On Sunday 3rd March 2013, the Amabile Girls choir competed in the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music. They sung;
O Salutaris Hostia,
and won first place in the Youth Category. Well Done Girls!
The link to the Westmorland Gazette article can be found here
On Friday 4th January 2013, Amabile choirs learned of the loss of one of our beautiful girls.
Helena Farrell was a popular and well loved member our Amabile family for over seven years. She sang with Poco Amabile initially, then quickly distinguished herself as a strong member of the Mezzo section in the Amabile Main choir.
Helena sang one of the solos when we performed at Glasgow Cathedral last year and competed with us in Llandudno in October when we won the Youth Choir category at the North Wales Choral Competition. Helena had a wonderful sense of fun. We stayed in Chester the on the weekend of the competition and Helena and her friends appeared in the hotel lobby wearing fake moustaches, ginger, of course.
Helena was a wonderful musician with a natural gift for communication. She didn't just sing the songs that we performed, she lived every word. Her enthusiasm and professionalism inspired the other girls and never failed to touch our audiences. After every performance at least one audience member would single Helena out for praise. The Amabile Girls' Choir motto is 'Choir is our Family' . Helena will always be a part of that family and I know that the girls felt privileged to have sung with her and want to honour her name by continuing to sing with spirit she inspired in us all.
The Winners of the 2012 North Wales Choral Festival
1st - Côr Meibion Bro Aled 2nd – Flint Male Voice Choir 3rd – Triglav Lesce-Bled 1st – Lleisiau Llannerch 2nd – Cantare 3rd - Ysgol Dinas Brân Girls 1st...
Amabile Girls Choir were awarded the first prize in the youth choir category in the North Wales Choral Festival (Gwyl Gorawl Gogledd Cymru) at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno on the 27th of October 2012.
Under the direction of their artistic director, Rachel Little, the group of 34 girls performed three peices; 'O Salutaris Hostia', 'Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day' and closed their program with a moving performance of 'Towards Infinity'.
All three performances can be found on the YouTube Channel which can be found here.
All 34 girls are pictured below with Rachel Little, Artistic Director of Amabile centre holding the trophy.
One of the choir leaders, Flora Wharton can be seen here receiving the winners trophy from Trudno FM - the category sponsors.
Our very own Rachel Little has been nominated for the Pride of Lakeland Peoples Champion for her role as an inspirational teacher.
You can read all about it and vote for her by following the link below. Voting buttons are at the foot of the page. Please share with your friends and family and help Rachel to win this award.
Amabile will be competing in the North Wales Music Festival at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Saturday 27th October. There will also be a celebration concert in the evening which Amabile have been invited to perform in.
Amabile Girls' Choir performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on Sunday 4th March in a regional round of the Choir of the Year Competition. The girls performed extremely well and were named as one of the three Choirs of the Day. Now we will wait to hear if the choir has been put through to the semi-finals which will take place in Manchester Bridgewater Hall in October.
Poco Amabile recently competed in the first round of the 2010 BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition and was named Children's Choir of the Day in Manchester. This means that the choir will advance to the Selection Round of the competition, with the possibility of advancing to the semi-finals in Birmingham in November (semi-finalists will be selected from recordings of the first round). Poco Amabile will find out the results of the Selection Round sometime during the summer. They sang beautifully and made us all very proud! Congratulations girls and Miss Rachel!!
Submitted by Frances
Amabile Choirs has been awarded a grant to commission Melody Rowe to write a song cycle for girls' choir, through the BBC Performing Arts Fund 2009 Choral Ambition scheme. This project was one of the 98 projects (14 commissions, 84 other projects), out of 350 submissions, chosen to receive funding. Amabile Girls' Choir will be premiering the four songs in the cycle at its June concerts - at the Sedbergh Festival (18th June) and in its joint concert with the Westmorland Youth Orchestra (26th June). To see more details about the grant and the other choirs awarded, go to the BBC web site.
Submitted by Frances
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