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Artistic Impulse

the impulse that drives artistic expression is irrational, unconditioned, and impersonal. it is beyond the grasp of reason and its constructions, which allows it to make the being resonate at frequencies that reason is not able to reach, and thus initiate it into experiences that are beyond his comprehension.

Added by Christopher Stewart on August 1, 2020 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Permission to Shine round two is calling all Pop, Soul and Folk singers

It’s your time to shine now … as round two of Play It Forward’s online singing competition Permission to Shine is open!

 

This is a great opportunity to participate in a brand new and innovative international competition.  Jonathon Welch, our founding artistic director, comments “Permission to Shine is open to everyone.  Entries are welcome from amateurs through to music students and also professional singers, from…

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Added by Caroline Knaggs on July 18, 2020 at 2:21am — No Comments

One Of A Kind

Essentially written in one day in March 2013, « One Of A Kind » is an upbeat folk pop summer song about meeting someone who turns out to have special significance in one's life, and eventually becoming so close as to form a kind of unit with them.

Ultimately, it's also about how every encounter, whether apparently desirable or otherwise, actually contributes to one's growth and to finding one's place in the grand scheme of things.



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Added by Christopher Stewart on June 9, 2020 at 9:57am — No Comments

Permission To Shine opens with Big Prizes and announces First Judges!

Play It Forward, together with Dr Jonathon Welch AM, is thrilled to announce that round one of Permission to Shine is open.  This online singing competition with a difference starts with three sections - Music Theatre,…

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Added by Caroline Knaggs on June 4, 2020 at 3:05am — No Comments

Permission To Shine - A True Celebration Of Voice!

Play It Forward, created by founding artistic director Dr Jonathon Welch AM, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Permission to Shine, a new online singing competition with a difference.

"We have really embraced the opportunity the take our programs online…

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Added by Caroline Knaggs on May 21, 2020 at 5:48am — No Comments

Leap

tell me i did not dive in way too deep

and that i will find the relief i seek

when bells toll the time to jump off the peak

say that there will be faith to take the leap

although i've walked the path of oracles

and seen you've kept the oath you'd said you'd keep

when the fruits will be close enough to reap

will i really believe in miracles

did your plan really include that last turn

or did i miss a lesson on the road

will there some day…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on May 5, 2020 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Allegory of the Long Spoons

« The allegory of the long spoons is a parable that shows the difference between heaven and hell by means of people forced to eat with long spoons. »

« In each location, the inhabitants are given access to food, but the utensils are too unwieldy to serve oneself with. In hell, the people cannot cooperate, and consequently starve. In heaven, the diners feed one another across the table and are sated. »

« Given the same level playing field one group of…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 14, 2020 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Living Bond

dare i declare that we'll always be one

that in your soul breathes an echo of mine

that our paths will fusion down the line

that this living bond cannot come undone

dare i reveal how we have been misled

by values that want us to be apart

told only a fool could follow their heart

by demons of greed, reason, and hatred

could you forgive me for being doubtful

of accepting the fate of a prophet

and having been of you so…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 13, 2020 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Nexus

how many souls lay blinded by that creed

stuck on a rock that's lost in the vastness

fatherless child of mother randomness

the underlying view that fosters greed

satisfied by the laws of mechanics

kindergarten of logic and reason

unfit for the tests of intuition

barred from the master class in holistics

unprepared to see past material

as if fearing fatal delirium

through knowledge of concerns spiritual

yet truth is no stranger to…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 8, 2020 at 9:27am — No Comments

Conveyed by Rhymes

i can recall the day when the world fell

and i could only watch in disbelief

as people blamed each other for their grief

before hiding back each inside their shell

from there we edged ever closer to hell

dying nature, fires, foul climes above

divided souls all longing for some love

while minds dreaded for them would toll the bell

and now a plague warns us with its dark chimes

to see we're tied, us threads of the same rope

against which…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 7, 2020 at 10:12am — No Comments

