Voices in Paisley 2011 Music Festival
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Voices in Paisley 2010 Music Festival

We are pleased to annouce the full programme for this years 'Voices in Paisley 2011 Music Festival'.

Please note that tickets are sent to your email address or can be printed directly from the screen immediately after purchase.
Tickets are also available to buy at the concert on the door. Please call us on 0141 849 1721 if you require any further information.

A Little Light Music
£10.00 | 22 OCT
Sherwood Greenlaw Church, Paisley – 7.30pm
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The Arkleston Singers, The Auburn Singers & The Gleniffer Singers

The Auburn Singers, a ladies choir of around 21 voices, was founded in 1970 in Barrhead. They have had a number of successes in competitive music festivals in Southport, Blackpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Since her appointment as conductor in 1991, Elizabeth Leggat has introduced a varied and popular repertoire which includes music from the 16th century, works by Handel, Mozart and Britten, folk songs from around the world, jazz classics, pop and songs from the shows. The accompanist for the Auburn Singers is Fiona Butcher.

The Gleniffer Singers were founded in 1967 and based in Paisley, this female choir is actively involved in concert, festival and competition work across Scotland, and further afield. The group has appeared in a wide range of prestigious venues and has performed with many other choirs and ensembles throughout the years.

The Arkleston Singers were founded in 1979. The Arkleston Singers sing a wide range of repertoire to audiences throughout Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond. Since their foundation, their ethos has been to perform an eclectic mix of music from baroque to madrigals through part songs to contemporary pop. The breadth of their repertoire has always been their hallmark but in recent years they have also promoted the works of living composers, particularly those based in Scotland, and explored choral music which sees them partnered by chamber instrumental ensembles. The choir's annual concerts have not only included European and Scottish premières but have also featured some of Scotland's rising young talent as soloists.

Lunchtime recital by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)
£Donation | 24 OCT
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Paisley – 1.00pm
Andrew Nunn (Tenor), Accompanist - Geoffrey Tanti (Piano)

Twenty-three year old Andrew grew up in Middlesbrough where he started his music education. He was a member of the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra and the successful Tees Valley Youth Choir, grand finalists in the 2006 BBC Choir of the Year competition. Under the direction of John Forsyth, this choir began Andrew's passion for singing and choral music.

In September 2006 Andrew became a student at the RSAMD as a principal study Oboe and Cor Anglais player and he graduated in July 2010 with a BMus (Hons) degree. During his undergraduate degree, Andrew has been the principal Cor Anglais of the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He has also been a member of Camerata Scotland and the NYOS Futures ensemble. In 2010 Andrew was chosen for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra apprenticeship scheme on Cor Anglais.

Despite much orchestral experience and training, choral music has always been a large part of Andrew's life and a major passion. This led him to form the Les Sirènes Female Chamber Choir in September 2007 which has received much success and critical acclaim. He has also been a member of the RSAMD Chamber Choir, performing the tenor solos in Monteverdi's Beatus Vir and has performed tenor solos with the Kilbarchan Singers, most recently in Herbert Howell's A Spotless Rose. In August 2011, Andrew performed the tenor solos in Handel's Dixit Dominus with the Cadenza Choir as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is also the conductor of the Kirkintilloch Ladies Choir, Bridge of Weir Choral Society and has guest conducted the Bothwell Philharmonic Choir and the RSAMD Chamber Choir. Furthermore, he works with John Pryce-Jones, as the assistant conductor of the Yorkshire Youth Choir.

From September 2011, Andrew will be continuing to study on the Master of Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for which he has received a full scholarship. He is currently studying singing under the tutelage of Gordon Wilson. After successful audition, Andrew was recently awarded the Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellowship of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus.
Lunchtime recital by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)
£Donation | 26 OCT
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Paisley – 1.00pm
Victoria Atkinson (Soprano), Accompanist - Geoffrey Tanti (Piano)

Originally from County Durham, Victoria moved to Glasgow in 2006 to study on the Bachelor of Music (Hons) course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. This year she continues to study on a two year Masters in Performance programme at RSAMD under the tutelage of Judith Howarth.

