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Peterborough Voices

Peterborough Voices is a new women's choir of over 100 singers. It was formed in May 2011 after the "Sing for Life" project, where Peterborough Male Voice Choir were asked to help set up a women's choir.  The project team hoped to recruit 40 women to form a choir and to perform in concert in aid of Cancer Research.  Advertised locally and online, the male voice choir team held three audition days hoping to recruit women to the new choir, but an amazing 220 applicants came to the auditions.  After rehearsals and settling in, a group of 120 women sang at the Kingsgate Centre in their first concert with singing and acting star Bernie Nolan in October 2011.  After the concert the women wanted to keep going, and as a result Peterborough Voices was born.

 

Directed by William Prideaux and accompanied by Matthew Jones, the women rehearse at the Brtoadway Theatre, Peterborough, on Tuesday evenings from 7pm.

The women are developing their own repertoire of songs, from show tunes to spirituals, classical to modern pieces.  Peterborough Voices performed in Peterborough Cathedral in March 2012 with Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Youth Choir in "French Connections" a classical choral concert, performing Faure's requiem, the Cantique de Jean Racine, and Debussy's Panis Angelicus with orchestra.

Less than a year old, the choir performed in the Peterborough Music Festival in March 2012, gaining a distinction in their performance and winning the Pointon Trophy.  They also performed in the mixed voices class with the male voce choir, and won the class, gaining a Commendation and the Mary Wakefield Medal.

 

Since their formation in 2011, Peterborough Voice have broadcast several times on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. They have performed with Bernie Nolan and classical crossover group Blake. In conjunction with Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Youth Choir, they performed a specially commissioned song to welcome the Torch Relay to the city as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Peterborough Voices have an exciting schedule for 2013 including recording their first CD and embarking on their first overseas tour to Tuscany. The tour will include singing mass at Siena Cathedral and performing in Florence and Pisa.

Charitable fund raising form part of the choirs activities and to date the choir has raised £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.

 

A second Sing for Life project in 2012 saw sixty new women taking on the challenge to perform in a concert. Thirty of these women gained places in the main choir after the project.

In June 2012 Peterborough Voices achieved first place in the Creative Peterborough Fund It! project, winning £500 to commission a new song from composer Philip Stopford. The resulting new work has a distinctly local flavor, using a text by local poet John Clare. It was premiered at the Peterborough Voices Sing for Life concert on Saturday 20th October 2012 and will be included on their first CD.

 

William Prideaux director

William Prideaux is a native of Cornwall. He studied as an undergraduate at Liverpool University, where he gained first-class honours for his work in orchestration, historical performance and Baroque editing. He was also awarded the Oxford University Press Prize for Music Editing. He went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied voice and choral conducting.

 

In addition to Peterborough Male Voice Choir, William also directs Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir, and leads the singing strategy for Peterborough Music Hub. He is recognised nationally as a specialist in the male voice genre and has acted as consultant to a number of choirs. He was a guest speaker at the 2011 International Male Voice Choir Symposium.

 

In May 2011 William Prideaux received a special award from the distinguished judging panel of the International Male Voice Choral Festival in recognition of his particular contribution to choral conducting, and in 2012 he was identified by Creative Peterborough as one of the city’s most influential people in the arts. In 2016 he recieved a Civic Award from Peterborough City Council for his outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the city.

 

 

Alessandro Viale accompanist

Alessandro Viale has diplomas in piano, composition, conducting and harpsichord.

He has extensive experience as a conductor, continuo player and composer, and he played with renowned musicians including Vadim Brodski and Enzo Turriziani. He played with actors such as Roberto Herlitzka and Saverio Raimondo, in theatres and TV shows. He performs Contemporary music and works for numerous publishing music houses such as Suvini Zerboni and Faber Music. He has participated in the Nuova Consonanza Festival and in ensembles including the Imago Sonora Ensemble and the Ardorè Duo. He has premiered more than thirty pieces written by international and young composers including Francisco Coll. In 2012 and 2013 Alessandro obtained the annual scholarship in the Chamber Music course at Fiesole Music School. In September 2015, he recorded "Steps Volume 5: Sixteen Scenes before a Crucifixion" composed by Peter Seabourne.

He has recently moved to England where he is the assistant conductor and accompanist of Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices. He is also Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of London.

 

Peterborough Sings! gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England.

 

 

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