New Chamber Choir Sings for Friends
Traditionally, singing groups specialise in one type of music: it might be Renaissance church music, or 19th century part-songs, or arrangements of popular songs.
The New Chamber Choir was formed deliberately to explore and sing the whole of the choral repertoire. The challenge for the singers is to master a variety of choral styles so they constantly surprise the audience.
Their next concert is in aid of Friends of the Peak District and will be performed at the All Saints Church in Curbar on Saturday 24 October.
The repertoire includes music which was written for worship in churches, for performance in private houses, in student halls, or for concerts.
Choir master, Paul Hudson has over 50 years’ experience of choral music, as a singer (as boy chorister, then in chapel and cathedral choirs) and then as a choir trainer. In 2012 when he retired from teaching, he decided to form a choir with the express aim of enjoying the whole of the choral repertoire. The New Chamber Choir now consists of over 30 singers who meet for occasional ‘workshop’ days before coming together for performances.
“The music we perform is intended to uplift the soul, or to glorify God, or to accompany meals, or to declare love, or simply to amuse” said Paul. “Sometimes we sing with accompaniment and sometimes without. We might include pieces in four or five different languages as our repertoire ranges from medieval plainsong to young contemporary composers”.