The Ceramic City Choir gave a thrilling and uplifting performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in the Victoria Hall

 

The Ceramic City Choir

Anthony Rose Chorus Master 
Ian Riddle Rehearsal Accompanist

Founded in 1942 under the conductorship of Sir Malcolm Sargent and with over 120 members, we specialise in performing major choral works with renowned professional orchestras and top vocal soloists. Distinguished guest conductors over the last 20 years have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Edward Heath, Owain Arwel Hughes, Donald Hunt, Richard Hickox, Ian Tracey and Sir David Willcocks.

Directed by Anthony Rose, the Ceramic City Choir is Staffordshire's largest Choral Society performing in the superb Victoria Hall (Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent) and the surrounding area.  It performs the standard choral repertoire of oratorios and symphonic works regularly throughout Staffordshire and beyond, but also enjoys performing more challenging smaller-scale contemporary music. 

Our Next Concert

Rossini Fireworks!

05 June 2018 7:30 pm - 10:15 pm

Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Rossini Fireworks!

A concert of sparkling vocal displays

Conductor 
John Andrews
Tenor 
Luciano Botelho
Mezzo 
Catherine Carby
Tenor 
John-Colyn Gyeantey
Soprano 
Gillian Ramm
Soprano 
Elena Xanthoudakis

 

 

 

 

A thrilling concert of highlights from Rossini’s greatest operas – his serious ones! These were the operas of which Rossini was most proud, and which contain his most brilliant writing for orchestra, and his most challenging vocal fireworks. John Andrews will conduct the full ETO orchestra in exciting scenes from Rossini’s Otello (including his melting ‘Willow Song’), La donna del lago (a Walter Scott feast), Maometto II (the most testing of them all), Elisabetta (the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Ermione.

“I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential place in the history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always impressed me. He took opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice: he completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbiere to Il viaggio a Reims through Cenerentola, he created an irresistible style – but I am also sensitive to his serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.”

— EMMANUEL MACRON

Sung in Italian and French with English surtitles
Running time: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. 20 minute interval)

Concert Programme
Semiramide
Act 1, Overture

Maometto II
Act 2, Trio: “In questi estremi istanti”
Act 1: Preghiera (“Giusto cielo”) and Scena (“Ahi, padre!”)
Act 2, Aria: “Non temer: d’un basso affetto”

Ermione
Act 2: Gran scena

Otello
Act 2, Duet: “Ah vieni, nel tuo sangue”
Act 3, Aria: “The Willow Song”

Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra
Act 2, Scene: “Della cieca fortuna”, to “Deh! Scusa i trasporti”
Act 2, Aria: “Dov’è Matilde”

La donna del lago
Act 1, Cavatina: “Mura felici”

Guillaume Tell
Act 1: Chorus of Villagers
Act 2, Aria: “Sombre forêt”
Act 3, Finale: “Sois immobile”

 



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The Ceramic City Choir

Founded in 1942 under the conductorship of Sir Malcolm Sargent, we specialise in performing major choral works with renowned professional orchestras and top vocal soloists.  

Distinguished guest conductors over the last 20 years have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Edward Heath, Owain Arwel Hughes, Donald Hunt, Richard Hickox, Ian Tracey and Sir David Willcocks.  

The superb Victoria Hall (Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent) is our principal concert venue.

President: Angela Tams

Chairman: Geoff Hall

Chorus Master & Musical Director: Anthony T. Rose