Performers urged to join troupe
TWO performance troupes are inviting new members to join them for the next season.
Bollington Festival Choir and Bollington Festival Music Theatre both meet and reshearse at Bollington Arts Centre and will start their new seasons in September.
Donald Judge, director of the choir and theatre, is encouraging anyone who has an interest in performing to come along to meet the group.
He said: “Both are known for their distinctive and adventurous style, and for offering all comers a warm and friendly welcome with no auditions.
“Keen choral singers, whatever their voice or ability, and budding young thespians however experienced are welcome to come and try the groups out free of charge to see if they like them.”
The Festival Choir, for adults, was founded by Bollington doctor Dr John Coope, who enthusiastically promoted the arts in Bollington and founded the Bollington Festival.
It will be rehearsing music by Jan Dismas Zelenka for its Christmas concert which will also include carol arrangements.
Donald explained: “In the first half of the 18th century, Czech born Zelenka was arguably the finest composer of choral music after Bach and Handel, and is only now emerging from obscurity after his music, believed to have been destroyed in the bombing of Dresden, was re-discovered.
“It’s almost certain that no other choir in the North West has performed any of his music, which is a great opportunity for singers and audiences.”
Younger performers aged between seven and 13 will be tackling a special performance of One Thousand and One Nights, as written by Donald Judge.
He said: “The tales to be acted out are Sinbad, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and Aladdin – all familiar, but with a twist.
“There’s lots of fun and action, and while it isn’t a pantomime in the traditional sense, the show does have larger than life characters, entertaining routines, plenty of corny jokes, and lively music for singing and dancing. There are lots of brilliant male as well as female solo parts and lots for all the team to do, so boys and girls aged 7-13 are very welcome to join the company.”
The first rehearsals for the choir take place on Tuesday, September 8, from 8pm until 10pm.
The music theatre will begin on Sunday, September 13, from 2pm until 4 pm.
For more information go to fun.to/bfmt or ring 01625 261933.
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