Noctis started the year with an educational workshop at Monkton Combe School where musical director Francis Faux and members of the choir worked closely with students on vocal technique, breath control, blend and other facets of choral singing.
In May, the choir performed music by Jussi Chydenius, Nils Lindberg and Ben Parry at The Bath Festival before heading to the glorious setting of the portrait gallery in the Holburne Museum for its summer concert, Northern Lights. Guest soloist Maria Garcia played music by Janacek and Ireland before accompanying the choir for an emotional finale by Ola Gjeilo as the choir bade farewell to one of their basses, Sam Young, who has since moved to London to pursue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The next concert is a candlelit vigil at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick on Armistice Day where the choir will perform the Duruflé Requiem, Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Tavener’s Funeral Ikos, and music by Bairstow, Lobo, and Tallis as well as a setting of Lawrence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, by David Terry.
Noctis is now recruiting tenors and basses for the 2017-18 season so if you are interested in singing with one of Bath’s leading chamber choirs or would like to book the group for a workshop, contact Francis Faux on: email@example.com.
– Durufle Requiem by candlelight – Saturday 11 November, at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick, tickets £12.
– Carols at Whatley Manor – Sunday 10 December, visit: whatleymanor.com for further details.