In the New Year the Choral Group will begin rehearsing for its next concert, excerpts from Handel’s Samson, directed by Mark Charles. In a similar vein to Belshazzar a few years ago, the performances will feature highlights from Handel’s most dramatic oratorio, complete with solos, choruses and a narration linking the musical passages. There will be two performances:
9 May at the
Temple de Coppet
Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, 14 January, at GAOS HQ, and will follow on Tuesdays thereafter from 18h30-20h (no rehearsal the Tuesday after Easter, 14 April). In order to order the scores in good time, the organisers ask that you sign up with Carolyn Hornfeld by Friday 20 December at the latest. The cost of performing in the programme will be CHF 80, plus approximately CHF 25 for the score. It’s the same price as a day of skiing in high-season and sure to be much more rewarding! A large chorus is needed to do justice to Handel’s writing so we encourage you to sign up – there is a particular need for more sopranos – but all are more than welcome!
“Since singing is so good a thing,
I wish all men would learn to sing.”
William Byrd, 1543 -1623
The Choral Group was formed in 1985 to provide a continuing musical activity for members of GAOS wishing to "keep in voice" between shows. Since its formation, it has performed music ranging from Vivaldi to Bernstein, sacred music, Broadway musicals, folk music, jazz/pop and operetta. It has appeared three times at Victoria Hall with the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois, in works by Schubert, Verdi and Dvorak. Some of its members also appear in GAOS stage shows, but the Choral Group appeals in particular to those who simply like to sing, without the demanding participation requirements of a major production.
As a member of the Choral Group you:
The Choral Group is open to adults of all ages, accomplished singers, beginners - and everyone in-between. The important thing is that you want to sing! There are no auditions, but we can help you determine your vocal range and best placement. It is helpful if you know how to read music, but this is not a requirement for joining us.
In recent years the Group has sung concerts - sometimes with other choirs - in Geneva’s Cathédrale St Pierre, Victoria Hall, the Grand Théâtre and Durham Cathedral, in the UK. It has performed works as varied as Igor Stravinsky's 'Symphony of Psalms' and Morten Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna'; the oratorio version of Sergei Prokofiev's 'Ivan the Terrible' - in Russian! - in a show featuring excerpts from Sergei Eisenstein’s 1958 film and Vladimir Logosvsky’s texts and combining music, cinema and poetry; and English choral music of the 17th and 20th centuries, in a concert to wind up a three-day workshop led by Mark Deller, of the Deller Consort, England.
The Choral Group rehearses weekly in term-time, usually on Tuesdays from 18h30 to 19h45, at the GAOS premises. The year's programme usually includes two major concerts and the Christmas Carol Concert.
For more information and to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Choral Group concerts
Summer 2013 and 2014