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The annual University of Greenwich Christmas carol service took place earlier this month in the splendour of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel. It was a magical evening where students, staff, friends of the university and local residents gathered to enjoy music from all over the world.

The atmosphere was so impressive we had talk to Nick Jenkins, the choir director, to learn more about the choir and its importance to the university community.

How does the choir benefit the lives of our students and staff?

The choir is an opportunity for everyone to widen their horizons and discover skills they did not know they had. Moreover, it brings together students and staff to make music in a sociable environment. It is a great atmosphere!

Here we are all equal and great friendships and strong working relationships are forged between individuals of quite different ages and ethnic backgrounds.

How many people participate and how often does the choir perform in public?

We currently have between 70-80 members, which is pretty good going. As for the performances, we do about four major shows per year and lots of smaller events. Two of our most popular ones are the carol service and our summer “Songs from the Shows” concert.

Could you share remarkable stories of any of the choir members?

There have been so many successes and I am proud of them all. However, I am particularly touched by the work of our mature students, recent examples being Zoe Zahra and Karen Layton. These are individuals who already have a lot of experience in the workplace and life in general, but who come to the university to give themselves a second chance in a new field. Their enthusiasm, and their wisdom, has made a big impression on the choir as a group.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT NICHOLAS…

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“Music is my great passion, and I believe that my role in life is to open doors for people, and empower them to discover skills they didn’t know they had”

Nicholas Jenkins, one of the UK’s most dynamic young conductors of operatic and choral repertoire, is devoted to making great musical classics accessible to a 21st Century audience.

He studied at Merton College, Oxford, Trinity College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is Music Director to New Sussex Opera, and was recently Interim Chorus Master to Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

Nicholas has trained more than six choruses and has conducted numerous operas with companies including Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Paris Opéra-Comique, Blackheath Halls Opera, etc.

Apart from directing the University of Greenwich Choir, Nick is Chorus Master for Platée (Paris Opera), and Iris (Opera Holland Park); also Assistant Conductor for Armide (Vienna State Opera).

“Here we are all equal and great friendships and strong working relationships are forged between individuals of quite different ages and ethnic backgrounds.”

Nicholas Jenkins, Music Director to the University of Greenwich, Conductor of the University of Greenwich Choir

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By | 2017-03-14T10:46:38+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Categories: Choir, Christmas, Music|

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