Come & Sing (March 2022)

On Saturday 19th March the Phoenix Singers had great fun at our "Come & Sing" day at St Luke's church, Leek. We were joined in learning Ashley Thompson's "New Gloria" by both visiting singers and Young Phoenix.. 

After an in depth workshop during the morning and first part of the afternoon, we were able to showcase our new found skills with a public performance for friends and family.

Please click on the image below to visit our photos page and see some photographs from the day.

Originally written as a millennium project celebrating the past, the future and two thousand years of Christendom, New Gloria takes the original material of Vivaldi's Gloria and reworks it into contemporary pop. The material has been freely adapted to suit the new idiom - the original sacred text, dating from the ninth century, together with the energy of the modern grooves, creates an electrifying fusion full of both vigour and pathos.

Born out of the sacred text, Vivaldi's masterpiece moved and delighted the audiences of its day. Likewise, New Gloria, whilst not pretending to be a replacement or improvement on the original (nor should it), respectfully and intelligently places the work in the soundscape of the modern listener without dumbing down Vivaldi's inspired intent. As you listen, experience the awe and intimacy, the mystery and majesty and draw fresh inspiration from the music of Vivaldi's Gloria.

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