New Mills Festival Scratch Choir



Saturday 24 September 2022, 10am to 6pm
Spring Bank Arts Centre Spring Bank, New Mills, High Peak SK22 4BH

Are you choir-curious? Join award winning conductor Hannah Brine and the Hallé’s Stuart Overington for an uplifting day of group singing as part of New Mills Festival. Suitable for complete beginners, this is a chance to work with two inspiring leaders, as well as sing with others in harmony. We will use a combination of sheet music, lyrics and teaching by ear.

We will learn a variety of pop, folk, gospel and choral pieces, and we encourage you to invite friends and family to come along at 5.15pm for an informal performance, finishing by 6pm.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please do bring a packed lunch and snacks, and wear a plain bright top for the performance!

Tickets are £20 for singers, free for the audience for the informal performance.

About Hannah

Hannah recently founded the High Peak Singers community choir.  Originally from Leicester, she coached the choir for, and sang with, Gary Barlow for his 2016 Royal Variety performance and his 2017 Olivier Awards, for which he was the opening act, and also performed with Gary on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Her session credits include Disney, Upstart Crow and various dance releases.  In 2015 was named a BBC Unsung Hero for her work with her Hackney based choir, Victoria Park Singers. Her choirs have performed at the BBC Proms, the Barbican and South Bank Centre.

Her Virtual choir piece Winter Lark, written during the 2020 pandemic, was premiered on Scala Radio, and Ray of Sunlight was performed earlier this year by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Youth Choir. Her single You & I, producer by Roger Shah and Ciaran McCauley, reached Number 1 of the worldwide Trance charts earlier this year.

Having taught at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Hannah has recently joined the music team at New Mills High School, teaching singing.

About Stuart

Stuart Overington is an accomplished conductor, vocal animator and composer.  Having trained as a singer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music he is known for his engaging, informative and inclusive style and works with a wide and diverse range of ensembles.

Stuart has established and directed a number of junior, youth and community choirs across the country. He is currently the director of choirs at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Hallé Orchestra’s Youth Choirs director and Chethams School of Music Chamber choir as well as regularly running community choir workshops and events across the country. In 2019 he also began working with the National Children’s Choir, leading their Green choir.

Stuarts diversity as a conductor is shown in his output previous projects have included concerts with John Rutter, Stephen Bell, Sir Mark Elder, David Hill and Andrew Greenwood as well many performances for TV and Radio with bands such as Snow Patrol, C Duncan & Elbow. Forthcoming project include St Matthew Passion with Jonathan Peter Kenny & English Touring Opera, a number of concerts with RNCM Chamber choir and Edvard Grieg Kor across UK and Norway and numerous concerts with the Hallé Orchestra including Debussy’s Nocturnes with Sir Mark Elder.

Alongside his choral work, Stuart regularly works on music education projects for various companies including Royal Opera House, Opera North and the Voices Foundation. He is increasingly being recognised as a leader in the field of singing with children and young people.

Stuart is also an experienced composer and arranger writing pieces for junior and youth choirs. In 2015 the Hallé Orchestra and Children’s Choir premiered one of his works at the Bridgewater Hall and is regularly commissioned to write music for children and young people. He has also has a number of pieces published both for schools and community choirs

Event Details

Date: September 24, 2022

Start time: 10:00

End time: 18:00

Venue: Spring Bank Arts Centre Spring Bank, New Mills, High Peak SK22 4BH

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