This year we welcome Jeremy Summerly who will direct the choir and orchestra for Vivaldi’s Gloria.
We are inviting singers of all abilites to join us at St Matthew's Church, Kensington Olympia for a day of rehearsals followed by a gala performance in the evening of Vivaldi Gloria. Whether you are a regular member of a choir, or you have not sung since you were in school, we would love to have you along. It is a fantastic opportunity to have some fun, meet new people, and give a top-class performance with excellent soloists. For those of you who would love to take part but are worried you are not up to scratch, do not fear – we are all very nice and it will be good fun.
The performance will be with a professional chamber orchestra and soloists and in addition to the Gloria we will hear the soloists sing Italian arias and a string quartet play an excerpt from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
What happens on the day?
It all begins at 1.30pm with registration. We will rehearse until 5.00pm, with a break for coffee and cake in the middle. Jeremy will lead us through the music step by step, preparing us thoroughly for our grand performance. There will then be a chance to pop along to one of our local gastropubs for a quick bite to eat before we meet again for the 7.30pm concert start. The first half of the concert begins with the…………………………………., which you will be able to sit back and watch, if you wish. In the second half, all of our hard work will come to fruition when we perform Vivaldi Gloria and we will end with an Italian opera chorus. We then invite you and your families and friends to join us for a glass of wine.
Jeremy Summerly is a conductor, musicologist, and broadcaster. He studied music as an undergraduate at Oxford University and musicology as a postgraduate at King’s College, London. He is founder-director of Oxford Camerata and the Royal Academy Consort, co-artistic director of Oxford Baroque, and Director of Music at the church of St Luke’s, Chelsea. He has conducted fifty original commercial recordings of music spanning nine centuries, and has conducted resident choirs and orchestras in locations as far afield as San Francisco, Melbourne, Helsinki, Tokyo, and Cape Town. He has edited four volumes of medieval and Renaissance music for Faber Music, has contributed to the new Cambridge History of Musical Performance, is a reviewer for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, and is Choral Music Editor for Rhinegold Publishing’s Choir & Organ magazine. He has lectured at the Royal Academy of Music since 1989, where he has variously held the posts of Head of Academic Studies, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, and Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music. He is the Artistic Director of Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts in East Sussex, and in September he will become Director of Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford.