We are delighted to be returning to St Peter’s in Boxted on Saturday September 8th at 6.30pm to perform a recital in aid of the church tower repair fund. St Peter’s is a delightful little gem in beautiful Dedham Vale and we have thoroughly enjoyed our previous concerts here. We will be reprising our summer programme from Moverons in June (along with the addition of some old favourites) so if you missed us then or would like to hear the music sung indoors now’s your chance! The programme includes works from the 16th to 20th century and includes two charming Swedish pieces.
We are delighted to be returning to the beautiful church of St Peter ad Vincula in January for an atmospheric candle lit concert Rachmaninoff Vespers.
Thank you to all our friends and supporters who joined us for this beautiful afternoon in the lovely gardens at Moverons. The event was so popular we were turning people away. The sun shone, the guests enjoyed home made cakes and scones, lazed on the lawn, ambled among the flowers and along the sculpture trail, and best of all enjoyed some magical singing. We loved performing – all in all a perfect summer afternoon!
Thank you for all your support in 2017. We hope you have enjoyed our concerts and will join us on April 29th at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for Bach and Buxtehude at Easter which promises to be our brightest and boldest programme to date.
We hope 2018 will be a happy and peaceful year for us all.
Our spring concert in 2018 will be our biggest project to date, pairing Bach’s great Easter cantata BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden with Buxtehude’s equally fine, but sadly less well known, Easter cantata Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn.
The choir will be joined by an orchestra of strings and, in the Buxtehude, trumpets and timpani. Also featured will be a Magnificat by Buxtehude and Bach’s motet Lobet dem Herrn. On this occasion we will also welcome the return of some of our past Choral Apprentices and organist Richard Moore (who played with us for the In Paradisum and Blow the Trumpet programmes).
We appreciate sponsors at all times to help us in our work, but would particularly welcome anyone wishing to support players or scores for this special concert. To contact us email email@example.com .
On Saturday 9th of September singers from Colchester Chamber Choir will race between churches and perform in as many as possible. The venture is part of the wider ‘Ride and Stride’ fund-raising event and money raised through sponsorship will be split equally between Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, which makes grants to historic churches, chapels and meeting houses of all denominations and Colchester Chamber Choir which will use the sponsorship funds to help support young singers and musicians at the start of their careers.
CHORAL STEEPLECHASE ROUTE
1. St Pancras, Orwell Place IP4 1BD
2. 7th Day Adventist, IP4 1ND
3. St Clements, Star Lane IP4 1JZ
4. St Mary’s at the Quay, Key Street IP4 1BZ
5. St Peter’s Church, College Street IP1 1XF
6. St Nicholas Church, Cutler Street IP1 1UQ
7. Unitarian Meeting House, Friar Street IP1 1TD
8. St Mary at the Elms, Elm Street IP1 2AA
9. Museum Street, Methodist Street IP1 2EF
10. St Stephens Church, St Stephens Church Lane IP1 1DP
11. St Lawrence’s Church, Dial Lane IP1 1DJ
12. St Mary le Tower, Tower Street IP1 3BE
13. St Margaret’s Church, Bolton Street IP4 2BT
14. Quaker Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road IP1 3JH
15. St Nicholas IP8 3NH
16. Hadleigh Row Chapel IP7 5BT
17. Angel Street RC IP7 5DB
18. Market Place United Reform IP7 5DL
19. Duke Street SA IP7 5DP
20. St Mary IP7 5DT
21. St Mary CO10 5DU
22. All Saints CO10 0QP
23. St Peters CO10 2EH
24. Friar St SOF CO10 2AA
25. Church Street Baptist CO10 2BJ
26. School Street United Reform
27. Living Waters Fellowship CO10 1AZ
28. St Gregory CO10 1BA
29. All Saints CO10 6BL
30. Our Lady & St Johns RC CO10 1HW
31. St Mary’s CO8 5AA
Saturday 1st July 2017
2pm St Anne and St Laurence, Elmstead Market
7pm St Mary’s, Bures (in aid of Ferrier’s Barn Day Centre)
Sunday 2nd July 2017
2pm St Mary’s Kersey
5.30pm St Mary’s, Lawford
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Songs about the animal kingdom from England, France, Germany and Italy
Our next concert on Saturday 19th March at St Teresa’s church in Colchester takes us back to Renaissance and Baroque Italy, with a programme of seasonal Passiontide music. The main work is Leonardo Leo’s double choir Miserere – a fascinating work with organ and bass continuo, much admired by both Verdi and Wagner and which eclipsed Allegri’s famous setting holding sway in Italy for over a hundred years. Also in the programme will be three wonderful settings of the Crucifixus by the Venetian Lotti, three of Gesualdo’s amazing Tenebrae Responsaries from the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday sets and Palestrina’s great double choir Stabat Mater, written for the Papal Julian chapel.