Coro Nuovo Newsletter - Issue 14 (Mar 2017)
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Bringing Beautiful Music to Audiences Everywhere
Dear Coro members and choir friends,

Coro has had a very exciting start to the year!  Rehearsals for our spring concerts are underway and the choir has learned to sing in Welsh. (Well, it had to happen eventually with a Welsh Music Director!)

In this latest newsletter you will find details on:
  • Coro Nuovo's St David's Day performance at the Guildhall, London
  • The Young Musician of the Year 2017 Competition and Bursary
  • Our March Gloria concerts - coming up very shortly!
  • Coro's Royal Summer Concert
  • Other concerts and events that Coro members are involved in. 
Please spend a few minutes reading what's going on and take the opportunity to book your place at one of our March Gloria! concerts.

Kate Kent
Chair of Coro Nuovo
Coro Nuovo at the Guidhall!
Around 36 members of Coro Novo travelled up to the Guildhall in London on Tuesday 28th February to perform at the Wales in London annual St David's Day dinner.  To the best of our knowledge this was the first time that a non-Welsh choir had performed at this event.

Thanks to the direction of Andy Rees, two rehearsals and some homework we performed:
- Vivaldi's Gloria
- O Gymru
- A Welsh Celebration by Jeff Howard

Sian Williams - the weather forecaster - tweeted after the event: "You singers were wonderful & we audience loved it!"
Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year 2017
Applications for our 2017 Young Musician of the Year Competition and Bursary will be closing shortly on the 31st March so anyone considering applying for this should do so as soon as possible!  See for details.

Worth £1,000, the Bursary is intended to help financially with the student’s music studies.  In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to perform in a future Coro Nuovo concert. To qualify, applicants must have a connection with Sussex either by being born and/or currently or previously living in Sussex.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 4th June and the Young Musician of the Year finals will be held during Coro Nuovo's summer concert on Sunday 16th July.
March 2017 'Gloria' Concerts
Coro Nuovo will be performing 'Gloria' concerts in March.

The first of these concerts sees Coro Nuovo return to the popular St Peter's Church, Chailey on the evening of the 18th March.

The concert will include a wide range of music including our showpiece (Gloria from Vivaldi's Gloria),  a new composition called A Welsh Celebration by the  organist and composer Jeff Howard led by our Music Director and international tenor Andy Rees.
Tickets which are £10 in advance or £12 on the door can be obtained from from Janet Barnes by calling 01825 722574 or emailing  or via the Coro Nuovo website:
Coro Nuovo is thrilled to be making a return visit to Holy Trinity Cuckfield on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 2.30 pm for their GLORIA! concert.  Glorious music, a glorious setting and a celebration of a rich musical tradition.  Coro Nuovo enjoys a strong link with Holy Trinity and some of the choir's singers are members of the congregation. 

Coro Nuovo will be performing a wide range of music including the Gloria from Vivaldi's Gloria,  the Welsh Celebration led by our Music Director and international tenor Andy Rees. In addition the Cuckfield concert will feature Coro Nuovo's Young Musician of the Year 2016 - Hannah Corcoran on saxophone.  We are also looking forward to performing the Dove and Olive Leaf by Bob Chilcott a piece written for choir and saxophone.

Tickets for the concert are £12 and are available from Wealden Stores, Pepperbox, or online via
Coro Nuovo's Royal Summer Concert
Coro's Royal Summer Concert will take place on Sunday 16th July 2017 - 7.30 pm at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath.

Tickets will be available from the 1st April.  Due to limited seating and the popularity of the Young Musician of the Year competition we recommend that tickets are obtained as early as possible.

Local Updates
Charity Concert - Cameron's Orphanage Project in Zambia
One of our young musician performers writes: "Last year, one of my best friends from school at Hurst was tragically killed in a plane crash. He was a bright shining star and had made it into the fighter jets in the RAF at the young age of 21. He was not only a talented sportsman and academic but he was a musician and I had the pleasure of playing with him throughout my time at school.

As a result of his death, his mother donated his entire estate to a Zambian charity to fund an orphanage and myself and 3 other friends from school have decided to put on a charity concert to raise funds to keep this project going.  We would love to raise as much money as possible and would love for the room to be full. The other 3 girls playing are all professional musicians like myself and are local talent so it should be a pretty fab concert and it would be wonderful to have your support!

