St. John’s, NL, August 19, 2016: Newman Sound Men’s Choir are ecstatic to perform alongside one of Europe’s leading men’s chorus from the Basque Country, Coro Easo, to undertake a choral project exploring a shared history of Basque whalers and fisherman in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Basque Country and Newfoundland and Labrador share strong cultural and musical traditions, in large measure shaped by the land and sea. As well, both are noted for their strong choral traditions. Newman Sound Men’s Choir and Coro Easo will together take part in the touring component of the annual “Quincena Musical de San Sebastián” (Classical Music Fortnight) held in August 2016 in the City of San Sebastián. This will see the two choirs travel to four coastal towns in the Basque Country where they will perform together songs of the sea from their respective traditions.
“We are so thrilled to visit San Sebastián and have the opportunity to explore and support cultural collaboration between our two regions,” says Artistic Director of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, Jennifer Hart. “We see this project as an opportunity to use song as a means of creating greater awareness on both sides of the Atlantic about our shared history of the Basque whalers and fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
As a legacy piece, both choirs have commissioned new works that tell the story of the whale, the whaler, and the hunt. These works by Canadian Composer Kathleen Allan and Basque Composer Angel Illarramendi, employ English, Latin, and Basque languages, and will form a contribution to the musical repertoire of both Newfoundland & Labrador and the Basque Country.
Newman Sound Men’s Choir will travelling from August 20th to August 28th.
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Newman Sound Men's Choir is happy to be special guests on Shelley Neville's "O Holy Night" at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, December 21st and December 22nd.
Both shows are SOLD OUT!!!!
Newman Sound Men's Choir was founded in 2005 and has grown to consist of approximately forty singers from a vast array of careers and musical experience. More than half of our singers are in university and college representing a broad spectrum of educational pursuits. Across all ages, Newman Sound is a wonderful and inviting group of friends who collectively strive for the highest possible musical and performance standards. Our 2014-2015 season will include our fourth annualRemember concert in honour of Remembrance Day, a Christmas Pop's concert in November, our very popular Love Songs for Seniors in February, a special 10th Anniversary concert in March, and our second tour of the province in response to our tremendously successful first tour in 2013. In addition, we will enjoy some very exciting collaborations with world-renowned Lady Cove Women's Choir, Jazz East Big Band, and the Shallaway Boys Ensemble, and will be commissioning wonderful new works by some of Canada's most exciting emerging composers.
Awards and Accomplishments:
2006 - CBC Choir Competition Galaxie Rising Star Award for Most Promising New Choir in Canada 2008 - CBC Choir Competition First Runner-up 2011 - Release of our debut CD, "The Green and Salty Days" 2011 - MusicNL Award for Classical Artist of the Year 2012 - East Coast Music Award nominee 2012 - World Choir Games Champion Male Chamber Choir 2013 - Newfoundland concert tour 2015 - Choral Canada's National Competition for Amateur Choirs, 2nd in Equal-Voice Men's Choir Category 2017 - Quincena Musical de San Sebastián 2017 - Choral Canada's National Competition for Amateur Choirs, 2nd in Equal-Voice Men's Choir Category
Interkultur is the world body which ranks choirs from all over the world based on competition performances. Recently, they ranked the top 1,000 choirs in the world in all categories and Newman Sound Men's Choir is 93rd overall! As well, in the category of Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles, Newman Sound is ranked 10th in the world! http://www.interkultur.com/leftnavi/world-rankings/