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10
Dec

Mystic Voices: Saturday 16 February 2019

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, …

12
Nov

June Pepin (née Clark)

St Albans Chamber Choir was saddened to learn of the death of June Pepin (née Clark), one of the two founders of the choir 60 years ago, on 24 October, aged 85. Here, in her own words, is June’s description of the birth of the choir. In the mid 1950s I was accompanist to the …

22
Oct

A Renaissance Christmas: Saturday 8 December 2018

A Renaissance Christmas Saturday 8 December at 7:30pm, St Peter’s Church, St Albans. Polychoral Christmas music from the royal courts and cathedrals of 16th and 17th century Europe. Two outstanding masterpieces by Franco-Flemish composers form the centrepiece of this concert of multi-part music. Josquin des Prez (c. 1450/1455–1521) composed the six-part motet Praeter rerum seriem towards …

31
Aug

Sax and the City: Saturday 20 October 2018

Contemporary music for saxophone and voices. In the 1840s, Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax set out to invent an instrument that could combine the agility of the woodwinds with the power of the brass instruments, to fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. The result was the saxophone, nowadays said to be the …

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 …

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