Tim has worked with choirs large and small and held posts with Wakefield Festival Chorus, Vocalis, The York Rose Singers, Thornton Vocal Union, and provided choral workshops for many other choirs and choral organisations. He also founded and runs two choirs based in Leeds: The Heritage Singers and Masterworks Chorale.
The immediate advantage is the excitement that builds up over a fair period of time; the sharpened sense of purpose in rehearsals, the almost holiday like atmosphere that takes over the choir. It bonds choir members and the travelling moulds them together. They make new friendships and become a stronger choir.
Absolutely, the choir becomes bigger than the individual singers and takes on a life of its own, so somehow it becomes your lifeblood and you live and breathe the last concert, hanging on its intimate memories, until it is overtaken by the pull of the next one. The music becomes etched in the choir’s consciousness in a way it never was before, and you strive to do it better each performance.
It was through word of mouth the first time, then talking to them at trade fairs after that.
Whether it’s a few days in your home country or two weeks overseas, going on tour is a wonderful and exciting experience. But it’s essential that the choir nominates one brave person to be the tour co-ordinator to liaise with the musical director, and the tour company. He/she is the person who supplies personal details in advance to hosts, carries them in the event of emergency, checks people on and off the coach etc.; they are the person in charge full stop. They also field all singers’ questions and forward them to the musical director. This leaves the musical details in the hands of the musical director, free of all other worries. (Tour Coordinator, Joanne Shaw, Masterworks Chorale).
Singing Rheinbergers Music in Vaduz, the city of his birth, in front of the Royalty of Liechtenstein; singing Fauré’s Requiem in the Madeleine to 400 people; singing in a tiny church in the outskirts of New York and being collected by the organisers in a Big Yellow American school bus in the thick snow; singing at the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot cemetery. I could go on, there are 25 years’ worth to bring to memory!
It was brilliant and everything I expected from a tour and more. Jonathan was brilliant. He was always patient with me and nothing seemed to phase him. Sabine was just wonderful, always willing to listen to what I suggested we wanted from the tour. She has endless patience. Playing at the Last Post was so moving, we felt very privileged to be able to perform at such a moving ceremony.
Cath Danswan, Swindon Choral Society, Wiltshire
Lovely venues, lovely audiences, comfortable accommodation. Alahree was very prompt and efficient with her responses and understood our needs well.
Gill Chapman, Cecilia Singers, Berkshire