Singing Sundays

Singing Sundays

Singing Sundays

Simon Halsey:
Singing is for Everyone

Every orchestra needs a symphonic choir to sing oratorio and sacred music (Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem), symphonies with choral involvement (Mahler Symphonies Nos 2, 3 and 8) and 20th-century works with background chorus (Holst’s The Planets, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé) that are a core part of the repertoire. And it really works best if the orchestra has its own choir and its own choral director, who can become an important part of the artistic programming, to help with projects and repertoire.

LSO Sing aims to reach as much of the London community as possible; we want everybody in EC1 to sing.
Simon Halsey, LSO Choral Director

As LSO Choral Director I am part of the team that comes up with creative ideas involving singing for the LSO’s conductors. Perhaps most importantly I am responsible for training the London Symphony Chorus singers, not only to know their music inside out but also to be alert to the gestures of five or six different conductors in a season.

I spend a lot of time thinking about what we can do better! The LSO is unique because of its international touring, its residency at the Barbican, its partnership with the Guildhall School and its LSO Discovery programme. It’s a musical meeting place, and I want the London Symphony Chorus and LSO Youth and Community Choirs to be integral to that. I’d like to create a centre of choral excellence of all sorts – a new source of energy combining the talents of all the wonderful people here.

If I had three wishes for British choirs they would be: one, to champion specialist funding for singing in schools; two, to keep boys singing at the point when their voices break; and three, to ride the wave of interest in singing created by Gareth Malone (who started at the LSO) to energise new choirs.

The LSO’s choral strategy (LSO Sing) is to reach as much of the London community as possible. I hope to have a team of LSO choral conductors, and it will be our job to make things happen. In the City of London we will engage with work-based choirs, and through the LSO Discovery choirs, we want everybody in EC1 to sing. Two thirds of our choirs are open access, without audition. Singers need to be relaxed and happy when they sing to give their best. We provide vocal coaching, and we provide advice about learning to read music. So I’d recommend you go online and see which choir suits you and join in. Take your children to a Youth Choir rehearsal, sign up for a Singing Day, try the Community Choir or perhaps audition for the London Symphony Chorus.

Choral & Opera Works
On Singing Sundays

Sun 15 Sep 2013
VERDI Rigoletto (concert performance)
Gianandrea Noseda conductor

Sun 3 & Thu 7 Nov 2013
BERLIOZ The Damnation of Faust
Valery Gergiev conductor

Sun 12 Jan 2014
HAYDN The Creation (sung in English)
Richard Egarr conductor

Sun 2 Feb 2014
(world premiere, LSO commission)
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

Sun 30 Mar 2014
SCRIABIN Symphony No 4 (‘The Poem of Ecstasy’)
Valery Gergiev conductor

Sun 22 Jun 2014
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major
Fabio Luisi conductor

UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica
Sung concerts at LSO St Luke’s

Tue 26 Nov 2013
Norwegian Requiem

Wed 22 Jan 2014
An Eastern Vigil

Tue 15 Apr 2014
Gaelic Connections: The Campbells of Greepe

LSO Discovery Singing Days

> Sat 4 Jan 2014
HAYDN The Creation (sung in English)
Simon Halsey conductor

> Sat 25 Jan 2014
David Lawrence conductor

> Sun 22 Jun 2014
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major
Simon Halsey conductor

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