Music For The Soul

Monday 28 March at 7.30pm
St Cuthbert’s Church, Earl’s Court, SW5 9EB

Kensington Singers conducted by Roseanna Skikun
Barcarolle Choir conduced by Sam Evans
Alcyona Mick pianist

For the safety of all audience and choir members, you are encouraged to wear a face covering and please space out in the pews as much as possible. Please ensure your phone and any other electronic devices are switched to silent. Enjoy the concert!


Programme

All At Sea Partington/Hughes/McCrorie-Shand

Anything Goes Cole Porter

The Road Home Tune: “Prospect” from Southern Harmony 1835, adapted by Stephen Paulus. Lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne

One Day Like This Craig Potter / Guy Garvey / Mark Potter / Peter Turner / Richard Jupp arr. Cat McGill

Lascia Ch’io Pianga George Frederic Handel

The Treasure Ēriks Ešenvalds, lyrics by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933)

Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John) Marty Stuart

INTERVAL

Barcarolle Choir
Ave Maria Giulio Caccini

Barcarolle Choir Belters
The Climb Miley Cyrus
Fields of Gold Sting
La Cumparsita Rodriguez arr. Gwyn Arch

Barcarolle Choir Divas
Little Spanish Town Peter Jenkyns
Cantate Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Panis Angelicus César Franck

Barcarolle Choir
Con te partirò Andrea Bocelli

A few words about the charity we are supporting, Kensington & Chelsea Mind

Keep Your Heart Good Nickomo

Ya Basta Traditional 


Kensington Singers

Kensington Singers is a non-auditioned, mixed voice choir formed by Hannah Brine in 2011. It is conducted by Roseanna Skikun, who took over from Hannah in January 2022.The choir has performed across London, including at the Southbank Centre, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, with groups such as London Contemporary Voices and Capital Chorus. Ladies from the choir were lucky enough to perform at the Royal Albert Hall with Gary Barlow and the cast of his musical, Girls, based on the Calendar Girls true story, as the opening act for the 2017 Olivier Awards. In 2016 they joined the cast of Girls to perform at the Royal Variety Show.  In 2019 the choir took part in the BBC Proms performance of In the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams, and in 2020 they graced the Barbican stage together with the LSO and a massed choir to perform Andre Thomas’ Symphonic Gospel Spirit. The choir’s summer term starts on Monday 25th April and new members are always welcome


Barcarolle Choir

Barcarolle Choir is an international group of women who love singing, friendship and fun. Since it was formed in 2012 by Katrine Reimers, Barcarolle Choir has performed several concerts featuring soloists from the Royal College of Music. In 2014 Sam Evans took over as Musical Director.

The choir has performed in venues across South Kensington and Earl’s Court, and has performed at events for the Royal Air Force Club, V&A Museum, the FIWAL Federation and Cornwall Gardens. In 2018 the choir joined the Sing the World Tour to perform the Street Requiem at the Central Hall in Westminster. Upcoming events include a summer concert in June as as well as an outdoor Afternoon Tea performance at Trumpeter’s House in Richmond, and a singing weekend in Orvieto, Italy to perform in the Duomo.

Whether you are an experienced singer looking for new musical challenges, or someone who wants to give singing a try for the first time, Barcarolle Choir is for you: comprising two groups (one Pop / Modern, one Classical / Contemporary), Barcarolle offers something to all musical tastes and abilities. Barcarolle Choir rehearsals take place on Thursday lunch times at St Cuthberts’ Church, Earls Court.

www.barcarollechoir.com


Hannah Brine

Originally from Leicester, Hannah conducts Finsbury Park Singers, Kensington Singers, Victoria Park Singers and the ITV office choir. She coached the choir for, and sang with, Gary Barlow for his 2016 Royal Variety performance and his 2017 Olivier Awards, for which he was the opening act, and also performed with Gary on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Her session credits include Disney, Upstart Crow and various dance releases. She has taught at Mountview Theatre Academy of Performing Arts, as well as studying on the Estill Voice Model Certified Master Teacher programme with Anne Marie Speed. She has an LRSM distinction in choral conducting and in 2015 was named a BBC Unsung Hero for her work with choirs.

Hannah released her debut EP A Piece of My Heart in January 2022. Her work over lockdown has seen her tracks feature on new British radio soap opera Greenborne, starring John Altman (Eastenders’ Nasty Nick Cotton). She can also be found composing for choirs. Her piece Winter Lark, written during the 2020 pandemic which was turned into a virtual choir released, was premiered on Scala Radio, and Ray of Sunlight was recently performed by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Youth Choir. 

Hannah founded Kensington Singers in 2011, and after 11 joyful years as their leader, she handed over to Roseanna Skikun in January 2022 but is back at the helm this evening due to illness. hannahbrine.co.uk

Roseanna Skikun

Roseanna is a choir director, music teacher, workshop facilitator and vocalist working in London. She is also a visiting coach for multiple choirs, focusing on vocal technique and ensemble development. Originally from Cumbria, Roseanna studied at York (BA Music) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus Historical Performance – Voice) and has sung in a great variety of ensembles in venues such as Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Sam Wanamaker Theatre and at Latitude Festival. Lockdown successes include running online song-writing and recording sessions for LGBT+ refugee and asylum seeker organisations.

www.roseannaskikun.com


Sam Evans

Sam Evans has been a professional singer for 16 years, and in addition to his singing career, is now hugely in demand as a choir trainer and choral conductor. A former choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge, he studied singing as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, and spent a further two years on the opera course at the Royal College of Music. He has sung with most of the professional choirs in the U.K., including the Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir and Polyphony. As a soloist he has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and Sydney Opera House. He was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and winner of the Association of English Speakers and Singers Prize. He is a much respected teacher of singing, and teaches at Westminster School, and Queen’s College Cambridge. He also teaches singing for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and the Eton Choral Courses.

He is currently director of several choirs, including Battersea Choral Society, Battersea Power Station Community Choir and Kingston University Chamber Choir. He is renowned for his upbeat style, infectious enthusiasm for the music, and knowledge of vocal technique.

www.samevansmusic.net


Alcyona Mick – pianist

Alcyona Mick is a British jazz pianist and composer. She has performed worldwide and worked with a wide array of artists in the UK and abroad, performing at major European, American and Canadian festivals, North Africa and the Middle East.

As a writer she has released several critically acclaimed albums and also trained as a film composer at the NFTS. She has written music for documentary, independent film, TV and silent film. She has also worked in Turkey performing for a music television series on TRT, and has won awards including best film soundtrack at the Anima Mundi International festival Brazil, the UK Promoter’s Choice jazz award, and a nomination for a Parliamentary Jazz award.


Acknowledgements

A huge thanks to all the singers involved in tonight’s concert for their hard work. An especially big thank you goes to the team of volunteers from the choir who have helped make this event possible. 

Thanks to the staff at St Cuthbert’s Church and to you, our lovely audience, for supporting us.


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