Category - Concerts

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, …

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 …

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 …

21
Nov

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 …

4
Oct

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 www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson • From the Cathedral Box Office located …

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 …

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