Late but great for choir’s concert (Herts Advertiser 25 November 2011)
WHO would turn out on a cold, dank November evening to sit in a church listening to music written by deceased composers in honour of the dead? Well, last Saturday, the nave of St Peter’s Church was packed with people doing just that. In fact, they had come to hear St Albans Chamber Choir give their account of masterpieces by J.S. Bach, John Ireland and Herbert Howells. Supported by music director John Gibbons, and local organist Alex Flood, it proved to be an evening of old favourites for the ecclesiastical cognoscenti, and a splendid introduction to some of the finest British sacred music of the twentieth century for the rest of the audience.
St Albans Chamber Choir returns for its 52nd season in September.
English music is particularly strongly represented this season. We open with two beautiful works by Herbert Howells in a programme on the theme of Remembrance (November 20th 2010). The young English composer Will Todd’s jazz-inspired Mass in Blue (January 15th 2011) is a complete contrast and has already become a firm favourite with audiences and performers alike. The Choir returns to more familiar ground with a programme of a cappella early English music in the beautiful chapel at All Saints (March 12th 2011), before joining with the Wormser Kantorei for Ralph Vaughan Williams’s choral symphonic masterpiece, A Sea Symphony (April 30th 2011). The season ends with the watery theme continuing in Water, water everywhere (July 2nd 2011), which features the very popular American composer Eric Whitacre among British contributors.
Tickets are available from the Ticket Secretary on 0845 658 8982 (local call rate) or by e-mailing “tickets”
Last week the BBC announced the winners of the BBC Performing Arts Fund 2009 Choral Ambition scheme via the BBC Press Office.
Please follow the link below to see the press release:
Please note, this information is also available on the BBC website: