Sweeter Music: Ten reasons why ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ is set to be a festive treat…

La Nova Singers in concert at St Ambrose Church. Photo by Alwyn Laddell.

La Nova Singers’ Candlelit Christmas Concert. Photo by Alwyn Ladell.

We’ve been making a list; checking it twice – and we’ve come up with at least ten reasons why our ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ concert at St Ambrose on 15 December 2018 is the musical stress relief you need this December.

1. ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ means ‘In sweet rejoicing’. The carol was written by a German mystic who allegedly heard real angels singing these words, and joined them in a heavenly dance. Our version, arranged by Howard Goodall, is just as joyous – but the dancing is entirely optional!

2. The warm glow of candlelight creates an atmosphere like no other. St Ambrose Church will be lit by hundreds of real candles: combined with beautiful acoustics, and delicate harmonies, you can expect some spine-tingling moments. Such as…

3. Rachel’s solo – Samuel Barber wrote ‘Slumber Song of the Madonna’ at age 14: it’s simple and yet jaw-droppingly gorgeous. A performance that deserves to be heard.

4. The Parry String Ensemble will be joining us once more, adding an extra layer of richness to our musical blend, and performing a Rossini Christmas medley. Delightful!

5. Sam Hanson, our accompanist for the evening, is a joy to work with and even more of a joy to hear. So much more than an accompanist, he enhances our singing with his expressive playing, on organ and piano.

6. ‘Mr Christmas’ himself – John Rutter’s ‘Dancing Day’ takes traditional carols and wraps them in layers of charming harmony. Apparently he’s the nation’s favourite living composer of carols – we can believe it!

7. ‘Tundra’, by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, may not strictly be a Christmas song; but its musical evocation of a snowy winter landscape is a perfect addition to our seasonal repertoire. Classic FM describes it as ‘exquisitely beautiful’… and it is.

Photo by Benjamin Behre on Unsplash

Photo by Benjamin Behre on Unsplash

8. Mulled wine – the quintessential smell of Christmas, this will warm you from the inside out.

9. The finest mince pies – our dream team at the refreshments table, Lisa and Sally, have done meticulous research into which retailers stock the highest-rated festive treats. They serve only the best.

10. ‘White Christmas’, made famous by Bing Crosby, is a perennial favourite at this time of year. Our rendition of this Irving Berlin classic is warm and inviting, like a musical mug of hot cocoa by the fireside. Festive bliss!

Candlelit Christmas 2017. Photo by Alwyn Ladell.

Convinced yet? You can book tickets now via our online box office: https://www.ticketgun.com/events/la-nova-singers-present-in-dulci-jubilo-candlelit-christmas-concert

‘In Dulci Jubilo – a Candlelit Christmas Concert’ takes place at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth on Saturday 15 December 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance; £14 on the door. Under 10’s go free when accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult.



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.


Family Christmas Concert 2010

La Nova Singers gave a one hour family Christmas concert at the West Cliff Baptist Church, Westbourne which included favourites such as Silent Night, First Mercy, Do You Hear What I Hear 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 Bournemouth Hospital and performed on the stage in the Square, Bournemouth to raise money for Julia’s House with a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas songs performed to their usual high standards.

The group has also welcomed two new sopranos, Josephine and Jackie.

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.