Solid Harmony News – 12 Apr 2005

We’re back from our Easter break – we all hope you enjoyed yours? – and we have a few dates for you to put in your diaries. Click on any of the links for further details.

Solid Harmony will be performing at Stratford Circus on the 23rd of this month (April) as part of the FLYA 2005 event in London. It should be a fantastic evening filled with talent from all the different boroughs in East London.

Then on the 26th May as part of the NewVic College Fashion Show and on the 25th June, the choir will be performing at the Barbican Concert Hall as part of the music strand of the Newham Arts Festival.

As part of the BIG SING, they will be performing on a stage witn two massed combined schools choirs, and the Newham Academy Orchestra. Not to be missed!

Composer Sarah Jewell Teaches Solid Harmony Some New Tricks!!

On Tuesday 23rd November, Sarah came to lead a choir rehearsal with Solid Harmony, teaching them her own beautiful arrangement of ‘Make me an instrument of your Peace’. In just one session the choir had added it to their ever widening repertoire and would like to thank Sarah and her assistant Diane Leak for a thoroughly enjoyable rehearsal!

Sarah Jewell leads the Songlines Choirs in North London. They sing a wide range of folk and gospel songs from around the world, mostly arranged by Sarah herself.

Solid Harmony at CME Wales 2004

On Saturday 30th July, 12 members of Solid Harmony, 2 chaperones and their conductor, set off in the NewVIc minibus for Wales. The Canadian organization CME – Choral Music Experience, were holding a convention at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, for international choirs and conductors.

Solid Harmony prepared a wide selection of repertoire, sent by CME for4 intensive weeks prior to the departure. The music included everything from North American Indian chants to Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ Opera.

After a week of hard work with members of the CME faculty, in particular the wonderful Janet Galvan, Scott Gilmore, Lorna MacDonald, Doreen Rao and of course Willaim Buhr accompanying. The choir also had great fun getting to know the Washington State Youth Choir and the St. Louis Youth Choir. All choirs came together on the last day to perform at Llandaff Cathedral and St. David’s Hall.

Solid Harmony thank the Institute for an “inspiring and rewarding” week.