Matthew Coleridge Choral Album with Royal Holloway

by matthewcoleridge in Bridport, Dorset, United Kingdom

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A new album of choral music by composer Matthew Coleridge, with The Choir of Royal Holloway, Southern Sinfonia and cellist Jamal Aliyev.

by matthewcoleridge in Bridport, Dorset, United Kingdom

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In July 2022, composer Matthew Coleridge will record a new album of his choral music, with one of the UK's finest choirs - The Choir of Royal Holloway, directed by Rupert Gough.

We'll spend two days recording in the gorgeous acoustics of Christchurch Priory in Dorset, working with renowned chamber orchestra Southern Sinfonia, organist Simon Earl and two internationally acclaimed soloists - cellist Jamal Aliyev and soprano Karin Dahlberg.

The finished album will be released internationally by Convivium Records, a leading independent classical record label. 

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Beautiful choral music, bursting with memorable melodies...

"It's vibrant, joyful music... I wrote a lot of it during lockdown, when the idea of a choir ever singing it seemed really quite remote. But these really uplifting melodies kept appearing and dancing around in my head, so I'm thrilled to be making this new recording." Matthew Coleridge

Matthew's music was hailed by the late Sir Neville Marriner as "a valuable addition to 21st century choral repertoire". The new album will feature 60 minutes of his achingly beautiful compositions, including:

  • the deeply moving Requiem, "a glorious piece to sing", recorded with choir, cello, organ, percussion and string orchestra
  • a joyous new Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
  • three new choral anthems

Bringing this glorious music to a new, wider audience...

Matthew's "mesmerising" choral music has been steadily growing in popularity for many years, fuelled largely by the enthusiasm of singers around the country who have fallen in love with his music! 

This exciting new recording, by an internationally acclaimed choir and with the expert backing of a specialist record label, will help to thrust his music into the mainstream, establishing his works as a vital part of the choral repertoire, and opening doors to radio and press coverage.



How will the money be spent?

The total budget for this recording project is £25,600

£15,000 of this will cover the fees of the musicians involved: 24 singers, 16 orchestral players, two soloists, an organist and a conductor.

£4,000 will be spent on record production and manufacturing, working with an award-winning producer and a sound engineer who has recorded hundreds of choral and orchestral albums for labels including Convivium, Warner Classics, Naxos and Hyperion.

£2,000 will go towards filming and photography of the recording sessions, to produce high definition promotional footage for the album.

£1,200 is for two-days' hire of Christchurch Priory. 

£3,400 will cover the cost of transport and accommodation for the choir, admin, music printing, and a 5% contingency.

About the musicians

Composer Matthew Coleridge is an exciting up-and-coming 1651004484_matthew-sq.jpgvoice in the UK choral scene. His music is regularly performed around the world, with forthcoming performances of his Requiem in Arundel Cathedral, Malmesbury Abbey, Truro Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.

The Choir of Royal Holloway, directed by Rupert Gough, is 1651004514_holloway-sq-sm.jpgwidely considered one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the UK. Their recordings have attracted top reviews from all major music publications, and have reached no. 1 in the UK and US Classical Music charts. They regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and give up to 50 concerts a year.

1651004540_southern-sinfonia-sq.jpgSouthern Sinfonia’s reputation continues to grow as the leading professional Chamber Orchestra in the South of England, with a commitment to contemporary and new music. 

1651004564_jamal-sq.jpgJamal Aliyev is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after cellists of his generation. In 2021 he was featured as one of Classic FM’s ‘30 of the most brilliant young classical musicians playing today’.

1651004597_karin_dahlberg_2.jpgSwedish soprano Karin Dahlberg has made regular concert hall appearances with a number of international orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony, and duetting with Anne Sofie von Otter on her album 'Bach'.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£40 or more

Set of Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis choral scores

A signed set of 40 vocal scores for Matthew's joyous new Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, which will be recorded on the new album.

£5 or more

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Sponsor a bar of music!

There are 391 bars of music in Matthew's Requiem and now's your chance to "own" one of them! You won't get anything in return, but imagine how wonderful it will feel to hear "your" bar immortalised by the Choir of Royal Holloway! (Message Matthew to stake a claim to your particular favourite bar).

£10 or more

8 of 50 claimed

mp3 download of the new album

You'll receive an mp3 download of the new album when it is released by Convivium Records in 2023.

