Updates for Britten Saint Nicolas: A film celebrating live and virtual music making

Project Update

Dear Supporters,

I can't quite believe that six months has passed since your generosity enabled us to release our short film as a pre-Christmas reminder of the joy and power of live music – but here we are, somehow at the beginning of July...

Short Film

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a chance to watch the short film we released a couple of weeks ago. Thank you so much to those of you who have already sent feedback – and if you haven't, I would love to hear what you think. 

You can access the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqgeRcmW_ro&t=7s or on the Chiltern Arts website, until the end of December.

Enjoy, and thank you again for your support: we wouldn't have got here without you! 

Very best wishes


Short Film Release THIS SUNDAY!

Hello everyone

I'm writing to let you know that we will be releasing the short film that we recorded for back in September on Sunday 6th December (Saint Nicolas' Day) at 3pm. The film will then be available to view until the end of December. 

Check out a little sneak peak of how the Virtual Choir sound with this video here: https://youtu.be/xIqAgQKh0zE 

We'll be emailing our Silver, Gold and Platinum Donors with a private link to the film on Saturday afternoon – your chance to see it before the rest of the world! 

What's Next?

Dear supporters and donors

Huge thanks from all of us here at Chiltern Arts and on the Saint Nicolas Team for your generous contributions to the crowdfunding campaign.

Just four days left!

With just four days left to get closer to our target on this project, we really need your help to spread the word and raise as much as we can, to help us bring Saint Nicolas to you and to choirs and orchestras across the country in time for Christmas.

Thank you so much for all your support – please spread the word, and help us raise as much as possible in the remaining time! 



ACE Grant Awarded

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Arts Council for this project. However, this grant alone will not allow us to go ahead with the project so we still need your help to make this happen. 

Thank you so much for all your support so far. With just 6 days to go, we ask that you please share the project with your like-minded friends to help us raise us much as possible in the next week to be able to bring Saint Nicolas into people's lives this Christmas. 

A trip to Snape and Aldeburgh

Earlier this month, director Bill Barclay, photographer Matthew Johnson and I (executive producer Naomi Taylor) ventured to the Suffolk Coast to explore Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh and to look at how each of the potential venues might feature in the film. 

We visited the iconic concert hall at Snape first – a vast space with enormous potential. The bare brick walls and unvarnished wooden stage have a refreshing and inspiring simplicity about them – a blank canvas for whatever one's imagination may offer.

Introducing Nicky Spence

In this video we hear Nicky Spence talk a bit about Saint Nicolas and what makes the work so special – and you'll also hear him singing excerpts from Britten's beautiful arrangement of 'O can ye sew cushions?' https://youtu.be/Pvk448cdY9Q

Nicky will sing the role of Nicolas in the film, expertly telling the story of the patron saint of children, seamen and travellers.