Past Concerts

Epiphany Carol Concert

Saturday 5th January 2019, 7.30pm 

All Saints’ Church, Oakham

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‘The Souls of the Righteous’: Choral Music for Remembrance

Wednesday 7th November 2018, 9pm 

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

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Epiphany Carols by Candlelight

7.30pm on Saturday 6th January 2018

St James the Greater, Leicester

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Epiphany Carols by Candlelight

7.30pm on Friday 5th January 2018

St John the Baptist Church, North Luffenham, Rutland

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Fauré Requiem and English Choral Works

7.30pm on Saturday 4th November 2017 

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge 

We performed a series of English Choral Works, dating from Taverner to modern student composer Christoper Moore. The second half of the concert consisted of the Fauré Requiem.

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Fauré Requiem and English Choral Works

7.30pm on Saturday 9th September 2017 

St Cross, Winchester 

Report by Oliver Clarke (tenor):

After a well needed lie-in and delicious breakfast courtesy of our hosts, the group congregated at Chez Butterworth for an afternoon of watching football, watching cricket, and even attempting to play some ourselves. After lunch a few of us braved a walk up the nearby hills just in time for the heavens to open whilst we cowered under some trees. Once the deluge abated we dashed back in time for a quick rehearsal, change and pre-concert curry thanks to Debbie and Kevin.

We stuck to the same programme as the night before, once again starting with an ‘off-stage’ performance of Taverner’s Dum transisset Sabbatum – this time sung from the north transept. The generous acoustic of the church lifted the music and, talking to some of the audience in the interval, many found this piece particularly affecting. Having created our atmosphere we jumped forward four hundred years to two of Finzi’s settings of Bridge’s poems: Clear and Gentle Stream and My Spirit Sang All Day. We broke these up with Jo Moore soloing in Vaughan Williams’ arrangement of The Turtle Dove. The choir then had a break and a chance to enjoy a Howells Psalm Prelude played by Asher Oliver. Then we were back with the newest piece of the concert – Owain Park’s Phos Hilaron which received rapturous applause from our audience. Then, a crowd favourite in the form of Ireland’s Greater Love Hath No Man to close out the first half.

The interval gave us the opportunity to share a glass of wine with our audience and, arguably more importantly, share in our passion for the music. Then it was back to our places for our headline piece: Faure’s Requiem. Loved by performers and audience alike, our performance was made extra special by our soloists Christopher Moore and Helena Moore (no relation), and by some pioneering use of the trombone pedal from our organists. We ended our programme in apposite style with a rendition of Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes, the memory of which will last with me a very long time.

To close, I would like to thank our organisers Ellie, Kate and Susie; our conductors Jack, Lucy and Owain; the Church at the Hospital of St Cross; those who hosted us, including my hosts Roger and Margaret (and Lily and Flo); and all those who gave so generously to our cause which helped us raise over £1300 for Cancer Research UK.

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Concert at St Cross, Winchester

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Fauré Requiem and English Choral Works

7.30pm on Friday 8th September 2017 

Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford 

An evening of music performed by choral scholars from the University of Cambridge, featuring works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Owain Park, followed by the Fauré Requiem in the second half.

 

 

Epiphany Carol Concert

7.30pm on Saturday 7th January 2017 

St James The Greater, Leicester

Report by Ellie Tobin (soprano):

On the morning of Saturday 7th January, all of the group gathered in the morning outside BBC Radio Leicester, in the city centre of Leicester, and performed live on the radio to advertise the concerts. We performed three pieces, and Owain Park, Trinity Choral Scholar and former Organ Scholar, and myself spoke to the interviewer. We were very pleased with how it sounded, considering it was so early in the morning! We then paid a visit to the tomb of Richard III in Leicester cathedral, had some lunch and headed to the venue. We rehearsed in St James the Greater Church in the afternoon, which was a real privilege since it is such a beautiful acoustic. We then ate dinner with my family at home, with everyone scrambling to find room and enough mirrors to prepare for the concert!

For the concert, we performed an almost identical programme to the previous night. We had an audience of around 200 people, which was fantastic, and the most the church had seen for a concert for a long time. The audience were very appreciative of the music, and we received a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Once again, we raised over £1000!

Twelfth Night Carols by Candlelight

7.30pm on Friday 6th January 2017 

St John the Baptist Church, North Luffenham, Rutland

Report by Susie Hill (soprano):

Fuelled by a delicious selection of cakes that the church had kindly prepared to satisfy our pre-concert hunger, we began our concert with Holst’s stunning ‘Nunc Dimittis’ to a full house of 200 people. In the first half, Louise Ayrton played a beautiful unaccompanied piece on the violin by Thomas Baltzar, and the choir sang well known carols such as Howells’ ‘A Spotless Rose’ and Warlock’s ‘Bethlehem Down’, along with a new carol by Owain Park called ‘I Wonder as I Wander’. It was lovely to meet a lot of the audience during the interval when mulled wine was served; it was certainly very welcome as we all felt the effects of very little heating in a Norman church in the middle of winter! In the second half of the concert, we performed a range of carols appropriate for Epiphany by Mendelssohn, Cornelius and Tavener, followed by a couple of lighter numbers at the end which the audience loved! The proceeds from the concert were split equally between our charity and the North Luffenham Church Restoration Fund; we raised a fantastic £1180 in that one night for Cancer Research UK which put us all in excellent spirits for the next day of singing! Many thanks to the church wardens, Janet and Margaret, who made the evening possible, and to our conductors; Jack Butterworth, Fiona Fraser, Christopher Moore, Lucy Morris and Owain Park.

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