Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 3 (October 2015)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
We hope you enjoy reading the newslettter.  Please feel free to let me have any comments or indeed any suggestions as to what you might like to see included in future editions!

Just because we are 'in between' concerts does not mean that nothing is happening!  We have now found our young musician for our March concert, Nicholas Hughes; please see some brief details below.

We are also working hard on both the format and (with the kind help of choir member Susannah Hodgson) the funding of the young musician bursaries which we are planning to award in 2016.  If you would like to help, please promote the 'Friend of Coro' opportunity below.

Kate Kent, Chair
Young Musician: Nicholas Hughes
Our soloist for our 13th March concert at St Andrew’s Burgess Hill will be Nicholas Hughes (violin).  Nicholas comes from Haywards Heath but is in his first year at the Royal College of Music.  He attended the junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he discovered his passion for chamber music.  He is active as a chamber musician, playing in a variety of groups at conservatoire.  He has also played in a variety of orchestras including National Youth Orchestra, Brighton Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Musica Romantica, Arch Sinfonia and Orion Orchestra.  He studies with Gabrielle Lester at RCM.

We are looking forward very much to meeting him in March and more excited about hearing him play!
Are You Friendly?
As you may know one of Coro Nuovo’s aims is to promote and help support young musicians with bursaries at the beginning of their careers.  We are really excited about our Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year competition which which take place in 2016.  More details in due course!

There will be a number of sponsorship opportunities to contribute to that bursary fund including becoming a Friend of Coro Nuovo.  At this stage we would like to offer all choir members, their families and friends the first opportunity to become a Friend.

You can become a Friend of Coro Nuovo for just £25 per year.  Friends of Coro Nuovo are entitled to a number of benefits, including priority booking,  regular newsletter updates,  reserved seating and acknowledgements in each concert programme. Please email at if you would like to become a Friend.  

There are also some exclusive opportunities for corporate sponsorship.  If you or someone you know would like to find out more about this, you can contact us at the same email address as above.

Please forward this information to any friends or colleagues or who might be interested in supporting our great choir and young local musicians.
Concerts Involving Coro Members
Night of 100 Voices ConcertSusan Fleet is to be congratulated on a wonderful concert for Motor Neurone Disease which was held at the King’s Church, Burgess Hill on 19th September.  The concert raised over £8,000 towards MND and everyone had a wonderful time – singers and audience.  Our own Andy Rees was soloist and Richard Haslam (tenor) was MD.  Click here for 1 min video of Susan talking about how she got into fundraising.

New Sussex Opera are performing Mignon in full costume with professional soloists in Lewes on the 11th November, Eastbourne on the 22nd November and London’s Cadogan Hall on the 24th November.

Heber Opera are performing Fairies, Phantoms and Fiends on 22nd November at Steyning Centre, and 29th November at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre.  Tickets at or 01273 495220

Carols by Candlelight - David Martin (bass) is looking for voices in all parts for this service at St Peter’s Church Ardingly on the 20th December.  The key rehearsals will be on the three Wednesdays before the concert: the 2nd, 9th and 16th December at 7.15 pm at the church.  More details are available from David on 07769 163353 or via email

Sussex Chorus are performing a birthday tribute to John Rutter at the Croft Hall, Burgess Hill School for Girls in Burgess Hill on the 31st October and are looking for some additional tenors and basses. Rehearsals are at St Paul's College (near the Triangle) in Burgess Hill from 7.30pm - 9.45pm on Mondays and there will be an extra pre-concert rehearsal on the Thu 29th October in the United Reformed Church Haywards Heath, as well as a run through in the afternoon of 31st October.  If anyone is interested please contact Rob Drake via email:
Member: John Sandford
How Can I Keep From Singing? I should have that song title on my gravestone as I usually have a song in my heart from the moment I wake up each day, much to the annoyance of loved ones who don't feel quite so chipper first thing in the morning!
Singing has always been in my family and we have shared a passion for choral music in particular. I have sung in various choirs since I was a small boy but the most rewarding times were in my 30s when I was in a scratch choir that sung at various cathedrals during the summer recess. It was as a member of this choir that I developed a love for the music of great English composers such as Byrd, Wesley, Vaughan Williams and, my all time favourite, Herbert Howells.
I feel blessed that I have also enjoyed a love of prog rock and folk music. I play keyboards and perform lead vocals for a rock band called Alchemy and I currently sing in a wonderful a capella group of 6 voices called No Strings Attached.
Music was my first love and it will be my last.
New Member: Rob Carpenter
I am a quiet (!) Chartered Accountant and have sung in choirs since the age of 8, when I was a pupil at Hurstpierpoint College.  School introduced me to the world of musical theatre and my first role was Samuel in Pirates of Penzance where I met Susan Fleet who played Mabel.

After school I sang in a Brighton church choir doing occasional cathedral trips and then I joined Lewes Esterhazy Chamber choir as lst Tenor.  This led to singing with Brighton Festival Chorus, BREMF, Lewes Singers (more cathedral singing) and BREMF Consort of Voices.     More recently I got back into musical theatre and twice shaved my head for Annie, played Pish Tush (Mikado), Giordana in Full Monty, Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane,  and  many other roles with Crawley and Haywards Heath operatic.   My real “alter ego” is playing Dame in Panto which I have done for the last 5 years. Nothinglike making a fool of yourself and entertaining the public!  So my range is early a capella 16th century music to Westminster Abbey choral evensongs to Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie!

I am looking forward greatly to joining Coro Nuovo and meeting you all soon.
Member: Sally Walker
I started playing the piano at age 7, and began singing soon after.  Whilst at school I took part in many local competitive music festivals, winning several, most notably the English Song Class, with my father accompanying me on the piano!

I studied music at Cardiff University, where I was lucky enough to perform with the Welsh National Opera on several occasions.

Since university I have sung with many choirs and operatic societies in Sussex, including Brighton Festival Chorus, The Wandering Minstrels, Regency Opera, Music 2000, Southwick Opera and Cantemus. It is nice to meet up with so many “old” singing friends in Coro Nuovo, and to meet new singers too.

When I'm not singing my other great love is sport.  I have played (and continue to do so) hockey for Southwick for over 25 years, and represented Sussex at cricket for a number of season. I am also an avid supporter of Newcastle United - but the less said about this at the moment, the better!
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything - Plato
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