PRIMA CHORAL ARTISTS
A family of vibrant & progressive choirs founded in York (UK) by Ewa Salecka and Greg Birch.
PCA are proud to have been a leading non - auditioning organisation changing the perception, the standard and indeed the popularity of community singing in this area.
Since the inception in 2009, PCA have trained to a high standard hundreds of amateur singers to perform with internationally recognised artists and the very best local musicians.
Prima choirs have given performances in venues from Carnegie Hall NYC, London's Cadogan Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Harrogate Royal Hall to York Minster, York Barbican, Grand Opera House, York Theatre Royal. They have raised thousands of pounds for numerous charities.
Collaborations have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Mowbray Orchestra (musicians of Opera North), the Prima Concert Orchestra, Baltic Neopolis Quartet, York Railway Institute Band, Monique Thomas, Julian Rowlands, Russell Watson, Eduardo Niebla, Sam Bailey and Aled Jones MBE amongst many others.
Since 2013 they have performed and wowed audiences in Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary & USA.
They have personally welcomed to York award winning ensembles from the USA and Europe, professional artists from across the UK and a double GRAMMY award-winning composer Christopher Tin.
Performance repertoire ranges from large orchestral works to intimate classical and contemporary commercial music concerts.
Double GRAMMY award - winning composer, Los Angeles, July 2016
Dear Ewa, I just wanted to say how extremely grateful I am to have had the chance to get to know you and work with you. You put together an amazing concert in York, and your singers did a fantastic job with extremely challenging material.
And on a personal note, I’m so thrilled to have you be such a champion of my music. I’m not sure if you were aware of this, but that York concert was the very first time I conducted the entire Drop in concert! It was a thrill I’ll never forget.
I hope to make it back up to York sometime! Give my best to Greg and the rest of Prima Vocal Ensemble. Please tell them I thought they did a fantastic job, and were incredibly well prepared. I very much enjoyed meeting them (or in some cases, seeing them again) and hope to work with them again in the future.
Thanks so much for a really enthusiastic and professional contribution to our show.
We really enjoyed working with you and hope we can do it again sometime.
Russell Watson's TEAM 'Canzoni D'Amore' York Barbican, 2018
Jazz, R’n’B, Gospel and Soul singer, composer, voice coach. December 2018
It was such a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this Christmas concert.
This choir/band is so full of love, beauty and joy. I felt it as soon as I entered the room. Ewa, you are extraordinary. I love what you are doing for the singing community! Wishing you all a happy holidays. Monique
'Rejoice! A Christmas Gospel' York Grand Opera House, 2018
DAVID MILLER (CHAIR)
Home - Start UK, York, March 2018
We are just so grateful for all of your involvement in the Concert at the York Minster. It was a real pleasure to work with you both, sooo professional and serious about the music but I could see that there was a lot of fun in the Choir as well. I can understand the various comments from members of PVE that I know who say how much they enjoy being part of your choir, how serious, how much fun and how much satisfaction. That doesn't come without a lot of hard work, and you two certainly know how to do that! The Music selection hit just the right note and it was such an underpinning to have PVE sing the Faure's Requiem!!
It looks to have been an important fundraising occasion as well with an estimated £8,500 raised to help York families. Thank you, it has been an immense pleasure, collaborating with you all for Home-Start, let's do it again sometime!