Choral music

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From Adès’ angel to Verdi’s fat knight: what to see as classical and opera venues reopen
Live music is back across the UK; we pick ten events to brighten the coming months

Andrew Clements

14, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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Beer, bass notes and the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb: my night at Brisbane’s revitalised Pub Choir
Pub Choir is founded on the principle that everyone can sing and that it feels good, especially when done in large groups with added alcohol

Andrew Stafford

10, May, 2021 @2:24 AM

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‘We were determined Covid wouldn’t finish us off’: the Welsh choir who sang through the pandemic
The Dunvant Male Choir has endured world wars, industrial decline and mining disasters. How would it handle rehearsals on Zoom?

Jude Rogers

24, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The week in classical: back to Bach’s Passions with the OAE, Oxford Bach soloists and more
An abundance of virtual Easter offerings included Mark Padmore directing the OAE in the round, and a visceral performance from Oxford

Fiona Maddocks

10, Apr, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Gazelle Twin & NYX: Deep England review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
A dramatic reworking of Gazelle Twin’s techno-folk Pastoral album with the NYX choir adds layers of hair-raising chills

John Lewis

12, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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We lost more than just music during the year choirs were banned | James Gardiner
As NSW eases singing restrictions, it’s worth remembering treasured creative communities don’t come out of nowhere

James Gardiner

26, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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The week in classical: Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes; Live from London: Spring – review
Less is more in an enchanted evening of lovelorn Brahms with Nicky Spence and co. Plus, Voces8’s latest virtual festival

Fiona Maddocks

20, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Len Wilson obituary
Other lives: Primary school headteacher who was a driving force behind Yorkshire’s Steeton Male Voice Choir

Ian McDonald

14, Feb, 2021 @11:13 AM

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Caroline Shaw: what next for the Pulitzer-winner who toured with Kanye? Opera – and Abba
She has scored films, played with rappers, starred in a TV comedy, and performed for the dying. As the classical sensation releases three new works, she talks about the shock of playing arenas – and making the leap into opera

Erica Jeal

02, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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TikToker's sea shanty Wellerman reaches No 3 in UK charts
Scottish postal worker Nathan Evans scores hit amid viral shanty craze, while convent choral group Poor Clares of Arundel reach Top 5 of album chart

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

29, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Avast success! Sea shanty Wellerman sails into UK Top 40
TikTok craze sends 19th-century song about antipodean whalers into pop charts, with further success expected next week for Scottish postman Nathan Evans’s rendition

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Twenty years ago, nerves stopped me singing in public. Could I get my voice back?
As a young woman, I spent many happy hours in a choir. In my 40s, even the sound of one would make me sad

Emma Beddington

31, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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