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The beauties and benefits of the natural world are things we are all striving to preserve and nurture at the present time. The seasons, weather, animals, birds, flowers and trees have all inspired classical composers over the centuries in numerous...
  • December 17, 2021
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Christmas Concerts, Chichester Festival Theatre, until December 11. Chichester Cathedral Choir were exquisite tonight. Under the superb leadership of Charles Harrison, organist and master of the choristers, they always are, offering the perfect mix of skill, beauty and control. But...
  • December 10, 2021
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Our new 2022 Programme has been announced. Time to renew your membership or join us! Download the Chichester Music Society brochure 2021-22 (4 MB). Through the Robert Headley Fund, we continue to work closely with Chichester University for the benefit...
  • November 30, 2021
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In a late change to the advertised programme, it turned out not to be our local piano superstar, Angelina Kopyrina with her fiery Rachmanninov that I and my select entourage saw today, but Angelina can be saved for another time...
  • November 27, 2021
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The Portsmouth Philharmonic will play its first concert for two years when it puts on a programme featuring composers as varied as Schubert and Sousa on Sunday December 5 at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton (3 pm). PPO last...
  • November 27, 2021
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After 18 months with no singing, the Chantry Quire, directed by Peter Allwood, returns to live performance with a new season of concerts. Spokeswoman Carol Frogley said: “We begin this autumn with a splendid performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem...
  • November 27, 2021
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On November 20th, Bognor Regis Music Club members celebrate the life of their dear friend and chairman, Chris Coote, who sadly passed away last year during the darkest days of the pandemic. Over many years, he raised thousands of pounds...
  • November 18, 2021
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Click here for our latest Newsletter with details of the varied and exciting concerts planned for next March! The Newsletter also reports on: A review of the September choral workshop Taking part in the choral concerts – combined rehearsal dates...
  • November 10, 2021
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In its 60th anniversary year, the Solent Male Voice Choir is delighted to resume its live concerts in 2021 – it started with a joint concert with Basingstoke MVC on 14 October. Chairman David McVittie says “Sixty years is worth...
  • November 8, 2021
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Solent Male Voice Choir is mourning the man who became its heartbeat after joining as a teenager more than 50 years ago. When his wife Maureen died in September last year, Charles “Mac” McAndrew, chairman of the choir, decided he...
  • October 24, 2021
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Do you enjoy creating your own music? If so, enter this year’s Festival of Young Composers, which is both a celebration of our local young composers and a competition with prizes for the winning entries. Entries are invited in three...
  • October 22, 2021
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South Downs Soloists are a new and exciting professional vocal ensemble based in the South of England, directed by George Haynes, with a focus on full-voiced ensemble singing. South Downs Soloists are a new and exciting professional vocal ensemble based...
  • October 7, 2021
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The Barbican Quartet launch the 2021-2022 Chichester Chamber Concerts series with a new freshness and eagerness they are determined to make last. Read more at the link below.
  • October 5, 2021
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During ‘lockdown’ Portsmouth Choral Union continued to rehearse and keep in touch with one another in a variety of different ways. Zoom rehearsals were enlivened by, amongst other events, quiz nights and online wine tasting. There was a brief return...
  • September 22, 2021
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Chichester Chamber Concerts have announced a full programme for this autumn and winter, with tickets on sale from Chichester Festival Theatre. Concerts will be in at the Assembly Room, Chichester, with the 17th season running from October 2021 to March...
  • September 13, 2021
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Concert pianist and music lecturer Angela Zanders continues her courses on music appreciation, starting on 20 September. “They are open to anyone who enjoys classical music and is interested in learning more about the subject”, she said. This time she...
  • September 13, 2021
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In 2021 the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is in its eighteenth season, bringing world-class musicians to the city. In partnership with Music in the Round and the Guildhall Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are...
  • September 12, 2021
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Please visit the St Peter’s performer’s page to find out more.
  • September 7, 2021
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This month’s edition discusses: • Our next event with The Champagne Quartet will be going ahead as planned on 15th September. A wonderful way to celebrate the start of our Autumn season! • The additional event with Ashworth & Rattenbury...
  • August 17, 2021
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The BSO announces its new Autumn Season and will once again be touring in person, bringing live symphonic music to communities across the South West. The new, ambitious season includes many notable moments including a triptych of new works written...
  • July 25, 2021
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On the eve of their much anticipated first live practice for many months, Portsmouth Choral Union fell foul of the sudden change to government guidelines concerning choirs, singing and rehearsal numbers. With enthusiasm undiminished, it was decided that the weekly...
