Philharmonia Chorus launches Stimmbildung programme
Today we are launching our first series of Stimmbildung workshops - classical German voice training, to be given by Chorus Master Stefan Bevier on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in April in central London.
Each workshop will last 30 minutes for up to 6 singers of the same voice type (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). These Stimmbildung workshops are open to all singers, whether or not they are members of the Chorus. This is an important opportunity to experience the German approach to voice training, not readily available in the UK.
If you would like to take part or learn more about it, please e-mail the administrator of the workshops, Brenda Smith Johnson.
Parsifal in Valencia
The Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a performance of Act 3 of Wagner's Parsifal in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia on Saturday 28 March, with soloists Sir John Tomlinson, José Ferrero, and Roman Trekel. The Orquesta de Valencia will be conducted by Yaron Traub.
Brahms and Rossini at King's
At this year's Easter at King's Festival, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in performances of Nänie by Brahms, and the Stabat Mater by Rossini. The Chorus will join Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano), Tom Raskin (tenor) and Henry Waddington (bass), and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Nänie sets to music the poem by Friedrich Schiller. Brahms composed the piece in 1881, some 12 years after Ein deutches Requiem, in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach. It is one of the most beautiful yet rarely performed pieces by Brahms.
An opera composer to his bones, Rossini had decided to retire at the age of only 37. He never wrote another opera, but his irrepressible operatic spirit permeates the few pieces he did go on to compose, none more so than the magnificent Stabat Mater, completed in 1841.
Bruckner - Te DeumOxford Philomusica conducted by Marios Papadopoulos
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 29 November 2014 6 / 01 / 2015
The Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form, their separate choral lines clearly etched in the more contrapuntal passages, and the ringing sonority of the upper voices in the bolder homophonic passages matching the blazing ranks of the brass instruments. Almost needless to say, the sopranos’ reaching up to the top C of the final climax was the magnificent apex of a fine performance.....
Curtis Rodgers, www.seenandheardinternational.com
7 December 2014
Mozart - RequiemThe Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page
Barbican, 8 October 2014 12 / 10 / 2014
Page had assembled a quartet of soloists fit to grace any opera stage; indeed, they invested their solos with a fervour that wouldn’t have been out of place in the opera house. Soprano Sophie Bevan and mezzo Sarah Connolly radiated light while tenor John Mark Ainsley was ardent and bass Darren Jeffery sonorous. Fine as they were, they were outshone by the Philharmonia Chorus, easily outnumbering the orchestral players and at times threatening to blast it from the stage. It sang with a lusty intensity that was at times overwhelming; if heaven wasn’t quite stormed, it wasn’t because of any lack of choral power.
Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 9 October 2014
Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 2014 2 / 09 / 2014
The combined Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus was as responsive to the drama of the work as the orchestra. Its first entry was marked with a solemn, sepulchral hush, but still with wonderfully focussed tone quality.
Curtis Rogers - www.classicalsource.co.uk
The Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were superbly focused, especially in their almost inaudible hushed singing.
Hilary Finch - The Times
The choral singing – from the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus – was glorious in its warmth and fervour.
Tim Ashley - Guardian
The hushed voices of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus were so well blended that their impact was enhanced: an image of vast panoramas and repose...
Anne Ozorio - http://www.operatoday.com
...the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form; one could have taken dictation from them.
Mark Berry - http://seenandheard-international.com
....the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus produced a magical sound, the rich timbre matched with impressively tight control for such a large vocal ensemble.
Jack Johnson - http://bachtrack.com
Verdi - Messa da RequiemOrquesta da Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Sala Iturbi, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 13 June 2014 17 / 07 / 2014
'The value of such a choir is unquestionable. Many fine choirs have sung at the Palau, but few like this one. The impact made by the interweaving of the one hundred plus voices in the Sanctus, for example – a combination of power and agility – was immediately exceeded by the lesson in clarity and purposefulness of phrasing in the Agnus Dei.'
Alfredo Brotons, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano
15 June 2014