The Choir

 

We are currently seeking a new Musical Director for our well established SATB choir of 45 members who meet for 2 hours on a Wednesday evening and perform 3 concerts  a year.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative musician who enjoys working with an accompanied choir.  A monthly honorarium is payable for the position.

Interested candidates should submit their CV together with a covering letter demonstrating their suitability for the post.  It is expected that shortlisted candidates will be auditioned and interviewed in April 2017.

Please email your application, or for more information contact our secretary: linda.perry07@gmail.com

 

 

The Aylsham Singers were formed in October 2011 for the Christmas concert two months later. Formerly called “The Musical Friends” the choir invited former BBC Singer Geoff Davidson to take the helm and a new era with a new name began.

The mixed-voice choir presently comprises about thirty-five singers. There are no formal auditions but a good ear and a strong voice are excellent attributes! The conductor was particularly taken by the warmth and enthusiasm of the choir and young and old are warmly welcomed.

The choir’s “real” inaugural concert took place in May 2012 and was hailed by a big local audience with a standing ovation (For programme details see “Past concerts”)

Their second concert was equally successful and included a world premiere specially written for them by Geoff Davidson. Again, a big audience showed their utter delight. There is much to come from this now highly popular choir (Please see “Forthcoming concerts”).

Their repertoire is broad and interesting and challenges singers to reach their best potential. Programmes include a vast range of music from Classical pieces to Musicals, Christmas music, “Thirties” songs, Carl Jenkins’ “Mass for Peace”, medieval part-songs as well as humorous songs and other unusual items. Something for everyone! From time to time the choir also invites special guests to perform.

Accompaniments are often performed on electrical keyboards giving a new dimension to sound and presentation.

Geoff Davidson studied at the Royal Scottish Academy Music, graduating with honours in singing and piano. He was for seven years a staff member of the BBC Singers touring extensively and appearing as soloist in London’s major venues working with some of the world’s great conductors. He was also a regular singer with Sir John Eliot’s World-renowned Monteverdi Choir.

One of Scotland’s most distinguished and versatile singer/musicians, Geoff has appeared as soloist in virtually every European Capital as well as Poland, Scandinavia, the Ukraine, Canada and the USA where he appeared at the Lincoln Center, New York, and the Kennedy Center, Washington.

He sang in several operas with Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and sang solo baritone in Luciano Berio’s CORO at La Scala, Milan with Berio conducting.

His countless BBC broadcasts have included an astonishing variety of music from English lute songs to works by Britten and Schumann and for 10 years he was “Star” singer in Radio 2′s “Friday Night is Music Night”. Radio 2 brought out a CD of highlights from the programme’s 50 year history and two of Geoff’s tracks were included.

Other highlights (with Geoff as guest singer) included a “Tall Ships Gala” from Aberdeen with Terry Wogan and a “Menagerie” evening for Radio 2 with TV “Vet” Robert Hardy.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, 2001 saw his world premiere of the baritone solo in Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’s Canticum Canticorum with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Nuremberg opera-Chorus.

For ten years Geoff was Musical Director of Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society, raising the standards to new heights and steering them through huge productions such as “Titanic – the Musical”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “West Side Story”. He is currently Music Director of Claxton Opera and founder and Conductor of Norwich Pops Orchestra, a local large symphony orchestra who provide stimulating concerts of Film and Light Music. Their new Year’s Day Viennese Concert with International Star singers is a fixture in the Norwich Calendar.