The Carnival Band (16 November and 14 December 2019)

Part of the Baroquestock Autumn / Winter 2019 series


Workshop on Saturday 16 November 2019 at 10:00 am
Rehearsal on Saturday 14 December 2019 at 2:30 pm
Concert on Saturday 14 December 2019 at 7:30 pm

The Carnival Band love performing with carnival choirs and would like to invite you to join them for A Carnival of Carols for a special December concert. There are no auditions and the choirs are open to all. Each choir will have a one-day workshop led by Andy Watts at which singers will learn arrangements in four-part harmony from the band's extensive repertoire of festive music. You will be able to download sheet music and recordings to help you learn your part, and on the day of the concert there will be a final rehearsal with The Carnival Band. This year, the choir will be coming to Heath Street Baptist Church. The choir will take centre stage and sing about half the items in the concert.

On-line support for choir members will be given access to downloads of sheet music and mp3 sound files to help them prepare for the concert. Printed music booklets will be given at the workshop. All materials are included in the price.

The number of places is limited to 40 in each choir so early application is recommended. We reserve the right to balance the choir by limiting the number of singers on each voice part.

Workshop: Saturday 16th November 10.00am - 4.00pm
Rehearsal: Saturday 14th December 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Concert: Saturday 14th December 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm (estimated finish)

The cost of the combined workshop and concert ticket is £50 (under 19s £25) - book here. Please note, choir members are required to sing in the concert and must attend the whole of the workshop day. They must attend the whole three-hour rehearsal on the day of the concert.

More information and FAQs here.

All events at Heath Street Baptist Church. See map and get directions.

A Carnival Band concert is a kaleidoscope of instrumental and vocal colour, crossing continents, travelling through time, and bending the rules.

Between them the band’s musicians have a track record in folk, contemporary, classical, baroque, medieval and Arabic music. Moving effortlessly from one to another they add a sprinkling of rock, world music and theatricality for extra flavour. Their own songs draw on this rich palette, perfectly complementing the music of earlier centuries and other cultures and bringing their repertoire right up to date.

From the vibrant blare of shawms, bagpipes and electric guitar to the seductive tones of Turkish clarinet and fiddle and the enchanting delicacy of the renaissance cittern, The Carnival Band mix and match their collection of over twenty instruments, adding vocal harmony to create an astonishing range of sounds.

They have toured the UK appearing at festivals and giving concerts in venues ranging from village halls to London's Cadogan Hall. Abroad they have ventured as far as Japan, with visits to Sudan and the Middle East for the British Council.

Among their eleven CDs are several with First Lady of folk, Maddy Prior. Recently they have recorded with an impressive roster of singers including Nancy Kerr, John Kirkpatrick and Vivien Ellis for a major project documenting the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century.

From toddlers concerts to choirs for adults, their education and community work embraces all ages. Their engaging humour belies a consummate musicianship, a deep love of the music they perform and a passion to share it with as wide an audience as possible.

"The purists may have been squirming - the rest of us were having too much fun to care!" (York Press)

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