La Nova Singers female choir singing at a wedding in Dorset | Photo by Simon Furlong Photography: http://simonfurlongphotography.smugmug.com/

A soprano gets married – Lucy and Ben’s wedding at Corfe Castle

In October 2014, La Nova Singers made their way to Corfe Castle village (sadly not by steam train) for the wedding of one of their own sopranos. Lucy married Ben at a lovely ceremony in St Edward’s Church – fortunately a stone’s throw away from the National Trust tea rooms, to which the choir decamped post-ceremony for scones with lashings of cream and jam. It’s a hard life being a singer!

These gorgeous wedding photos are by Simon Furlong Photography, who did a fantastic job of capturing the joy and humour of the day.

Wedding choir rehearsing before the ceremony

The beautiful – and practical! – bride

Here’s the video which was made on the day – though you’ll be hard-pressed to spot us, as we were doing our best not to block the videographer’s view of the ceremony!

La Nova Singers love castles. And cream teas!

Step back in time : WW1 Concert Dress Rehearsal

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Join us as we step back in time – no, not 100 years, but to a beautiful sunny day at the very beginning of July, when La Nova Singers congregated on the bowling green to rehearse for our WW1 commemorative concert…

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Our venue was the beautifully restored bowling pavilion opposite The Kings Arms boutique hotel…

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And after a slight delay whilst our intrepid ‘land girl’ Rebecca got to grips with the photographic equipment – 20140701_205018

– we were assembled and ready for a little promo photo!
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Smile, ladies!lanovasingers-singforvictory

Megaversary…

Remembering the Mega Choir event one year on, with Nadia Amura‘s fantastic video from the DVD. Could that be us singing in the introduction…? (Answer: yes.)

Meanwhile, our fellow Mega Choir performers Funky Little Choir and the Chicken Soup Choir could be singing their way to victory this Sunday in London for Choir of the Year 2014 – although the New Forest Children’s Choir and New Forest Chamber Choir will also be competing! With so many talented local groups in the running, this could turn out to be a very interesting show – so look out, London!

(Did I put enough links in this post? Maybe it needs another one.)

‘Meet My Choir’ on BBC Radio 3

Meet My Choir - La Nova Singers on BBC Radio 3

This afternoon, La Nova Singers had their first broadcast on national radio – an interview with our multi-talented alto/soprano/soloist/artist Anne Terkelsen, during which a few tracks of our singing were also played. The interview tells the La Nova Singers story, and is available to listen again on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days (until 4/05/2014).

To listen, click here and go to 33 minutes 13 seconds in. Let us know what you think in the comments!

We’d like to thank the production team at BBC Radio 3 for giving us this fantastic opportunity to be heard by the nation’s choral fans. If you’re a singer and would like your choir to be featured in a future episode, the programme makers would love to hear from you – contact thechoir@bbc.co.uk and they’ll e-mail you a factsheet. You just record your own interview and audio tracks and they’ll do the editing.

We found the process really easy – and there are few things that can be better than the thrill of hearing your own voices come out of the radio, whilst sat in a cafe on a Sunday afternoon, everyone craning their necks over the table to hear while other customers and staff wonder who let the mad women in! Then you all pose for a photo to go on Twitter, this being the 21st Century and all.

La Nova Singers listening to themselves on Radio 3 in the Arcado Lounge, ChristchurchWe all had cakes and tea while listening to it, because that’s what we’re like.

Stourhead Festival of the Voice 2013

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The Pantheon at Stourhead is a fantastically beautiful place to perform, and the view across the lake is gorgeous – whatever the weather. This year’s Festival of the Voice unluckily coincided with storm warnings and threats of a deluge – but some amazingly optimistic souls were there to hear us, with the reward of a window in the weather as well as our singing!outside-pantheon

The circular, marble-lined temple interior was, however, a temptation – particularly to test out the acoustics, which were lovely (although it was a challenge to our bel canto technique to keep the volume low enough for a smallish, stone-lined space).

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It was a bit like singing inside a piece of Wedgwood pottery…!

A curious rebound made it sound disconcertingly, to those of us second sopranos and altos, as if the first sopranos had swapped sides. Nevertheless it was very rewarding to sing the Saint Saens ‘Ave Maria’ in such a lovely setting.

– Today’s blog post is brought to you by our Treasurer and Second Soprano, Virginia.