For our Christmas concert we were delighted to be singing the Manchester Carols once again.
The Manchester Carols are the result of an inspired collaboration between Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning. In an "inspiring and magical contemporary re-telling of the Christmas story" their creators have produced thought-provoking poetry which engages with the modern world and music which is instantly appealing and eminently singable. The collection has been described as the "most remarkable suite of new carols to be published in decades". These carols are for everyone wishing to join in Christmas celebrations.
The carols were written in Manchester in 2007 and first performed by children from several Manchester schools at The Royal Northern College of Music (in 2007 and again in 2008). "All who worked on them - librettist, composer, artist, conductor, teachers, musicians and singers - live and work in that great city. And so these are, and will forever be, The Manchester Carols".
As a final special event to celebrate the Lindow Singers' 50th anniversary year our June concert included music from the choir's repertoire over the past 50 years, chosen by Roy Vickery, a founder member of the Lindow Singers.
The concert included well known songs and choral works as well as excerpts from the Faure Requiem. We also sang the Spirit of Lindow, the work specially written for us by Sasha Johnson Manning and first performed in our November concert. Stawberries and cream and a glass of wine were provided.
Our musical director, Russell Medley, also directs Sale Choral Society and they joined us on Saturday March 15th to sing Haydn's Creation. The choirs were accompanied by an orchestra with Richard Brocklehurst as continuo and featured soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music.
The choir performing the Spirit of Lindow in celebration of fifty years of music making in the Wilmslow area. The choir also sang the well known Requiem by Cherubini
The choir was very pleased to welcome Sasha, the composer of 'The Spirit of Lindow', to a rehearsal. Also in the photo are our accompanist, Richard Brocklehurst, our conductor, Russell Medley, and Nigel Stones, a choir member and author of one of the poems that Sasha set to music for our anniversary concert.
Our concert on the 10th November included something special for Wilmslow! We performed specially commissioned music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lindow Singers, using poems suggested by choir members to encapsulate the spirit of singing, and something special of the area - whether walking by the Bollin, upon Alderley Edge, or digging out Lindow Man. This included "the First Music" by Elizabeth Jennings, "Music" by Walter de la Mare and stanzas from "Pearl," translated from Medieval English, all composed by Sasha Johnson Manning, composer too of the Manchester Carols.