We already have plans in place for 2020 (our year of celebrating Music and the Arts). Ciara (our strings' tutor) has provisionally invited the Belfast based choir Sestina to come to the school in April 2020 to perfoem and provide workshops in choral singing. Below is a short biogrpahy of the group-
In 2011, a group of young singers from Northern Ireland had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned countertenor Mark Chambers in preparation for a landmark Proms performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The singers were so inspired by the experience of working among professional groups and soloists that they decided to establish a new ensemble based in Northern Ireland, and so Sestina was born. From this initial ad hoc group of singers, Sestina has developed into an ensemble with an ever-growing reputation for excellence, both in its mentorship of young singers and in the quality of its performances, specialising in early music.
Our chamber choir will also be collaborating with our orchestra in 2020, entering the Laudate choral festival (as well as others hopefully) and will be a centre piece for our 10th year anniverary of the strings' project concert in November 2020.