This was a lovely evening of traditional song at St Matthew’s, Stretford – and thanks to them for hosting and welcoming us into the church.
After the fresh air and hills at Edale we brought some of the same songs to Stretford St Matthew’s Church, on 9th June, 7.30pm. The 19th century church is a beautiful space for song, and our a cappella harmonies filled it up with folk song from around the world.
We got some fantastic feedback – and we’d love to sing there again some time soon!
We were at Manchester Christmas Markets on Sunday 11th December, between 4 – 6pm, to raise money for Christies Hospital and the Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area. Setting up by the War Memorial we gathered quite a crowd, particularly in the early part of the set – in total we raised £250 for our charities!
When: Sunday 11th December, 4 – 6pm
Where: St Anne’s Square, Manchester, next to the War Memorial.
What: Lovely carol singing, in aid of Christies Hospital and the Autistic Society.
Chorley Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival
Full of the Christmas Spirit we were ready for our concert at Chorley Methodist Church on 17th December, 19.30pm. As part of their Christmas Tree Festival we performed a range of traditional carols and modern songs, with some solos and audience participation!! The church makes a spectacular setting with all their trees lit and magical atmosphere for enjoying the real Christmas spirit.
We aren’t generally a competition choir – but we like to prepare music to compete every few years, so we can get some feedback and bring a small programme to perfection! This year we entered the MACC for the first time, as they had dropped the minimum number of singers from 25 to 16.
On the day we competed against another 13 choirs, ranging from one a little smaller than us to large scale choral society groups. We were one of only 2 groups who didn’t learn their music by heart – but chatting to other singers backstage we realised that some had been rehearsing for a year!
It was a good day, and a great opportunity to reflect on how other groups do things – We realise that learning your music definately helps you communicate with the audience – but an over-use of “Jazz Hands” can be distracting!
The judges were Jeffrey Lawton, Ian Chesworth and David King, and here are some of their comments:
“… good, …freely produced voices, singing and blending well together. Intonation was pretty solid, …Some of your volume changes were musically very effective; in other places there was scope for a little more dynamic contrast, … The final piece was pretty challenging, and you were definitely a bit too note-bound here. In a competition environment, you might consider singing the pieces from memory rather than holding folders – of course for good readers (and I guess many of you will also be busy singers outside this choir) that is hard work – but it really does help to connect you with the audience.”
“…Good cultured singing”
…and although we weren’t placed on the day, we did learn that we were amongst those vying for 4th place. But we don’t do it for the glory…
As part of New Mills Festival we performed at St James Arts Centre to a happy and appreciative audience.
We gave a mixed exciting programme from around the world, singing in English, French, Italian, Russian, Samoan and a bit of Swedish for good measure! The songs came from a range of traditions, from sacred to secular madrigals and folk songs.
We were excited to be hosted by St James Church as their last concert before they close for a major re-development as an Arts and Heritage centre.
Duodecimo sang “exquisitely” to a large audience last Saturday. “It was altogether a superb and calming evening.”
We are a small, friendly choir of around 15 – 20 singers, rehearsing in Chorlton on every third Thursday evening. We are currently looking for new members singing Tenor and Bass (and possibly Alto as well). If you are interested in finding out more please contact our Musical Director, Richard McHale at this email address:
Duodecimo are available to hire for concerts, weddings, receptions and other occasions. We perform a wide variety of sacred and secular music from the fourteenth century to the present day. Most of our music is sung unaccompanied.