Battle Choral Society

This letter came from Toby Spence who sang the Dream Of Gerontius with us some years ago.He recently sang it at the Proms with Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic. Good to think he has made such a success of his career since his Battle days!As a regular visitor to my brother's farm in Ticehurst, I feel an attachment to the community and beautiful landscape of this particular corner of England. Dvorak himself spent a fruitful period teaching and composing at Cambridge, during which time he developed a strong affection for Britain's culture and its people.In these helter-skelter times of digital technology, an unimaginable amount of entertainment in the form of streamed music, radio, television, film, games and the internet is channelled into our homes with the effect that we integrate with our immediate community less and less.  At the end of a long day we tend to shut our front doors and seal ourselves off from the world around us. I sometimes feel reluctantly vulnerable to the influences of the large corporations responsible for the entertainment being pumped into our homes. Making music, especially singing, has the power to draw us away from those influences and in coming together, no matter what our differences may be, we create beauty with our friends and neighbours. It's no coincidence that words like harmony, consort and unison find their roots in music.Battle Choral Society represents so much more than an occasional performance of classical music. It stands for togetherness, creativity, the sharing of a passion for music, the belief that working towards a goal in the form of a concert will add to one's sense of purpose and that there is more to entertainment than being on the receiving end of it.Good luck to you all for your concert of Dvorak's Stabat Mater on 28th November, 2015. I wish I could be there to hear it but I will be thinking of you all and sending you best wishes from New York.Toby Spence

Here is the invitation from Prague!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends of Choral Music,We are happy to invite your choir to the ancient city of Prague in the heart of Europe where the traditional Prague Choral Meetings will be taking place on the following weekends:

Prague Spring Choral MeetingMarch 17-20, 2016Prague Summer Choral MeetingJuly 14-17, 2016August 4-7, 2016Prague Autumn Choral MeetingNovember 10-13, 2016November 17-20, 2016Prague Advent Choral MeetingNovember 24-27, 2016December 1-4, 2016The choral meetings are open to choral groups with min. 14 singers of all ages and all kinds (mixed, male, women, children, barbershop, gospel, church choir, gregorian music, instrumental vokal ensemble, …) from all over the world – as their name reveals, it is not a stressfull contest but a unique opportunity to meet other choirs from different countries, sing together and make new friends in the magic atmosphere of the beautiful Old Town of Prague. 

You will also be able to see all historical monuments of our capital – learn about Czech history, traditions as well as contemporary life. Prague is famous for its rich musical traditions and cultural life – it is a city of the musical greats such as Dvorak, Smetana as well as Mozart who loved Prague.Prague Summer Choral Meeting is the biggest, most popular and best attended choral event in pre-Christmas Prague – in 2015 we welcomed more than 50 choirs from 17 countries.

 Most participating choirs come to the festival on Thursday and leave on Sunday, but is is also possible to arrive on Friday. Depending on the lenght of stay and your wish, you would have two or one public perfomance of 30 minutes in churches in the Old Town – all concerts are open to the public and free of charge. As a rule, the concerts are held at the majestic St. Nicolas Church at the Old Town Square (built in the years 1732-1737) and St. Salvator Church (built in the years 1611-1614).

On Saturday morning all participating choirs gather at a concert hall or church for a friendship concert – highlight of the festival is the common singing of all choirs. In pre-Christmas time, there is a possibility to sing at a Christmas market. Singing can be arranged for choirs that wish to accompany a holy mass at one of Prague´s churches on Sunday (free of charge, of course). Apart from the concert program, you will have time for a walking tour of all main sights of Prague with your festival guide. In the evening you will be able to see our city from a boat on the Vltava River, visit a theatre or opera performance, get familiar with Czech cuisine and Prague ´s nightlife.The Millennium Agency Prague is exclusive organizer of stays of all participating groups. Our long-year experience and many satisfied and returning choirs guarantee you top service and satisfaction. All costs connected with festival participation are carried by the participants, the organizers reserve the right to arrange the stay in Prague for all participants - the transportation to Prague and back is to be organized directly by the choirs.The deadline for your application is January 15, 2016 for the Spring Meeting, May 15, 2016 for the Summer Meeting and September 30, 2016 for Outumn/Advent Choral Meeting.

