Originally founded as a madrigal choir at Winchmore School in 1976, Bella Cora has become an established female vocal ensemble, performing a broad repertoire at concerts, charity and community events in and around north London.
Ros has been Bella Cora's Musical Director since 2011, during which time the choir has performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Forty Hall, the South Bank Winter Choirs Festival, the Dugdale Centre and in numerous lovely London and Hertfordshire churches. Bella Cora was named regional Choir of the Day in Choir of the Year 2012, reaching the national selection stage of the competition.
Recent collaborations include joint concerts with Grimsdyke Brass, the London Medical Orchestra, Winchmore Strings and Meantime Chorus.
camden youth choirs - camden new voices
Photograph by Chris Balmer
Run by Camden Music as the choral component of their borough-wide Saturday music provision, Camden Youth Choirs comprises two
all-comers choirs (CamJam Voices & Camden Youth Choir) and two auditioned choirs (Camden Young Singers & Camden Senior Singers) and provides around 100 young singers with opportunities for high quality choral training, regular concerts and recordings. Ros has been a key conductor for Camden Youth Choirs since 2004, working with all ages and abilities and frequently writing bespoke arrangements for the groups' developing voices. Under her leadership, the Camden Young Singers have twice reached the national selection stage of Choir of the Year.
Camden New Voices, an innovative project run by Camden Music in partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, recruits young singers from Camden primary schools, many of whom have no previous experience of choral singing, to join an auditioned choir for 10 weeks, learn challenging baroque and modern repertoire and perform with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conducted by Ros with colleague Sheena Masson, this project ran in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and a new project for 2019 is currently underway.
one voice choirs
One Voice Choirs is a choral programme for young people in the London Borough of Barnet run by Barnet Education Arts Trust (BEAT). Ros has been Musical Director of the programme since it began in 2010 and is, together with colleague Julian Nicholl, nurturing and developing these expanding choirs, which currently serve up to 50 young people across two age groups.
One Voice Choirs' young members sing challenging repertoire in 3 and 4 part harmony and have regular opportunities to perform (recent venues include the ArtsDepot and the Royal Albert Hall, pictured) and to collaborate with other youth and adult musicians (including Barnet Youth Brass Band, Barnet Youth String Orchestra, Bella Cora, Meantime Chorus and the English Pocket Opera Company).
freelance musical director
As a freelance Musical Director, Ros has worked on numerous operas and musicals with a variety of youth and adult theatre companies. She has taken dozens of shows through the whole process from audition to final performance, adapted scores for all sizes of ensemble, written vocal arrangements and orchestrations and conducted bands. Conservatoire trained as a repetiteur, she is an accomplished and versatile pianist and has directed many shows from the keyboard. Venues include Broxbourne Civic Hall, the Kenneth More Theatre and the Buxton Opera House.
For both Camden Music and BEAT, Ros works on a freelance basis to support singing across these London boroughs: visiting schools, developing repertoire and supporting resources and playing a key role at festivals, rehearsing and conducting massed choirs of anything up to 1500 voices.
As an experienced MD and repetiteur for a very wide range of repertoire ranging from pop, jazz, and a cappella,
through both traditional and modern musical theatre, to opera and the classical choral canon,
Ros Savournin is a versatile and capable leader for singers and performers at any level.
If you would like Ros to MD your project, rehearsal or performance...