Vintage Brass

La Nova Singers were guest performers at a concert organised by Vintage Brass. The core Vintage Brass band were joined by band members from brass bands across the Wessex Region, including members of the Royal Marines School of Music; and they also welcomed special guest Steven Mead, the internationally renowned Euphonium soloist.

Christmas Concerts in 2009

La Nova Singers gave a one hour family Christmas concert at the West Cliff Baptist Church which included favourites such as O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and White Christmas.

The ladies have entertained many people over the festive season in addition to their main concerts.  They have appeared as special guests during a Christmas church service, sang for patients at Christchurch Hospital, Greystones Community Hall Highcliffe for the elderly and performed at Locators corporate Christmas event. A mixture of traditional and modern Christmas songs were performed to their usual high standards.

A Grand Christmas Concert at Somerley House

You could feel the anticipation and excitement as you stepped through the grand entrance to Somerley House.  With the audience in evening attire and mulled wine in hand, we were ready for a magical evening of entertainment from La Nova Singers.

The first half was performed in period costume echoing the era of Somerley House and the Gallery where the concert took place.   The singing was fantastic and the songs performed were well selected.  The Hallelujah Chorus filled the Gallery.  The first half concluded with a delightful semi – staged scene from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Publicity photo for Somerley House concert, from the Daily Echo.

The Countess and Suzanna sang the letter duet, Cherubino sang his love poem to the Countess, ‘Voi che sapete’ and the maid servants sang the flower song ‘Ricevete’ – presenting flowers to members of the audience as well as the Countess.

A variety of well known Christmas songs and carols were performed in the second half.  There was also an element of audience participation with two gentlemen battling to be the best bell shaker during Jingle Bells!

La Nova Singers now attract a national and international audience with people traveling from Denmark, Guernsey, Leeds and London to attend this concert.

Children in Need 2009

La Nova Singers performed a one hour concert on Saturday 21st November in the Sovereign Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth to raise funds for Children in Need.

The event was a great success and the singers collected £340.76 from the generous shoppers of Boscombe.

The singers would like to thank all those who help with the collecting, as well as our stand-in pianist Janine Khalil, for giving their time so generously; also the Sovereign Centre staff for looking after us.

NUNS ALOUD! Medieval melodies on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

La Nova singers took part in the Gold Hill Medieval Fayre as nuns of the Shaftesbury Abbey. Performing medieval sacred songs including Gaudete, There Is No Rose and Cedit Hyems Eminus.

The singers performed while walking around the town in procession, and also performed the whole repertoire in St Peters Church, which is at the top of Gold Hill.

Visitors were also treated to a selection of songs outside the Abbey ruins.

Gold Hill is famous for its appearances in the Hovis adverts. The costumes were provided by Glad Rags fancy dress hire.

Concert at St Mary’s Church, Dorchester

La Nova Singers performed at St Mary’s Church in Dorchester to an appreciative audience. The audience were treated to a variety of music including John Rutter’s All Things Bright and Beautiful, the popular You Raise Me Up, plus Fairy Chorus from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and choral songs and solos by Vivaldi, Haydn and Puccini.

Principal, Michelle Nova also performed two wonderful pieces; Pace Pace Mio Dio and Gypsy Fiddles.

The sound produced by the group of ten in the church was phenomenal.

Watch the video below to see the Barcarolle performed by Su Convy and Rachel Scivier.

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Art Boot Sale at The Study Gallery

La Nova Singers took part in the first ‘Art Boot Sale’ at The Study Gallery, North Road College, Poole, Dorset, on Saturday 31st January, which ran from 10am to 12 noon. The weather was windy and very cold but they were warm as they performed inside the gallery next to the cafe. They sang an eclectic mix of music from opera, operetta, musicals, medieval and popular songs, which was very well received by a good sized audience.  There was much excitement  about the singers and several people had come along especially to hear them after seeing their name listed in the advertising of this new and exciting event.  The singers also had enquiries to perform at future events.

One of the other artists taking part was Olivia Keith who is a Reportage Artist and she asked if she could draw us while we were singing.  It is a wonderful picture and we are so pleased that she chose us as her subject.

This new event turned out to be very successful and you will be able to see La Nova Singers at the Gallery in the future.

Olivia Keith’s picture of La Nova Singers at the Art Boot Sale.