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Time & Location

Sectionals (online)

March 2022 (various dates and times below)

 

Tutti workshops (live)

23rd April 2022, 3.30pm St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny

24th April 2022, 4.00pm Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast

About the Event

This April, Sestina will perform Handel's Messiah to audiences in Kilkenny and Belfast. Alongside these performances, we are delighted to present Sing with Sestina: Messiah - a ‘come and sing’ project focusing on an authentic approach to the work. This project has both online and live elements, and singers are welcome to take part in either or both parts. Participants will use high quality learning resources to guide them through this fantastic work one chorus at a time, and have the opportunity to attend live online sectionals in March 2022 with Sestina’s Musical Director, Mark Chambers, and Sestina singers Charlotte Trepess (soprano), Beth Taylor (alto), Graham Cooper (tenor) and Aaron O’Hare (bass). Live tutti workshops with the full ensemble will take place in Kilkenny and Belfast on the 23rd & 24th April 2022. 

 

Who can take part?

This programme is aimed at anyone who enjoys choral singing and has an interest in learning the work, or learning more about an authentic stylistic approach to the music. Reading music is helpful but not essential, as you will have sample recordings to help you learn the music.

What’s involved?

To assist with the learning process, participants will have access to the following resources:

  1. A series of 8 ‘bitesize’ tutorial videos in which Mark Chambers examines the stylistic approach to the choruses of Messiah

  2. Annotated scores for each chorus

  3. Bespoke backing tracks for each chorus

  4. Sample tracks recorded for each voice type by Sestina singers Charlotte Trepess (soprano), Beth Taylor (alto), Graham Cooper (tenor) and Aaron O’Hare (bass)

Participants will then have the opportunity to join two live online sectionals for their voice type in March 2022 (see dates and times below) led by Mark Chambers and one of our singers, where they will further explore the stylistic nuances of the music, and have the chance to sing along with our singers. Please note that mics will be muted for this part of the session!

Live tutti workshops will take place in Kilkenny (23rd April) and Belfast (24th April).  The workshops will last approximately 90 minutes, and explore the 8 choruses covered in the learning resources and online sectionals. Singers will have the opportunity to sing along with the full ensemble of 18 singers and 17 players, all performing on authentic period instruments. 

How to take part?

Participation in the online sectionals is free of charge, but we suggest a small donation of £5. Please register via the link below. The live workshops in Kilkenny and Belfast must be booked separately. A discounted combination ticket is available if you wish to both participate in the workshop and attend the evening performance.

Sectional times

Sectionals will each cover 4 choruses and will be  60-90 minutes long.

Soprano sectional 1

Saturday 5th March, 2pm

Soprano sectional 2

Thursday 17th March, 7pm

Alto sectional 1

Sunday 6th March, 2pm

Alto sectional 2

Sunday 27th March, 2pm

Tenor sectional 1

Thursday 10th March, 7pm

Tenor sectional 2

Saturday 26th March, 2pm

Bass sectional 1

Sunday 6th March, 4pm

Bass sectional 2

Sunday 27th March, 4pm

Tutti Workshops

Tutti workshops will be live and taking place with the full ensemble.

23rd April 2022, 3.30pm

St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny

24th April 2022, 4.00pm Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast

 
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