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Kiev choir thrills Croydon
The Boyan Ensemble from Kiev, one of the top male choirs in Eastern Europe, delighted a Croydon audience on the opening night of its UK tour on September 29.The concert, at St John’s church Shirley, was backed by Croydon Male Voice Choir.
The Boyan Ensemble at Shirley (Photo JWT)
The numerous CMVC members in the audience thrilled at the Ukraine choir’s complex harmonies, in particular its profound and sonorous bass lines.The visitors – 23 men and a soprano – sang a selection of chants and other religious pieces in the first half, followed by a delightful range of folk songs and operatic pieces in the second.
The Croydon choir has started the new season with a rehearsal at CMVC headquarters at Sandilands on Tuesday September 2. Following the customary six-week break, it is preparing for its next concert at St Mark’s, Woodcote, on Saturday September 20.
New pianist Guy Shepherd with musical director Richard Hoyle: an exciting start
Appearing at rehearsal for the first time was the choir’s new pianist, Guy Shepherd, who has replaced former accompanist Lana Bode.Guy played with aplomb, having learned by heart most of the sixteen pieces in the Woodcote repertoire, including the challenging solo in the Finlandia Hymn.
CMVC is to host a performance by the sensational Boyan Ensemble choir at the end of September.
The Boyan choir comes from Kiev in Ukraine and is renowned for its spine-tingling choral techniques.Its repertoire ranges from traditional folk song to sacred music and includes the renowned chants of the Kiev Monastery of the Caves.It has broadcast on Classic FM and Radio 3.
Boyan Ensemble - spine-chilling techniques
The choir has been visiting Britain since 1992. It opens its 2014 tour at St John the Evangelist Church, Shirley on Monday September 29 (7.30pm.)The Croydon choir will be there in force and will be sharing an informal apres with the Boyan group after the concert.
Tickets cost £18 for adults, £9 for children. You can book in advance by sending a cheque plus SAE to Dick Jones, 111 Chaldon Way, Coulsdon CR5 1DN. For more information: 01737 554 556 or
You can learn more on the Boyan Ensemble website. Cut and paste this link: www.vocalclassics.co.uk/boyan
Season opens at Purley
The choir opened its new season with a successful and enjoyable concert at St Mark's church in Woodcote, Purley, which brought the debut of a new piece, American Trilogy, and of the choir's new pianist, Guy Shepherd.
CMVC has appointed a new pianist to succeed Lana Bode.Guy Shepherd, 24, will join the choir when it starts the new season in September.Guy says “the prospect of working with the choir is exciting in terms of making great music, making new friends and just having fun.”
Guy Shepherd, looking forward to the challenge
Guy, originally from Cornwall, has just returned to Britain after two years living and working abroad.He already has impressive experience to his name.He has been playing piano since he was six and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with an Honours degree in Piano Performance.