Sunday 9 July 2017

Singday® 2017: GLORIA!

Royal Albert Hall

A marathon day of singing culminated in an exhilarating evening concert as Members of The Really Big Chorus, directed by their Principal Conductor, Brian Kay, tackled settings of the Gloria by Vivaldi, John Rutter and Karl Jenkins

The two well-matched soloists in the Vivaldi, Galina Averina (soprano) and Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (mezzo-soprano), were joined for the Rutter by Ella Rainbird-Earley (soprano); Stephanie also gave a beautiful interpretation of The Song, the lyrical solo from Karl Jenkins’ setting. The orchestra was the English Festival Orchestra, led by Alison Kelly.

Audience and singers alike clearly enjoyed the experience. Singers wrote to us after the concert to say:
‘As one of two Colombians singing in the glorious Really Big Chorus it was an honour to represent my country. I felt in heaven and indeed it was like it.’ (Monica S., from Colombia)
‘What a fabulous day on Sunday!’ (Sally P., from Tunbridge Wells)
‘The evening performance was magical according to all the singers I spoke to. Some of us had struggled to learn the Rutter and the Jenkins, but it was amazing how Brian Kay brought it to life for all of us and guided us through with such skill and passion.’ (Christopher D., from Abingdon)

Our charity partner for the event was the National Autistic Society, which benefited to the tune of over £3,500 from programme and polo-shirt sales, advertising and bucket collections.