In the New Year the Choral Group began
rehearsing for its spring concert, excerpts
from Handel’s Samson, directed by Mark
Charles. Unfortunately, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Switzerland, that concert, due to take place in May, has had to be cancelled.
“Since singing is so good a thing,
I wish all men would learn to sing.”
William Byrd, 1543 -1623
The Choral Group was formed in 1985 to provide a continuing musical activity for members of GAOS wishing to "keep in voice" between shows. Since its formation, it has performed music ranging from Vivaldi to Bernstein, sacred music, Broadway musicals, folk music, jazz/pop and operetta. It has appeared three times at Victoria Hall with the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois, in works by Schubert, Verdi and Dvorak. Some of its members also appear in GAOS stage shows, but the Choral Group appeals in particular to those who simply like to sing, without the demanding participation requirements of a major production.
As a member of the Choral Group you:
The Choral Group is open to adults of all ages, accomplished singers, beginners - and everyone in-between. The important thing is that you want to sing! There are no auditions, but we can help you determine your vocal range and best placement. It is helpful if you know how to read music, but this is not a requirement for joining us.
In recent years the Group has sung concerts - sometimes with other choirs - in Geneva’s Cathédrale St Pierre, Victoria Hall, the Grand Théâtre and Durham Cathedral, in the UK. It has performed works as varied as Igor Stravinsky's 'Symphony of Psalms' and Morten Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna'; the oratorio version of Sergei Prokofiev's 'Ivan the Terrible' - in Russian! - in a show featuring excerpts from Sergei Eisenstein’s 1958 film and Vladimir Logosvsky’s texts and combining music, cinema and poetry; and English choral music of the 17th and 20th centuries, in a concert to wind up a three-day workshop led by Mark Deller, of the Deller Consort, England.
The Choral Group rehearses weekly in term-time, usually on Tuesdays from 18h30 to 19h45, at the GAOS premises. The year's programme usually includes two major concerts and the Christmas Carol Concert.
For more information and to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Choral Group concerts
Summer 2013 and 2014