Led by charismatic conductor Ben Parry, our choir Aldeburgh Voices has been quick to establish itself as a high-quality ensemble, with regular appearances at Aldeburgh Festival and in Snape Malting's acclaimed year-round programme of events.
The choir follows in the tradition of Benjamin Britten’s festival chorus from the earliest days of the Aldeburgh Festival and the Britten–Pears Chamber Choir.
In 2017, performances included Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir in Blythburgh Church at Easter, the Festival Service in the Aldeburgh Festival, Come and Sing ABBA, and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas to finish the year in Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
In 2018, we have already enjoyed two evensongs in St Edmund’s Martyr King Church, Southwold and King’s College, Cambridge. We look forward to James Macmillan’s challenging Seven Last Words from the Cross over the Easter Weekend and a busy Aldeburgh Festival with both a Service and Concert. Made up of the best choral singers in the region, ambitions are high but the atmosphere is welcoming and supportive.
Repertoire we are covering this year:
James Macmillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Gerald Finzi: Lo, the full final sacrifice
William Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
Rehearsals are every Thursday 7.30–9.30pm at Snape Maltings.
We are currently recruiting for tenors and basses and will open auditions formally for all sections in September 2018. If anyone is interested in singing with us please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fay Jennett on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01728687108 to arrange an audition.
Auditions are about 10 minutes long and very informal. We simply ask you to bring a piece of your own choice (any style, accompanied or unaccompanied), you will be asked to sing some simple exercises such as sight-reading and you will be sent a short piece to prepare one week before the audition.