Prices: PACKAGES 2016* guidance during the whole stay * Prague sightseeing tour (on foot or own bus - without entrance fees ) * festival meeting for attendees of the festival – on Saturday, diploma * festival inscription and organisation fees* information materialPackage: 3 nightsMarch 17-20, 2016July 14-17, 2016August 4-7, 2016November 10-13, 2016November 17-20, 2016November 24-27, 2016December 1-4, 20162 performances – each of 30 minutes: opening concert at St. Nicolas Church on Friday, friendship concert of all groups on SaturdayPackage no. 1: 99.00 EUR per Person 3 nights at a simple hotel 2* (accommodation in triple or quadruple room, incl. breakfastsingle room supplement: 25 EUR for 1 night - double room supplement: 10 EUR for 1 night /personadditional night: 27 EUR for 1 person with breakfastPackage no. 2: 149.00 EUR per Person 3 nights at a 3* hotel (accommodation in double or triple room, incl. breakfastsingle room supplement: 20 EUR for 1 nightadditional night: 33 EUR for 1 person with breakfastPackage no. 3 199.00 EUR per Person 3 nights at a -3* or 4* Hotel in city centre (accommodation in double or triple room) , incl. breakfastsingle room supplement: 30 EUR for 1 night additional night: 49 EUR for 1 person with breakfastadditional services:1) Half board supplement: 10 EUR per person (1 lunch or dinner without drinks)2) Black Light Theatre Image, price: 20 EUR per personhttp://www.imagetheatre.cz3) river boat cruise: 2-hour-long cruise with buffet dinner (without drinks), price 23 EUR per personTHE PARTICIPATION IN THE FESTIVAL IS CONNECTED WITH ONE OF THE PACKAGES OFFERED. The price given above do not include transfer costs, transportation and parking fees in Prague. Parking fees are to be covered by the participants by themselvesWe will be happy to forward you the application form.You can look up the past participants on the festival websites http://www.praguefestival.czWe are looking forward to seeing you in the romantic city of Prague and we hope you will take part in our festival.Stanislav TerlicaFestival CommitteeContact:MILLENNIUM Agency Zahradníckova 20c , 150 00 Praha 5 Tel: +420 602686820, 607552731e-mail: info@praguefestival.czTestimonials from the irish choirs who participated in FestivalsDear Stanislav,Now the dust has settled I wanted to write to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Prague. The service you provided was second to none and was one of the most 'luxurious' choir tours I have been on. The hotel was excellent and we were very happy with the performing venues. We particularly enjoyed singing in the magnificent acoustic of St Salvator's church, a special treat as we are normally used to performing in a small church. Stacy was extremely knowledgeable and friendly as a guide and liaison and the boat cruise was a great time for us all to sit together and celebrate the successful tour.Many thanks again,Tristan, St. Bartholomews Church Choir, Dublin, IrelandDear Stanislav, On behalf of the Monasterevin Gospel Choir I want to thank you and your group for an amazing experience in Prague, we had a wonderful time in your beautiful city and taking part in such fantastic Festival of music. Our guide Stacey was a lovely girl and looked after us so well she was willing to do anything for us and I would like you to express our sincere thanks to her. I left a little gift with her for you. Our hotel was also lovely. Kindest regards. Jacqui,Black Theatre IMAGE Prague | Vítáme Vás!Vážení přátelé Divadla Image,naše divadlo působí v Praze od roku 1991. Za tu dobu jsme se snažili pobavit diváky, vyhovět našim obchodním partnerům, připravili jsme řadu premiér a odehráli tisíce představení. Již dlouhou dobu…IMAGETHEATRE.CZ|BY FRESH SERVICES, S.R.O.; MAILTO:OFFICE@FRESHSERVICES.CZ18 people reachedBoost Post

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