The Village Singers have been invited by Sir Karl Jenkins to represent the UK as part of a 250-strong international choir performing the US premier of his Symphonic Adiemus in January 2019 at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
We are thrilled at the prospect and incredibly proud and honoured that Sir Karl Jenkins feels that we have the ability to rise to the challenge. However, our choir comprises over 70 members, many of whom will struggle to afford the high air travel and accommodation costs associated with this trip, and therefore we are hoping to raise funds through sponsorship and crowd-funding.
If your company or organisation might be interested in sponsoring our Carnegie Hall event, please visit our Carnegie Hall page.
If you are not in a position to sponsor us, but would like to make a donation, please visit our crowd-funding page at get-the-village-singers-to-nyc
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Here’s a little message we recorded for our interview with BBC Wiltshire about our Carnegie Hall adventure!
Like many good things, the choir began in the pub! Back in 2011 after a few drinks and songs in Sutton Benger, a small group decided to perform at a local flower festival and so The Village Singers was born.
Seven years later, the choir has over 70 members from many of the villages and towns around Chippenham and our ages range from teenagers to over 80. With no audition necessary, the choir is open to all and we rehearse together weekly during term time. We love to sing but we also love to have fun; friendship and socialising is a really important part of our ethos and is what makes our choir so special.
Despite our sometimes-irreverent attitude we take our singing very seriously. Our Musical Director, Rachel McCorry, supported by Paul Wendell, Assistant Musical Director, has the highest expectation of musical excellence with a strong focus on improving our individual musicianship and the quality of our performance and repertoire. Our programmes range from sacred and choral pieces, classical and opera to spirituals, folk, pop and show tunes. Within the principal choir there are also smaller auditioned groups so that there is always something for everybody to enjoy singing and listening to.
We perform two programmes twice a year in various local halls and churches and are in demand for weddings and other events. We have also travelled on two European tours. In 2014 we sang in Ypres Cathedral and at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Bruges. In 2017 we performed in three stunning Paris venues – Eglise de la Madeleine, Eglise St Louis en l’Ile and Eglise St Germain l’Auxerrois.
Being such a young choir, it is testament to our hard work and Rachel’s to have been invited to perform in the Carnegie Hall, New York in January 2019.
To see details of our forthcoming concerts and to book tickets, please visit our Events Page.
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