  • July 14, 2021
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Organisers of the 2021 Petworth Festival are pinning their hopes on the lifting of all restrictions on July 19. The festival will go ahead either way, but without full lifting, it will certainly take a hit. Stewart Collins, Petworth Festival’s...
  • July 13, 2021
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We love choral singing. We want future generations to enjoy it too. For this reason, we run an annual bursary scheme for young singers. Our choral bursary scheme is ideal for aspiring young singers wishing to develop their choral singing...
  • June 22, 2021
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Hello people – at long last my latest CD – number 14 ! – the one I made in Lviv, Ukraine, with the Ukrainian Festival Orchestra under Grammy-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, and in a recording studio in Paris –...
  • June 22, 2021
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Please see the listings here. Read a summary here.
  • June 4, 2021
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Considering the awful year or so we have all experienced, I am in the enviable position of needing to book musicians for our recital and concert programmes for 2022; also, owing to last minute changes, for our August recital on...
  • June 4, 2021
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Two terrific new pieces for you this time. Phos Hilaron – A song of the light – Robert Fielding (pictured) This is a setting of O gladdening light for unaccompanied SSATB, as sung by the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and...
  • June 2, 2021
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) continues its pioneering livestream broadcasts with a further series of five concerts from Lighthouse, Poole. The series of popular classics runs from Thursday 10 June to Saturday 12 August, featuring everything from Tchaikovsky and Mozart to...
  • May 21, 2021
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Please read the letter that I am sending to my MP today. Making Music has just published details of its own campaign, and parliamentary question with notes. Sign the petition at Change.org – Let Choirs Start Singing Again: Singing Will...
  • May 20, 2021
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Having made the best of 2020 when presenting a part live, part streamed ‘special edition’ festival last October/November, the momentum behind the ever-ambitious Petworth Festival looks set to continue this coming summer. Read the Petworth-Festival-Brochure-Summer-2021-Lo-Res. Events will run between Wednesday...
  • May 20, 2021
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The Havant Music Festival is returning for a 4th season this June, hosting a 3-day event for music aficionados who want to experience live music once again after a challenging year in lockdown. Its 2021 line-up this year, all being...
  • May 20, 2021
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The Chantry Quire is a small Chamber Choir of 24 voices, based in Sussex and directed by Peter Allwood. We perform a wide repertoire, from early music to contemporary works. You can find out more about us on our website....
  • May 17, 2021
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The Solent Male Voice Choir seeks an accompanist for regular Tuesday evening practices and six to eight concerts per year. We are a choir of around 24 voices singing a wide repertoire of music for male voice choirs. Working closely...
  • May 15, 2021
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Finally, my 14th CD has at long last been released for worldwide distribution – itself having been delayed by the Covid pandemic. It’s the one I recorded in Lviv, Ukraine and Paris – some 2 years ago. Today, finally, CDs...
  • May 11, 2021
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A fantastic range of events will go sale on Saturday 8 May as the Festival of Chichester opens its box office for business. Dame Penelope Keith, Kate Mosse and Loyd Grossman, the Castalian Quartet, pianist Young-Choon Park, guitarists Linda Kelsall-Barnett...
  • May 6, 2021
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Our Passiontide video was viewed 775 times during the month it was online. There were lots of lovely comments, and over £1000 was raised for the Aldingbourne Trust. Thanks to all our generous donors. While the full video is no...
  • May 5, 2021
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It is with real regret that I have to inform you that we are not able to proceed with our Student Showcase concert on Tuesday 20th May. Unfortunately, the committee has had a very low number of candidates and we...
  • April 29, 2021
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Dear Concert Supporters, A year after the first coronavirus lockdown, the people at St Peter’s Church are preparing plans to re-start the much-loved concert programme in the church. Many of you will have heard the sad news of the death...
  • April 24, 2021
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The Renaissance Choir is currently on the lookout for new members in all voice parts. If you’re looking to join an accomplished chamber choir that performs in beautiful venues across the UK and Europe, then the Renaissance Choir could be...
  • April 20, 2021
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Do you enjoy singing classical music? Are you looking for a friendly group to share your love of singing? Ever thought about joining PCU? If the answer is yes, then read on! If you have some experience of singing in...
  • April 16, 2021
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The Hanover Band writes: We are also delighted to be back at the University of Chichester this week. After having to cancel our course in February, it has been great to be working with the students again. We’ve been working...
