SPRING CONCERT - RESCHEDULED
After much consideration, we have taken the decision to reschedule Luminosa’s landmark 10th Anniversary Concert. Luminosa’s Spring concert was due to take place on 28th March in All Saints’ Church in Odiham, with music to include Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem, and celebrating the world premiere of Ali Willis’ ‘Salve Deus.
Luminosa will instead be performing the same programme on December 5th in the Farnham Maltings Centre. We are delighted to announce that all the performers previously booked are able to perform with us there too and that world-renowned composer Cecilia McDowall’s much anticipated talk will also be going ahead.
Our Luminosa family is built on important values that we share, and they underpin the excellence and passion with which we perform. We believe ardently in our philosophy of collective music making at the highest level and do not want this or the pleasure of our audiences who may attend on 28th March to be compromised. In the light of the current and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 we feel that rescheduling the concert is the responsible decision and will allow us to focus our efforts on sharing this wonderful music in December.
In the words of Rebekah Abbott, Founder and Artistic Director, “Luminosa is about making wonderful music. It’s not about taking risks with the health of our own members and our audience. It is important that this, our 10th Anniversary Concert is a true celebration of this excellent music, and is one that our members and our audience can all enjoy together in celebration of the music being performed. This was a tough decision, but we feel it’s the right one in the current difficult and evolving circumstances with which we are all faced”.
The 10 Year Anniversary concert will now take place on 5th December in the Maltings Centre in Farnham and will replace the earlier programmed Bach Christmas Oratorio which was previously due to take place on this date.
Tickets already purchased for 28th March will be refunded shortly via Ticketsource. Tickets for both our forthcoming concerts on 4th July and 5th December will be available via Ticketsource and the Farnham Maltings Website respectively nearer the time.
10th Anniversary Commission
‘Recall my Name and Face’
(from: Zuzanna Ginzanka Non Omnis Moriar)
Alison Willis and the Inspiration for Salve Deus, Rex Judaeorum
Alison Willis is a gifted pianist, organist, vocalist and musical director. However, it is her significant talent as the composer of their tenth anniversary commissioned cantata, Salve Deus, Rex Judaeorum, that Luminosa are particularly proud to be show-casing and celebrating in their 10th Anniversary concert on the 5th December.
Ali already has an impressive and substantial catalogue of works that have been performed and broadcast internationally.
For inspiration, Ali draws on historical sources and events and her work has been described as ‘intensely moving’, ‘beautiful yet pragmatic’ and yet economical in message. Inspiration for her work comes from her passion for the written word (she often starts with text) and bringing into the light voices which have been silenced in history, mainly but not exclusively, women’s.
LUMINOSA PERFORMANCE CALENDAR 2020
100 Years of American Choral Music
Celebrating the sound-world of American Choral Music with works by Whitacre, Bernstein, Lauridsen and Barber.
St. Peter's Church, Petersfield - 7:30pm
10th Anniversary Concert
Cecilia McDowall: Da Vinci Requiem
Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs.
Alison Willis: Salve Deus.
Including talk about the Da Vinci Requiem by Cecilia McDowall | Organist: Michael Higgins.
Farnham Maltings | Performance: 7:30pm
LUMINOSA PERFORMANCE CALENDAR 2021
Alton Maltings Centre, Alton
St. Peter's Church, Petersfield
Farnham, Venue, TBC
SINGING THE PRAISES OF LUMINOSA
Our recent concert of Handel's Messiah in the beautiful surroundings of St. Andrew's Church, Farnham was Heralded as a great success.
Performed in a Baroque style, underpinned by the exquisite control of the Surrey Chamber players, the accompaniment really allowed the performance to breathe and gave the choir and soloists great room for expression in navigating this much loved work.
We are incredibly proud and humbled to have performed this work to a packed audience of around 300 people whilst raising £1000 for our chosen charity Cystic Fibrosis at Frimley Park.
A heartfelt thanks to those of you who continue to support us and make our performances what they are!
A CHORUS OF PRAISE FOR LUMINOSA VOICES
Opera Choruses Review - St. Peter's, Petersfield, 13th July 2019
Luminosa Voices’ latest concert in St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, performing to yet another capacity audience on Saturday 13th July, did little to disappoint. The Choir, coming up to its 10th Anniversary year, left the audience in no doubt that they continue their reputation as one of the strongest choral sounds in Hampshire.
Led expertly and with great warmth from the rostra by Artistic Director, Rebekah Abbott, the programme comprised Opera Choruses from the era of the Baroque through to the 20th Century.
BBC RADIO SURREY INTERVIEW
Kathy Caton's BBC Radio Surrey's 'Takeover' features 'Wey Valley Radio's' Brian Player talking with our Artistic Director - Rebekah Abbott about our beginnings in a humble village hall in Holybourne, our move to the Alton Maltings, and the positive benefits of singing for those with mental health issues.
She also discusses the development of the choir's, our growing youth choir and our mission to attract and develop experienced singers from all walks of life.
(interview begins 1h08m into the programme)
WELCOME TO THE HOME OF LUMINOSA
For our 2019 season of concerts we will be supporting Cystic Fibrosis at Frimley Park, as voted for by our choir members.
We recognise the excellent level of support for those suffering from the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis, that the multi-disciplinary team at Frimley Park provides for those living with this condition.
Proceeds from our 2019 concerts and fund-raising efforts will be donated to help support the vital work this charity does.