Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 2 (September 2015)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
Welcome to the second of our monthly newsletters for choir members, friends and supporters of Coro Nuovo.  Lots of 'behind the scenes' planning at the moment for the 2016 concert program and rehearsals.  We also hope to have some news in the next month or two on the Young Musician Bursaries that we are planning to launch in 2016 - watch this space!

Singers: if you haven't yet signed up for the 2016 concerts, please contact Kate to let her know which events you would like take part in!
Young Musician Update: Kieran Carter
Kieran Carter performed for us at our Best of British concert in 2014 at St Wilfrid's Church when he played two beautiful pieces by Elgar and Bax.  This is what he writes: I have been really busy with chamber and orchestral music, performing and taking part in masterclasses with musicians such as James Boyd and Gabi Lester with my String Quartet and Piano Trio.  I have also been given the opportunity to play in the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra as co-principal cello and No 3 and to lead the cello section of the RCM String Orchestra.  I also hope to put on a couple of recitals locally next year, with a mix of mainstream repertoire and branching out to more contemporary and new oriental solo music.  

We would love to welcome Kieran back sometime soon and he has even suggested a possible collaboration - "Svyati" for Cello and Choir by Tavener!!!  It's certainly gorgeous stuff.
New Choir Folders!
Here's an early look at the new choir folders for the 2016 concert season.  An elegant black folder with gold letters displaying the Coro Nuovo logo.  We have used local companies in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to help put the folders together and they will be available to choir members at a cost of £5 each.
Concerts Involving Coro Members
Night of 1000 Voices - 19 September 2015
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.  If you would like tickets they are available from the link.

John Rutter 70th Birthday Concert - 31 October 2015 (Sussex Chorus)
Sussex Chorus are doing a John Rutter 70th Birthday Celebration concert, hot on the heels of the very successful Tribute to Vaughan Williams concert featuring the Sea Symphony which took place last June.  The Rutter concert will be on 31 October at the Croft Hall, Burgess Hill School for Girls and feature both the Requiem and Gloria.

Vaughan Williams London Symphony Concert - 10 October 2015 (Mid Sussex Sinfonia)
Diana Davy (Soprano) until recently Chairman of Mid Sussex Sinfonia hopes that many of you will support their concert at 7.30pm on the 10th October at Clair Hall Haywards Heath.  Tickets are £14 (£12 in advance) and can be obtained from or the tickets secretary 01444 411470, or Carousel Music 01444 417654.

Workshop on Conflicts in Solo and Choral Singing - 2 October
would like to invite you to a Workshop Seminar on the subject of the conflicts in solo and choral singing.  The aim of the evening is that, through inclusive discussion and shared experiences, we  can build into our choral singing the techniques and approaches a singing teacher might encourage, so to be able to fulfill the requests of our choral directors satisfactorily whilst, at the same time, keeping our voices flexible and fresh.the workshop will take place on Friday 2nd October, 6.30pm at St John sub Castro, Abinger Place, Lewes. Tickets are £12, with a concessionary rate of £5 for students here.
Danny House Hurstpierpoint
Our “Dress” rehearsal on 9th July will take place at Danny House in Hurstpierpoint.  The reason is simple!  In addition to a free rehearsal space in an historic setting, we also get the opportunity to entertain the lovely residents during the afternoon.
Danny is an Elizabethan House at the foot of the Sussex Downs which dates back 700 years and is perhaps most famous for being the former country home of Prime Minister David Lloyd George.  In October 1918 the War Cabinet all met to discuss an armistice with Germany – we shall be rehearsing in that very historic room where Bonar Law, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George all gathered and you will be able to see the famous plaque on the Great Hall wall.   If you want to read more about Danny please go to:
Member: Ann Berkovitch
Ann Berkovitch sings soprano with Coro Nuovo but as she explains - she is involved with lots more.  The piano was my first love, but my career in medicine took over for many years.  Then, 2 years of cancer treatment changed my outlook on life.  The piano is very solitary so I joined a Community choir, which was fun, but I needed something more challenging and auditioned for the Brighton Festival Chorus.  I have enjoyed 15 years with BFC and now also sing with East Sussex Bach Choir and Coro Nuovo.  The 3 choirs have very different repertoires so always something new.  Their musical directors also have very different styles so I have learned a wide range of techniques and musical interpretation.  I have been studying with Janet Gration for 4 years and hope to take my diploma exam in 2016.  I enjoy gardening and foreign travel - 47 countries at the last count!  Since retiring this year, I have enjoyed having more time for volunteering as a National Trust guide at Standen and occasionally sing and play the piano for visitors.
Member: David Martin
My first singing experience was as a choirboy at 9 years old where my father was a vicar in Birmingham.  I carried on singing at Durham University and then joined Sheffield Philharmonic which performed with the Halle Orchestra. One memorable concert included Tippett’s A Child of our Time conducted by Sir Charles Groves who observed:  Up here you have different seasons – spring, summer, autumn and Messiah!  My career with the British Council travelling overseas opened up further opportunities singing Morten Lauridsen in Harare which was a highlight.  Then a move to Hungary enabled me to sing with the Monteverdi Chorus of Budapest. Now settled back to the UK singing with Coro has been a wonderful opportunity to sing a wider variety of music.  Some of it has been familiar but to sing extracts from opera and musicals has been exciting. 
Member: Gerry Burgess
I had wonderful opportunities for music-making at school and university, but work and family life then squeezed it out, as I supported our musical children instead, listening to them sing and play at a high level.  Eventually I resolved not to wait till I retired to resume singing myself and joined a choral society, as well as directing our church choir.  It’s such a joy to lose myself in singing wonderful music, even after a busy day.  More recently I joined Coro and found the whole days of singing demanding but so enjoyable, and easier to fit in than a weekly commitment.

A few years ago I became a student again, after many years of teaching.  As I took redundancy from school a new path opened up and I embarked on training for Church of England ministry.   Having completed my course in June 2015 I was ordained in Chichester Cathedral and am now serving my curacy as a non-stipendiary minister in Ifield parish, Crawley.  I am excited to serve the people of the parish in many different ways, and life is very full.   Of course there is plenty of music in the services, but one thing I can’t do now is sing in the church choir!  I very much hope to continue singing with Coro whenever church commitments allow.
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