Saturday 18 July 2009, Amici Del Canto and North Wales Chamber Choir Grand Choral Concert Holy Trinity, £8, £6 concession

Amici del Canto
Formed in 2005 and based in North Wales. Our group of musical professionals and dedicated students were brought together by Nigel Shaw. In 2005 performed at Llandudno Festival alongside the Welsh Baroque Orchestra where we presented a selection of pieces from the theatrical output of Henry Purcell as well as several local performances of Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi.

April of 2007, saw us building on our success by competing in the Chester Festival of Performing Arts against choirs and singing groups from all over North Wales and North West England. We were awarded the trophies for both the categories we entered: The Nicholson Rose Bowl awarded for madrigal singing where we performed two pieces by English madrigalist Thomas Morley; and The Nicholson Bowl awarded to the best mixed choir where we presented the haunting Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd and, contrastingly, the challenging To Daffodils by Benjamin Britten. We would have been happy with our haul but more was come in the shape of the prestigious Oriana Cup, awarded to the recipient of the highest mark across all the choir categories.
Summer brought our third consecutive invitation to perform at the Llandudno Festival which afforded us the opportunity to once again perform with the Manchester Camerata, this time celebrating the centenary of Edward Elgar with the presentation of three of his lesser known works: Ave Verum Corpus and Ave Maria from the early part of his career and So Many True Princesses which commemorated the death of Queen Alexandra; our performance of this last piece marked one of the very few occasions on which it has been performed since the composer’s death.
In 2007 embarked on a tour of the German State of Hessen, the region around Frankfurt. We gave a concert in the Bad Homburg's beautiful Schlosskirche, or Castle Church, the tour also included a performance at the Alte Nikolaikirche in the lovely Römerburg square in the heart of Frankfurt. We finished off the year by featuring the first part of Georg Frideric Handel's masterpiece, The Messiah, as part of our seasonal concerts performed in our local area.
2008 featured many diverse engagements throughout the early part of the year which included performances at churches, theatres, restaurants and luxury country houses. And July took us to the captivating medieval city of Sant'Angelo in Vado in Italy's Marche region for a further tour,

North Wales Chamber Choir
The NWCC is a group of about 30 experienced choral singers from the locality, which is selected & trained each year by Norman especially for the Festival. In recent years they have performed Vaughan Williams' Mass in G-minor, Rossini's Petite Messe... & Elgar's Songs From the Bavarian Highlands among other works.