South Notts men’s Chorus

about us

South Notts Men’s Chorus was formed in November 2016. Following an appearance as part of the prestigious Festival of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London, a number of members of an existing choir decided to branch out and form a new ensemble under the leadership of highly-regarded Musical Director, Victoria Barlow.
South Notts Men’s Chorus is committed to excellence in every aspect of performance, embracing a broad spectrum of musical styles designed to challenge the members of the choir to new heights and to offer an uplifting experience to audiences across the country, including at renowned festivals.
The choir is committed to attracting men of all ages who, as well as having the requisite ability as singers, are eager to strive for ever-improving levels of concert performance.

Our aims are:

  • To challenge ourselves to be the very best we can be as a choir;
  • To inspire our audiences; and
  • To do so in a way that is engaging and entertaining, embracing excellence but not elitism.

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SOUTH NOTTS MEN’S CHORUS JOIN US

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging Thursday night, come and join us. We have a packed events calendar and among our events are some exciting performances at Selston Music Festival, Cornwall International Male Choir Festival 2019 and Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod 2019.

We do have an audition process, but we believe that almost everyone can sing with us. We work alongside internationally renowned vocal coach and singing teacher, Ghislaine Morgan, and we do expect new members to engage in the vocal technique and one to one sessions.

We are a happy, friendly and thriving choir who want a challenge. If that sounds good, call us on 07973 765222 for further details.

Members

LEADERSHIP TEAM

/  VICTORIA BARLOW Musical Director
/  RUSSELL JONES Chairman
/  JOHN STEPHENSON Secretary
/  DAVE WOOLGER Treasurer

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

/  VICTORIA BARLOW

Victoria studied music at Clarendon College, under Anthea Cator, and continued her studies at Newcastle and Huddersfield Universities.  After returning to Nottingham, she focused her attention on vocal work and performed with Nottingham Harmonic Society and Trent Opera.

From 2002 to 2011, Victoria was Director of Music, at St Mary’s RC High School, Chesterfield. She has conducted school choirs for over 16 years, and her school choirs have participated in BBC Choir of the Year competition and regional festivals, to great acclaim. They have also toured abroad, performing in Austria, Italy; where they sang Evensong at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and in the US, performing at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral on 5th Avenue in New York.  Victoria was Assistant Conductor of the Derbyshire Youth Chorale, and was part of the Chorale’s tour of Japan, performing with Nagoya Harmonic Society.

Victoria has been the Musical Director of Cranwell Military Wives and was privileged to work with them on the BBC Beechey Boys project in collaboration with the University of Lincoln.

Victoria was Musical Director of Radcliffe on Trent MVC from June 2011 until 2016.  The choir toured the UK performing at many Cathedrals and for numerous charity events.  In October 2016 the choir took part in the 25th London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where Victoria became the first female guest conductor to take to the podium in its 50 year history.

Since November 2016 she has been the Musical Director of the South Notts Men’s Chorus, and during its first year guided them to victory at the Derby Arts Festival and performing at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.

Victoria also performs with a small female choral group called Quadravox.

 

VOCAL COACH

/  GHISLAINE MORGAN

Ghislaine Morgan is in much demand internationally as a workshop leader/choral coach, and singing teacher. She initially read music at Oxford University before studying music education at London University and then majoring in singing at the Royal College of Music. She now trains choirs and individual singers mainly in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK. She is the founder/director of the Sintra International Singing and Choral Conducting Course, and the director of the Casole International Renaissance Polyphony School.

As a soprano, for 20 years she performed throughout Europe, India, Japan and the USA with the top UK vocal ensembles, such as The Monteverdi Choir, The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, the King’s Consort, The Richard Hickox Singers and with opera choruses including The Aix-en-Provence Festival Opera, The Bath Festival Opera and Opera de Lyon. She appeared as soloist on recordings for the Arte Nova, Decca, EMI, Gimell, Naxos, Richmond and Regent labels and was a member of the choir of St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.

Solo engagements included a tour of South Africa singing Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn; recording the title role of Handel’s Deborah for German radio; concerts for the Mathieson Music School Calcutta International Festival, the Tel Aviv Festival for Vocal music, and the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music; and collaborations with Ballet du Nord. Sung repertoire embraced Monteverdi’s Vespers to Finzi’s Dies Natalis, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor to Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne.

Educational work now being her focus she has a passion for encouraging others to be expressive with confidence, and a desire to demystify vocal technique. Her teaching career has been varied – from training trebles for the national opera houses, to boys on an Indian Mission station. She presently works with choral scholars at Cambridge University, has private teaching practices in London and Amsterdam, and gives performance classes at Morley College.

Ghislaine has directed workshops in Britain, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. She is the choral coach of Il Convitto Armonico and Studium Canticum, and is on the faculty of the Corso Internazionale Corale di Rimini, the Lacock Singing Courses, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Platinum Choral Workshops.

 

ACCOMPANISTS

/  ELEONORA BABITSKY

Born in the Soviet Union, Eleonora was recognised as an outstanding musical prospect at an early age. After 6 years at the Gnessin High School of Music for gifted children, Moscow, Eleonora’s studies continued at the Gnessin Music institute where she became piano assistant, a post she held until 1991.  She was a regular performer with the Soviet State Philharmonic Society, specialising in chamber music and for 5 years was accompanist for Soviet Radio.  Between 1991 and 1995, she was engaged by the Hochshule Fur Musik, Munich.

In much demand as a master class accompanist for string players, Eleonora has played for Igor Oistrakh, Daniel Shafran, Vladimir Spivakov, Michael Flaxman and many other distinguished musicians in Russia, Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Germany.

Eleonora has been awarded the Diploma for Best Accompanist at the Russian Music Competition, the Soviet Music Competition and the International Tchaickovsky Competition.

/  RICHARD COX

Local pianist Richard Cox has been working in the Nottingham area and beyond for many years, accompanying numerous soloists and ensembles. He studied music at Nottingham University, specialising in piano performance with Brenda May, and began working with community organisations after graduating, primarily through Music for Everyone (then known as the Nottingham Choral Trust). Richard also runs a mail-order and online business specialising in selling recordings of classical music to collectors all over the world. He teaches piano to a small number of students from his home in Leicestershire and heads up the music team at his church in Loughborough.

/  GEMMA MARSHALL

Gemma has been playing the piano for as long as she can remember and began developing her skills as accompanist with West Bromwich Operatic Society prior to attending university. She trained in Music Theatre at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, during which time she took on the role of Assistant Musical Director for many of the musical theatre society’s productions, accompanying for rehearsals and playing in the orchestra pit band for performances.

Upon graduation, Gemma moved to London to pursue a career in arts administration and continued to work as a freelance accompanist and orchestra pit player with Songtime Theatre Arts. In 2009, she returned to the Midlands to study towards a PGCE Secondary Music and taught in several secondary and primary schools across the region.

Gemma decided to return to her roots in arts administration in 2014 and now works for Nottinghamshire based music charity Music for Everyone. She is the principal accompanist for Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir and Director of Music at St Mark’s church in Mansfield. Gemma also recently started accompanying for local vocal group Quadravox.

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