Introducing Coro Nuovo
Passionate about Music!
Coro Nuovo is an exciting new choir made up of the very best singers from Mid Sussex and surrounding area many of whom are professional musicians. The choir aims to explore a wide repertoire of music from Renaissance to Contemporary and is designed to be challenging, to help singers learn and develop.
We aim to perform up to three concerts per year (Christmas, Spring and Summer) and we hold about 4 rehearsals for each concert. Our Music Director is Andrew Rees international tenor, who provides us with a focus on delivering quality and subtlety across a broad range of music. A feature which makes us different is “singing in the round” at the start of every concert which enables us to connect us with our audience as well as providing a touch of theatre. Previous Summer concerts have been Opera Night, Best of British, Night at the Movies, Shakespeare 400, Music and Monarchy, American Summertime. In addition we have performed Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem and are looking forward to 2020 when we shall be singing Beethoven’s 9th Choral Symphony with Mid Sussex Sinfonia.
Our outreach programme is to support young Sussex musicians choral or instrumental who are studying music and who are at the beginning of their professional career. We offer an annual bursary worth £1,000 to aid their learning and development and also offer a platform to perform with us at concerts.
2020 Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition – The Results!
Winner – £1000 prize
Toril Azzalini-Machecler – percussion
Runner-Up – £500 prize
Helen Lacey – soprano
Joint Third Place – £250 prize each
Eliette Harris – violin
Georgia Mae Ellis – mezzo
Jamie Andrews – organ/piano
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Congratulations to all the finalists and thank you to everyone who entered this year.
We will be running the competition again in 2021 so watch out for application details.
2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Broadcaster Katie Derham
Katie who is a Sussex resident, has presented the Proms, hosted the classical BRIT awards, conducted orchestral, choral and operatic music through BBC’s Maestro programme and is also an amateur violinist.
2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Composer Jonathan Dove
Jonathan’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.
2020 Sussex Young Musician Judge - Conductor Mark Wigglesworth
Mark who is also a Sussex resident, is an internationally renowned and Olivier Award-winning conductor. He has held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony, Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and most recently Music Director of English National Opera. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
We have been rehearsing once a week with us via Zoom video meetings ever since the coronavirus national lockdown started. It’s not the same as coming together for rehearsals and concerts, but its the next best thing for keeping in touch with each other through music.
We are getting better at understanding Zoom and it’s limitations and every week we have improve. And we now have our first Virtual Coro performance! A huge thanks to our Music Director Andrew Rees for inspiring us and thanks to all the performers – most of who are new to the technology – for recording their individual peformances.
Coro Nuovo is very grateful to all present and past sponsors.
Sussex Young Musician of the Year – Main Sponsor
Sussex based Traditional Oak & Timber Co are once again the major sponsor for the Coro Nuovo Young Musician competition and bursary. Traditional Oak & Timber Co was established by Coro Nuovo member Neil Peskett, to supply quality reclaimed and air-dried oak beams to the construction industry and directly to the consumer. Kate Kent, the Chair of Coro Nuovo said: “We are very grateful to Neil and Traditional Oak & Timber Co for their very generous financial sponsorship. This will provide valuable support to the Young Musician competition winner’s musical studies.”
If you would like to sponsor Coro Nuovo or the Young Musician of the Year please contact: