Saturday, 23 May 2009

Japanese Strings & English Male Voices

Date: 31 May 2009
Venue: Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ
Tel: 01242 512515

The Fukuoka String Ensemble from Japan will be joining local favourites, The Cotswold Male Voice Choir, for an evening of classic, operatic, big show numbers and popular music in support of Sue Ryder Care.
Many of the sixteen members of The Fukuoka String Ensemble have played violin, viola, cello or bass since the ages of three and four. Some of them have played before in England and in Europe, winning a variety of awards, going on to become recognized instructors in Japan. Their founder and leader, violinist Kimie Yoshinaga attended master classes with Issac Stern in Switzerland and has also played as a soloist with Prague Chamber Orchestra and Czech Philharmony Orchestra.
For the forty plus members of The Cotswold Male Voice Choir, this represents a highlight in their very busy 60th anniversary year. In addition to many local events including concerts at Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral, recently the Choir has recently performed in the French Alps at Annecy, in Wales with three Welsh choirs, in York’s Guildhall at the invitation of the Mayor, and twice at the Malvern Music Festivals.

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