Festival Chorus 2019
Every year Willington Prep, in Wimbledon, has an Arts Festival, which culminates in a yearly Gala Concert held at St Paul’s Church in Southfields. The Festival Chorus is led by Scott Inglis-Kidger, Director of Choristers at Willington and Founder and Artistic Director of the Platinum Consort, which started life as a professional vocal ensemble at The University of Cambridge but now includes vocal workshops and coaching. Please visit https://www.platinumconsort.com and Scott on Twitter at https://twitter.com/singliskidger for more information.
Our Festival Chorus is made up of Willington Staff, Choristers, Parents, Former Parents and importantly friends of the Willington Community. We would like to invite you to join our friendly chorus this term (commencing Thursday, 25thApril).
This year we will be singing excerpts from “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn (English version). This oratorio is considered to be one of Haydn’s greatest accomplishments. He was inspired to write it following one of his visits to London in the 1790s. At Westminster Abbey he attended one of Handel’s oratorio performances and was so overcome by emotion that he vowed to create a commercially successful magnum opus of his own. The main sources of the Creation text were the Old Testament’s book of Genesis, Paradise Lost by Milton and the book of Psalms. The work received its first public performance in 1799 and was immediately recognised as an ultimate masterpiece, receiving many performances all over Europe.
If you are not familiar with this piece or simply want to listen to a recommended version from Scott, here are some ways to listen:
We will be singing the Schirmer vocal edition of the score. You can purchase it here:
Rehearsal files can help you in your practice. Please note that these rehearsal files do not specifically relate to the Schirmer edition that we are using so if you are relying on these files there is a small possibility of minor modifications.
· John Fletcher (free to register for out-of-copyright files):
We will have 8 weeks of rehearsal followed by the Gala Concert. Rehearsals normally run from 7- 8.30pm with refreshments from 8.30-9pm.
Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to join the Willington Prep Festival Chorus this year. We will contact you before the rehearsals begin. If you have any urgent questions please contact email@example.com.
Yamini Franzini, Festival Chorus Administrator
(Former Willington Parent, currently a parent at Hampton School and KCS Wimbledon)