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Brent Singers Visit Brittany

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

For more than thirty years the choirs of South Brent and Chateauneuf -du-Faou have been crossing the channel between Plymouth and Roscoff to celebrate their shared love of singing by staging joint concerts and offering accommodation and entertainment to each others members.


This year it was the turn of Brent Singers to travel to Brittany and a subdued group of 30 gathered in the rain at 5.30 on Friday 14 th June 2019 outside South Brent to board the coach to the ferry port. The journey was an opportunity to rest but also for getting to know one another better and spirits were high by the time they arrived to be greeted by their French hosts.


After dropping baggage the two choirs assembled for a welcome reception with food and wine provided by members of the Chorale de la Vallee and despite certain communication difficulties old friendships were renewed and new ones created. After a free morning on the Saturday the choirs gathered in the afternoon for a brief separate rehearsal and then performed a joint concert in the beautiful setting of the Eglise de Chateauneuf-du-Faou. Each choir offered a varied but very different repertoire to an enthusiastic audience. Brent Singers included pieces from previous concerts chosen by their musical director, Matthew Searles and were delighted to be accompanied by Richard Lea, a former musical director who had chosen to holiday in Brittany with his partner, Barbara, in order to meet up with the choir again and take part in the concert.


The evening was rounded off by more food, wine and some Breton dancing all provided by the hosts and during the course of the evening a presentation of a commemorative music stand was made by Gillian Haskell, chair of Brent Singers to thank the Chorale de la Vallee for their wonderful hospitality.


All too soon the visit was over and on the Sunday morning the visitors departed for their return journey to Plymouth with promises of returning the hospitality in 2 years time.


(More photos on our Gallery page)






A QUINTESSENTIALLY FABULOUS CONCERT!

POSTED ON SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018

We spent a fantastic evening with standing room only at our concert last night.  Brent Singers were joined by children from St Mary's Primary School in Buckfast, baritone Freddie Crowly, and organist/pianist Ben Horden.  Our audience was treated to festive favourites, Christmas songs in different settings, and the wonderful "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.  We are back with our next concert, "Shoah" for Holocaust Memorial Day, on Saturday 27th January 2019, at Buckfast Abbey.

A QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH CHRISTMAS

POSTED ON SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018

Brent Singers are pleased to announce that our Christmas concert this year will be entitled "A Quintessential English Christmas" and will include pieces from Ralph Vaughan Williams, and local composer Ben Haigh-Marshall as well as many festive favourites.  The concert is at St Petroc's Church in South Brent on Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm.  Refreshments will be served during the interval.  Please see the performances page for more information and concert poster.

MATTHEW SEARLES, NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR

POSTED ON TUESDAY 10TH JULY 2018

Brent Singers were joined this week by our new Musical Director, Matthew Searles.  Greeted by Gillian Haskell, committee chair for Brent Singers, we began rehearsing music for our upcoming concerts with Matthew in the first of a few sessions we have left before our summer break. Matthew succeeds Richard Lea as our Musical Director.  Brent Singers next concert will be at Christmas on Saturday 8th December at St Petroc's Church in South Brent.

MUSIC FOR SUMMER'S DAY

POSTED ON SUNDAY 1ST JULY 2018

What a fantastic concert we had at St Petrocs!  Fantastic singing from everyone including the children from South Brent Primary School, Tilly Coulton, and Sarah Lannin.  See our music page for recordings from the concert.

MUSIC FOR A SUMMER'S DAY - BRENT SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT

POSTED ON MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2018

Our summer concert is fast approaching, Saturday 30th June, 7.30pm at St Petroc's Church, South Brent. Come along and join Brent Singers and guests for an evening of Music for a Summer's Day!

See our performances page for concert poster and more details.

APPOINTMENT
OF NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR

POSTED ON MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Matthew Searles.  Matthew will join us to start work on our Christmas performance following our summer concert at the end of June.  We are very excited to welcome Matthew and we are looking forward to starting work with him!

SUMMER CONCERT: MUSIC FOR A SUMMER'S DAY

POSTED ON MONDAY 23RD APRIL 2018

Brent Singers are pleased to announce the programme for our summer concert - selections from Showboat, Les Miserables and other pieces.  Keep an eye on our performances page for updates.

MOZART REQUIEM CONCERT AT BUCKFAST ABBEY

POSTED ON MONDAY 23RD APRIL 2018

What a fantastic evening we had at Buckfast Abbey yesterday.  Our choir, orchestra, and soloists were wonderful, as well as an organ solo from our Musical Director, Richard Lea.  Take a look at our gallery for photos from the night, and our music page for recordings of the performance.

MOZART'S REQUIEM - THIS SUNDAY!

POSTED ON MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018

We are now just days away from our performance of Requiem by Mozart!  Our concert is this Sunday, 22nd April 2018, at Buckfast Abbey.  You can book tickets online via the Abbey website or buy them on the door on the night.  See Performances for information on how to book tickets and to see the concert poster.

BRENT SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018

Brent Singers are pleased to announce the date for our 2018 Summer Concert.  This will be on Saturday 30th June at St Petroc's Church in South Brent.  Keep an eye on our performance page for information on the programme.

MOZART'S REQUIEM - COMING SOON!

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018

It's just over a week until we will perform Requiem at Buckfast Abbey and we're getting very excited.  It promises to be a thrilling concert.  Check out our Performances page for more information and a link to book tickets!

NEW WEBSITE

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018

As you can see, we have relaunched our website.  We hope that you will find it easier to use and informative.  New to the website is a selection of recordings from some of our concerts.  We hope to add to this section as we continue with performances throughout the year.

 
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