Exciting New Sponsor for Luminosa
We are thrilled to announce Hattingley Valley Wines as our sponsor for the 2021/22 season. Award-winning wine makers based in rural Hampshire, they source quality grapes from growers all over the country, as well as from their own vineyards, and produce exceptional sparkling and still wines both for the UK and abroad. The Choir often serves Hattingley Valley Wine at concerts. Their generous sponsorship helps Luminosa to engage quality soloists and accompanists for performances.
VIVALDI | RUTTER
A GLORIOUS SUCCESS FOR LUMINOSA
On Saturday 27th November St Andrew’s Church in Farnham resounded once again with the well-tuned voices of the Alton-based family of choirs, Luminosa. Accompanied with electric energy and exquisite interpretation by the supremely talented, Katherine Dienes-Williams, on St Andrew’s evocative organ, all four choirs performed with sparkle and obvious joy in singing to a receptive audience of over 200 people.
The main choir opened with a dynamic performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. With eyes fixed on their charismatic Choral Director, Rebekah Abbott, the piece sprang to life with precision, colour and dynamic contrast from beginning to end, with poise and control particularly in ‘Gratias Agmus Tibi’ and accuracy and textural variation in ‘Cum Sancto’. The young soloists, Rachel Newberry and Emma Paterson, sang with clarity, intelligence and beauty.
The concert proclaimed loud and clear that the Luminosa family of choirs is back, stronger than ever.
If you would like to join something very special and sing with any of the choirs, Luminosa will be running open rehearsals throughout January 2022 and would love to see you. Details can be found at www.luminosamusic.com. Dates of all concerts and events can also be found on the website.
Luminosa’s next concert, their belated celebration of ten successful years, will be held on 2nd April 2022 at the magnificent All Saints Church, Odiham at 7.30. Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem and World Premiere of Alison Willis’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum will be performed. There will be an exciting and unique opportunity to listen to the composer, Cecilia McDowell, speak about her composition of the Da Vinci Requiem. Tickets will sell fast, so ink this date in your diary to avoid disappointment.
LUMINOSA YOUNG AND RISING VOICES
‘Together’ They Sing and Shine
Luminosa’s two Youth Choirs, Young Voices and Rising Voices, have been going from strength to strength and, despite working online for the majority of the last year and not hearing one another, they have grown in confidence and have come back in full swing with an amazing sound. Conductors, Jonathan Upfold and Josh Robinson, have watched proudly how these young, talented singers continue to flourish and have been inspired by all that they have achieved. Josh, leader of the 10-16 Youth Choir, Rising Voices, comments, “I have been especially proud of Rising Voices for their composition work of their original song, Together. This was a real team effort and has been a fantastic new skill! The focus moving forward is on building a stronger foundation in vocal technique, allowing everyone to grow in confidence as individuals. We will also be working more with harmony, which is a listening skill that will bring everyone closer together and working as a team to create an even more incredible sound.”
Leader of the 6-10 Youth Choir, Luminosa Young Voices, Jonathan Upfold, is certain that the opportunity to sing together whilst online has kept Luminosa’s young singers’ spirits up. The rehearsals every Tuesday helped remind us all that we are still a part of something even when we aren’t together. Singing back in the same room has been an amazing experience and everyone is very excited for the projects coming up this term!
Later this year, Young Voices and Rising Voices will join the adult choirs in a concert in November. There will also be a musicals workshop in October half term and, in Spring 2022, there will be a competition at Leith Hill Music festival where both choirs came second in their class in 2020. A concert with African drummers and dancers and a tour are planned for the near future too.
Luminosa Youth Choirs, Young Voices (from ages 6-10) and Rising Voices (from 10-16), welcome new members anytime to join them in their energetic and fun rehearsals.
LUMINOSA PERFORMANCE CALENDAR 2022
With African Band and massed Adult and Youth Choirs
St Peter’s Church, Petersfield: 7.30pm
With Orchestra and Soloists
Farnham Maltings, Late afternoon, times TBC.
The Choir that Keeps on Singing
It hasn’t been the best time for the arts but the local family of choirs, collectively known as Luminosa, has been quietly but consistently conserving its passion for music throughout the pandemic and striving to keep its members singing together and continuing to plan for the future. They have maintained their standard of singing, firstly on-line each week on Zoom and, more recently for 8 weeks before the subsequent lockdown, at their regular rehearsal quarters of The Maltings in Alton, a Covid-secure venue. The fact that this choir has galvanised its resources to keep music alive is testimony to the power of singing to prevail.
Inspired by its talented and charismatic choral director, Rebekah Abbott, who is currently Head of Voice with the Royal Marines Band Service, and its patron, Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, members are always motivated to excel, and Covid-19 has not diminished the choir’s ethos of singing captivating music at a high level of expertise.
Luminosa is proud of the ‘connectedness’ of its membership which is one of the mainstays of its success. During the pandemic this has been a particular blessing, sustaining the emotional and mental health of its members, young and old, enriching self-esteem, confidence and community through singing. One young singer commented that singing each week has given her the chance to express herself during a difficult time and ‘socialise in a fun way with friends’ away from the ‘troubles of the world’. Another commented: ‘It makes my week’. Many adult members would certainly agree.
The Choir was due to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a landmark concert in March 2020 with an exciting programme of music, including an inspiring commission. Plans are being made to celebrate Luminosa’s decade of choral success as soon as possible.
In the meantime, homes of Luminosa members of all ages are filled each Tuesday evening with the strains of uplifting singing. The main choir, Luminosa Voices, are rejoicing in Haydn’s Creation, full of unsullied optimism expressed in some of the most loved and life-affirming music ever composed. This is in preparation for a summer concert which the Choir is optimistically planning, to include Haydn’s magnificent oratorio and other positive music full of light and hope, with singing by the Chamber Choir, Luminosa Chamber Voices, along a similar theme.
Luminosa Rising Voices (ages 10-16) and Luminosa Young Voices (ages 6-11), the choirs creatively led and managed by youth music specialists, Jonathan Upfold and Josh Robinson, are working on an exciting virtual choir project in which young singers are collaborating in the composition of an original song which they will perform on-line later in the year. They are also continuing to sing pieces on the theme of radiance and light (Here Comes the Sun, I Can See Clearly Now and others) and will also perform in the summer concert.
The choirs look forward to the time when they can meet and sing together once more and perform in a post-pandemic concert. In the meantime, they wish to thank administration and staff at The Maltings in Alton for their significant support enabling the Choir to sing live when government guidance has allowed. The Maltings have worked intelligently and with a consistently supportive and positive attitude throughout this time, collaborating with the Choir on risk assessments, operation of QR codes, spacing and temperature checks to allow the choir to sing together as safely as possible. Luminosa cares for its members and will continue to follow stringent guidelines when rehearsals can once more be live at The Maltings.
Luminosa is one of Hampshire’s most vibrant choral groups. Sponsored and supported by Polestar, local pension & investment advisers, the Choir is keeping alive what is in danger of being lost through this difficult time. Always keen to hear from new members, there is a collective warm welcome waiting! Why not come and trial a rehearsal for free?
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.
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.
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.
Luminosa are delighted to announce Hattingley Valley Wines as our sponsor. Hattingley Valley are an innovative English wine maker based in Hampshire using a number of vineyards across the uk to produce excellent sparkling and still wines.
Their generous support allows us to continue to produce exciting programmes for our concerts and supports us in booking soloists and musicians.
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