English Philharmonia joins ACDA conference: 25- 28 February

English Philharmonia joins ACDA conference: 25- 28 February

Join us at our reading session or stop by our booth #7012 in the 'British Aisle' to chat with composer Chris Williams and explore our wide range of high quality choral music repertoire by some of the latest musical talent.

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Composing is fun - at any age!

Composing is fun - at any age!

'I love writing for and working with children – they can be truly inspirational and it’s a thrill to be able to help their creativity and musicality to blossom. It is perhaps a cliché, but teaching really is learning. I learn from the children and young people I work with all the time'. Jenny Gould

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Creative discipline, a vital component of writing for amateur choirs

Creative discipline, a vital component of writing for amateur choirs

At this time of year, when the focus turns to programming for Christmas Carol concerts, Chris Williams shares his expertise. From A cappella carols which allow us to enjoy the beautiful intensity of the voice, to rounds for the audience to generate a heightened sense of being a participator rather than simply a listener, and, a good dose of brass to adds sparkle to any concert.

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Premiere of new jazz piece The Seasons at the Watford Coloseum

Premiere of new jazz piece The Seasons at the Watford Coloseum

This weekend will see the premiere of new jazz piece The Seasons by Sebastian Weiss at the Watford Colosseum - Saturday May 10th 2014. To be performed by the English Philharmonia and Chorus under the baton of Graham Wili, in an exciting programme of: Carl Orff’s dramatic and engaging Carmina Burana, George Gershwin’s thrilling and well-loved Rhapsody in Blue, and The Seasons, by Sebastian Weiss.

Here Sebastian Weiss shares his inspiration.

Tsunami Requiem: Music that paints a picture in your mind

Tsunami Requiem: Music that paints a picture in your mind

December 26th 2014 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Asian tsunami which had such a devastating effect on families and communities across the world. The Tsunami Requiem, by Chris Williams brings their stories to life in an emotive and powerful way. The work is accessible, ideal for inclusion in any concert programme. Caroline Thompson, Director of Music at Wynstones School, shares her story and talks of her students’ response and commitment to the music.

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