We’d love you to join us at our Come and Sing on Saturday 9th March
Tickets can also be purchased here
Ben Thapa, Sheen Gate Choir’s newly appointed Music Director (see below), will lead the workshop. He will focus upon the process of learning music – how we can go about it in a way that marries vocal health and musicianship, away from time pressures that may see those two elements become divorced. We will work on some pieces that are likely to be well known, as staples of the choral repertory, and a couple that you may be seeing for the first time. The objective is not to achieve a complete result: rather to explore how you can get more out of your learning, and out of vocalisation in the early stages of music preparation.
Singing is about more than just noise and notes. It is a uniquely human offering, and marries up breath, intention and communication in a way that is almost incomparable.
So many singers, amateur and professional, find themselves so bound with learning notes, that we forget to imbue them with the processes of healthy singing from the first instance, resulting in the creation of counterproductive habits that can become hard to eradicate further down the line.
Music will include:
Mozart, Requiem – Lachrymosa & Dies Irae
Vivaldi, Magnificat – Et Misericordia
Mozart, Idomeneo – Placido e mar
Mozart, Ave Verum
Tallis, If ye love me
Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine
Sheen Gate Choir’s New Music Director:
Sheen Gate Choir are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Ben Thapa. Ben launches straight into his first rehearsal on 10th October at the start of what is going to be a very exciting time for the choir. Why not come and sing with us? All are welcome.
Ben Thapa started his career as one quarter of the classical opera group G4, runners-up on ITV’s The X Factor in 2004. Ben left the group in 2018, and has forged a varied and substantial career across a range of repertory.
As a singer, Ben has performed with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Teatru Manoel, Malta, Longborough Festival Opera and Garsington Opera in soloist capacities, and at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and more.
In the last few years, Ben’s career has increasingly encompassed conducting. He has conducted the Bach Choir, Nederlands Kammerkoor and Ex Cathedra, for whom he premiered (in the UK) the role of the President in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht, an engagement which required both disciplines!
Ben has a small roster of choirs which he works with on a weekly basis, works as a choral workshop leader, and is passionate about unlocking voices and allowing them to flourish.
In his spare time, Ben is a national level spirits judge, runs a blog on gin and perfume, and has regularly been spotted as the largest competitor on marathon start lines around Europe.
About the choir
Sheen Gate Choir is a non-selective amateur choir based in East Sheen, South West London, UK. Formed in 2009, we rehearse every week in the Sheen area, and try to perform a major work every year, as well as other smaller concerts.
We find that singing is a cathartic experience. It is uplifting, challenging and rewarding, and is a social part of our members’ lives. You do not need to be able to read music or have previous experience in a choir to join us. All you need to do is commit to Tuesday nights during term time (and don’t worry if you cannot commit to every one, you can still be a part of the choir and a part of performances).
We rehearse from 7.45pm to 9.30pm and then head to one of our local pubs to catch up.
In recent years, major concerts have included Haydn’s Creation, Faure’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Saint Saens’ Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem as well as more contemporary works by the likes of Britten, Vaughan Williams, Whitacre, Rutter and Goodall. We have travelled to perform with other choirs in Salzburg and Vienna, and at the Royal Albert Hall.
New members are always welcome. If you would like to join us, please complete the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. No audition is required – you can just turn up and have a go!