Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Concert at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 1st November 2014

Belshazzar’s Feast and Carmina Burana
Saturday 1
st November 2014, 7.30pm

(click on links below for more information on performers taking part in the Sage concert)

Sir Thomas Allen CBE: Baritone
John Forsyth MBE
: Conductor

Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson: Soprano
Mark Wilde
: Tenor
Philip Smith
: Baritone

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
North East Youth Chorale

Northern Spirit Singers
Quay Lads
and Quay Lasses
The Mowbray Orchestra

Sir Thomas Allen heads a cast of over 250 to bring you two of the world’s most exciting choral works.  He is the soloist in William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast – a biblical drama in which the ‘writing on the wall’ spells out the end of the mighty city of Babylon and Belshazzar, its king. Two choirs combine to form the large main chorus for this spectacular piece. Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, which sets itself high performance standards and works hard to do justice to the great music it is privileged to sing, is led by Music Director John Forsyth.  John, who conducts the concert, is one of the most distinguished choral trainers in the UK, recently awarded the MBE for services to music and music education. North East Youth Chorale, established by John Forsyth in 2010, offers high-quality choral training and performance to young people aged 16-23. This choir was invited by Paul McCreesh to be part of the Gabrieli’s Young Singers Scheme and has given concerts and made recordings with the ensemble.  The semi-chorus is provided by an excellent choir of young adults, Northern Spirit Singers, based in Durham and led by Andy King.

Sir Thomas has selected the three soloists to feature in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana - soprano Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, tenor Mark Wilde and baritone Philip Smith. Based on medieval poems (fully translated in the comprehensive programme), Carmina Burana celebrates the coming of spring and the frustrations and delights of love – all governed by Fortune, Empress of the World.

Quay Lads and Quay Lasses, the two young choirs from The Sage Gateshead, take part, joining the ‘big choir’ for many of the choruses (including the famous O fortuna) as well as having a special role of their own.

The Mowbray Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic Choir’s long-term partner, 65 strong and including two pianos, an organ and lots of percussion, is featured in both works.  It includes excellent players from all over the north of England, some of whom play in the Hallé Orchestra or the Orchestra of Opera North.

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Reminder of Important Dates

4 Sep
- 1st rehearsal
29 Sep
(Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Royal Grammar School Newcastle.
9 Oct - AGM
No half term break in October
3 Nov (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Stockton Baptist Church
4 Nov
(Sunday) 1-8 - Orchestra rehearsal, Ripon venue. No choirs
9 Nov
(Friday) 7-10 - Full rehearsal for all choirs and main orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall
10 Nov
(Sat) - Britten: War Requiem , Sage Gateshead. Soloists and chamber orchestra 12-1, rehearsal for all 2-5, performance 7.30pm
11 Dec
- Alison Gill plays for rehearsal
16 Dec (Sunday) - Family Christmas Carol Concert, Rehearsal 1.30-2.30, Concert 3-4.15, St Barnabas Church. Fishburn Band, Alison Gill.

8 Jan - First rehearsal
19 Feb - Half term
6 April (Sat) - Concert. Mozart Vespers, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, Stockton Baptist Church. Katherine Broderick, Anna Huntley, Nicky Spence, Gavan Ring. Mowbray Orchestra.
9 & 16 April - Easter break.
23 April - first rehearsal
28 May - Half term
28 June (Friday) - Concert: Baltic Cruise and Homecoming, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Rehearsal 6pm, Concert 7.30.

3 Sep 2019 - first rehearsal
12 Oct - Mahler 2, Ripon Cathedral
6 Dec - Possible performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall - to be discussed.
15 Dec (tbc) - Family Christmas Carol Concert