Details, from Tessa, about The Kingdom weekend


As you know, we are being joined by The Waynflete singers for our November concert. It will be quite a full-on weekend! As well as the two joint rehearsals on Friday and Saturday, we are having a social event for both choirs on Saturday evening. Then Sunday is another very full day as our rehearsal starts at 10.00 in Sage Hall 1, which means being in the Barbour Room by 9.30am as that will be our only chance to work out how to get onto the stage in our usual orderly fashion – a new experience for the Waynflete Singers! The rehearsal is set to end at 1.00pm and the concert starts at 3.00, so not a huge gap. The Sage cafe and brasserie will both be open for food but there will be a lot of us, so early booking would be advisable, for the brasserie at least. After the concert, we are putting on drinks and nibbles in the Barbour Room for the two choirs to chat about what a fabulous concert it was! This will probably not go on much after 7.00pm. On the Monday they are going to sing (fairly informally) in Durham cathedral before heading home.


The Waynflete Singers are performing The Kingdom again in Winchester cathedral on 7 December and have extended a warm welcome to any Bach choir members who would like to go and join them. We won’t be organising an official visit so travel and accommodation will just be up to any individuals who wish to go. They would appreciate some advance notice of numbers so if you think you might like to join them on 7 December, please drop me a quick line on This is just an indication at this stage.


We will be needing hosts for 11 of the Waynflete choir members – 5 singles and 3 couples – so please have a think about whether you could help in this respect. Again, drop me a line if you can host one or more Waynflete choir members.


Publicity for The Kingdom concert


Tickets are already on sale at the Sage box office and via their website and there is a special offer whereby if you buy 4 tickets you get a 5th ticket free (at the same price as the 4). This is a good saving of 20% so do use it to encourage as many friends and family as possible to come. As always with concerts in the Sage, we will all have to work hard to sell as many tickets as possible. Although The Kingdom is not one of Elgar’s best known works, it is very highly thought of – a Guardian review of a recent Proms performance says, “You don't have to listen twice to the aria The Sun Goeth Down to realise The Kingdom contains at least one of the finest passages Elgar wrote.” It is being performed at this year’s Edinburgh festival on 18th August (Usher hall, 17.00) by Mark Elder and the Hallé and they describe it as “one of Elgar’s greatest, and most neglected, achievements...” We also have really good soloists (of course!), including two with strong north east connections - Claire Rutter from South Shields and Kitty Whately, daughter of Kevin Whately. I am really looking forward to getting acquainted with Elgar’s wonderful music next term and putting on a first class concert, with all the excitement that comes with performing in the Sage Hall 1.



Best wishes,




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