Choirs make great music together

SACC welcomed the Wormser Kantorei, its long-time partner choir from St Albans’s German twin-town Worms, for the 22nd joint concert in their long association.  On Saturday 30 April 2011 in St Albans Cathedral the joint choirs performed Ralph Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, soloists Anna Gorbachyova (soprano) and Toby Stafford-Allen (baritone), and Johannes Brahms’s Schicksalslied, accompanied by St Albans Symphony Orchestra under conductors John Gibbons and Stefan Merkelbach.  The two choirs had enjoyed several days of rehearsal and socialising together before the concert, and now look forward to their next meeting in 2013.

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony 30 April 2011

The Chamber Choir is delighted to welcome the Wormser Kantorei for our biennial town-twinning concert on Saturday 30 April 2011, at which the joint choirs will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, with soloists Anna Gorbachyova (soprano) and Toby Stafford-Allen (baritone) and St Albans Symphony Orchestra, conductors John Gibbons and Stefan Merkelbach.  The concert will also include Rawstorne The Cruel Sea and Brahms Schicksalslied.

St Albans Cathedral, 7.30pm.

Full details on the Concerts page

Early music at All Saints (Saturday 12 March)

This could be your last chance to enjoy the wonderful acoustic of the neo-Gothic Chapel of All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney (AL2 1AF), as the Centre is due to close later this year.  Come and hear masterpieces of the English Renaissance by Byrd, Gibbons, Ramsey and Tye, and the monumental 19-part O bone Jesu by the Scot Robert Carver.  7.30pm, tickets on the door

One for the chop? 12 March 2011, All Saints London Colney

This was the original idea behind the early music programme Intimations of Mortality. In all the pieces chosen, either the words or the music were composed in the face of imminent death or in the hope of eternal life, but far from making for a miserable evening, the resultant music is sublime, for these works were written in the 16th and 17th centuries in a time of great religious faith. This is a rare opportunity to hear some spectacular pieces, large in scale both in the number of voices and in length compared to most works of this period.

The Chapel of the Pastoral Centre at London Colney will provide a sumptuous acoustic for this programme, and with the Centre due to close at the end of this year, this may be one of the last opportunities to enjoy such ethereally beautiful music in this special venue.

For full details see our Concerts page tickets

Event of the year? Review of ‘Post-Christmas Blues’ (15 Jan 2011)

Choir jazz things up for church (Herts Advertiser 21 Jan 2011)

TOP quality jazz events are a rarity in St Albans, but if the size of the audience at St Saviour’s Church on Saturday is anything to go by, there is clearly an audience for them. This concert was a rare combination of a choir and fine jazz musicians – in this case the St Albans Chamber Choir, the Will Todd Trio and local saxophonist David Wigram together with jazz singer Bethany Halliday. Under musical director John Gibbons, the choir worked superbly with the musicians and Bethany Halliday to produce a remarkable musical event focused on Todd’s stunning Mass in Blue. As one of the city’s most respected musicians commented at the end of the performance, “This could well be the highlight of the year”, and if the size and reaction of the audience are anything to go by, other groups have been set an extremely high standard for the future.