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
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.
See the Concerts page for full details of our next concert, Intimations of Mortality, on 12 March 2011 in the resonant acoustic of the Chapel at All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney, AL2 1AF
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.
A capacity audience at St Saviour’s enjoyed an exciting evening of jazz-inspired music on Saturday 15 January 2011. Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals and Karl Jenkins’ A Parliament of Owls in the first half went down well, but it was Will Todd’s Mass in Blue that really seized the imagination of performers and listeners alike. This upbeat setting of the Latin mass is a brilliant blend of driving jazz grooves and clear, strong, choral writing, and the presence of Will Todd himself with his Trio, local saxophonist David Wigram and the thrilling young soprano soloist Bethany Halliday made this an evening to remember.
Banish those winter blues with a foot-stomping concert of jazz-inspired choral music. Will Todd‘s Mass in Blue combines driving jazz rhythms with strong choral writing and a soaring soprano soloist, the virtuoso Bethany Halliday. Karl Jenkins’s A Parliament of Owls is full of catchy melodies and exciting percussion, and John Rutter‘s Birthday Madrigals are a fitting tribute to the great jazz pianist George Shearing.
With the Will Todd Trio, Will Todd piano Conductor John Gibbons
Saturday 15 January 2011 at 7.30pm St Savour’s Church, Sandpit Lane
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