She is a founder member of the critically acclaimed Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir with whom she toured Scotland and were BBC Choir of the Year semi-finalists in 2010. Prior to this her involvement in choirs has afforded her the opportunity to take part in three European tours including notable performances in St Mark's Cathedral, Venice and The Madeleine Church, Paris.

Victoria has a great passion for Opera and during her Undergraduate took part in the Academy Opera Choruses of War and Peace (Prokofiev), Dialogues de Carmelites (Poulenc) and Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart). Last August she took on her first solo role playing Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro for Music for People Summer School. Roles performed in RSAMD opera scenes have included Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Poppea, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Queen Angelica in Handel's Orlando.

On the concert platform Victoria has been soloist in Faure Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass and Pergolesi Stabat Mater.

Future roles include Olympia in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman with Fife Opera, and also a chamber performance of Schoenberg's rarely performed melodrama Pierrot Lunaire.

School's Concert
£5.00 | 26 OCT
St Andrew's Academy – 7.30pm
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This Concert provides a fantastic opportunity for musical and enthusiastic pupils to perform to an audience and also to be part of an audience. Through the Experiences and Outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence, pupils gain skills in the Expressive Arts by "creating, presenting and performing" a programme of music. This then, is an opportunity you have been waiting for!

We look forward to hearing the choirs perform.

The Voices in Paisley Choral Festival lets young people celebrate their musical achievement through providing a rich musical choral platform. It is not a competition: allowing our young people to sing, listen to and gain wider experience of other primary and secondary school choirs from across Renfrewshire.

Lunchtime recital by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)
£Donation | 28 OCT
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Paisley – 1.00pm
Laura Margaret Smith (Mezzo-soprano), Accompanist - Theodoros Iosifidis (Piano)

Winner of the Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio 2010, Scottish mezzo-soprano, LAURA MARGARET SMITH has recently been awarded a place in the RSAMD's Alexander Gibson Opera School following successful completion of her Masters in Vocal Performance. During her Masters year, she was awarded ‘Commended' in the Governors Recital Prize for Singing and finalist in the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize. Laura also received a Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award this year.

Laura's roles include Florence Pike, Albert Herring (Alexander Gibson Opera School, RSAMD), Matilda, The Dr Ferret Bad Medicine Road Show, Stephen Deazley (recording, Scottish Opera) and creating the role of Clarissa in The Turing Test, Julian Wagstaff (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, 2007). In excerpt series, she has sang the roles of Lucretia and Cenerentola (RSAMD) and Rosina (Aberdeen International Youth Festival Opera Residency).

As a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Laura has worked with Ann Murray and Ian Partridge on the English Song course in Aldeburgh. She has also had the privilege of working in masterclasses with Jane Eaglen, Lisa Milne and Dr. Roy Howat. Laura was recently nominated for the Sybil Tutton Opera Award and represented Scotland in the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette Competition of French song earlier this year.

Laura recently made her solo debut in the Royal Festival Hall with the New London Orchestra, premiering Ronald Corp's The Wayfarer. She has also premiered with the award winning Psappha ensemble, one of the UK's top contemporary music groups in a concert of commissions written for the group. She is a keen interpreter of contemporary music, and sang as soloist in Lindberg's Graffiti under Stéphane Denève during the RSNO's groundbreaking "10 out of 10" season of contemporary works in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and The Usher Hall. She also sings with contemporary group, Scottish Voices.

An experienced concert singer, Laura has performed Mozart Requiem (David Danzmayr & RSAMD Orchestra and Choir), Dvorak Mass in D (Dr. John Kitchen, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris), Tormis St John's Day Songs (Christopher Bell, Hungary) Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Vaughan-Williams Mass in G minor, Rachmaninoff Vespers, Britten The World of the Spirit, and Jenkins The Armed Man.

