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 6pm
The Moot Hall, Colchester

for more information email info@colchesterchamberchoir.org

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.

Heritage Open Day September 2015

We launched our autumn 2015 season with an open rehearsal
and four short performances in Colchester town centre on
Saturday 12th September as part of Heritage Days 2015, when more than 30 venues were open to the public.

We started with an hour-long ‘open rehearsal’ in the foyer at the Firstsite gallery, followed by short recitals there, at The Minories gallery, the Castle Museum and finally at Holy Trinity Church. Some listeners were so entranced that they followed the choir from venue to venue and several commented that they were pleased to have been introduced to the choir this way.

And the choir enjoyed it too!

Choral Steeplechase September 2014

£2,500 RAISED

We sang in 28 churches, had a wonderful time and raised money, half of which we have donated to the Friends of Essex Churches Trust for the restoration of historic churches, and half of which is being devoted to the support of young musicians.

Emile Naoumoff

Emile Naoumoff has been likened to both Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein as a pianist, displaying — as one critic remarked — the fire of the former and the poetry of the latter. He was also signed as a composer at age 18 — the youngest on their roster — with the music publisher Schott, Mainz. Emile revealed himself as a musical prodigy at age five, taking up the piano and adding composition to his studies a year later. At the age of seven, after a fateful meeting in Paris, he became the last disciple of Nadia Boulanger, who referred to him as “The gift of my old age”. He studied with her until her death in late 1979. During this auspicious apprenticeship, Mlle. Boulanger gave him the opportunity to work with Clifford Curzon, Igor Markevitch, Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Nikita Magaloff, Jean Francaix, Leonard Bernstein, Soulima Stravinsky, Aram Khachaturian and Yehudi Menhuin. Lord Menhuin conducted the premiere of Emile’s first piano concerto, with the composer as a soloist when he was ten years old. At the same time, he pursued studies at the Paris Conservatory with Lelia Gousseau, Pierre Sancan, Genevieve Joy-Dutilleux, as well as at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Pierre Dervaux (conducting). Continue reading