Somewhere Ahead

as i sit on the floor and bow my head

i wonder why my path has led me here

for which purpose must i be rid of fear

that lies in store for me somewhere ahead

no way could i the turns have all foreseen

nor prayed for all of life's given blessings

for the angels would not reveal their wings

until after the time they could be seen

is it a door i hear, a voice, a pace

or only an echo, a whim, a wraith

a breeze, a thought, a threat without a…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 6, 2020 at 9:16am — No Comments

Ascent

now that the truth is out

and edges the windup

say did you really doubt

of where you would end up

just right there where you are

all alone in the night

feeling more fraud than star

and really not that bright

not completely grownup

more bewildered than fine

but still the wait is up

time to come forth and shine

seems you blew your thirties

in healing from your teens

in bending to worries

and in blaming your…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 4, 2020 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Starscaping

was it not all written

in the divine memoirs

on the nightly heaven

as a pattern of stars

that the worst could happen

at the perfect hour

to rescue the fallen

from haughtiness dour

so that they could in turn

save from the bonfire

their fellow men who burn

in confusion dire

was it not all written

well ahead of the time

in words aptly chosen

metered and set to rhyme

that there's no simple way

to…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on April 3, 2020 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Land's End

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. Line engraving Wellcome V0034177

God, suspended in the clouds, creates light. » by Thomas de Leu)





what was there left to do

standing at the summit

but to reach for the sky

up above infinite



what was there left to do

at the edge…

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Added by Christopher Stewart on March 20, 2020 at 11:15am — No Comments

Hudson Chorale (Rehearsals in Pleasantville) Welcomes New Members in September in Preparation for an Exciting 2019-2020 Season

Come sing with Westchester’s highly acclaimed community chorus, Hudson Chorale. The group is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB) to join for an exciting concert season of great, much-loved choral music. Singer-friendly auditions will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019, by appointment, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, prior to the first rehearsal.  Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15 – 9:45 p.m. at the Pleasantville Presbyterian…

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Added by Angela Usobiaga on September 2, 2019 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2019 launches a fantastic program of concerts for its tenth anniversary

There is truly something at #MISF19 that will appeal to everyone’s musical tastes.  Be Challenged, Inspired and Entertained.

Now in its tenth year, Australia's most exciting singers festival for all choirs, singing groups and individual singers, is proud to present a bigger and even more diverse program over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in Melbourne.…

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Added by Caroline Knaggs on June 3, 2019 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Hudson Chorale Concert at Maryknoll – In Paradisum: Fauré Requiem and More (January 26 & 27, 2019)

Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest mixed voice chorus, is poised to please.  The group will begin its 2019 season with two matinee concerts on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm that highlight Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, along with a collection of motets by Felix Mendelssohn, Anton Bruckner…

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Added by Angela Usobiaga on January 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Taconic Opera (Westchester, NY) - An invitation to choral singers: Verdi Requiem in 2019

Taconic Opera invites experienced choral singers to collaborate on an upcoming performance of the VERDI REQUIEM with the Taconic Opera chorus and orchestra. Applications will be accepted during the months of November and December 2018.  Those who have performed this masterpiece before don’t need to be told how powerful an experience it is; those who haven’t won’t want to miss the opportunity.  The program will be conducted by the…

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Added by Angela Usobiaga on November 16, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The 10th World Peace Choir Festival

Dear choral singers and friends,

Greetings from the 10th World Peace Choir Festival (www.wpcf.at)!

From…

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Added by World Peace Choral Festival on October 12, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

JONATHON WELCH FAREWELLS HIS BELOVED CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKS

Media Release from the office of Dr Jonathon Welch AM

After twelve years at the artistic helm of the ‘choir that inspired the nation’ on the ground breaking award winning ABC TV series ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’, Founding Artistic Director Dr Jonathon Welch AM has announced his retirement from the Choir at the end of December 2018.

