The Importance of Community
Community is integral to LIMF and plays a key part in making our festival so special! Though hosted in London, LIMF's community stretches across the globe, with previous performers hailing from Sri Lanka, China, USA and the Netherlands to name but a few.
To us, community is far more than a shared geographical environment. It's about the mutual values and interests and that extend beyond physical space, allowing individuals to share a sense of belonging no matter what they do or where in the world they may come from. Our LIMF community is a setting in which participants can forge friendships, teach and learn from others, inspire and be inspired. Overall, they can connect with and support like-minded people who share a passion for music and performing.
We offer many opportunities for our ensembles to become actively involved in the LIMF community as well as give back to local communities. Our opening ceremony is a fantastic place to watch the community grow! Barriers are broken down as international and local ensembles interact and make life-long memories. Equally, a massed performance allows ensembles to perform together, uniting individual communities as one on the LIMF stage.
Let's not forget the friendship performance! This collaborative performance option could range from a shared workshop with another LIMF ensemble to a performance in a local school or outdoor community location. Whatever the environment, we can guarantee it will be a mutually enriching experience for both the ensemble and the local community.
We have worked hard to cultivate our cherished LIMF community, and are always excited by opportunities to expand it. We can't wait to see what and who our future festivals bring!
Introducing… Bristol Choral Society!
In this month's Ensemble Spotlight is a valued member of our LIMF community, Bristol Choral Society, who have been established for over 125 years. With approximately 160 auditioned members from across the South West of England, Bristol Choral Society has an impressive repertoire of performances, including being invited to sing for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Their musical director, Hilary Campbell, is a breath of fresh air week after week, especially during rehearsals in which they always learning something new about technique, the musical piece or its composer. In January 2020, they recorded their album 'The Big Picture' at St George’s in Bristol, which was an exhausting but exhilarating experience. On their wish list would be a performance of ‘Messiah’ with The Sixteen, a UK-based ensemble, or a collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a British period instrument orchestra. They would love to perform again at the Proms or Royal Festival Hall, but right now they would just love to sing anywhere!
Want to learn a little more about the choir? Here’s a snippet of what they told us!
Q: What's your favourite piece of music to sing together?
A: We can't wait to sing the pieces we have learned during lockdown together, live and in-person! To hear live versions of the compositions that we recorded would be fantastic. We also like the short Mozart pieces that we studied and Handel's 'Dixit Dominus'. We're learning some more contemporary music so it would be great to include a mixture of old and new in our repertoire too.
Q: What was your most enjoyable 2020 performance or rehearsal?
A: Virtual rehearsals during the pandemic have been quite a challenge, but they are definitely worth it. Watching everyone on Zoom as they are doing their warm up exercises has been quite entertaining! Hearing all of the virtual recordings combined really proves that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
Q: If your ensemble was an ice-cream, what flavour would it be and why?
A: If we had to choose, it would be Cookie Dough or a multi-flavoured ice-cream as we are a perfect combination of voices (or flavours!) with talented singers from all over the place. We definitely bring both the expected and unexpected to our performances!
With special thanks to Bristol Choral Society for sharing their story with us! We look forward to seeing them in concert very soon. For more information on Bristol Choral Society, visit their website and follow their social media channels.
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