Choral History of Britain

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral music, News

BBC Radio 4 Series exploring the history of choral singing in Britain presented by Roderick Williams Catch Series 1 on BBC iPlayer Radio while it’s still available   → Series 1: Singing for Everyone Roderick Williams explores how Britain lost its singing voice and if it be recovered. Singing for Praise and Profit Roderick Williams looks at why Britain produces the world’s best professional choirs. Singing for Pleasure Roderick Williams traces the long evolution of our amateur singing tradition. Singing for Solidarity Roderick Williams explores how singing together gets...

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Tasmin Little and the English Chamber Orchestra in Canterbury Cathedral

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, Concert soloists, News, Our concerts, Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little and the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) will perform with Canterbury Choral Society in Canterbury Cathedral on 4 November 2017 as part of Canterbury Festival. PERFORMERS: Tasmin Little English Chamber Orchestra Canterbury Choral Society Richard Cooke conductor Katherine Crompton Soprano Edward Grint Bass VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral      

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra coming to Canterbury 18th June 2016

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, News, Our concerts

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will be joining Canterbury Choral Society and the CCS Youth Choir to perform Verdi’s Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral on 18th June 2016. This year, 2016, marks the 70th anniversary of the RPO. The RPO’s platinum year started with a sixteen-concert tour in the USA in January. The Orchestra performed Mahler’s Symphony No.2, ‘Resurrection’, on 22nd March at the Royal Albert Hall Be sure not to miss the Verdi Requiem concert with the RPO in Canterbury Cathedral June 18th. As well as this prestigious orchestra, the Verdi Requiem concert also features an...

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English Chamber Orchestra joins Canterbury Choral Society for concert in Canterbury Cathedral in January

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 in Canterbury Choral Society, News, Our concerts

CCS and CCS Youth Choir are very excited to be joined by the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) to perform Vivaldi Gloria and Haydn Nelson Mass on Saturday 23 January 2016. The ECO, who’s Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. The ECO has been chosen to record many film soundtracks, including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, as well as several James Bond sound tracks. The ECO has performed in more countries than any other orchestra. During 2015 the ECO toured to China, Finland, the USA, Bermuda,...

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Esther Brazil joins CCS to perform Bach Mass in B minor in Canterbury Cathedral on 31 October

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, Members, News, Our concerts

Mezzo-soprano Esther Brazil made her BBC Proms Debut in August this year in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. She will be joining Canterbury Choral Society (CCS) later this month in their Canterbury Festival concert of Bach Mass in B Minor. The performance also features the London Handel Orchestra and eminent soloists David Allsopp, Robin Bailey, and David Ireland. The Mass encompasses the most impressive of Bach’s choral writing together with inspirational solo movements. The concert, in Canterbury Cathedral on 31st October, promises to be an (inspiring and) delete? imposing end to the Canterbury...

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Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir – Eight new members so far in 2015

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, News, Youth Choir

The CCS Youth Choir welcomes eight new members so far in 2015. The CCS Youth Choir is made up of about thirty-five boys and girls aged 7 to 16. It is an auditioned group aspiring to high standards of professionalism.   The Youth Choir is fully integrated with Canterbury Choral Society, and also performs on its own. The Youth Choir will be performing alongside the main choir in the forthcoming performance of Mozart Mass in C Minor in Canterbury Cathedral this Saturday (21 March).  

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Don’t miss this year’s Family Carols in Canterbury Cathedral: Saturday 13 December

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, News, Our concerts

Come and join us for an enriching evening of carols on Saturday 13 December 2014 in the magnificent setting of Canterbury Cathedral. Sing a selection of the finest carols with Canterbury Choral Society and Canterbury Choral Youth Choir. The choir will also be performing a few numbers, including the beautiful Blazhen Muzh from the Rachmaninoff Vespers. Also not to be missed, conductor Richard Cooke will invite the children from the audience up on to the stage to sing a couple of carols.

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Sir Willard White sings Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Canterbury Choral Society in Canterbury Cathedral

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, Concert soloists, News

“Willard White truly filled the Cathedral with the glory of his voice and his personality.” Review – Kentish Gazette Read full review here. Canterbury Choral Society and Canterbury Choral Youth Choir performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 1 November 2014. Sir Willard White was magnificent in the leading role, and was joined by an outstanding team of soloists for what proved to be an impressive performance of such an enduring large-scale work.

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The Canterbury Festival 2014 in full swing

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, Members, News

Canterbury Festival 2014, Kent’s International Arts Festival, is in full flow. A highlight of this year’s Canterbury Festival is Sir Willard White, one of the world’s leading bass-baritones, singing in Canterbury Cathedral with Canterbury Choral Society. Born in Jamaica, Sir Willard White has sung in opera houses around the world and at the Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg Festivals. He will be singing the lead role in Mendelssohn’s masterpiece of English Oratorio, Elijah, in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 1st November. Two other musical highlights of the Festival are...

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Penny Gore presents performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Radio 3

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 in Canterbury Choral Society, Choral concerts, Members, News, Our concerts

Penny Gore presents a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the start of a week of Afternoon on 3 devoted to great choral works (listen again). Daniele Gatti conducts the Radio France Chorus and Orchestre National de France, with soloists Lucy Crowe (soprano), Christianne Stotijn (contralto), Rainer Trost (tenor), Michael Nagy (bass-baritone) and Armand Sztykgold (boy soprano) (soloist from the Radio France Children’s Chorus). The performance was given in June at the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Denis to the north of Paris. The performance is the German libretto. Elijah was first...