  • April 3, 2021
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Havant Symphony Orchestra’s viola player Vincent Iyengar practised slightly more than he usually does during lockdown. “It gave me a chance to revise playing solo viola works that I’d studied at college. I also tried my hand at the ‘cello...
  • March 27, 2021
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The UK government must act now to put arrangements in place to enable musicians and other performing artists and their support teams to travel within the EU without crippling costs and excessive paperwork. Pianist Sophia Rahman, with violinist Catherine Martin,...
  • March 26, 2021
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What diverse and interesting people we musicians are. Hobbled and restrained by lockdown, stopped from playing together, there seems to be no end of things we have turned our hands to. The Meon Valley Orchestra’s bass clarinettist John Elder grew...
  • March 25, 2021
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“We are all very anxious to get back to singing”, says SMVC chairman David McVittie. “We have been meeting on Zoom, singing along to tracks played by our MD. but it is not so effective when you cannot actually hear...
  • March 23, 2021
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This is the last of our 2011-2019 retrospectives. We hope you’ve enjoyed revisiting some of the Festival’s activities over the past decade. Thank you for your interest and support and we look forward to welcoming you to Festival events in the...
  • March 21, 2021
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Froxfield Choir – African Sanctus Under their founding director, Elizabeth Gotto (who retired from the Festival Committee last year after many years as Soloists’ Secretary) Froxfield Choir took part in the Festival’s choral concerts between 1997 and 2004. Conducted by...
  • March 18, 2021
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Rock choir Bach: St John Passion Mozart Requiem with Hampshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra Kit and McConnel Angela Zanders Youth Concerts Tim Ravalde Please click on the link below to read more. Background to this series.
  • March 17, 2021
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Richard, Andrew, Angie and Carolyn have all worked extremely hard over the past year to keep the singing going and ensure that we have choirs to go back to eventually. It’s a sad fact that many choirs have folded, some...
  • March 17, 2021
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Contents: Organ recital with Carlo Curley Petersfield Orchestra Petersfield Orchestra seized the chance of using the Allen organ to programme Saint-Saëns glorious ‘Organ Symphony’, with Richard Barnes as the organ soloist and Hiroko Banks and David Groves playing the piano...
  • March 16, 2021
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Contents: Jonathan Willcocks: A Great and Glorious Victory In October 2012 Jonathan Willcocks led an inspiring Festival workshop on his choral work A Great and Glorious Victory, timed to coincide with preparations for singers from several UK choirs to join...
  • March 15, 2021
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This month’s edition discusses: • The Covid crisis continues to have a major impact on our programme schedule with The Student Showcase delayed until May. Further details below. • Our event with Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars has had to be...
  • March 14, 2021
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Edward Thomas Centenary Concert From time to time the Festival puts on a ‘Petersfield special’ – a unique concert relating to the music and community in this part of the world, such as the gala concert of Petersfield Musicians and...
  • March 14, 2021
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David Francombe remembered: It was just a year ago, on the first Saturday of the 2020 Festival, during rehearsals for a concert that David Francombe was due to attend as reviewer, that we received the sad and sudden news that...
  • March 13, 2021
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Piers Burton-Page interviews composer, conductor and music writer Paul Spicer about his life, work and 8 favourite pieces of music. Produced by Phillip Young Edited by Chris Bartholomew-Fox Please click on the link below. Background to this series.
  • March 12, 2021
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Mid-Sussex based Ensemble Reza – regulars at the Festival of Chichester – are in a remarkably strong position. They can confidently say their year of lockdown and pandemic has been a thoroughly good one. “We have had an exciting year,”...
  • March 11, 2021
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Please see the linked page below for this new publication: Veni Creator Spiritus by Rosemary Field (formerly sub-organist at Portsmouth Cathedral). It’s a fusion of traditional plainsong and a George Herbert text from 1633. The piece was written for what...
  • February 25, 2021
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Petersfield Musical Festival online retrospective 1: Castaway’s Choice with Piers Burton-Page & Paul Spicer Petersfield Musical Festival online retrospective 2: recollecting 2014 + David Francombe remembered This time last year, preparations for the 2020 Festival’s ten concerts were in full...
  • February 16, 2021
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I confirm that our February and March concerts also will not go ahead as planned. However the Guildhall is now hoping to reopen in April. On that basis I have two new dates for you. The Doric Quartet (originally on...
