Apr 7, 2005, 6:14 PM
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National Westminster City Chorus is always delighted to welcome new members. There is no audition but singers should have some sight-reading ability, a ‘true’ voice and a commitment to regular Tuesday rehearsals.
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About the National Westminster City Chorus (formerly National Westminster Choir)
In 1920, a group of musical friends at the District Bank in the City formed a Choir to perform major choral works. Later they would form their own orchestra. Over the next 85 years the name would change several times but the objective would remain the same – a commitment to the joy of choral singing. Regular concerts were given in London’s major halls and celebrated soloists and orchestras were engaged, some of whom recently have included:
Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Gritton, Sarah Walker, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Ian Partridge MBE, Philip Langridge, Alan Opie, Stephen Varcoe, London Bach Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Guildhall Strings.
In the 1970s, the merger of the National Provincial and Westminster Banks led to the Choir becoming known as the National Westminster Choir but this year a further change to National Westminster City Chorus reflects the close connection with the City of London. Rehearsals are held in the heart of the City, some concerts are given in City churches and we receive valuable support from the National Westminster Bank’s parent company, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
As well as performing the standard choral repertoire, the Choir has tackled a wide range of music from Monteverdi and Schütz to Gershwin and Britten. For the last 39 years Ian Humphris has guided the Choir through this musical treasure trove with enthusiasm and expertise. Well-known as the conductor of the Linden Singers, famous for their television and radio performances in the 1960s and 70s, Ian has also presented music programmes for the BBC and ITV as well as being an expert choral arranger and conductor. He directs the Chamber Choir course at the Charterhouse Summer School.
The Choir has lately formed a close connection with the church of St. Andrew’s, Holborn Viaduct, and our next three concerts will take place in this beautiful, spacious Sir Wren building.
Wednesday, 12th April 2005 Choral Favourites – music by Elgar, Britten, Fauré and Vivaldi’s Gloria
Thursday, 7th July 2005 Mozart – Mass in C minor
Wednesday, 7th December 2005 Mendelssohn - Elijah
Tel.: 020 7526 4686
Tuesday, 6-8 pm
at NatWest Building, 1, Princes Street, next to Bank Station and a ten minute walk from Liverpool Street station
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