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BBC Two ‘The Choir’ judge Sarah Fox sings Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Canterbury Cathedral with Canterbury Choral Society

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Concert soloists, News, Our concerts

BBC Two ‘The Choir – Sing While You Work’ judge, Sarah Fox to sing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 21 June 2014, 7.30pm Read Sarah Fox’s biography Concert details: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Saturday 21 June 2014, 7.30pm Canterbury Choral Society Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sarah Fox soprano TBC Mezzo-soprano Jamie MacDougall tenor Michael Pearce bass VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral BUY TICKETS Useful related links Setting Up a Workplace Choir Singing in a Choir Learn to Sing: Step-by-Step...

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The Spiegeltent comes to Canterbury Festival

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in News

This year saw the momentous arrival of the Spiegeltent (Dutch for “Mirror Tent”) to the Canterbury Festival. The Spiegeltent was located for the two weeks of the Festival at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, on Old Dover Road. The Spiegeltent was a magnificent and beautiful structure, made of canvas and wood, and decorated inside with a stunning display of stained glass and mirrors. Just being inside was a somewhat wondrous experience, especially with the blustery winds rippling the canvas and heavy rain battering down outside. The wonderful ambiance, combined with exceptional...

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Tickets still available for War Requiem

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 in News, News Britten

Don’t miss this Saturday’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral The Canterbury Festival concert on Saturday 26 October 2013 features soprano Evelina Dobracheva, tenor Benjamin Hulett and bass Benjamin Appl, Canterbury Philharmonic Orchestra, Canterbury Choral Society, Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir, Richard Cooke Conductor VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

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Kent Chamber Choir & Orchestra GALA CONCERT

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Choral concerts, News, News Britten

Kent Chamber Choir & Orchestra 30th Anniversary Purcell & Britten GALA CONCERT In aid of St George’s Tower Fund St George’s Church, Church St, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ 7.30pm, Saturday 19th October 2013   This unique concert not only celebrates Kent Chamber Choir’s 30th birthday but also Benjamin Britten’s somewhat more significant 100th. Moreover, to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, we open with an anthem traditionally sung on such royal occasions. Britten greatly admired Henry Purcell’s music and did much to promote...

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Canterbury Choral Society 2013/14 Season

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in News, Our concerts

2013/14 Season:   Programme Festival concert             Saturday 26 October 2013   Britten War Requiem (General booking for this concert opens on 5 August) Family Carols                Friday 13 December 2013 Winter concert               Saturday 25 January 2014   Handel Messiah Spring concert               Saturday 22 March 2014      Bach St John Passion Summer concert            Saturday 21 June 2014         Beethoven Missa Solemnis

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Singing workshop with Bob Chilcott

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Choral concerts, News, News Britten

Sutton Valence Choral Society are delighted to be hosting a singing workshop with Bob Chilcott on Saturday 2nd November between 10am and 4.45pm at a cost of £15. The main focus will be Chilcott’s own Christmas music, which will also be available to purchase on the day. Following the success of a similar event with John Rutter three years ago, we wish to welcome anyone who would like to join us for what promises to be a memorable occasion. Sutton Valence Prep School are allowing us to use The Bates Hall and also very kindly providing a soup and roll lunch as well as coffee/tea. Full...

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Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in News, News Britten

The Britten-Pears Foundation brings Britten’s pioneering The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra into the digital age with an iPad app aimed at 7-11 year-olds The app has been developed in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra on Wikipedia Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten iPad app reviewed on iTunes

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Canterbury opera company to perform open-air production for local charities

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Choral concerts, News

July 2013 for immediate release  |   download poster Innovative local opera company, Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera will be staging a production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Harem on Sunday 21st July at St Edmunds School and Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th July at The Deanery Garden, Canterbury. Performed by local professional singers and orchestra and directed by Master of the Choristers and Cathedral Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, Dr David Flood, this will be the company’s fifth production. Based on the popularity of previous sell-out shows, The Abduction from the Harem looks to...

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Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 in News, News Britten

Showing at The Gulbenkian Cinema tonight Monday 8 July 2013 at 6.30pm Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict followed by Q & A with director Tony Britten (PG) Tony Britten’s moving and thought provoking feature length drama/documentary tells the story of the pacifism that was at the core of Britten’s life and work. The extraordinary young actor Alex Lawther plays the part of the teenage pupil at Gresham’s School, Holt, already set on a career as a composer, whilst struggling to equate communism with pacifism. The drama is framed by commentary from friends and historians and...

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Evelina Dobracheva sings War Requiem in St Pauls Cathedral

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in News, News Britten

Evelina Dobracheva sings soprano in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in St Paul’s Cathedral in June 2013 The performance was conducted by Edward Gardner with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.   Read theguardian review of this concert Britten’s War Requiem; Music in the Space Time Continuum City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, St Paul’s, London; Klangforum Wien, Kings Place, London A silence as tangible as grief hung in the air at St Paul’s Cathedral last week – for nearly two minutes at the close of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem the audience...

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