Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 8 (May 2016)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
Dear Coro members and choir friends,

We are rapidly approaching a highpoint in our 2016 season - the Shakespeare 400 concert on Sunday 17th July.  The music has been selected; all we need now is to rehearse it with the support of our Music Director, Andrew Rees.  Rehearsals kick off on the 4th June.  The concert itself is going to be a fabulous opportunity for the choir and the audience to recognise in a unique musical way, the work of arguably England's greatest playwright. 

The other important activity to note is that the process has begun to select the young musician who will receive Coro's bursary.  Both Andrew Rees and myself are passionate about helping young musicians find opportunities to develop their careers in what is a very tough industry.  Whilst we can only award one bursary, we have nine excellent young musicians with a Sussex connection, who have the opportunity to perform in front of Coro members and friends. Please do come along and support the auditions on Sunday 5th June - see the details below, as well as the selection of the bursary winner at the Shakespeare 400 concert on the 17th July.

There's also lots more in the pipeline, but I will leave that to the next newsletters!

Kate Kent
Chair of Coro Nuovo
Young Musician Bursary Auditions - 5 June 2016
Coro Nuovo is offering an annual bursary to a young talented Sussex musician aged 17 to 25 who is about to go to, or is currently studying at a recognised music Conservatoire. This bursary is intended to go towards supporting their musical studies.

Of the many applicants we received, nine below have been selected for the auditions and the current running order is:

1.30 – 1.45 pm        James Wicks (violin)
1.45 – 2.00 pm        Rebekah Smith (soprano)
2.00 – 2.15 pm        Oliver Brooks (tuba)
2.15 – 2.30 pm        Rebecca Milford (mezzo)
2.30 – 2.45 pm        Sian Griffiths (mezzo)
2.45 – 3.20 pm        Interval
3.20 – 3.35 pm        Hannah Corcoran (saxophone)
3.35 – 3.50 pm        Erin Alexander (soprano)
3.50 – 4.05 pm        Gideon Brooks (trumpet)
4.10 – 4.25 pm        Hannah Robinson (mezzo)

The panel selecting the final shortlist of four musicians who will perform at Coro Nuovo’s 17th July 2016 concert is: Mike Lavelle (cellist and patron of Coro Nuovo), Kate Kent (Chair, Coro Nuovo), Diana Davy (clarinettist), Susan Fleet (soprano), John Sandford (musician), Richard Haslam (musician).  The afternoon will be chaired by Andrew Rees. Music Director, Coro Nuovo

Coro Nuovo is very grateful to The Friends’ of St Peter’s Chailey for hosting this event and also to Phillip Sear for accompanying many of the soloists during the auditions.

Tickets for the auditions are £5, to include tea/coffee & cake can be obtained on the door or in advance from Janet Barnes phone 01825 722574 or email:
Shakespeare 400 Concert - 17 July 2016
Rehearsals for the Shakespeare 400 concert start shortly and will be held on 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, and 19th July with the concert itself taking place at 7.30pm on Sunday 17th July in the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath.

The event will also feature the finals of Coro Nuovo's Young Musician of the Year 2016 competition, when we will be awarding a £500 bursary.

We expect that, due to the limited number of seats available at the Ascension Church, demand for tickets will be very high.  We recommend that you obtain your tickets as early as possible. (Tickets will be available from the beginning of June).
We are fortunate to have members in the choir who are soloists in their own right who give us the pleasure of hearing them sing at their own recitals.

Susan Fleet (soprano) together with Mike Mackenzie (tenor) accompanied by Richard Haslam (piano and tenor) gave a recital at All Saints URC Church, Burgess Hill on 14th April.  The programme consisted of songs from Cats, King and I, Edwin Drood, Les Mis and Oklahoma. There were some lovely moments of dancing and acting and some audience participation!  Well done Susan!

Rebecca Milford (mezzo) also gave a recital at Perrymount Methodist Church on Tuesday 10th May to a good audience.    Rebecca sang a wide variety of music including Dido’s Lament, O Thou that Tellest (Messiah) and finally a lovely encore from Mary Poppins (Feed the Birds).  We are delighted that Becky is going on to study at Guildhall in September and we wish her the very best for her future.   Hope she comes back and joins in with us when she can!

On Wednesday 8th June Lorna Collins (soprano) and Susannah Moore (soprano) are giving a joint recital at the URC Church, Lindfield and Richard Haslam will be accompanying them. They tell me its a gorgeous programme!  Light lunches served at 12.00 pm but concert starts at 1.00 pm.  Please come and support them if you can.
Concerts Involving Choir Members
Dichterliebe (The Poet's Love) - Saturday 21st May at 7.30pm at the Steyning Centre. Featuring Neil Jenkins (tenor), Siân Griffiths (soprano), Nick Milner-Gulland (piano).  Tickets £18 (£12) from Steyning Bookshop / / 0333 666 3366.  This is a fundraiser for NSO.

Purcell's King Arthur - May 28 Lewes Town Hall; May 30 Barcombe Village Hall; June 3 All Saints Centre Lewes; June 4 Village Centre Hurstpierpoint; June 5 Birley Centre Eastbourne all at 7 pm.  Tickets £16 (children / students £12) available from or tel. 0333 6663366 (booking fees apply) or in person (no fee) from Town Hall for Lewes venues, from Barcombe Stores for Barcombe performance and from Pierpoint Pets for Hurstpierpoint.

Heber Opera are staging The Pearl Fishers at various venues: 21 May at King Edward Hall, Lindfield, 22nd May at Village Centre, Hurstpierpoint, 26th May, Kemp Town, 28th May Steyning Centre, 29th May Uckfield Civic Centre.  Tickets:
If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O! it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour.  -  William Shakespeare / Twelfth Night
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