Concert at Dingles Fairground

February 23rd, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music - (0 Comments)

At our  concert in aid of the Children’s Hospice South West last June, Area co-ordinator, Judy Pride suggested that the Senior Chamber Choir might like to be involved with  the annual Christmas Carol Concert at Dingles Heritage Fairground Centre in aid of the CHSW.   The choir gladly accepted the invitation and had a fun-filled afternoon, sampling all the rides at the fairground for free, including the Ghost Train and the Dodgems  before entertaining the audience with several pieces from their Christmas repertoire.   The congregational carols were accompanied by the Holsworthy Silver Band, and over £1,677 was raised for the CHSW.    Many thanks to all those in the choir who were able to make it to Dingles.  It made a fantastic end to the term – and so successful was it that we’ve been invited back next year! 


Pictured above are Canzonetta performing at the Royal Albert Hall School Proms on Monday 8th November 2010.

Following on from their resounding success at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham in July, when the girls were awarded the Senior Choir Performance Award sponsored by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, for their outstanding technical and musical performance, Canzonetta has been selected from the very elite group of top Perfomers at the National Festival, to sing at the Schools Prom.

Just 15 groups have been invited to perform on the opening night of the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Monday, 7th November. Music for Youth has asked Canzonetta to perform two pieces The Water of Tyne and Full Fathom Five.

In addition to their own performance, Music for Youth has invited Canzonetta to sing a piece specially commissioned by the BBC, written by the winner of the BBC Young Composer of the Year Award and composed specifically for Canzonetta. The 18-part piece (a real challenge as there are only 18 girls in the choir), will be recorded by the BBC at the Schools Prom.

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A highlight of the summer for the Chamber Choir was a performance in July at the Whiteford Music Festival.  The choir was one of the main features of a fabulous Orchestral Proms night and shared the stage with the Radio Light Orchestra and the wonderful baritone Darren Jeffrey. 

This sell-out concert was witnessed by just short of 1,000 people as they picnicked in the park and enjoyed the spectacle. 

The festival is staged in a magnificent arched auditorium, set within beautiful parkland and is on a scale seldom witnessed by the girls in previous concerts, so there were some nerves in the hours leading up to the performance. 

However, in true St Joseph’s style, they all rose the occasion in a simply outstanding performance. So successful was the performance that the school received several messages of congratulations in the days that followed. 

Afterwards Mrs Mann said  “We knew it was going to be OK after the first song; I brought them off on a loud note and we could hear the amplified sound still ringing around!  We all had a really great time – and what a fantastic experience for the girls.” 

Well done to everyone who took part in an event that will remain in the memory for a long time to come.

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Senior Music Update

July 19th, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music - (0 Comments)

  The musicians of the Senior school have had a very busy time over the past term.The summer season began with the ever-popular Music for a Summer Evening, in which our most experienced  soloists had a chance to perform to an appreciative audience. Highlights as ever, were performances of the girl’s GCSE compositions, and this year was no exception.   Heather Sampson’s Remember, for SSA choir and Polarity for clarinet and piano, together with Josie Kane’s Cascades and Contrasts,  were stunning -and would not have been out of place at an ‘A’ level performance evening.  Our soloists in our two private pupils’ concerts (Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 –11), were also every well received and over £96 was raised at these two concerts for our ‘Piano Appeal’.Members of Cantabile and Canzonetta enjoyed a day at the Royal Cornwall Show… and managed to gridlock the area by the School stand several times as they gave performances of their most popular pieces.   This was swiftly followed a day later by a concert at Altarnon church (so much warmer this time round!) in which over £400 was raised for the local church, and last week saw our annual concert in aid of the Children’s Hospice South West.  We were delighted to welcome Judy Pride, the CHSW area coordinator  to our concert this year. The Chamber Choir as always, excelled themselves, and Canzonetta had a chance to perform their pieces before their appearance at the National Festival in Birmingham. During this concerts – also our Leavers’ Concert,we thanked our superb outgoing Head Chorister (Josie Kane) and her Team (Natasha Routly, Amy Marks and Anna Tetley) and welcomed our new Leaders for 2010/2011:   Head Chorister – Grace Waterhouse, Deputy Head Chorister – Abi Logg and our new Team Leaders – Bethany Hulme-Teague, Amy Marks and Mary-Ann Screech.      

Team Leaders – Bethany Hulme-Teague, Amy Marks and Mary-Ann Screech.   Our soloists were also fantastic in both the Altanon and CHSW concerts and deserve a mention: Bethany Hulme-Teague, Lily Robinson, Heather Sampson, Josie Kane, Penny Tilsley, Estelle Langthorne, Katy Benyon, Grace Waterhouse and Abi Logg.

Although it’s nearly the end of term, we still have performances at the National  Choral Festival, the Launceston Show and the Whiteford Festival to come – no doubt this concert on Saturday, 17th July, will be a highlight for another extremely successful year for the Senior Chamber Choir in which over £3,000 has been raised for local charities and churches.   Very well done, everyone – and many thanks too, to all the parents who have made it possible for the girls to attend these concerts this season.