Fête Français, Saturday 6th July, 3pm

An entertaining collection of French-themed pieces.

Programme may include:
Debussy        Trois Chansons
Gabriel Jackson La Musique
Ravel           Trois Chansons
Faure           Madrigal
Saint Saens     Calme des Nuits
Lili Boulanger    Les Sirens / Hymne au soleil / Soir sur la Plaine
and piano duets by Fingers Crossed

A full programme booklet will be available on the door.

Please join us at the back of the church for nibbles and drinks post concert.

Tickets available in advance or on the door, please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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St Albans Chamber Choir
St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF
Saturday 6 July 2024

Two Concerts on One Day, Saturday 8th June, 2024

Kids sing-along in St Albans (bring a grown-up), 3pm

Homewood Road United Reform Church, St Albans, AL1 4BH

A very informal programme that will encourage youngsters to join in – we will have some shakers etc. and organise some call-and-response and rounds singing.

Songs to include things like: Hakuna Matata from The Lion King, Revolting Children from Matilda, The Greatest Showman, Teddy Bears Picnic, Mermaid, Tequila Samba, I do like to be beside the seaside.

45 minutes, plus some cake and squash. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £3 available in advance or on the door. Please do book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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Summer Serenade, 7:30pm, Walkern

St Mary’s Church, Walkern, Herts, SG2 7PB

Programme to include:
Stanford – Magnificat
Debussy – Trois Chansons
Ravel – Trois Chansons
Saint Saens – Calme des Nuits
plus some youngsters favourites.

Entry free – retiring collection in aid of Friend’s of St Mary’s and SACC.

Fund-Raising Quiz, Friday 26th April, 7:30pm

SOLD OUT – sorry
Hope you can join us next time

Quiz & Supper Evening

Book through a choir member or email: tickets@stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk

Teams of up to 8, or come as you are and we’ll find a team for you to join
just let us know by email.

Prize for the winning team.

Ticket £15, includes Pizza
Drinks available at the bar.

A fun night out and proceeds to help us fund future concerts.
Registered charity no. 280876

St Luke’s Church Hall
Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans, AL1 4QJ
Friday 26 April 2024

Bach – B Minor Mass, Saturday 27th April, 7:30pm

The Mass in B minor (German: h-Moll-Messe), BWV 232, is an extended setting of the Mass ordinary by Johann Sebastian Bach. The composition was completed in 1749, the year before the composer’s death, and was to a large extent based on earlier work, such as a Sanctus Bach had composed in 1724.

As usual for its time, the composition is formatted as a Neapolitan mass, consisting of a succession of choral movements with a broad orchestral accompaniment, and sections in which a more limited group of instrumentalists accompanies one or more vocal soloists. The performance time will be around two hours.

We will be performing this piece with a period instrument band, “Concentus Verulamium”, made up of some of the finest players in the London area, and using the Barenreiter edition performing at Baroque pitch.

We also have a young team of soloists, a couple of whom studied with Robert Holingworth, director of I Fagiolini, on the esteemed Early Music Course at York University.
Ellie Bray – Soprano
Nina Vinther – Soprano 2
Dominic Bevan – Tenor
Edward Day – Bass

Please join us at the back of the church for nibbles and drinks post concert.

A full programme booklet will be available on the door.

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St Albans Chamber Choir
St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF
Saturday 27 April 2024

Freedom and Remembrance, 11th November 2023

The programme for this performance will include Poulenc Figure Humaine and Fauré Requiem.

A note taken in interview with our Musical Director:

Poulenc Figure Humaine is one of the great pieces of the 20th century, and it’s even more extraordinary that it was composed in 1943 in occupied France, and whether it’s capturing a sense of despair but the hope as well of what was going on, what life must have been like in France at that time, but it contains so many beautiful moments of music and then some of real terror. And then this incredible finale, which is Liberté, and it’s like a chance to express that desire to be free in the midst of occupation, which is quite extraordinary.

And coupled with that, the one of the great requiems of all time. Not a loud bombastic piece, but a piece much more about hope and light Fauré’s Requiem, which is just such a beautiful piece of music of such hope. And I know for so many people it’s one of the top requiems with that incredibly beautiful finale In Paradisum, where the sound just floats as if heavenward. And it’s amazing how it creates this effect at the very end of it, almost having left the Earth, with the bassist singing the fifth of the chord and not the root of the chord so the music is suspended in the air.” – John Gibbons

This concert falls on Remembrance weekend and pays homage to all those who have served their country in times of conflict.

Performed by the BBC Singers at this year’s Proms Poulenc’s Figure Humaine is described as ‘one of the most striking works of contemporary choral music’. Completed in 1943 during the Nazi Occupation of France, the work was based on anti-war poems written by Paul Éluard and completed in just 6 weeks.

Scored for 2 six-part choirs, the Cantata describes the misery and terror of conflict using breath-taking and often complex musical variety and expression, culminating in a climactic hymn to freedom.

In contrast to the dramatic and passionate anti-war masterpiece, we turn to the calmer but equally influential French choral work Fauré’s Requiem. Said to have composed it for pleasure and not as a tribute to his Father’s death, Fauré maintains a positive and comforting mood, focusing the work on redemption and the entrance to heaven, rather than the oppression of death. The piece was even played at his own funeral in 1924.

We are joined by members of Ealing Symphony Orchestra and Bass-Baritone Andrew Jarvis whose credits include singing at the Royal Opera House and duets with Katherine Jenkins at the Royal Albert Hall annual Festival of Remembrance.

Please join us at the back of the church for nibbles and drinks post concert.

A full programme booklet will be available on the door.

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St Albans Chamber Choir
St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF
Saturday 11 November 2023

Sounds of Summer, 2nd July 2023

Details of our summer concert 2023
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This concert takes us away from sacred choral works and delves into a world of folksongs, love songs, a unicorn, a robin and The Beatles!

Full of drama and character, Who killed Cock Robin?, by the English composer Jonathan Dove, takes the 18th century rhyme and inventively retells the witty story. The Beatles also gets a shake up with And I love her, Yesterday and Let it be set for choir by our own conductor John Gibbons.

An exception amongst the mainly English compositions in this concert is Unicornis Captivatur by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian composer. This piece, written in 2001, was inspired by a compilation of medieval chants found in a monastery. Ola explains, “I was greatly inspired by the colourful and powerful symbolism and just the sheer drama, joy and sense of triumph… with a wild medieval Latin text that includes a unicorn, lion, and a crocodile.”

Even the weather, the most quintessentially English of topics, is sung about in Bob Chilcott’s energetic and quirky piece, Weather Report.

Please join us after the concert for summer refreshments in the hall and garden.

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St Albans Chamber Choir
St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF
Sunday 2 July 2023