breaks so it's quite a commitment.  
 
Of course I love the  standard choral repertoire and will be singing the Verdi Requiem (fourth time for me) with Sussex Chorus next year.
 
Though female tenors are thin on the ground we do exist - yes - and no, I'm not a failed alto either!  I've been singing in the tenor range since I was 18.  Who knows, I might even join the basses some time soon!
Member: Vivienne Carlton
Not exactly born in a theatrical trunk backstage, but singing and dancing were always a part of my life, almost since I could walk and talk!  Always performing little pieces at my parents’ gatherings in my white organza frock at the age of two on!  My mother encouraged me as she was the most superb professional opera and light classical singer.  I was a member of the church choir from the age of 6 or 7 and of my school choirs too, up to the age of 18.

During my college days studying drama I was a member of a rock band doing gigs around London, but they wanted me to be more Janis Joplin and I Janis Ian, so that ended my super-pop career!  A few professional acting engagements followed, but I then went into film and theatre publicity, finding I had a nose for a good story and an ability to write well.

My career then took off in serious marketing and public relations, running a City PR firm, bids, floats, mergers for PLCs, and representing financial services companies, all that serious stuff!  For the last 15 years I have been advising Government departments and major corporations on change management, employee engagement, media relations and the like.  Often going in where angels fear to tread to carry out difficult assignments, usually downsizing, union negotiations, business re-organisation but always ensuring that employees were treated fairly and humanely and most of all communicated with.....
But the singing and theatrical connections never went away.  I was for a while a director of Jersey Opera House when I lived on the island and I have always been ready to entertain with a ditty or two at parties amongst friends!!

A couple of years ago I found myself sitting next to the lovely Kate Kent as newbies at the Fletching Singers.  We hit it off straight away, enjoyed singing together, and have become firm friends since - Kate then asked me to join Coro Nuovo which has been fantastic.  I also sing with the Uckfield Singers, my local community choir, performing anything from traditional folk songs to excerpts  from musicals such as Les Mis, so now my singing takes me in a range of directions, all of which I thoroughly enjoy.
Over recent weeks I have been involved in the production of Rigoletto for Tunbridge Wells based Matchbox Opera.  This involved taking overall control of everything from publicity, props, costumes, staging, lighting, catering, to name but a few responsibilities!

I am looking forward to performing with Coro next year and beyond.  Andrew is an inspiration!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Courtesy of Francesca Dilly
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