John Rutter and Andrew Lloyd Webber Choral Workshop
Rottingdean Arts is holding a Choral Workshop on the music of John Rutter and Andrew Lloyd Webber on Saturday, March 18 from 11.00-400 in Rottingdean Village Hall, directed by Roy Wales.  Please contact Christine Wales for details and to book the bookshop.

Sussex Chorus
Sussex Chorus will be performing the full version of Mendelssohn Elijah
on Saturday 17th June at 7pm and would welcome experienced singers in all voice parts but especially Tenors and Basses.  Contact Rob Drake 01444454618 or for further information.

Heber Opera, Faust. Sung in English and performed in the round. 
7.30pm 17 May, St George's, Kemp Town Brighton
7.30pm, 20 May, King Edward Hall, Lindfield
6pm, 21 May, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre
7.30pm, 26 May, Adastra Hall, Hassocks
7.30pm, 27 May, Steyning Centre
6pm, 28 May, Uckfield Civic Centre
Tickets, £14 reserved, £12 unreserved.  Book online or tel 01435 866737

New Sussex Opera - A Village Romeo and Juliet
New Sussex Opera's "A Village Romeo and Juliet" which goes on tour at the end of March.  You may just about recognise some Coro's members among the very fine peasants in the Chorus!  The performance location and dates are:
Lewes Town Hall - Wednesday 22 March 7.30 pm
E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge - Sunday 26 March 4 pm
Cadogan Hall, London SW1 - Tuesday 28 March 7 pm
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks - Friday 31 March 7.30 pm
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne - Sunday 2 April 4 pm

For further information and booking details:
Telephone enquiries +44 (0)1273 471851

Member News
Member: Nerys Johnson
Having been born into a Welsh family on Merseyside, singing was a constant throughout my childhood.
When I got a little older I took part in local music festivals and highlights included winning the Merseyside young singer of the year and the singing prize at the Workington Festival, both as a contralto. The latter led to my first singing lessons; a series with Frederick Cox in Altrincham and with Glenville Hargreaves in Manchester. These were cut short by a move with work to London, when I started lessons with David Keren but a condition of taking me on was that he would train my voice up and a couple of years later I won the soprano solo at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.  By this time I was married and two children followed, which greatly curtailed my ventures into singing. I did, though, sing in the chorus of New Sussex Opera for some years and continued my singing lessons with Laura Eaton in Ditchling. I also completed a music degree with the Open University.

A lifeline when the children were small was being invited to join Sue Fleet and Richard Haslam’s wonderful choir Cantemus but prior to being asked to join Coro Nuovo for the summer concert in 2015 I had not sung a note for about ten years, so it has been a huge bonus to have had an opportunity to sing again and finding that my fellow singers are such a friendly and talented group of people has added to the great pleasure. The biggest bonus, though, was to find that musical director Andrew Rees’ reputation was in no way exaggerated. Rehearsals are a real joy and I am looking forward to many more musical evenings in the years to come.
Member: James Olsworth-Peter

My family were not particularly musical, although my grandmother is reputed to have had singing lessons with Dame Clara Novello Davies mother of Ivor Novello. However, I started to sing when I joined the local church choir at the age of twelve and one of my earliest memories is singing Zadoc the Priest celebrating the Queen's Coronation in 1953.  My working life was spent as a qualified acccountant working in industry and music has always been an important part of my life as an enjoyable form of relaxation.

As a tenor I have sung in several choirs and in many concerts and as a family we were all members in the very early days of the Haywards Heath Operatic Society taking part in everything from Oklahoma to Cavalleria Rusticana! I was a member of the London Orpheus Choir performing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank under the direction of James Gaddarn and  for many happy years I was also a member of Cantemus with Susan Fleet and Richard Haslam.

My late wife, who was a mezzzo-soprano, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She also sang with me in these choirs and as a semi professional  performed many of the major oratorio works. My younger son Lawrence graduated from the Royal Acadamy of Music in 2010 and now sings professionally in the UK and in Europe. Coro Nuovo provides a great opportunity to sing a varied programme of music in a very enjoyable and sometimes challenging way with Andrew Rees as our musical inspiration!

Need (Musical) Inspiration?
Music is the universal language of mankind - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance - Mel Brooks

In memory everything seems to happen to music - Tennessee Williams
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