  • February 12, 2021
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The Festival of Chichester is planning confidently for the future with a major IT investment – thanks to generous grant support from Chichester District Council. CDC is giving the festival a grant of £1,600 towards the cost of a new...
  • February 12, 2021
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Classical saxophonist Jess Gillam and doctor-turned-author and comedian Adam Kay will be among the headline acts at this year’s Petworth Festival. Festival artistic director Stewart Collins has confirmed a number of the acts heading to West Sussex this summer. There...
  • February 11, 2021
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After 20 years of being Portsmouth Festivities, we are rebranding the cultural festival to Ports Fest. With the festival’s ever-evolving reputation in the city, we want to refresh our look and name to be on-trend and expand on our offering...
  • February 5, 2021
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We are doubtless far from being the first to wish you a happy new year, but a happy new year to you all the same from the Petworth Festival team. We really hope that 2021 will turn out to be...
  • February 1, 2021
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Chichester Chamber Concerts should have been starting the New Year with a visit from The Bach Players on Thursday 28 January. Inevitably, it’s not happening – which is hardly the best possible start to The Bach Players’ 25th anniversary year....
  • January 31, 2021
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Matthew Cooke, organist at St Mary’s Petworth, is offering a fundraising live-streamed organ recital from the church. Featuring French, German and English music, it will take place on Sunday, January 31 at 5pm and will be live streamed simultaneously on...
  • January 31, 2021
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The Covid crisis continues to have a major impact on our programme schedule, with our February and March events postponed until next year. Further details are set out in the Chairman’s Blog, below. Whilst our February event with Ensemble Reza cannot...
  • January 30, 2021
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The Flemish Phillipe de Monte (1521 – 1603) was one of the late-Renaissance period’s most prolific composers. The Renaissance Choir is set to mark the quincentenary of his birth by rehearsing three of his motets and recording at least one...
  • January 27, 2021
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Are you looking for a friendly group to share your love of singing? Ever thought about joining PCU? If the answer is yes, then read on! If you have some experience of singing in a group and reading music, then...
  • January 23, 2021
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By Neil Sands I would like to introduce you to the music of Charles Paterson, and in particular to shine a spotlight on his four motets on texts by George Herbert. Charles was a teacher and conductor for many years...
  • January 18, 2021
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We are still looking forward to the 2021 Festival of Chichester between 12 June to 11 July and hoping to be able to return to a lively, eclectic programme of arts events. However, because of the current circumstances, the festival...
  • January 18, 2021
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The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Its facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb...
  • January 14, 2021
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Established in early 2017, Music in Portsmouth offers classical musicians a voice in the local community. It enjoys around 1,000 unique visits and 3,000 page views per month. During the current crisis I am: • Writing profiles of local musicians...
  • January 7, 2021
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We now have our own Youtube Channel where you can find the video of Ariel Lanyi’s piano recital on 3rd December. The forthcoming concerts by The Bach Players on 28th January and the Armida Quartet on 25th February will also...
  • December 29, 2020
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It’s fair to say 2020 has not been a typical year for The Renaissance Choir. A 30-strong ensemble which shares a passion for choral music, we usually sing together every Friday in Emsworth, with a repertoire that spans over five...
  • December 1, 2020
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Piers Burton-Page reports from the cello section ‘Lockdown’ has just been awarded the accolade of Word of the Year by Collins Dictionaries – an honour it could perhaps well do without. We have probably all had enough of its impact,...
  • November 25, 2020
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It’s been the toughest year on record for musicians, with professionals deprived of their livelihoods and amateurs unable to take part in the groups and activities they love. The Festival was stopped in its tracks by the March lockdown and...
  • November 24, 2020
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I am finally able to confirm full programme and booking details for our delayed 2020-21 season – please see the listings in the link below. The concerts won’t look the same because while the distancing requirements remain in place we...
  • November 21, 2020
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Organisers of the Festival of Chichester are setting the ball rolling for next year with their annual public meeting. The plan is for a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 17, beginning at 7pm. Drop us an email to infochifest@gmail.com to...
  • November 12, 2020
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After more than six months, Portsmouth Choral Union held its first live rehearsal on Tuesday October 20th, at St. Mary’s Church Portsea. The practice was ‘live-streamed’ for those members still unable to attend. During ‘lockdown’ the choir had been holding...
  • October 22, 2020
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My friend, Terry Barfoot, a widely popular music educator, has died of cancer aged 70. The company he built, Arts in Residence, provided music appreciation courses, mostly three-day events in small country hotels in rural England. He would bring his...
  • October 18, 2020
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