“It has been the journey of a lifetime and an honour to work with,…

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Added by Caroline Knaggs on September 4, 2018 at 6:42pm — No Comments

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Cracovia Music Festival 2021 (Poland) at Cracow, Poland

September 29, 2021 to October 3, 2021
12th International choir and orchestra festival in Cracow (Poland)29.09. - 03.10.2021CRACOW – one of the twelve most important towns in the worldThe former capital of Poland is one of Europe’s last undiscovered destinations by mass tourism. Here the Holy Father Pope John Paul II served as a Bishop for more than twelve years. Centre of the old town is Rynek (main market…See More
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Artistic Impulse

the impulse that drives artistic expression is irrational, unconditioned, and impersonal. it is beyond the grasp of reason and its constructions, which allows it to make the being resonate at frequencies that reason is not able to reach, and thus initiate it into experiences that are beyond his comprehension.See More
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Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

more an improvisation than a proper arrangement of Bart Howard's jazz standard « Fly Me To The Moon, » made popular by Frank Sinatra. recorded in july 2020. ...
Aug 1
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The Girl From Ipanema (Antônio Carlos Jobim) - excerpt - [Fingerstyle Guitar Covers]

working on an arrangement of Jobim's bossa nova classic « The Girl From Ipanema. » recorded in july 2020. ❤ thank you for your support ! ❤ § you're invited t...
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Hope [Fingerstyle Guitar Originals]

this is a recording of a song titled « Hope » which was originally written around december 2012, and intended as a lullaby for grown-ups. the audio and perfo...
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Choral Workshop on Lake Garda (Italy) - Oct. 2021 at Concert hall in Riva del Garda

October 14, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Choral Workshop with the International Oratorio Choir.This year the Coronation Mass by W. A. Mozart will be worked on. Groups of at least 10 persons can take part in the project.Terms and conditions for singers and further information you will find on our website https://www.choral-workshops.com/See More
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NEW YORK OPERA CONSERVATORY - Free virtual opera: Mozart’s Don Giovanni: A Pandemic Nightmare at Youtube

July 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020
As a summer opera program for emerging singers, the  New York Opera Conservatory had to re-think a way to not disappoint its students in light of the covid epidemic. But how do you maintain social distancing in opera rehearsals and performances?  How do you lift moods during such an intense period of uncertainty?  The Conservatory’s answer was to make the pandemic the backdrop of an opera, and some of its consequences a part of the production!  Since Mozart’s Don Giovanni (a dark tragedy) had…See More
Jul 20
Caroline Knaggs posted a blog post

Permission to Shine round two is calling all Pop, Soul and Folk singers

It’s your time to shine now … as round two of Play It Forward’s online singing competition Permission to Shine is open! This is a great opportunity to participate in a brand new and innovative international competition.  Jonathon Welch, our founding artistic director, comments “Permission to Shine is open to everyone.  Entries are welcome from amateurs through to music students and also professional singers, from right across the world.” The Permission To Shine team are delighted with the…See More
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Conan Features a Choir on His Show

Conan features the Scala and Kolacny Brothers choir on his TV show.

 

What's next? Are we getting some culture on TV?

 





The all female choir performs…

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Created by SingerLink Apr 23, 2011 at 10:43am. Last updated by SingerLink May 1, 2011.

The Christian West and Its Singers

Here's a review of a great new book "The Christian West and Its Singers" by Jeffery Tucker:



Jeffrey remarks:


"So rather than a review, I say to you, this book exists. Perhaps it has opened a new chapter in history of the study of Christian…
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Created by SingerLink Jun 22, 2010 at 9:08pm. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 29, 2010.

Presentation Mini Master Class





Maestro…
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Created by SingerLink Sep 29, 2009 at 7:58am. Last updated by SingerLink Aug 10, 2010.

Working With Singers

Here's a great video on working with singers from I… Continue

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Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt

Here's a preview of an new book about Joseph Flummerfelt





In Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music, and Musicians, Donald Nally presents a window into the mind and heart of one of America's most celebrated and distinguished choral…
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