Monday, 19 November 2018

Sign up to sing The Dream of Gerontius

HENLEY Choral Society is inviting all singers from Henley and surrounding areas to take part in a one-day

HENLEY Choral Society is inviting all singers from Henley and surrounding areas to take part in a one-day workshop of Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

The work is to be performed at the Concert Hall, Reading, on Saturday, March 5 — but prior to that the workshop will be held at Henley’s Holy Trinity Church from 10.30am on Saturday, January 23.

Leading the workshop will be the choral society’s 24-year-old musical director, Benjamin Goodson.

He said: “Following the success of previous workshops, I am delighted to be running this workshop on Elgar’s ravishing Dream of Gerontius.

“Henley Choral Society will be joined by the Lea Singers — the chamber group I also direct — and our superb regular accompanist David Smith will be with us.

“Every choral singer should sing Gerontius at least once in a singing lifetime! This will be a fabulous opportunity for any singer — whether they have sung this wonderful work before and want to experience it again, or have that pleasure still to come.”

Described by Paul Spicer, professor of choral conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire, as “unequivocally one of the most naturally gifted conductors I have encountered,” Benjamin Goodson is director of chapel music at Somerville College, Oxford.

He is musical director of the award-winning Bath Camerata and the Lea Singers chamber choir and was recently appointed chorus master at Dorset Opera Festival as well as being musical director of Henley Choral Society and the society’s youth choirs.

Educated at Hertford College, Oxford, Benjamin won the university’s most coveted conducting prize. He has studied conducting with Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), Peter Stark (Royal College of Music), Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music), Neil Thomson and John Farrer (London Conducting Workshop), and Ulrich Windfuhr (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg).

Benjamin has a growing reputation as a leader of vocal technique workshops, such as those for the Whitehall Choir, and for Bedford, Buckingham, Letchworth and Stevenage Choral Societies.

Henley Choral Society chair Susan Edwards said: “We have run all-day workshops before and received fantastic feedback about the quality of the experience from singers who have come from all over the South-East and beyond to sing with us — they also usually love the warm welcome and home-made cakes! We look forward to welcoming singers from near and far.”

The workshop is open to singers aged 16 and upwards and is free for under-25s to take part in.

Tickets are priced £20 in advance or on the door. Hire of the score is also available.

For further details or to book, call Jenny Fleming on (01491) 575165, email, or visit uk for full details and an online registration form.

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