Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 1 (August 2015)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
This is the first of monthly newsletters from Coro Nuovo, with some exciting news about future concerts, choir members, the young musicians we support and future plans.  If any of you have any events you are singing or involved with and would like it to be included in a newsletter, please let me know.

Each newsletter will feature a "Meet the Members" where individuals can tell us about their musical experience and also why they enjoy singing with Coro Nuovo.

Kate Kent
Shakespeare Concert - 17th July 2016
Following our third successful annual concert the planning has begun for next year's performance.  It is fitting with Shakespeare's 450th Anniversary that we celebrate the music he influenced.  We'll hope to include a wide cross-section of styles from Shakespeare's contemporaries to operas that he inspired and to settings of his most loved poems and sonnets by various composers.  As a choir we always enjoy new challenges and next year's programme will prove to be no exception.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer
Andrew Rees

PS - Rehearsals start Saturday 4th June 2016.  Members please sign up promptly on the schedule or let Kate know.
Young Musician Update: Corey Wickens
News from Corey Wickens:  You may remember that Corey performed as our young musician at our Movies concert this July.  This is what she writes:  Thank you Coro Nuovo for having me.  I am going to be Musical Director of JTJ Theatre Workshop's production of High School Musical this summer and also be playing in West Side Story at the Palace Theatre, Manchester and Legally Blonde at the Empire, Liverpool.  I have just launched my new website where my string trio is featured: anyone has an event coming up and would like a violinist - please contact Corey!
The Ascension Church: Our Main Venue for 2016
The Ascension was a super venue for our concert this summer and we are going to hold rehearsals and the July 2016 concert there again. The visuals at the last concert added a new dimension to the Movies concert with the audience having something else to look at besides us! You may be interested to know that the Church are applying for a lottery grant so that they can have a cafe and conservatory added to the existing building.  The cafe will be run by volunteers and serve hot and cold snacks.  This is part of the church's outreach to the community and we are delighted to be a part of that.
Concerts Involving Coro Members
Susan Fleet our lovely Deputy Chair is organising a charity concert for MND to be held at the Kings Church, Burgess Hill on 19th September at 7.30 pm.  This is called Night of 100 voices and promises to be a really spectacular evening.   Some notable soloists (!) our own Andy Rees and Jo Appleby.  If you would like tickets they are available from the link.
Sue Milton-Lyons
My first real involvement with music and singing was when, aged 19. I joined a large choral society in Worthing which gave me a wonderful opportunity to perform all the major choral works.  It was also where I met my husband 40 years ago. As a result of a suggestion from a member of that choir, I commenced singing lessons which then gave me the confidence to compete in both Brighton and Worthing music festivals. This introduced me to a wide repertoire of classical vocal music.
I particularly enjoyed performing works by 20th century British composers. After further training, which included a period at The Guildhall School of Music, I went on to perform as a soloist for many years with choral and opera societies in the region.  After a long break from singing, partly due to academic studies, it has been wonderful to return to singing; particularly with Coro Nuovo.
I love the discipline and responsibility of performing with such good and experienced singers. Some I have known for more years than I care to mention, but also meeting others for the first time.  We are also so fortunate in having Andy as our conductor. Not only is he a brilliant musician, he also enthuses us with his passion and energy whilst still managing to make rehearsals fun!  It is such a bonus to have his very experienced knowledge on vocal technique. Coro Nuovo is also fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and competent administrative team headed up by Kate.
On a completely different note (excuse the pun!). I have been a member of a Brighton based Samba Band for the past 6 years. This also gives the same sense of belonging and joy that radiates from making music with other people.
Jo Kimber
Jo started her musical career in Reading in a guitar/vocal duo and then  became a professional dance band singer working with cabaret acts such as the late, great Tommy Cooper. After moving to Sussex she worked with pop and country bands and after a break for family commitments did amateur musicals in principal parts and chorus. She then became interested in jazz and joined a 17 piece swing band. Although still involved with the band, she currently works mainly with jazz trios and quartets or solo with tracks. Over the last few years she has been learning to read music and joined Coro Nuovo originally as a way of improving this skill as well as learning about the classical genre. It has been challenging but has added another string to the bow so to speak as it is always exciting to learn something new.
Helen Underwood-Lewis (New Member)
Helen Underwood-Lewis trained as a coloratura soprano at Bristol University.  She has sung with Bristol Opera in Queen of the Night and Magic Flute.  Since moving back to Sussex in 2001 she has done a bit of recording work and TV adverts etc and enjoyed singing with Heber Opera.  We look forward to welcoming her for our new season.
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