About Rosenethe Singers
Based in Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Rosenethe Singers is recognised as one of the leading amateur choirs in central Scotland, performing at least two concerts each year, accompanied by professional musicians and soloists.
Rosenethe Singers, of which we are around 50 members, is an excellent size to perform the great works of choral music, such as Bach's St. Matthew & St. John Passions, Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem. While performing repertoire familiar to many, we aim to introduce less well-known and more contemporary works to our audience: the 2017-18 season concluded with a thrilling Spring Concert* on 29th April, of Bernstein, Janáček and Kodály; and in November 2017, the Singers performed the U.K. premiere of Duggan's Kontakion for Bornholm (preceded by the gentler Requiem by Duruflé), with super reviews.
In April 2017 we were visited by Panumkoret, a choir from Denmark, for a wonderful joint concert of Scottish and Danish music.
* "This was the kind of programming you would encounter at a Festival or a Competition and was challenging in many ways and rewarding in others. In this concert there was a rare gift - a chance to discover "new" music – new sounds and unusual combinations. Priceless." (D. Hugh Macdonald, Spring Concert 2018, Review)
Another exciting season lies ahead in 2019-2020, beginning in November with a beautiful unaccompanied work by the Swiss composer, Frank Martin, Mass for Double Choir, written in 1922 but not performed until 1963. Jesu Meine Freude, Bach, will also be on the programme.
Closer to Christmas, Rosenethe Singers will be performing at Gleneagles Hotel for An Evening of Music at Christmas, the flagship event organised by Auchterarder Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group.
This season has recently ended, with the performance of two connected works on 12th May - both Masses and both by renowned opera composers. Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini, and Messa di Gloria, Puccini, were very well-received, and the evening was described by one reviewer as "Frankly, one of your best nights." (D. Hugh Macdonald, Spring Concert 2019, Review)
December saw us once more entertain the audience at Gleneagles Hotel at An Evening of Music at Christmas, organised by Auchterarder Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group, helping to raise £5,790.
In November 2018, Dunblane Cathedral was packed for performances of two of the 'Great' masses: Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass), Haydn; and Mass in C Minor, Mozart. The Singers gave "strong performances of both works", maintaining "an extremely high level of choral singing, using a wide range of vocal colour and expression." (Sasha Alexander, Winter Concert 2018, Review).
Soloists and Musicians
Rosenethe Singers have been accompanied by an enviable list of soloists and musicians in recent years, including: Ursula Bambruch; Robin Bell; Liam Bonthrone; Chris Brannick; Andrew Dickinson; Belinda Evans; Cheryl Forbes; Philip Gault; Sharron Griffiths; Susan Hamilton; Robin Horgan; Stewart Kempster; Jolyon Loy; Simon Oberst; Jacob Phillips; Eleanor Rashid; Ingrid Sawers; Edward Woodhouse; Ulrike Wutscher; and Lauren Young.
The Scottish Bach Players regularly accompany us, led by Angus Ramsay.