Calne Choral

The Banner image above is from an interval at the Spring Concert - Saturday 1st April 2017 at St Andrew's Church Chippenham.

Upcoming & Future Concerts

Spring Concert - Saturday 28th April 2018 @ St Andrew's Church Chippenham



to the 2001 New Novello edition

of Haydn's The Seasons.


After the success of The Creation, its librettist Baron Gottfried van Swieten wanted to collaborate with Haydn on a second work of a similar nature.


The result was almost as great a success in Europe as The Creation. Haydn started work on The Seasons in 1799, and it was first performed on the 24th 27th of April and the 1st of May 1801…. In Vienna: it was to be his last major work.


Unlike The Creation, however, The Seasons had no success in England. One possible reason for this is the poor quality of the first English translation.


The English translation in this edition is entirely new, and attempts to provide a translation of van Swieten’s text that fits Haydn’s music; even where the librettist adhered closely to Thomson’s in his ideas, as in No.38 [where] Thomson’s original words do not fit the music.


To include occasional lines of Thomson is as unfair to him as it is to van Swieten, who clearly understood that only drastic rewriting and reconstruction of the original poem could make it suitable as a libretto.


The style used tries to give some flavour of the eighteenth-century language while being easily intelligible today – after all, this is an eighteenth-century  work.


Michael Pilkington.


The Soloists

Michelle Sheridan Grant - Soprano (Jane):

Michelle was born in Ireland and studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, the Royal College of Music, London and the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent, Belgium.  She has worked with many of the UK and Irelands leading opera companies and orchestras, including English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company and The Classical Opera Company. Roles include Susanna, Cherubino and Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Mimi and Musetta (La Boheme), Titania (A Midsummernights Dream) and Micaela (Carmen).  On the concert platform, she has performed as soprano soloist in works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, Reich and Tavener.  She provided the voice of Chief Hen on the BBC animated version of Janaceks The Cunning Little Vixen, conducted by Kent Nagano.

Michelle now lives in Calne, where she teaches singing at schools in the local area.

Sebastiano Cipolla - Tenor (Lucas):

Sebastiano last sung with us in July 2013 in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle. Born the son of a Sicilian ice cream man, Sebastiano trained at The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, graduating with GRNCM and PPRNCM diplomas on Clarinet.  He freelanced for several years as a clarinettist with the BBC Philharmonic, Opera North, CBSO and BBC Concert Orchestras. He has taught clarinet at Dauntseys School since 1992 when he also began to pursue his love of singing.  His roles with local operatic groups have included Falstaff (Fenton) The Magic Flute (Tamino) The Barber of Seville (Almaviva) and Die Fledermaus (Italian Tenor). He has also sang many solo roles in local oratorio performances.

At present, he enjoys performing at various venues with his newly formed jazz ensemble The Chip Trio. Their music adds a contemporary twist to great tunes and includes a serenade of Neapolitan Love Songs!

Paul Fletcher - Bass (Simon):

Paul last sung with us in Fauré’s Requiem last autumn, and we are delighted to welcome him back again. Director of a set of barristers chambers in Bristol, Paul also has a busy singing schedule. He has taken part in many master classes. He sang with the Bath Abbey Choir for ten years; with them he made a number of recordings and broadcasts. Paul now concentrates on oratorio and recital work, and is in demand as a soloist for choirs and choral societies throughout the South West.

Oratorio repertoire includes: Bach, Christmas Oratorio, Ich Habe Genug; Beethoven, Choral Symphony; Brahms, German Requiem; Dvorak, Stabat Mater; Handel, Messiah, Chandos Anthems; Haydn, The Creation, Nelson Mass and other masses; Mendelssohn, Elijah; Purcell, Come ye Sons of Art; Rossini, Petite Messe Solenelle, Stabat Mater; Vaughan Williams, Serenade to Music, Dona Nobis Pacem.

Opera work includes: Britton, Albert Herring; Mozart, Cosi fan Tutte and Don Giovanni; Bizet, Carmen; Barber, A Hand of Bridge; Cimarosa, Il Matrimonio Segreto.

Paul’s current and recent engagements include: Faure, Requiem; A Shakespeare 400 Celebration Concert; Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel; and Handel; Messiah.

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Festival Concert - Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm @ St Mary's Church Calne

This concert is part of the Calne Music & Arts Festival (Friday October 5th to Sunday October 14 2018. A Festival Preview evening on Thursday 4th October is open to Festival Friends, invited guests and exhibitors)

Christmas Concert - Saturday 8th December 2018 7.30pm @ St Mary's Church Calne

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1st Published 02/04/2017- Update: Tue 12th Nov 2019
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