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!

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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

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.

Let’s hear it for the Studio Choir! – Joint concert for Macmillan Caring Locally is a resounding success

Michelle Nova, singer and singing teacher, with the Studio Choir at a concert in Bournemouth

It’s not an unusual story in this day and age: a disparate group of women, brought together almost by chance and faced with the apparently insurmountable task of forming themselves into an elite singing ensemble. In just a few short weeks, these women became a fully-fledged choir. Their mission: to sing – aargh! – in public, and raise some money for charity into the bargain.

But this is not a television show. This is the Studio Choir, formed from participants in singing teacher Michelle Nova’s first all-female Bel Canto choral course. Like the now-famous Military Wives Choir created by Gareth Malone, they enjoyed the many benefits of singing: the intense focus that takes your mind off day-to-day worry; the conscious breathing and good posture; and the confidence that comes from mastering a difficult challenge. They have also had the opportunity to study techniques passed down by the great Bel Canto singers of history, and put these to use in a charity concert for Christchurch-based cancer charity Macmillan Caring Locally.

Studio Choir, La Nova Singers, Bella Nova Singers and Michelle Nova

We members of La Nova Singers were of course not allowed to rest on our laurels and let these other talented women do all the singing! The concert, ‘Light is my Heart’, featured performances from ourselves and our ‘little sister’ ensemble Bella Nova Singers; so there was a wide range of different music for the audience to enjoy. All the singers joined together to perform songs including Ricevete from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and The Rhythm of Life.

Thanks to a generous audience, we raised £365 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Exclusive video footage from the concert will soon be available from the La Nova Studios YouTube channel.

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NEW VIDEO: In Concert at Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch, Dorset

Follow the journey of La Nova Singers as they prepare to perform at historic Highcliffe Castle in December 2012.
Video filmed and edited by Sarita ‘Frit’ Tam : vimeo.com/saritafrit

You can read more about the making of the video on Frit’s blog.

This is our first professionally filmed and produced video and we think it’s rather brilliant! Even if it does feature some questionable dance moves. Do you like it? Let us know in the Comments!