Saturday, 20 December 2014

Flashmob Carousel

See another vesrsion of our Flashmob on the carousel in Honfleur

Monday, 16 June 2014

See our Flashmob on the carousel in Honfleur

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Evening with Ghislaine Morgan

Another great evening with international vocal and choral coach Ghislaine Morgan as we prepare for next Saturday, 15th March, when we shall be performing Brahms' Requiem at St John's Epping CM16 5DN.
Valentine Singers will be joined by soloists Sarah Stroh and Paul Sheehan plus piano duet Caroline Finlay and Tim Smith.
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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Clare visited us at Valentine Singers a few weeks ago and this is her feedback

I recently joined the Valentine Singers for an evening to sample a rehearsal and I can honestly say it's one of the friendliest choirs I've ever visited. Within five minutes I'd been spoken to by more people than in my first five months in the choir I currently sing with. Several people checked that I had the right music and a good seat with the rest of the sopranos. I'm an experienced singer but I felt that there would have been lots of support available if I'd been less confident about finding my way round the score. The warm-ups before serious work on the Messiah got started were excellent and I was really impressed by the way Christine understood the different abilities of her singers and made sure everyone in the choir was catered for, from making sure they could all see her to helpful note-bashing of tricky corners. There was a lovely atmosphere and I'm just sorry I don't live close enough to be a regular member of the Valentine Singers.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Mirror of Perfection review

In tune with the forthcoming London Olympics, Valentine Singers presented a programme of British works by Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Blackford last Saturday evening.  The Singers were joined by the Jericho Ensemble and soloists Elizabeth Menezes (soprano) and John Llewelyn Evans (baritone).

Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis is a cantata for string orchestra and tenor or soprano soloist, and was not performed at the Three Choirs Festival until 1946 having been delayed by the outbreak of the Second World War. The delightful Elizabeth Menezes and the Jericho Ensemble provided the rich textures and long melodic lines for a very satisfying, lyrical performance of this evocative work.

The Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs ­- a collection of George Herbert texts - range from the melodic to the uplifting.  John Llewelyn Evans gave a fine performance, particularly in Love bade me welcome, and Valentine Singers were equally excellent whether accompanying the soloist in the final bars of I got me flowers or in the rousing final movement, Let all the world in every corner sing.

Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection was written in the mid-1990s, his inspiration being the poetry of Saint Francis of Assisi. This work brought the Singers, both soloists and an augmented Jericho Ensemble together for settings of seven canticles.  From Canticle of the Furnace with its complex rhythmic patterns and angular lines from the string players to the calm and melodic final movement Canticle of Peace, the composer is urging the listener to confront our “age of spiritual emptiness and cultural decline”.

Directed by the excellent Christine Gwynn, Valentine Singers never fail to give the audience total commitment and a very professional performance. It is worth noting that they are offering three opportunities for you to join with them to discover (or rekindle) your love of singing at Choral Taster Workshops on the 6th, 13th and 20th of July – phone 020 8504 1261 for details.

John Buckmaster

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Brilliant review if you get the meaning!

This free performance of the famed Valentine Singers from London, was a hit!

Their alternating one-hour programme (a Capella) was the sweetest .... absentees were wrong

Thank you, ALBERT, for this wonderful invitation.

Until next week in the rehearsal, to fly with FULL CHEST in there ....

greetings to everyone from JOS, the portraits tractor.

Google translate I fear! I used that for the poster too, I wonder what it said!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Valentine Singers

St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook

Saturday 12 November 2011

Valentine Singers chose music from England and Austria at St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook, presenting a varied programme of works by Britten, Bruckner and Tallis among others.

The concert opened with Charles Wood’s Oculi omnium, sung from the back of the church, and this was followed by Thomas Tallis’s Canon. While singing the Canon the choir processed to the front, using both sides of the church, resulting in a magical surround-sound effect for the audience. The first half of the concert continued with two wonderful performances of Bruckner motets, Ave Maria and Locus iste, which were full of expressive and well-controlled singing. Haydn’s Little Organ Mass closed the first half. This short Mass is a delight both to sing and listen to and the Valentine Singers did not disappoint. Special congratulations go to soprano Clare Gailans for her first class solo in the Benedictus.

Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb opened the second half – a rather eccentric work which the Singers performed with great skill, save a slight lack of incisiveness in the rhythmically complex second section. I am a big fan of Geoffrey Burgon’s works, but feel that his Nunc Dimittis needed a trumpet part in order to provide some contrast in sound and texture.

Frances, Emma and Peter Quintrell, Audrey Cassidy, Anthony Harrison and Andrew Taylor sang solo parts – all of them should feel proud of their contribution. The excellent David Sheppard was organist for the evening, and as usual the skills of conductor Christine Gwynn resulted in an enjoyable evening.

John Buckmaster