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Future concerts in Canterbury Cathedral

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Family Carols in Canterbury Cathedral

Saturday 13 December 2014, 7pm

Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Festival Brass Group
Richard Cooke Conductor

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Join us for Family Carols in the nave of magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Come and sing some of your favourite carols. Children are invited to come up and sing on stage.

The Family Carols will end at approximately 8.45pm.

Sponsored by Pharon Independent Financial Advisers

The Family Carols in Canterbury Cathedral is sponsored by Pharon, one of relatively few firms with Chartered Status and probably the highest proportion of individual staff holding Chartered Status in the country.


Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ
(The Childhood of Christ)

Saturday 24 January 2015, 7.30pm

Angharad Lyddon, mezzo-soprano (Marie)
Dominic Sedgwick, baritone (Joseph) Robin Bailey, tenor (Récitant)
Michael Pearce, bass (Herod and Father of the Family)
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Ladies of the Crypt Choir of The King’s School

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

This is one of the most endearing and enduring scores of Berlioz’ entire output, contrasting the deep and intense music written for the role of Herod, with the sounds of angelic choirs, all wrapped in a masterpiece of orchestral writing typical of Berlioz.  This concert will also feature the Crypt Choir of the King’s School and Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir, together with an impressive line-up of soloists.  This rarely-performed masterpiece will leave its listeners both enchanted and moved by its breadth of vision.

Concert will end at approximately 9.00pm.


Mozart Mass in C minor

Saturday 21 March 2015, 7.30pm

Robyn Allegra Parton, soprano
Rachel Redmond, soprano
William Morgan, tenor
Peter Cox, bass

Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Mozart’s great Mass stands alongside his Requiem as one of his most towering works for choir and orchestra.  Solos to compare with the finest of those in his operas, and most notably the high Et incarnatus est for soprano, and choruses of majestic splendour, give the work a dramatic dimension which looks back to Bach and ahead to Beethoven.  This work represents one of the greatest composers of all time at the height of his powers.

Canterbury Choral Society and its Youth Choir will be joined by an outstanding group of soloists, and the period-instrument London Handel Orchestra, well known to our audiences and one of the country’s top baroque orchestras.

Concert will end at approximately 9.15pm.

Sponsored by Sir Ronald McIntosh

Bruckner: Mass in E minor

Bruckner: Sacred Motets:
Ecce Sacerdos
Virga Jesse
Ave Maria

Dvorak: Serenade for Wind

Saturday 6 June 2015, 7.30pm

Canterbury Choral Society

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Bruckner’s immensely powerful Mass in E minor, as well as his motets, reflect the deep religious background to Bruckner’s sacred choral writing, making great, almost Beethovenian, demands of the choir, and combining the rich romantic harmonies of the late nineteenth century with stylistic features harking back to Renaissance composers such as Palestrina.  The Mass progresses to a conclusion of utmost beauty, uplifting and inspirational.  Written for the reverberant acoustic of the cathedral of Linz in Austria, where for many years Bruckner was organist, its slow-building climaxes of telling splendour equally suit the acoustic of Canterbury Cathedral.

Concert will end at approximately 9.15pm.