Past events

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In November 2017 we were entertained by the excellent ‘Murder Most Fun’.    Groups of choir-members pitted themselves against each other in an attempt to work out ‘whodunnit’.  The evening proved that, while we are good at organising a very enjoyable evening including delicious chilli (alternatives were available!), many of us are sadly lacking in detection skills.  Hercules Poirot is safe …

Sing with a Swing – January 2017, Music workshop led by Alexander L’Estrange. 

“YES WE CAN SWING NOW. Thanks to Alexander.  Brilliant, brilliant workshop.”

In just three hours, Alexander L’Estrange introduced us to some of the techniques needed to sing ‘swing’ (ie music with the rhythm of the Pink Panther theme tune). This was an enjoyable and uplifting mental workout as we stepped, clicked fingers and clapped our way through various musical exercises (see photo above!). He explained how the rhythms are stressed differently and also the differences in enunciation needed to sing successfully in this style – no long drawn out vowels, and sounding diphthongs is allowed! All in all an educational, but fun way to spend the morning and everyone left with a smile.

Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall – 23 May 2016 (photos courtesy of Michael Maggs):

Supper Recital by Candle Light – 13th February 2016

Over 90 people, members & friends, enjoyed a “purely social” evening – fundraising for our Verdi performance – for only £15 we enjoyed a candlelit supper accompanied by a varied repertoire on harp and recorder.

Christmas Concert  – 13th December 2015 : A Winter’s Night

Highlights of the last few years include:

Spring Concert – 9th May 2015

  • Purcell (1659–1695): Come Ye Sons of Art, Z.323 (also known as Ode for Queen Mary’s birthday); and Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135
  • Handel (1685–1759): Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74
  • Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Hear my Prayer/O for the Wings of a Dove

Christmas Concert – 6th December 2014 :  Glory & Wonder

This Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church, Chesham certainly lived up to its title. Featuring a variety of Christmas music the choir, under Conductor Graham Wili – and very ably supported by Leonard Sanderman at the organ –  provided an enjoyable and comprehensive performance of some challenging music which included John Rutters’ exuberant ‘Gloria’, Morten Lauridsen’s moving ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ and Anthony Hopkins’ uplifting ‘Gaudeamus’.

Tribute was paid to the fallen of World War 1 in an excellent reading of Carol Duffy’s “The Christmas Truce” by Marjorie Brown and  Christmas was celebrated in the spoken word with John Betjeman’s poem “Christmas”, well expressed by Julie Cohen.

Two contrasting seasonal organ pieces by Bach and Karg-Elert performed by former Chichester Organ Scholar Leonard Sanderman and Christmas Carols for the audience interspersed throughout the evening put the finishing touches to a concert which was, indeed, full of “Glory and Wonder”.

Saturday 10th May 2014 – Carmina Burana – Watford Colosseum

Saturday 15th March 2014 – Supper Recital (fund raiser)

Sunday December 8th 2013 – Christmas Concert – St. Mary’s,  Rickmansworth;

7th September 2013 –  Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D Major K194

The encore was from Handel’s Coronation Anthem ‘Let Thy Hand be Strengthened’

Saturday May 18th 2013 – Haydn’s Nelson Mass & two Cantatas by J S Bach

Chapel of The Royal Masonic School,  Rickmansworth

Sunday December 9th 2012 – Christmas Concert – St Mary’s, Rickmansworth

May 2012 – Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace

A joint concert with Berkhamsted Choral Society, singing as the English Philharmonia Chorus at the recently refurbished Watford Colosseum.
The programme also included Gloria by Chris Williams and The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams featuring Jonathan Evans-Jones.

May 2011
Mozart’s Requiem

December 2010, Belshazzar’s Feast, William Walton
St Alban’s Abbey

Pre-summer tour concert: Saturday 27 June 2009
St Mary’s Church, Rickmansworth
Pergolesi Stabat Mater and other choral pieces including Stanford Beati Quorum Via and Coelos Ascendit Hodie (with Berkhamsted Choral Society)

May 2008
Royal Festival Hall, London

We performed this very special concert, by invitation, as part of the week-long Chorus Festival, organized by the Southbank Centre. It featured the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work called Songs of the Coromandel Coast, by British composer Chris Williams, which received a standing ovation from the thousand-strong audience. Also featured in the programme were Williams’ earlier Tsunami Requiem, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Mozart’s Horn Concerto no 3. We performed, jointly with Berkhamsted Choral Society and other invited singers, as the English Philharmonia Chorus. Appearing with us were top soloists James Gilchrist, tenor, Richard Watkins, horn, English Philharmonia, English Brass and the Choir of Eltham College, London. The concert, performed in aid of the international children’s charity Plan UK, raised more than £15,000 for educational support for Sri Lankan children whose schools were destroyed by the Asian tsunami of 2004.

May 2007 Elijah, Felix Mendelssohn
Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth
Concert accompanied by the Gaudeamus Orchestra, leader Matthew Scrivener, featuring soloists Donna Bateman (soprano), Emma Selway (mezzo-soprano), Ronald Samm (tenor), Owen Gilhooly (baritone).

June 2006 Porgy and Bess (concert version)
Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
This was a special joint concert in a high-profile venue to celebrate our 65th birthday and Berkhamsted Choral Society’s 75th. The first half featured Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Mozart, Laudate Dominum and Ave Verum and Jubilate, a new piece by Jacques Cohen, while the second was a concert version of Gershwin’s much-loved opera Porgy and Bess. An impressive line-up of international soloists included Linda Richardson, Sara Fulgoni, Ronald Samm and Keel Watson, accompanied by the Gaudeamus Orchestra.

May 2005 Truly, Madly Mozart
Royal Festival Hall, London
Another joint outing with Berkhamsted, with an innovative programme featuring semi-staged excerpts from four Mozart operas in the first half and the glorious Mass in C Minor in the second. Leading soloists Linda Richardson, Elena Ferrari, Ashley Catling and Wyn Pencarreg were accompanied by the Canzona orchestra. The concert, sponsored by Hillier Hopkins LLP, raised £27,000 for the Peace Hospice, Watford, and the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted.

April 2004 Messiah
Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth
This concert, accompanied by the Gaudeamus Orchestra, was performed in memory of the late Eric Gain, a former member of our choir, who left us a handsome bequest in his will.

May 2003 Verdi’s Requiem
Royal Festival Hall, London
Our first major joint concert with Berkhamsted Choral Society, which raised a magnificent £38,000 for Cancer Research UK. An outstanding line-up of soloists included Amanda Roocroft, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Edgaras Montvidas and Alastair Miles.


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