IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: COVID-19
The whole family of Luminosa Voices choirs are now rehearsing on Zoom until further notice. We hope to return to the Alton Maltings later in the Spring term, subject to prevailing guidelines.
We are lucky to be able to work with such a committed and fantastic venue.
The Maltings team have created a Covid-19 secure environment with thorough and effective cleaning, ventilation and distancing facilities.
The Luminosa team have added in our own risk assessed procedures to create a safe and secure environment for the choirs to come together and sing once more.
Come and join us on Zoom – we are looking forward to seeing you.
UPDATE ON PERFORMANCES IN LIGHT OF COVID-19
With Government guidelines on the media, sport and cultural sectors still being worked out, it looks unlikely we will be able to run public performances until Summer 2021. We are still committed to running our 10th. Anniversary concert of Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem and Alison Willis’ Salve Deus as a public performance when the time is right.
In the meantime we are exploring ways in which we can bring you the Luminosa concert experience virtually, in a way that is safe for all of our members.
We plan to run a Gala concert in Summer 2021 performing some audience favourites in-person and socially distanced (government guidelines allowing) - WATCH THIS SPACE!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued patience and support during these challenging times. We are still meeting regularly in the virtual world and working on repertoire and we look forward to sharing further news with you in the near future.
10th Anniversary Commission
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.
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.