TWENTY young singers from South Somerset Youth Choir enjoyed a day of vocal tuition and music-learning with Somerset Chamber Choir in Taunton.
The day formed part of a project entitled 'bridging the gap', which aims to research why young singers who enjoy singing whilst in education often do not carry their enjoyment of music-making on into their early adulthood, and to find ways of encouraging them to do so.
Funded by Making Music South West, the project will be used as a case study for other musical groups to follow, and Somerset Chamber Choir, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009 (and itself grew from a Somerset Youth Choir), hope that this will create a lasting musical legacy in Somerset and beyond.
The choirs worked on Carl Orff's Carmina Burana during the day, with conductor Graham Caldbeck, vocal coach Melanie Armitstead and pianist Anita D'Attellis, culminating in a showcase performance for the young singers' parents at the end of the day.
This is in advance of the Somerset Chamber Choir's performance of Carmina Burana at King's College Chapel, Taunton on St Valentine's day next year - here South Somerset Youth Choir will join them in this exciting concert, not only singing the sections written for children's choir, but also joining their adult counterparts in other sections of this fun and very well-known work.
Some of the children's comments about the day included 'I had fun the whole way through....it was great!' and 'must do again....it was fun!', so the choir are sure they will be absolutely thrilled by the concert next year when joined by a group of professional instrumentalists in this large-scale concert - it seems the inspiration of the next generation of Somerset singer has begun!
Tickets for the February 14 concert go on sale soon - call 01275-349010 or visit www.somersetchamberchoir.org.uk for more details.