Saturday 2nd December 2023
We are an auditioned and growing choir of ninety members who enjoy bringing new music to audiences as well as continuing to perform classics from the choral repertoire. Our current season includes four concerts and a Come and Sing workshop, presented in a variety of venues in Leamington and Warwick, all with instrumental accompaniment and professional soloists.
Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays in term-time, and we have a very experienced professional accompanist. We have an active committee which works closely with the Musical Director.
The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced professional or semi-professional musician who enjoys leading amateurs and professionals in high-quality music-making; a confident communicator who relishes the opportunity to be an advocate for music-making in Warwickshire.
Full details of the post and how to apply can be downloaded using the link below. You are very welcome to contact the Chairman, Richard Taulbut, for further information. Contact details may be found in the further particulars.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10th January 2024. Interviews for long-listed candidates will take place on Saturday 10th February 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to lead a 30-minute choir rehearsal on Wednesday 28th February 2024.
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Sunday 17th December 2023
Early anonymous texts such as ‘Make we joy now in this fest’ and ‘Sweet was the song the Virgin sang’ appear alongside poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. The mood of the music changes rapidly, from boisterous and joyful to reflective and mysterious and back again, keeping the choir on our toes. We had just five weeks to learn this piece, which was a challenge, but the hard work in rehearsals paid off. Our performance on the day was greatly enhanced by our visiting brass group ARC Brass, along with our percussionist Keith Crompton and our organist Colin Druce,
Other pieces in the concert also presented the familiar in unfamiliar ways, with various arrangements of well known carols made by RLSBC Musical Directors past and present. Peter Hurford’s version of
ARC Brass, a quintet of recent graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, added even more variety to the mix - their contributions to the afternoon’s entertainment ranged from Bach to the ever popular
As ever, we owe huge thanks to our Musical Director Lee Dunleavy for his energy, enthusiasm and sheer hard work - some of it very much ‘behind the scenes’, such as putting together a third ‘Heritage Booklet’ for us, supported by the Vaughan Williams Foundation. As most of you already know, we are currently seeking the right person to be our next Musical Director, as Lee will be leaving at the end of the season to pursue a vocation in the Church of England ministry. We shall be very sad to see him go…
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