The usual festive frolics
Decibellas will be performing at the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition in February 2018.
Singing in amateur choirs continues to be extraordinarily popular across the country. There are many choirs located across the North West region alone, ranging in size from small harmony ensembles to full-scale, semi-professional choirs such as the Halle. There also exist many local music festivals in which there is sometimes a choral element.
However, with the exception of the (national) bi-annual BBC 'Choir of the Year' competition, there aren't many local or regional competitions for amateur choirs.
The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition seeks to readdress this imbalance by establishing an annual competition in which choirs from across and beyond the region are invited to compete in a spirit of creativity and community.
In aid of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital, prepare to kick off the festive season with fun, laughter, song and a little festive tipple!
SAVE THE DATE! Mak sure you've marked your diary for our next engaging and fun workshop!
This year's International Eisteddfod in Llangollen runs from 3rd- 9th July. It's a wonderful six days in the beautiful Welsh market town when artists and groups from around the world come together to dance, sing and perform. There are some very exciting evening concerts including Bryn Terfel, The Manic Street Preachers, and the fabulous Gregory Porter.
As well as competitions and concerts, you can listen and watch performances in the pavilion, on stages around the maes as well as in venues around the town itself. It's a true celebration of music and dance and is well worth a visit.
For the past three years, Decibellas has performed on the outside stage, and last year, in St John's church in the town itself. We will be there again this year on Thursday July 6th, performing 2 sets again on the outside stage.
You can buy your tickets here
Music can have a transformative effect on mind, body and soul. From toe-tapping popular songs to classical pieces that make your soul soar, you're sure to leave with a spring in your step and a smile on your face!
Decibellas has been invited to perform at the Cheshire West Voluntary Community Arts Award ceremony at Chester Town Hall.
Plans are afoot for our winter concert, which this year will include performers that represent a diversity of traditions and is all centred around the theme of light.
In April, the choir will indeed “vide’o mare” ...or, “see the sea” , as they embark on their 2016 Italian Tour.
They will give three performances in three distinctly different performance settings, in three different communities south of Naples, on the Amalfi Coast. But why this region?
Apart from the fact that the Amalfi Coast is an area of profound physical beauty and natural bio-diversity, and its having been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, Naples and its surrounding region is responsible for the creation of what we consider to be the foundation of Western classical music.
Naples was once considered the capital city of Western music, and composers from far and wide made it their ultimate career objective to have their works performed at the opera house, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. Neapolitan Masters were the most important classical musicians of the 17th-18th centuries, often hired and traded like star football players between competing rural courts of Europe. Composers included the likes of Durante, Pergolesi, Vinci and Scarlatti. Composers-in-residence at San Carlo included Rossini, Pacini and Donizetti.
Enrico Caruso, son of Naples, can be considered at least partially responsible for the international popularity of the Neapolitan Song. He would often include the songs of his homeland such as, O Sole Mio or, Santa Lucia in his encores at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Though he was born into grinding poverty, Caruso’s successful career - 622 roles at The Met and 260 commercial recordings - enabled him to help popularize Neapolitan Song or canzone. The practice by operatic tenors of performing Neapolitan songs continues to this day, as can be heard by The Three Tenors or crossover groups such as Il Divo.
The Italian-American music phenomenon was perpetuated by influential popular artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza, Louis Prima, Domenico Modugno and Jerry Vale. The beguiling melodies and harmonic structures of the Neapolitan song flooded the airwaves and concert halls in North America and the United Kingdom, forming a foundation for popular and commercial music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
It is our hope that audiences enjoy the musical offerings, which represent the music of our own homeland and our attempts to understand the music of the Neapolitan culture that has expanded and enriched musical ideas across the centuries and across the globe.
A choral workshop for women only! A day of music-making, fun-making and
friendship-making! We will be exploring music written for women, including Eric Whitacre’s,
Seal Lullaby, selections from Britten’s, Ceremony of Carols and an enchanting arrangement of the Welsh folk song, Hiraeth by Brian Hughes.