£10 or more

Signed Requiem vocal score

Receive a vocal score of Matthew Coleridge's beautiful Requiem, signed by the composer.

£20 or more

Signed CD copy of the new album

You'll receive a CD copy of the new album, signed by the composer.

£25 or more

Come and Sing in a performance of Requiem

Spend the day learning Matthew's Requiem, before singing in a concert performance conducted by the composer! Choose from some spectacular venues around the country. You'll also receive a signed copy of the Requiem vocal score.

£25 or more

Signed set of Matthew's anthems for your choir

A set of 30 vocal scores for your choir of one of three anthems to be included on the new album: Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars; Blessed Spirit, One with God above; or Crux Fidelis.

£35 or more

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Requiem Hoodie!

Your very own Requiem-in-a-Day hoodie, as worn by Matthew at his Requiem workshops, and in the picture above

£50 or more

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Two VIP tickets to a performance of Requiem

Meet the composer for a glass of champagne and nibbles, before enjoying front row seats for a performance of his Requiem. Choose from a list of spectacular venues around the country throughout 2022 and 2023.

£50 or more

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Framed, handwritten manuscript page from Requiem

You'll receive a framed copy of a handwritten manuscript page from Matthew's Requiem. A unique gift for a lover of choral music!

£100 or more

A "thank you" in the CD liner notes

Your name will be printed in a list of sponsors on the inlay booklet of the new album.

£100 or more

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Matthew will write you a hymn tune!

Matthew will weave a memorable new hymn tune (or 4-part harmony) to your choice of words.

£150 or more

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Sponsor an orchestra player for recording session

Sponsor one of the wonderful musicians from Southern Sinfonia for one of the two day's recording sessions.

£150 or more

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Meet the composer for lunch!

An opportunity for you to take composer Matthew Coleridge out for lunch and chat about music! Perhaps a stroll to a pub near his home in the beautiful West Dorset countryside? Or near one of the stunning venues he's holding one of his choral workshops this year.

£250 or more

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Commission a new piece for your choir

Matthew will compose a new, short piece (1-2 minutes long) for your choir. You can choose a text that is special to you - it can be based on a favourite poem, bible passage, recipe, to do list - whatever you like!

£250 or more

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A half-day choral workshop with your choir

Matthew will come and lead a half-day choral workshop or a come-and-sing with your choir. Why not invite singers from other local choirs to come along too? Or perhaps you'd like Matthew to guest conduct at a special service at your church? Matthew is an engaging and charismatic choral director, who teases the best out of his singers with warmth and encouragement. Travel / accommodation costs not included

£300 or more

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Exclusive invitation to attend a recording session

Ever wondered how a choral album gets made? An exclusive invitation to attend one of our recording sessions at Christchurch Priory, on the afternoon of Tuesday 19th July. During this session, we'll be recording movements of Matthew's Requiem with the Choir of Royal Holloway, chamber orchestra Southern Sinfonia, and Simon Earl at the priory's mighty organ!

£400 or more

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Commission a new piece for your choir

Matthew will compose a new, medium-length piece (2-3 minutes long) for your choir. You can choose a text that is special to you - it can be based on a favourite poem, bible passage, recipe, to do list - whatever you like!

£400 or more

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A full-day choral workshop with your choir

Matthew will come and lead a full-day choral workshop for your choir. This could be run as a 'Come and Sing' day, with singers from other local choirs paying to attend. Matthew is an engaging and charismatic choral director, who teases the best out of his singers with warmth and encouragement. Travel / accommodation costs not included

£500 or more

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Dedicate a beautiful new cello piece to loved one

Matthew has composed a beautiful new work for solo cello and string orchestra, to be recorded by Jamal Aliyev and Southern Sinfonia for the new album. You can choose to dedicate it to a loved one.

£700 or more

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Commission a new piece for your choir

Matthew will compose a new piece (4-6 minutes long) for your choir. You can choose a text that is special to you - it can be based on a favourite poem, bible passage, recipe, to do list - whatever you like!

£1,000 or more

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Sponsor a soloist for the recording session

Sponsor one of the internationally-acclaimed soloists who will be appearing on the new album: cellist Jamal Aliyev or soprano Karin Dahlberg. You'll receive a signed note from the artist, and will be named as a sponsor in the cd liner notes.

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