Choir workshop culminating in a short concert for friends and family. Details TBC
We are very excited to announce that Decibellas will be co-hosting an evening of friendship and song with the Cuddington and Sandiway Community Singers at St John’s Church, Hartford.
Details to follow, but you can be sure of an evening of fabulous music!
Decibellas are once again delighted to be supporting Tarporley Carnival.
It begins at 12:30pm with a parade down the High Street to the show ground on the Community Field. You'll find plenty to see and do for all the family including stalls, fairground rides, and activities all day in the arena. If that's not enough to tempt you, there's also a beer tent, a Pimms stall or you could take afternoon tea in the marquee!
Decibellas love to get involved in this wonderful community event. The theme for the 2015 carnival was "Nursery Rhymes". Four and twenty blackbirds walking down the High Street in an enormous pie was quite a sight to behold! The 2016 theme was "Carnival Royale" in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday, with the choir dressed in red white and blue carrying a table set for the street party complete with bunting! In 2017, the theme was" Animal Magic" , with the choir packing their suitcases and following Nelly the Elephant down the High Street! 2018 was Heroes and Heroines and we wait to hear the theme for 2019!
Decibellas will be singing as usual at some point during the afternoon, usually about 3pm and this year we will have our own stall with games and prizes to be won! Come along, say hello and hear more about the choir!
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.