Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 4 (November 2015)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
As you will see from this month's newsletter there are a few things in the planning stage, even in our traditionally quiet season.  I'm particularly looking forward to our carols at Stanmer House next month, on the 19th December.  The fee for this event gives us an opportunity to build our funds, ready for the young musicians bursaries we plan to award in 2016.  There is some advance information on the bursary competition process below.

The 'Meet the Members' section is also proving very popular so I shall be approaching a few more Coro members about a short bio piece to go in future newsletters.

Many Coro members are involved in other choirs and I get regular requests to let other Coro members and friends know about upcoming concerts.  If you have any items which you would like included in the monthly newsletter please send them to before the end of the second week in each month.

Kate Kent, Chair
Coro at Stanmer House, Brighton 
A group of 18 Coro singers are singing carols at Stanmer House, Brighton on 19th December for their Festive Forest event. Click here for details of the event.

Festive Forest is an indoor/outdoor pop-up experience based on the best things about winter: The twinkling outdoors, hot drinks around real fires and a jolly good knees-up.   We are told about 2,000 people will be attending and we hope to involve as many people and children as we can with singing carols and Christmas songs.  Hopefully some photos in next month's issue.
What Does A Typical Coro Reheasal Day Look/Sound Like?
We are delighted to welcome two VI form students from Central Sussex College at our first rehearsal in February.

They are media/photography students who will be taking some informal photos and also doing some “on the spot” informal interviews with members.  This is so that we can do a VLOG (video blog) for the website and use it in any other media for the future.  We hope that it will show what a typical Coro rehearsal day is like!  It is also going to help the students with their own portfolio.
Concerts Involving Coro Members
Brighton Chamber Choir are performing J S Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on Saturday 5th December at 7.30 pm at All Saints Hove with the Linden Baroque Orchestra.

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:
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 actively 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
The process of seeking entries for the bursary will commence in the next few weeks! The first auditions will be held at St Peter’s Chailey on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June.  The best competitors will then perform in our summer concert on 17th July where the overall winner will be announced.  As soon as we have more details we will announce them in the newsletter.
Member: Diana Davy
Music has featured throughout Diana's life, from '78s being played at home (eek!) by her father, Beethoven Symphony and Piano Concerto LPs by her mother, piano lessons from aged 5, church choir aged 7, clarinet lessons from aged 9, and singing lessons as a teenager. Boarding school life was much dominated by choir and orchestra, along with musical summer schools.
Whilst singing with various choirs in intervening years,  more recently she has resurrected her clarinet playing, giving numerous lunchtime chamber recitals, including Chichester Cathedral, and performed as a soloist with the Fletching Players and Mid Sussex Sinfonia. She currently holds the first clarinet seat with MSS and until recently held the post of Chairman of the orchestra.

'When I first heard about Coro, I sensed something exciting was about to be created, and I was absolutely right. Andrew's encouragement, direction and infectious enthusiasm are producing some (mostly!)  marvellous performances.
The varied repertoire choices often give members the opportunity to perform as soloists and Kate's superb organisation and networking skills means Coro is in demand, both from experienced singers keen to join and concert organisers. The bursary scheme for young instrumentalists is very exciting and I am much looking forward to next summer's award, along with the 'Shakespeare concert'
Member: Richard Haslam
Richard is really enjoying retirement and after nearly forty years as a Director of Music in charge of Choirs and Orchestras ( the last thirty at Burgess Hill School for Girls) is really loving coming to sing with Coro Nuovo where someone else is in charge! Richard did take up the baton again for Susan Fleet's "Night of 100 voices" which proved a great success both musically and as a superb fund raising event. He also sings with the Brighton Chamber Choir.

Richard studied for a B.Ed degree at Sussex University (where he met his lovely wife Lynne) and at the Royal College of Music gaining a piano diploma. He examines for the ABRSM (topping up the pension nicely) and has enjoyed recent trips to Hong Kong and Singapore particularly. He also pops up as an adjudicator in various locations and is looking forward to a week at the Manx Festival in the Isle of Man next April. Richard has two daughters, Joanne and Nicola who are both teachers. Clearly the attempt to persuade them into a more sensible profession was unsuccessful! 
Member: Fran Mortimer
Fran has sung with many groups in many places starting in Lytham St Annes where she sang in school productions and moving via Leeds University (Leeds University Light Opera, Leeds University Chorus and Madrigal group), and London (Royal Choral Society and W London Opera) to Brighton where she sings with Sussex Chorus, New Sussex Opera and of course Coro Nuovo.   She sings mainly second soprano or first alto, and particularly enjoys stage productions and concerts with a wide range of music.  

She has had small roles in many productions and performances and enjoys the experience of singing with a balanced choir where everyone listens to everyone else.  Coro has been a great experience so far as it has offered a wide range of repertoire and very enjoyable concerts which sell out - nothing better than singing music you like to a full house!
I have such happy memories of performing in a choir and I don't think I'd have got where I am today without all that experience. So my advice to young singers is to either join your school or church choir or find one in your local area. Choral music at any level teaches you so much about musicianship and blending your voice - Katherine Jenkins

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent - Victor Hugo
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