The Richard Roddis Singers are a choir of talented amateur singers who meet as a choir for only one week of the year. The singers are hand-picked by their director, Richard Roddis, and come from all over the country, from all walks of life, to enjoy a full week’s music making and social activity in the glorious Derbyshire countryside. The Choir has built up a fine reputation in the area, particularly at Bakewell, where they made a commercial cassette-recording in 1991. The RRS are well-known for their attractive programming, and for their skillful and enthusiastic performances.
The choir was formed in 1980, and they have undertaken many exciting ventures together, including representing Britain in a European Choral Festival, recording for BBC radio and television, the Bakewell cassette, and they have sung all over the Midlands and South-West at over 20 venues, including Exeter Cathedral, Buckfast Abbey and Southwell Minster. In 1999 they sang at the English Bruckner Society’s annual conference.
The year 2000 was a special year for the choir, as well as the millennium it was their 21st anniversary. To celebrate, that year’s week was dedicated to just one work: the Monteverdi Vespers. Easter 2004 saw the Richard Roddis Singers’ 25th Annual Singing Week, and their 15th to be based at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow. To mark the occasion the choir performed Mass in B Minor by JS Bach. Until recently years the choir was based at St Anselm’s school, Bakewell during their stay in the Peak District, but now meets at Repton School.
This year we are meeting during Holy Week. Instead of concerts there will be a series of evening meditations in Derby, Bakewell and Wirksworth. Each will feature Readings and Choral Music reflecting the events of the week from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.
Composers include Lassus, Victoria, Weelkes, Lotti, Bruckner, Poulenc, Miskinis and Nystedt. Esteve Costa will be joining the choir again from Catalunya to direct some of the programme.
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Evening Meditation in Derby
Wed Apr 12 19:30:00 2017
Evening Meditation in Bakewell
Thu Apr 13 18:30:00 2017
Evening Meditation in Wirksworth
Fri Apr 14 19:30:00 2017