This Saturday 19 January 2013, at St Peter’s Church, St Albans, don’t miss the chance to hear George Lloyd’s underrated but remarkable Requiem, together with Britten’s extraordinary cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, when St Albans Chamber Choir celebrates the centenary of the births of these two great British composers. The programme also includes Vaughan Williams’s haunting song cycle On Wenlock Edge, with Michael Solomon Williams. See Concerts for full details
Saturday 22 September 2012 – St Saviour’s Church 7.30pm
A Night with the Birds
Join us for an exciting evening of music inspired by birds of every feather, from the naughty Missa entre vous filles by Lassus, to Jonathan Dove’s exciting setting of Who killed Cock Robin, taking in madrigals by Vautor, Bartlet, Janequin and Arcadelt, and Stanford’s The blue bird and Vaughan Williams’s The turtle dove along the way. The acclaimed Anglo-Russian pianist and composer Alissa Firsova will be playing two bird-themed solos by Messiaen, Le Merle bleu (from Catalogue d’Oiseaux) and La Colombe, and Balakirev‘s The Skylark.
Our next concert is Monteverdi‘s masterpiece, the Vespers of 1610, in St Albans Cathedral on 19 May 2012. We will be joined by top professionals in the Early Music field, vocalists from I Fagiolini and instrumentalists from The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. There will be a pre-concert discussion of this wonderful work at 7pm. Full details under Concerts.
The Chamber Choir was saddened to learn of the death on 12 January 2012 of its President, Lady Rosalind Runcie. Our condolences to Lady Runcie’s family.
Lady Runcie’s funeral was held in St Albans Cathedral on Friday 3 February 2012.
Our Queen came to the throne almost exactly sixty years ago to the date of this concert, on 6 February 1952, and 2012 sees the celebrations of her Diamond Jubilee. Some of the music from her splendid coronation features in this programme, contrasted with works from the reign of her illustrious predecessor Elizabeth I. Join us at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, St Albans (AL1 3HG) for an evening of fabulously festive music!
Strange but true! Local choir, St Albans Chamber Choir can be seen in a soon-to-be-released film starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, famous for his role in the BBC’s series Sherlock and the recent film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The filmWreckers was recently premiered to great acclaim at the London Film Festival in October but will have its UK release on 16th December.
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