Category - Review

10
May

Concert Review: Festive Bach, Saturday 28 April 2018

Alan Knott reviews St Albans Chamber Choir’s recent Festive Bach concert St Albans Chamber Choir’s concert Festive Bach on Saturday, April 28 attracted such a large audience to St Saviour’s Church that extra chairs had to be put out. Escaping the cold and damp evening (and wall-to-wall snooker on TV), the music lovers of St …

9
Mar

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 …

21
Dec

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 …

26
Aug

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 …

13
Mar

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 …

11
Jul

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 …

15
Feb

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 ...
4
Jan

Concert Review: Bach B Minor Mass, 28 November 2015

Tweet Next Concert... 6th February 2016 at 7:30 pm St. Peter's Church, St. Albans Mass meets Bach’s hopes One of  the pinnacles of  Johann Sebastian Bach’s huge career is his monumental Mass in B Minor yet surprisingly the great man never heard it in its entirety as it did not receive its complete performance until more ...
3
May

Concert Review: Mozart Mass in C Minor, 11 April 2015

Tweet Next Concert...  Saturday 4 July 2015 @ 7:00pm St Paul's Church, Hatfield Road, St Albans Mozart Mass in C Minor One of  the most outstanding results of the twinning between St Albans and the German city of Worms is the enduring link between two choirs. For more than 45 years the St Albans Chamber Choir has linked up with the ...
17
Mar

Concert Review: Wynde, Whirlwinds and Flight, 28 February 2015

Tweet Next Concert... 11th April 2015 at 7:30 pm St Albans Cathedral St Albans AL1 1BY Click here for on-line ticket purchase directly from St Albans Cathedral Wynde, Whirlwinds and Flight   Western wind, when wilt thou blow, that the small rain down can rain? Christ, if my love were in my arms, and I in my ...
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