Outside Laura's solo career, she is involved as an educator with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the RSNO Junior Chorus. Laura is also an active performer with the Live Music Now scheme, which provides performance opportunities to young professional musicians in community settings.

Laura is looking forward to working with Dr Elly Ameling at the Leeds Lieder+ Festival and being involved in the Samling course next year.
Magic of the Musicals
£10.00 | 29 OCT
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas – 7.30pm
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Starlight Productions presents 'Magic of the Musicals'

Come and join us for an exciting programme of songs from the musicals performed by this semi-professional theatre company.

All excellent soloists in their own right, these fine singers blend together to make a captivating sound in the chorus numbers. Explore the full range of musical theatre repertoire as they sing ballads from favourites such as Carousel and hits from modern day musicals, including Songs For A New World. Travel with them as they journey from Africa (The Lion King) to Vietnam (Miss Saigon) from the deep South of America (Dessa Rose) to England (My Fair Lady) and finishing in France for an emotional rendition of songs from Les Miserables.

Led by musical director Maria Wilson and accompanied by Stephen Cowan, the singers are Richard Magowan, Drew Wilson, Scott Sutherland, Emma Speirs, Sarah McNeil, Aisling Gilbert and Hannah Jackson.

Book early - their recent concerts have been sell-outs!

Lunch time Recital
Starlight Theatre Company Students
£Donation | 01 NOV
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Paisley – 1.00pm
Aisling Gilbert (soprano), Accompanist - Maria Wilson (Piano)

Lunch time Recital
Starlight Theatre Company Students
£Donation | 03 NOV
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church Paisley – 1.00pm
Hannah Jackson (soprano), Accompanist - Maria Wilson

Inverclyde Voices and Inverclyde Schools Choirs
£10.00 | 04 NOV
Paisley Abbey – 7.30pm
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Inverclyde Voices began on 12th September 2005 with around 60 members coming along to the first rehearsal. This quickly grew to over 100 members in the weeks that followed. The choir was founded by Palma Allan in response to a direct request from senior pupils who wanted to continue singing after leaving the Junior/Senior Choir with over eight years vocal training under their belts. Many parents and friends also wanted to join asking if it would be okay since they couldn't sing/read music. The aim of Inverclyde Voices has always been to offer the opportunity to sing together and bring simple but uplifting repertoire to people from all walks of life, many who don't read music and haven't sung in a choir before. But we also have members who are good musicians and have sung in choirs for many years. Both groups of people have grown and developed together over the last six years since the choir's inception and the sense of camaraderie, one of the many benefits of singing in a large choir, has grown tremendously. We now have almost 140 members who come together every Monday evening to sing and meet at several other points in the year to socialise!

The choir currently hosts at least three concerts each year in the Autumn, at Christmas and in the Spring. It also participates in fundraising concerts and in 2009 helped to raise over £10000 for Mary's Meals in Haiti as part of a choral extravaganza in Greenock Town Hall. The choir has just finished recording its first CD "Songs from the Heart". It contains a few new songs as well as some old favourites. Inverclyde Voices continues to go from strength to strength and last year took part in the audition round of the BBC Choir of the Year 2010 Competition singing in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and gaining an excellent adjudication and very high marks for musicianship, technical ability and performance.

Carmina Burana
£10.00 | 06 NOV
Paisley Town Hall – 7.30pm
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It is with great pleasure that we invite NYCoS Renfrewshire to perform in a fantastic production of "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff at the Voices in Paisley Choral Festival 2011.

The production features the St James' Orchestra, a festival chorus of 100 singers and the Renfrewshire children's chorus of the National Youth Choir of Scotland.( NYCoS Renfrewshire)

This concert provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase and share the musical talents of NYCoS with an audience gathered from across Scotland.

The Voices in Paisley Choral Festival allows established musical choral groups to celebrate and share musical achievement by providing a rich musical choral platform for performance.

The Carmina Burana Concert is therefore "not to be missed!"

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