About the choir...
After a series of workshops during the summer of 2010, Coro Stellante was born. The workshops were devised by Michael Kibblewhite, who was keen to explore the vast and wonderful collection of music that exists for female voices.
Experienced singers came from over a wide area of Eastern England, many of whom sing in well-known national choirs. They were immediately excited by the new and stimulating repertoire, and the high level of musicianship and musicality expected of them. The days were much enhanced by the delicious bring and share lunches!
The culmination of these workshops was the first public concert by the (as yet) unnamed choir in September 2010. This took place in the beautiful Church of St. James the Great, Castle Acre, Norfolk. February 2011 saw the first concert by the choir under its new name - Coro Stellante ("stellante" in Italian means "star-like", "studded with stars", "shining like a star"). The concert was held in Downham Market Methodist Church in front of a packed audience, and was reviewed in the local press as "truly exhilarating".
Concerts are planned to take place roughly every 3 months and, because all our singers have commitments with other choirs, we are careful to avoid traditionally busy time slots like November/December and March/April. The rehearsal/concert pattern is made up of a 'concert weekend' with Saturday morning and afternoon rehearsals, a Sunday afternoon rehearsal, and an early (6.30pm) Sunday evening concert (to enable our singers to return home in good time). This 'concert weekend' is preceded a fortnight before by a Sunday (full day) rehearsal. Rehearsals take place at venues close to the A10 (easy access from south and north), and concert venues are in the West Norfolk area.
We sing a diverse and challenging repertoire, including Renaissance and Romantic music, spirituals, American modern and folk songs from around the world.