An enormous achievement for our very young singers-our youngest is only 7 and yet they all performed superbly. There was much great feedback from the audience- most professional, excellent, wonderful singing for such young singers etc etc. This makes me, the Musical Director VERY proud. In fact the work was well sung and played by all, and the hell fires of the Dies Irae alm ost gave me palpitations! We were joined by former choristers Morgan Thomas, now in his first year at Bristol University who came to support Rhys, and Hannah Nicholson Tottle from the University of Wales. who is something of a Britten expert and kindly came to support Amelia and the Sopranosp. The conductor, Jonathan Rogers during the rehearsal, alluded to the excellent sound and tuning of the young singers. This tells me that now our new young choir are steadily reaching the standards during the last year, of our illustrious former choir. Keep working like this, and we will become an international Choir.
The Nidus Christmas Extravaganza has become a much loved annual institution. Even after singing earlier in the day at Saint Pierre, they were in good voice and sang a superb concert, enthusiastically and also with great spirit. The Christmas Goose was performed humorously and the solos all excellent. The Raffle took place, and Jo Courtney and the Committee (especially Tim Walker who designed and printed the programmes) who organised and spent the afternoon setting up the tables and organising the food, which once again this year was delicious!! The Mummers' Play was much enjoyed, with the Mari Lwyd making its appearance at the end to make it all end happily. Professionals, Gabriela Nicholson-Dunbar and Nicholis Dunbar, Christian Jenkins and Georgia Nicholson-Tottle all performed their famous 'Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas,' to great enjoyment. Their group will be singing again on Christmas Eve at the Parkway Hotel from 8pm.
Evelyn Nicholson, the choir's Musical Director thanked everyone heartily for sll helpful actions of so many people, Jo Courtney for leading the committee in the organisation of the Extravagance and her tireless work in managing to get everyone kitted out with a dress. All the Committee, including NORMA and JACKIE for their free work every week at the Tuck Shop which sells delicious wraps and rolls as lunches for the children. The proceeds from the Tuck Shop go to our fundraising pot as well, and we sincerely thank them for their free work.
A Highlight of the Christmas Season! A Party and a concert! What a great lot!
Evelyn Nicholson, the MD of Nidus Children's Choir and Ian Jenkins, her husband. Enjoying the lovely Extravaganza. Work learned, now sit back and enjoy!!!
Saint Pierre Hotel and Gold Course and Manor House near Chepstow for St David's Hospice Care, Wales. Thank you for Christian conducting again in this beautiful former Norman Manor house. They had their usual impressive tree in the Bailey and all sorts of things were on offer. Our usual fare, but we only sang for thirty minutes. As our finale we sang Winter Wonderland, and before singing that the choir put down their files . Unfortunately it was a signal to a sort of band of drummers outside to begin some military drumming ouside the door. It reminded my of the carillon Bell in Graz as we sang the The Blue Danube which went on and on for ages as the children valiantly kept on singing to the end -to great applause. Luckily parents quickly closed the door and we finished on a high to great applause!!! Thank you to all for suporting this wonderful charity.
On November 17th , the Nidus Choir were invited to Two Locks Church, by long term supporters of the choir, the lovely Christine and Rob Dunbar-Mrs D is how she is known to her tap students at Nidus Theatre Arts. This was for the benefits of struggling people in the community, members and non members of their church. The ladies of the congregation had made a 'truly scruptuous' buffet for all the ticket holders and for the choir and it was a lovely evening. The Church has undergone some beautification with a lovely nativity displays outside next to the canal. A wonderful setting.
The Pastor of the Church gave a vote of thanks and everyone left.happy and jolly and well fed.Thank you for the lovely organisation and a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas preparation, which included Rutter's Angel Carol, Star Carol, and some of our youngest members singing solos -with the microphone, while Rhys Nicholson (Baritone) sang his 'The Three Kings' by Peter Cornelius. Backing him were Amelia Hughes and myself with Bachs How brightly shines the Morning Star. Originally the choir were to sing this, but the amount of time working on the War Requiem, meant that only two sang with him. It is something for next year, perhaps. Amelia Hughes (Soprano) sang her outstanding Gesu Bambino- traditional Italian Carol and Olivia Gibbs sang Michael Head's Little Road to Bethlehem. There were also some excellent contributions in the Medieval Carol Gaudete. Jessica Millard, not only sang her verse of Away in a Manger,in the French version, beautifully and also her verse in Gaudete in perfect Latin, as well as Gwenan McConnell Lawlor singing for the first time! Our young stars all did so well, and our finale, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland and White Christmas.... Well done Choir
OCTOBER 7th. Tim Debbie and Emily really did a wonderful thing for the choir, helping with the fundraising and giving the choir the opportunity to see the lovely village, which is Devauden. Emily, her sister and Debbie seem to have cooked non stop on the Saturday and this support for the choir will help us so much. It takes money to run a choir and no staff get paid anything but expenses. The Choir sang its repertoire from earlier in the year- Water of Tyne, Singabahamba etc. They did splendidly, again with Heidi rehearsing some of the songs, selecting backing tracks, playing them on the day, Christian coming to conduct (and taking his turn on the zip wire afterwards). Thank you to him for coming to do this. Rhys and Millie again entertained us with their Mozart duet Bei Maennern welche Liebe fuhlen. Everyone left after an excellently performed and organised concert, while Tim and his team were all putting the tables away. So grateful to the Committee and all the parents who help us raise money.Donations can be made on this web site.
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