The fourth event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by Julian Wright in the form of an open rehearsal with the Durham Singers to consider the place of breathing in choral singing. Everyone is welcome to this free event on 29th January, 19.30, in North Road Methodist Church, Durham.
This lecture-workshop will illustrate different styles of performance related to different practices of breathing – phrasing dictated by the musical line; phrasing that follows the text. It will also show how a choral group rehearses more musically complex textures, which require different techniques of breathing for more various musical patterns. Illustration will be largely from works by J. S. Bach.
Durham Singers are an amateur chamber choir of about 40 singers, founded in the 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Their core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music, in and around Durham City, with a repertoire that ranges from the great polyphonic works of the Renaissance through to exciting contemporary music, and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top-quality singing.