Workshop Information

Adult Singing Workshop

Following the success of the Festival’s 130th anniversary, earlier this year, we are currently promoting the next workshop which will be held on -

Sunday 2nd February 2020

The workshop is called ‘Festival Prom Favourites’ and will include selected favourite items often heard at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’!

Once again, the workshop will be led by Thom Meredith with accompaniment from the Kirklees ‘Musica’ Youth Symphony Orchestra’, together with a specially invited solo artist.

All copies of music will be provided on the day.

Programme;

Items will include music composed by Elgar, Faure, Handel, Sibelius and Orff.  A list of items will appear on our website when the Syllabus is published.

Please see below for workshop and website details.

 

“Festival Prom Favourites” Workshop details

Date:  Sunday 2nd February 2020

Time:  9.00 am to 6.45 pm

Venue:  Huddersfield Town Hall

Workshop Leader:  Thom Meredith

Accompanist:  Chris Pulleyn

Orchestra: Kirklees ‘Musica Youth Symphony Orchestra’

Artists:  Rowena Burton

 

Timetable for the day:

9.00 – 9.45 am Registration

10.00 – 12.30 am Piano rehearsal (comfort break approx. 11.20 am)

1.30 – 4.30 pm Rehearsal with orchestra and soloist

5.30 – 6.45 pm (approx.) Public Concert

 

Dress Code & Facilities: 

Please wear smart-casual dress.  

As this is a Sunday event, there are a limited number of café/coffee houses open until 4 pm.  However, you are welcome to eat your packed lunch in the Town Hall.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

 

Registration and Fee

The registration fee is - adults £20, students £15 payable to; “The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival”

You can register either by sending in the form below or go to our website and register on-line.  Full details are available on our website at; www.mrssunderlandfestival.com   

Email enquiries to charmaine@mrssunderlandfestival.com

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This year’s event is for adults and young people. Please be aware that anyone under 16 must be supervised by an adult. Supervising adults not taking part in the workshop attend free during the day but will require a ticket for the concert performance. Concert tickets can be purchased from Kirklees Box Office or purchased on the day.

Snacks and drinks can be purchased in-house at “The Old Court Room”. There are also some cafes open on Sunday afternoon a short distance from the Hall. Otherwise feel free to eat your sandwiches in the Town Hall

Book a place on this workshop online

ADULTS Book online HERE 

STUDENTS, 18 YEARS AND UNDER Book online HERE

Or by POST by filling in the download form HERE

Contact details for queries;

charmaine@mrssunderlandfestival.com

Tel; 01484646441

One form should be sent for each person attending.

Cheques should be made payable to;

“The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival”

Workshop fee: Adults £20        Students 18 and under £15

Forms and cheques should be sent to;

Charmaine Beaumont

22 Moor Close, Beaumont Park, Huddersfield, HD4 7BP

Thom Meredith our workshop leader and conductor

Thom began his involvement with music at an early age, singing with Leeds Youth Opera Group and then Leeds Youth Chorale.  As a treble he sang many solo roles including the Shepherd Boy in Tosca (Opera North) and the boy soprano in George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children (Ballet Rambert).  He studied singing with Jean Allister and then Arthur Reckless at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Thom graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford where he was awarded an Exhibition as conductor of the Chapel Choir (1985 - 1987). Following a PGCE qualification from the University of Leeds he taught music in schools including four years as Head of Music at Colne Valley High School, Huddersfield.

Thom’s career involvement with young musicians continued when he joined the staff of Kirklees Music School in 1999 as Assistant Principal.  He was appointed Principal in 2004 and has continued to champion the cause of young people’s music-making over many years.  Thom formed and is Musical Director of the Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra whose performances have included Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto (with John Lill), Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, Karl Jenkins The Armed Man - a mass for peace, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Shostakovich Festival Overture and Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1.  In 2012 KYSO was selected to perform in the Schools Prom series in the Royal Albert Hall.

As Musical Director of Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, a post he has held since 1989, Thom has enabled the choir to achieve musical standards which have taken them to unrivalled levels of success.  They have twice won Llangollen International Eisteddfod.  In May 2007, they won the International Male Voice Choir competition at the Male Voice Choral Festival in Cornwall and returned this year to once again lift the trophy as well as winning the title of best overall UK choir at the festival.  The Colne Valley men are doing their bit to encourage male voice singers of the future and have created Colne Valley Boys a choir for young men of school age which is also proving to be a great success.

In addition to his passion for conducting, Thom has also established a reputation as a fine baritone soloist.  Performances have taken him the length and breadth of the country performing various works from well-known choral works to new compositions.  Recent performances include Bach St Matthew Passion, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Stainer Crucifixion, Brahms A German Requiem, Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Sacta Civitas, Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, the Requiems of Faure and Durufle and Handel Saul.  In 2009, he released his first CD Let Beauty Awake (available on iTunes) which features English Song Cycles by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Finzi.

He also leads choral workshops for singers of all ages, teaches singing and arranges music for male, female, boys and mixed choirs, and orchestra.

With his wife, Lynn Hudson, Thom is a director of Harrogate Festival Choral Course, which stages a major choral work each year.  Recent performances of Belshazzar’s Feast, Sancta Civitas, The Creation and Elijah drawing excellent reviews.  Lynn also conducts the Halifax Young Singers and the community choir, CSI Halifax.

Christopher Pulleyn  our rehearsal accompanist

Christopher Pulleyn enjoys a busy and varied career as an accompanist, répétiteur, singer, and choral conductor. A graduate of York University, he now plays for a number of organisation around the North of England, providing piano accompaniment for a number of choirs and organisations, working with young talented instrumentalists at the start of their music career, to established West End Stars and Opera singers from around the world. He is an accompanist at Greenhead College 6th Form College, Leeds College of Music and Hull University, Assistant Musical Director of the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and a répétiteur with Opera North. He performs regularly in concerts and recitals both as an accompanist and a singer.

Musica Youth Orchestra

Musical Director: Thom Meredith (Principal, Musica Kirklees)

Leader: Benedict Stubbs

Musica Youth Orchestra (MYO), under the umbrella of Musica Kirklees (previously Kirklees Music School), was founded in 2000.  Its aim is to provide high quality orchestral opportunities for students in the area who have reached advanced standards of performance.  The orchestra embraces a variety of genres and styles, from classical to contemporary, film and popular, engaging in project work with other arts organisations and complementary groups from puppet companies to silent movies.  At their recent performance for the screening of the Battle of the Somme film, the reviewer commented: “Everything had to be co-ordinated, so percussion instruments roared as the big guns on the screen were firing.  It was all executed perfectly, and that was clearly no fluke; it was just one example of how exceptionally talented these young musicians are.”

In July 2017 last year, MYO toured northern France, performing in exciting venues in the Loire region and then Honfluer. Over the past fifteen years similar tours have taken the players to Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Saltzburg and the South of France.  MYO has successfully participated in the National Festival of Music for Youth, appearing at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and notably in the Royal Albert Hall in 2012 and 2015 as part of the Schools’ Prom concert series.

Auditions for places in the orchestra are held in the Summer term every year, for further details please contact Claire Parsons via email: Claire.parsons@musicakirklees.org  or phone: 01484 426426.

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