Category - Concerts


Concert Review: Songs of Farewell, Sunday 25 February 2018

John Manning reviews St Albans Chamber Choir. Music of the 20th century by such composers as Duruflé and Fauré did much to endear French music of that period to audiences in the UK but until Sunday night few in St Albans had heard of Alfred Desenclos. Yet his Requiem Mass written in 1963, the main …


Concert Review: A Tudor Christmas, Saturday 9 December 2017

John Manning reviews “A Tudor Christmas” with St Albans Chamber Choir at St Peter’s Church in St Albans. Even though they lived in turbulent times, English composers of the Tudor period wrote some of the most complex and beautiful church music ever written in this country. And members of the St Albans Chamber Choir gave …


A Tudor Christmas: Saturday 9 December 2017

Saturday 9 December 2017 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street St Albans AL1 3HG John Gibbons conductor   TRAVEL BACK TO TUDOR AND STUART TIMES for a concert of glorious music written by the musicians of the royal court for performance at church services around Christmastime. The centrepiece is the seven-part Mass Puer natus …


St Cecilia Festival Chorus: Saturday 14 October 2017

Saturday 14 October 2017 St Albans Cathedral 7.30pm  St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society Concert Sergei Rachmaninov – The Bells (in English) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (choral version) Alexander Borodin – Polovtsian Dances Dmitri  Shostakovich – October   TICKETS are available from St Albans Cathedral: • Online at • From the Cathedral Box Office located …


Concert Review: Birds and Beasts, Saturday 1 July 2017

Chamber choir delights its audience There was disappointment and delight for St Albans Chamber Choir and its audience at its concert on Saturday, July 1. The disappointment came because so many members had been struck by a summer bug that a performance of Francis Poulenc’s delightful Quatre Petites Prierès had to be dropped from the …


Concert Review: Miserere – Renaissance Masters, Saturday 4 March 2017

Chamber choir weaves ‘a tapestry of harmonies’ Music of the Renaissance and early Baroque has a style probably best heard in the music of The Sixteen, yet few amateur groups handle it better than the St Albans Chamber Choir. Although they have a wide repertoire, which has included fine performances of works by modern composers …


Angel Voices: Saturday 22nd October 2016

JOIN US to hear the extraordinary sound of voices combined with brass and woodwind instruments. The warmth of Anton Bruckner’s Mass No 2 in E Minor for double SATB chorus and wind instruments (1896) contrasts with Igor Stravinsky’s Mass for a Mixed Chorus and a Double Wind Quintet (1948), which the composer described as “very …


Concert Review: At the Court Of Krakow, Saturday 2nd July 2106

Live premier for Polish piece 300 years after it was written   It is a peculiarity that a piece of music written by a significant composer around 300 years ago should receive its UK premier – at least in modern times – at a concert in St Albans on Saturday.… But that appears to be …


Shakespeare in Song: Saturday 30th April 2016

Tweet Next Concert - Saturday 30 April 7.30pm St Saviour’s Church St Albans AL14DF Vaughan Williams  Serenade to Music Vaughan Williams  Three Shakespeare songs And works by Shearing, Mäntyjärvi, Moeran, Rodney Bennett & Milner Conductor John  Gibbons Readings by Rosemarie Partridge & Terry Prince William Shakespeare’s verse has long been an inspiration and source for many composers. ...

Concert Review: Duruflé Requiem by Candlelight, Saturday 6th February 2016

Tweet Next Concert... 30th April 2016 at 7:30 pm St. Saviour's Church, St. Albans, AL1 4DF Chamber Choir Requiem concert shows the way One of the delights of concerts by the St Albans Chamber Choir is that musical director John Gibbons frequently springs surprises. Often it is a performance of a work by a little-known ...
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