The Self-Isolation Choir will perform its own completely new version of MESSIAH from isolation on 31st May 2020
In only 16 days, 2,900 singers have joined the choir from over 50 countries
This new choir has attracted world class soloists and orchestral players for the performance.
If you would like to take part there is a joining cost of £14.95 per singer of which £5.00 will be donated to a charity chosen by members of the choir with the remainder to cover the costs of setting up and running the project – building the website, administration, musicians, soloists etc.
Singers can join at any time as the rehearsals are all stored on YouTube for later review and practice.
If you are already a member of the choir please do forward this email to singers you feel may wish to join us – this is a unique experience taking place during these quite extraordinary times and we would like everyone to have the opportunity to take part – it would also be absolutely amazing if the choir totals 3,000 singers!
The choir is delighted to announce the soloists and orchestra leader for the event are (biographies below):
CAROLYN SAMPSON – Soprano
JENNIFER JOHNSTON – Mezzo-Soprano
ALEXANDER SPRAGUE – Tenor
ASHLEY RICHES – Bass
REBEKAH DURSTON – Leader
The Self-Isolation Choir Baroque Orchestra will be led by Rebekah Durston and made up of 2 violins, Viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord, 2 trumpets, 2 oboes and timpani.
The Conductor and Choir Director for the event is BEN ENGLAND
Each soloist and instrumentalist will sing or play at baroque pitch from home and record their performance to the same tempo as set by Ben England. Each part will be overlaid to form a new performance. Finally, the choir itself is added. Each member of the choir will be invited to submit their own voice to be included in each chorus. Due to the large numbers, not every voice may be included in the final complete recording.
Carolyn Sampson has been proclaimed “the best British early music soprano by some distance” by the editors of Gramophone magazine.
Carolyn has sung in Masaaki Suzuki’s recording project of Bach cantatas and choirs such as The Sixteen, The Kings Consort and The Tallis Scholars, amongst others. She made her English National Opera debut in 2000, for whom she later sang the roles of Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Handel’s Semele.
Jennifer Johnston is an English operatic mezzo-soprano. A graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music. She is particularly associated with both the Bayerische Staatsoper and its distinguished musical director Kirill Petrenko, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom she is their Artist In Residence
A prolific concert performer and sung with many of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Alexander Sprague, studied at The National Opera Studio and The Royal Academy of Music and the recipient of the Kohn Bach Foundation Scholarship. He has performed extensively on the concert and recital platform, appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall.
Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. He was a BBC New Generation Artist until December 2018.
Rebekah Durston studied music at The University of York and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the University Orchestra and won the Scarborough College Recital Prize. Rebekah won a Leverhulme Scholarship to study baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh at The Royal College of Music and graduated with Distinction.
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