Independence Day: Saturday 4th July 2015

Next Concert – Saturday 4 July 7.00pm

St Paul’s Church
St Albans
AL1 4JP

St Albans Chamber Choir are celebrating American Independence Day, with an evening of jazzy pieces from both sides of the Atlantic.

Perhaps the most familiar of these will be the arrangements of some of George Gershwin’s most famous songs from the 1930’s, I got Rhythm from the Broadway musical Girl Crazy (1930), and Summertime and It ain’t necessarily so from his opera Porgy and Bess (1934).

The influence of jazz was felt beyond America and many European composers were soon incorporating jazz harmonies and rhythms into their own work. This could not be more apparent than in the spectacular symphonic jazz piece, The Rio Grande (1927) by the British composer, Constant Lambert (1905 – 1951), a setting of a poem by Sacheverell Sitwell. This exuberant piece was to become and remains Lambert’s best-known work.

The programme also features the little-known work, The Jumblies by the American Broadway composer F.J. Brown (1925 – 2008), known as Jim Brown to his friends and family. This setting of Edward Lear’s famous poem shows the composer’s love of rhythmic dance music and the sounds of a jazz band.

The Chamber Choir will also perform Songs of Love by their current president, British composer, Will Todd, who has written many jazz-influenced works. The most famous of these is undoubtedly Mass in Blue, which the Choir have performed twice in St Albans to great acclaim.

Please note the earlier than usual start time of 7pm.

See St Albans Chamber Choir on BBC1 this week

BBC 1 is broadcasting D.R.Hood’s film “Wreckers” this Wednesday 3rd October at 11.15pm, it is Andrew Collins’ “Film of the Day”.

The film stars Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shaun Evans . . .  and of course John Gibbons and the St Albans Chamber Choir as the village choir. See Claire Foy singing alongside some well known local faces 🙂

See and hear us as you’ve never done before!

Claire Foy – a new SACC soprano !?

The debut feature from D R Hood is a haunting tale of secrets and lies in the English countryside.

Click image for the "Wreckers" facebook page

Wreckers‘, starring Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shaun Evans,  features many members of St Albans Chamber Choir masquerading as a village church choir

It will have its world premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival in the section “New British Cinema” and will be screened on the following dates:

Click image for Claire Foy's "Wreckers" page
Sunday, October 16, 18.30
Tuesday, October 18, 15.30
Friday, October 21, 21.00

 

Visit the film’s page on the official Festival website for details.