Our last performance in 2011 of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue was a sell-out, so here’s another chance to enjoy this joyous jazz-inspired setting of the Mass, this time in the big band version. Add Gershwin’s I’ve got Rhythm and Bernstein’s thrilling Chichester Psalms for an evening of toe-tapping delight! Full details under Concerts.
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
The World is Burning, our next concert on Saturday 24 November 2012 in St Saviour’s Church, features John Tavener’s work of the same name, an emotionally-charged journey from darkness to light. Join us for a feast of choral music on this exciting theme, including Bach, Mahler and Samuel Barber – for full details, see Concerts.
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 🙂
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.