Rachmaninoff Vespers

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.

Music at Moverons

Join us for an afternoon in this idyllic garden overlooking the River Colne with choral interludes, afternoon tea, garden walks, plant sales and sculpture trail.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

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.

Bach and Buxtehude at Easter

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 chair@colchesterchamberchoir.org .

CHORAL STEEPLECHASE 2017

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
IPSWICH
10am
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
11am
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
12 noon
14. Quaker Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road IP1 3JH

HINTELSHAM
1.15pm
15. St Nicholas IP8 3NH

HADLEIGH
1.35pm
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

BOXFORD
2.50pm
21. St Mary CO10 5DU

NEWTON GREEN
3.10pm
22. All Saints CO10 0QP

SUDBURY
3.50pm
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
5pm
30. Our Lady & St Johns RC CO10 1HW

BURES
5.40pm
31. St Mary’s CO8 5AA

Simple Gifts

Music from America for choir and piano
by Copland, Carter, Barber, Thomson
Sunday November 26th 2017 6pm
The Moot Hall, Colchester

(click on image to view programme)

A Musical Bestiary

Songs about the animal kingdom from England, France, Germany and Italy

Stabat Mater

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.

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings! Thank-you for your support in 2015 and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.