The National Portrait Gallery Offers the Public the Opportunity to Sing in the Gallery, 11/23-24
For the first time, the National Portrait Gallery is offering members of the public the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform choral music in the Gallery with the Artistic Director of its choir in residence The Portrait Choir on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November 2013.
Open to people of all singing abilities, the National Portrait Gallery is offering two Singing Days where participants will work with renowned chorus master and Artistic Director of the Gallery's choir in residence, Gregory Batsleer, to explore and sing a range of both sacred and secular choral music inspired by the Gallery's new exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People.
Focusing on music by celebrated English composers from the Elizabethan period such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and OrlandoGibbons, the programme on both days will include rehearsals, a talk from a Gallery Curator on the role of music in the era, and end with a final performance in a gallery space in front of visitors. The aim of the Singing Days is to provide an opportunity for people of all voice types and abilities to join together and sing in a unique setting, as well as learn more about the music of Elizabeth I's court.
The Portrait Choir is the first choir in residence programme developed at any museum or gallery in Britain. It is mentored by four experienced professional singers and many of its 22 members have recently finished their studies at some of Britain's most prestigious music conservatoires. Spanning music from all periods, The Portrait Choir is in residence at the National Portrait Gallery at least five times a year to perform a wide repertoire of choral works in gallery spaces which relate to portrait themes, the Collection and the exhibitions programme.
Gregory Batsleer, Artistic Director of The Portrait Choir, says:
'The National Portrait Gallery's Singing Days offer an exciting opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the music of the Tudor period and to sing within a unique Gallery setting.'
Each singing day is £22 per person (£18 for concessions and Gallery Supporters) and includes free entry into the National Portrait Gallery's current exhibition Elizabeth I & Her People as well as a token for light refreshments. The Singing Days are open to people with all singing abilities and voices and although some ability to read music is recommended, it is not essential.