In Kenya, singing and culture is at the heart of the education system but there is little support and training. In an action-packed visit in March, Artistic Director, Christopher Monks, and Composer in Residence, Toby Young, piloted a choir creation programme, learned songs and music, became honorary Maasai warriors and made an emergency evacuation before coronavirus lockdown.
An update from our Artistic Director, Christopher Monks on short-term changes to re-focus Armonico Consort’s work to deliver some of our most valuable projects – our tried-and-tested singing workshops – in schools and care homes where they are most needed, and to create an emergency fund to support our freelance musicians.
Read our fascinating interview with our President Roger Medwell MBE, DL – a former engineer and captain of industry now helping to steer Armonico Consort in its concert and charitable missions.
We’re inviting talented teenage singers from the Warwick, Coventry and Solihull areas to audition to become AC Academy Scholars with free tuition and coaching from top professionals, high-level performance opportunities and mentoring for Oxbridge and university choral scholarships.
INTERVIEW: Royal wedding soprano Elin Manahan Thomas tells Christopher Morley about singing for billions and touring “my very favourite thing to sing”, Bach’s B minor mass, which she’ll do – with Armonico Consort – this spring.
Hats off (scarves on) to our Voice Squad workplace choirs at Coventry City Council and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for warming a very chilly evening at the Coventry Christmas Lights switch-on with their rousing singing.
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) is one of the most significant figures in British 20th century music, particularly when it comes to choral and vocal music. So we were delighted when the charitable trust set up in his memory agreed to support two of our AC Academy Scholars.
One of the newest members of the world-famous King’s Singers, Edward Button first heard the group at St Mary’s Church, Warwick and never imagined he’d end up joining them. He tells us how his early love of singing, parental encouragement and lots of practice, have led to his dream job.
The bikes are back in the sheds, the saddle sores healing and the pennies have been counted and the fantastic news is that Oz & Armonico’s Great Bike Adventure has raised an incredible £14,000 to date …
We’re thrilled that wine specialist, writer and TV presenter Oz Clarke has agreed to lead a 200-mile, four-day sponsored bike ride to help us raise over £10,000 to set up more children’s choirs across the UK.