One of only 10 choirs selected from entrants worldwide
Reading Phoenix Choir has been selected to compete at the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival 2015 in Ireland. One of just 10 choirs chosen from entrants in 14 countries, the choir will be singing to win the Festival’s Fleischmann International Trophy, competing against some of the best amateur choirs in the world.
David Crown, the choir’s musical director, says: ‘I am delighted that Reading Phoenix Choir will be taking part in one of the world’s most prestigious choral competitions. We’re going to be working our socks off in the next few months to make sure that we can give any choir a run for their money. I’ve already felt the excitement among the members of the choir and I’m looking forward to seeing how we fare as we pit ourselves against some of the best choirs in the world.’
The choir will sing four unaccompanied pieces in the competition, lasting around 12 minutes in total. As one of the Fleischmann International Trophy participants, it has also been invited to perform at a number of the Festival’s other activities, including fringe concerts, its church interchange programme and informal public performances. The Festival takes place between 29 April and 3 May 2015.
Reading Phoenix Choir currently has vacancies in all voice parts, not least because of its very own baby boom – five of the choir’s female singers have had babies in the last year!
To audition for the choir in time to sing at Cork, singers are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Phoenix Choir spent a fantastic afternoon and evening with the talented pupils of Oxford Road Community School on Saturday 8th February. The children took part in a workshop in the afternoon with David Crown, followed by a concert in Argyle Community Church to a packed audience, raising money for the Mustard Tree Foundation.
This is the fifth workshop the choir has done with local schools, and they have been hugely successful both in terms of raising money for good causes and inspiring young people to enjoy choral music. The Head of Oxford Road Community School, Claire Hurst, said the following:
“Tonight was very special. The choir is just incredible and I was so proud of my children for their performance and their true enjoyment of you guys. I would jump at the chance to do that again, it was very moving watching you all. Please thank all the choir for their support and encouragement – they were such an inspiration to the children (and I got a great deal from it too!). They were lovely with the children and it will be a lasting experience”.
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Last night Reading Phoenix Choir filled the magnificent St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the RAF, with music in an exciting and varied concert. In the choir’s first full concert in London as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival, the concert was centred on pieces by the eponymous “Mr Bach and Mr Handel”. The choir opened the first half with Handel’s rousing Zadok the Priest, a truly spine-tingling experience as Christopher Enston’s superb organ playing led into the uplifting opening chords. Bach’s Lobet den herrn perfectly suited the acoustics and ambience of this lovely church and gave the choir an opportunity to really enjoy this challenging piece.
A high point of the concert had to be singing Holst’s I vow to thee my country in the spiritual home of the RAF, which was very moving. The concert raised money for Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and New Life Nyambene, and the choir was thrilled to be able to support these causes whilst singing in such a prestigious and beautiful venue.