Sat 02Mar2024

Choruses from Vivaldi’s Gloria

West Leigh Infant School, Westfield Drive, Backwell BS48 3NG

10.30am

Organiser: Heather Gibbard / heathergibbard@hotmail.co.uk


Workshop with Ben England BEM for SATB voices and strings
Choruses from Vivaldi’s Gloria

Violins, violas, cellos/violone (please bring a stand),
and keyboard player (Ben will bring a keyboard). 
PITCH 415.

Saturday 2nd March, 2024 from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm
(coffee and tuning at 10 am)

at West Leigh Infant School, Westfield Drive, Backwell BS48 3NG


There is a good car park at the school, but participants are encouraged to travel by public transport if practicable. Nailsea and Backwell mainline station is about a 15-20 minute walk away and various buses serve the stop at Backwell Crossroads which is equidistant from the school.

Ben is an internationally renowned conductor, teacher and innovator. In 2020 he was awarded the BEM. In 2022 he received the University of Bristol's Alumni Award for Community Engagement and Impact. A graduate of this University, he trained as a conductor with Dr Alan Rump and Dr Adrian Beaumont, before going on to study conducting with Denise Ham of the London Conducting Academy. As a former music teacher and Director of Music Ben has run musical events across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Today he teaches music and conducting as part of Homechoir’s Deep Dives and Choir of the Earth's Around Sound series. Ben is the Musical Director of the Nailsea Concert Orchestra, recently conducting a performance of Beethoven’s 7th symphony. In March 2020 he founded the Quarantine Choir as a way of learning, singing and performing online during lockdown. Now called Homechoir, this choir numbers thousands who join him on YouTube on four days a week. In March 2020 Ben was appointed Musical Director of the Self-Isolation Choir. Their inaugural project, Messiah at Home, was featured on the BBC and many foreign stations. In 2021 he was appointed Conductor of the UWE Bristol Singers, a choir of students, staff, alumni and others, singing a programme of classical and contemporary music, with workshops, masterclasses and performances.

We will be working on the choruses from Vivaldi’s Gloria. Ben has produced some teaching videos which singers might find helpful if they don’t know the piece:-

https://www.youtube.com/live/ksNnRcLhPsc?si=FowGSYmb8i8yHKRk

https://www.youtube.com/live/p6FmCQAIbTo?si=7_DLVO91svvuL4Fn

https://www.youtube.com/live/nqygEpIl0Mc?si=LvtyB_2mHKSoRy7z

Instrumental parts will be provided, but can be found on IMSLP.

Singers are asked to bring their own score, or to download choruses from Serenissima Inc. Vocal Score:
https://s9.imslp.org/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c0/IMSLP89126-PMLP29257-Vivaldi-GloriaVSlr.pdf
I will print for you if requested.


The cost of the day to SWEMF or other EMF members is £20 by BACS, or £20.40 if paying by cheque.
Non-members are also very welcome at a cost of £25 or £25.40 (BACS or cheque).
Full payment details are on the application form.


Further Details and Application Forms:

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Online application form:

Ben England - 02 March 2024

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