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.
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.
Solid Harmony joined forces with Revelation and other choirs from East London to form a massed Gospel choir for Hugh Masakela and The Jazz Jamaica All Stars big night at the Barbican. The event was organized by ‘Serious Music’ and was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the end of aparthied in South Africa.