John Gibbons conductor
Several significant anniversaries are celebrated during our 2018-19 concert season.
In October, we present a concert of contemporary works for choir and saxophone, including pieces by our President, Will Todd. This concert is followed by a feast of polychoral Renaissance Christmas music in December
The sixtieth anniversary of the formation of the choir is marked in February with a special commission from renowned local composer Alexander L’Estrange and a seldom-performed unaccompanied work by Rachmaninoff.
The concert in April, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of our association with the Wormser Kantorei, features works by composers from both the UK and Germany.
In June, music on the theme of war and peace commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
We look forward to welcoming you at our concerts, which are generally followed by a social get-together, with drinks and party nibbles provided by the choir members
Saturday 20 October 2018 – St Saviour’s Church
Sax and the City
Works for choir and saxophone including Richard Sisson – Pied Beauty, Ian Stephens – Timepieces and Will Todd – Songs of Love
Saturday 8 December 2018 – St Peter’s Church
A Renaissance Christmas
Polychoral pieces from 16th and 17th century Europe featuring Cipriano de Rore’s seven-part Missa Praeter rerum serium with works by Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrieli, Hieronymus Praetorius and Samuel Scheidt
Saturday 16 February 2019 – St Saviour’s Church
The choir’s Sixtieth Anniversary Commission from Alexander L’Estrange setting texts from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran paired with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 1910 setting of the modern Byzantine Eucharist service: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Saturday 27 April 2019 – St Albans Cathedral
Golden Jubilee Celebrations with Wormser Kantorei
Mozart – Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass)
Vaughan Williams – Dona nobis pacem
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Saturday 29 June 2019 – St Saviour’s Church
Peace of Versailles
Francis Poulenc’s masterpiece for double choir Figure humaine composed in 1943 during the occupation of France with Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Messa di requiem (1922) and Darius Milhaud’s Cantate de la paix (1937)
All concerts start at 7.30pm
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Peace of Versailles Saturday 29 June at 7:30pm, St Saviour’s Church, St Albans. Francis Poulenc: Figure humaine Ildebrando Pizzetti: Messa da Requiem and works by Milhaud, Ravel and Sandstrom The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919 brought the First World War to an end. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we present a …
St Albans Chamber Choir Golden Jubilee Celebrations with Wormser Kantorei Saturday 27 April 2019 at 7.30pm, in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of Saint Alban, St Albans AL1 1BY John Gibbons and Stefan Merkelbach conductorsEaling Symphony Orchestra To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the association between St Albans Chamber Choir and the Wormser Kantorei from St Albans’ …
Mystic Voices Saturday 16 February at 7:30pm, St Saviour’s Church, St Albans. Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Alexander L`Estrange: The Prophet – 60th Anniversary Commission Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first choral masterpiece, The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, is a setting of the texts of the Eastern Orthodox Eucharist service. It is named after John of Antioch, …