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Award-winning composer to conduct Romsey choir
10:39am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
AN AWARD-winning composer will conduct the Romsey Choral Society, writes Ruby May Allen.
Emmy, Brit and Bafta award-winning composer Howard Goodall, England’s first-ever National Ambassador for singing, will conduct the choir in a concert at Romsey Abbey on November 9.
The concert will include Eternal Light by Howard Goodall, and Sure on this Shining Night Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, and is the only one that Howard is conducting this year.
The society became involved with Howard after chairman of the choir Kath Tilling bumped into him at a concert in London last year.
She told him that they were doing one of his works and she cheekily asked him if he wanted to conduct it.
Surprisingly, he told her to contact his agent, and then they confirmed the date.
Choir publicity manager Kaarina Manzur said: “I think it’s helped that due to our guest conductor Jamie Hall’s fantastic coaching and the fact that he is a BBC Singer, we have become involved with the BBC Singers, and over the last year our singing has improved dramatically as a result.
"All of this means that celebrities are open to an association with us. A great venue of Romsey Abbey also helps.”
Howard has composed well known music such as the Vicar of Dibley theme and recently presented the Story of Music on BBC2.
In the past year, Romsey Choral Society was privileged to work with principal guest conductor of the BBC singers Paul Brough, founder member of the 1993 BBC Choir of the Year Canzonetta Marcus Pashley and member of the BBC Singers Jamie W. Hall.
Details of the concert can be seen at romseychoral.org.uk.
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