Peter Knapp was a chorister and lay clerk between 1958 and 1970 and went on to a successful career in opera.
“I’ve recently revived my show – All you ever wanted to know about Opera! – which takes a light hearted look at my life in opera. I present with a cast of three young star singers and a 15-piece orchestra and perform a selection of opera’s loveliest moments. I give a brief overview of the genre, a delight to opera buffs and newcomers alike, tell a lot of funny stories and invite the audience to take part, training them to join in with half-a-dozen rousing opera choruses.
I wonder if you would forward this information to the ex-choristers: it would be good to have some classy singers joining in with the opera choruses!”
Here are some clips from the show: on Youtube.
The next performance is:
Friday 11th October 2013 at 7.30 pm
at Rothamsted Manor Conference Centre, Harpenden, Herts
Download a poster – All-You-Ever-Wanted-To-Know-About-OPERA
From the Chairman
Dear ECA Members,
I need your help! There are two very important events coming up in September.
The first is the AGM on Sunday 8th September at 11.00 in the Crypt. Why is this important? Because it will determine whether we will have a viable committee going forward – to date no proposals/nominations have been received although the necessary forms were included with Alban Notes 24. I’m hoping this is because we’re still in the holiday season.
There are two additional agenda items; the first being to change the ECA Accounting Date to 31st March. This will allow more flexibility for our AGM to be held during the summer months rather than in September as this year. The second is to approve and adopt a Revised ECA Constitution. This document is available for download (link below) and hard copies are available from the Chairman.
The second event is the Festival on the weekend of 20th to 22nd September and specifically the Service of Choral Evensong at 4.00pm on Saturday 21st September, with a rehearsal at 3.00pm in the Quire. At present 35 delegates have signed up to sing but they are mainly from other cathedrals. The service is like our ECA Reunions where we join with the Cathedral Choir and we will be singing Smith’s Preces & Responses, Stanford in C and Basil Harwood’s “O how glorious is the Kingdom.”
Please download the AGM 2013 and Evensong form (below) and complete and return it to me as soon as possible.
AGM 2013 and Evensong form
St Albans ECA Constitution 2013
At the end of the Summer Term, the Abbey Girls’ Choir said goodbye to the senior choristers who had completed their time with the choir. They marked the momentous occasion by making a short video, highlighting the key experiences of their time in the choir. It’s a real treat!
“Late for Rehearsal”: St Albans Abbey Girls Choir Leavers 2013