Singing

The past year and a half has been fairly ‘quiet’ as far as singing is concerned – especially choral singing. However I have continued with my lessons when permitted, and recently (June 2021) obtained a merit in my ARSM. My recital programme is attached below for anybody interested. In December this year I will be singing the soprano solo from the Faure Requiem at Lanercost, as part of Solway Singers’ christmas concert.

I am a high soprano and sing with Solway Singers and my own group, Eight + 1, as well as being available for other concerts and groups.   I’m tending towards music from the age of Handel and earlier, as best suited to my voice, but there are some beautiful more modern songs I also love singing.

Comments about my singing:

‘you sing like an angel’

– ‘pure’ voice

– ‘beautiful voice’

– ‘sensational – best Bluebird [Stanford] I have ever heard’

– ‘made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up’

– ‘brought tears to my eyes’

– ‘gave me goosebumps’

– ‘soared

Past performances

April – Friday 22nd – Brampton Methodist Church

Eight + 1 22nd April concert

Eight + 1 performed …and a little bit of Shakespeare… to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.  Proceeds in aid of Medecins sans Frontieres.  Great feedback from those who were there.  Here is a copy of the review from the Cumberland News:

Eight + 1 review

May – Solway Singers‘ spring concerts 6th and 7th; recorded a CD 13th and 14th (with me singing the soprano solo in Stanford’s The Bluebird – so exciting!).  Review of the concert from the Cumberland News here:

On Friday, the Solway Singers, gave a wonderful concert in pretty Scotby Church under conductor Anthony Peacock – and what an exceptional choir this is.  With 28 items in the programme, however, it is only possible to give a flavour of the evening.  Six groups of songs, some accompanied by Avril Tisdall, others unaccompanied, were interspersed with talented members of the choir stepping forward to perform solo…   

The choir sang two Shearing songs based on Shakespeare of which the singing of the inspired ‘Sylvia’ was quite exceptional.  Head’s ‘The Green Cornfield’ was sung charmingly and beautifully by Deborah Hewerson-Tisdall, and soprano Sarah Lewis-Briggs soared above the choir in Stanford’s ‘The Blue Bird’, with the choir later putting very realistic raindrops into Elgar’s ‘The Shower’.  The evening’s final item was the rousing ‘O, No John’, a super end to a delightful evening.

The Solway Singers’ confidence has grown noticeably in the last few years, enabling conductor Anthony Peacock to employ a huge range of expression, rubato, and tempo changes with ease and unity, no matter how complex the music.  Quality of choral singing at this level is only achieved with a good deal of hard work and by each member watching the conductor, which was apparent throughout.  This was choral singing at its very best.

Cilla Stanger-Moore

June – Wednesday 22nd -lunchtime recital as part of Lanercost Festival.  This lovely testimonial from one of the Lanercost Festival Committee, Jane Davidson, who was in the audience:

“Delectable Duets! Sarah Lewis-Briggs, soprano and Deborah Hewerston-Tisdall, mezzo-soprano entranced the audience at Lanercost Priory during Lanercost Festival week, June 2016, with their selection of delectable duets and other songs. The festival committee and audience were riveted as the pair evoked emotions from pathos through to joy in a varied repertoire which culminated in an hilarious rendition of Rossini’s comic Cat Duet!”

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