Bill Heckel is pleased to conduct a Closing Concert of the Foundation Choir (FC), originally started in 1991 for teachers, parents and alums of the International School in Geneva, in conjunction with the GAOS Choral Group.
With conductors Anne Krake, May Hofman and lastly Bill Heckel, the Foundation Choir grew and put on many concerts of wonderful choral works. Just before the Covid shutdown, Bill was rehearsing Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass with FC. Now, 2 years later, the situation has changed and FC can no longer continue. In order to close the Foundation Choir in a fitting manner, Bill has chosen to prepare a concert including the Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis – Mass for Troubled Times) and other shorter works by John Rutter, Peter Lutkin, Arthur Sullivan and Edward Elgar, two of these performed by an octet of FC singers.
All in all a super programme, and Rebecca MacDonald has kindly agreed to accompany us! The GAOS Choral Group is delighted to join forces in this event, and rehearsals are a pleasure. The concert will be dedicated to former FC members who have passed on, including Arthur Robinson and Dirk deWinter. Please come hear us sing this wonderful concert -- and perhaps join The GAOS Choral Group in future! Keep your eye on this space...
Who are we?
The Choral Group is made up of GAOS members who love to sing. Some members use the opportunity to "keep in voice" in between shows, while others simply like the chance to sing without the demands of a mainstage production.
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings 18h30-20h30 at GAOS HQ.
The Choral Group performs 3 concerts per year, including the annual Christmas Carol Concert. They’ve performed everything from Tallis to Mozart, Brahms to Bernstein, Rutter and the list goes on. Their most recent performances have included Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Duruflé’s Requiem and excerpts from Handel’s Belshazzar.
The Choral Group season often includes a weekend workshop with invited clinicians, as well.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when to attend your first rehearsal!
The Choral Group was founded in 1985 with just 16 singers and has performed in numerous locations around Geneva, including Victoria Hall, the Château de Prangins, the Auditoire du Calvin and even at Geneva’s Fête de la Musique! The group has often combined forces with other local choirs and orchestras, and in 2008 traveled to Durham, UK to combine with the Durham Choral Society Chorus and Orchestra for a concert of Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore.