On 2nd/3rd September 2023 we were the Guest Choir at Llandaff Cathedral.
We were invited to be the guest choir at Llandaff Cathedral for Choral Evensong on the Saturday and Sunday and for Choral Eucharist on the Sunday.
Works performed included Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Ave Verum Corpus, Magnifcat and Nunc Dimittis by Vaughan Williams and Stamford, Rutter’s A Crown of Glory, Elgar’s O Hearken Thou and Howell’s Like as the Hart.
Here’s a link to the ‘live stream’ of our Sunday Choral Evensong on the Llandaff website.
The actual service starts at about four minutes in.
Our July 2023 Summer Concert was ‘A Coronation Celebration’ with guest singers from the West London Chamber Choir and brass ensemble Bella Tromba.
The concert included these rousing choral works:
Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, Rutter’s A Crown of Glory, Bruckner’s Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, Elgar’s O Hearken Thou, and I Was Glad by Parry.
There were also these even more rousing works for brass and organ:
Britten’s Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, Holst’s Deddington Suite and Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre by William Walton.
‘…what a pleasure it was to work with a choir who really went for it and a conductor with such high standards. We were all buzzing after!’ Bella Tromba Brass Ensemble
Our April 2023 Spring Concert took the theme of Psalms, Songs and Seasons, and included Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, and A Time for all Seasons by Cecilia McDowall, who is also the choir’s Patron.
For our Winter Concert in December 2022 we performed Mozart’s Requiem, one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire, backed by a full orchestra and in front of an appreciative full-house!
Written in 1791 during the last days of Mozart’s life, the origins of this beautiful work are shrouded in mystery, though none of that detracts from its musical power and emotional impact.
In July 2022 we put on our Platinum Jubilee Celebratory Summer Concert, performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems, I Was Glad by Purcell and other works.
The Coronation Procession of George II
Handel’s four celebratory Anthems, including the rousing Zadok the Priest and The King shall rejoice, were written in 1727 for the Coronation of George II. A contemporary account of the first performance in Westminster Abbey reported that Anthem I ‘..was omitted and no Anthem at all Sung… by the Negligence of the Choir of Westminster’ and that Anthem II was ‘..in Confusion: All irregular in the Music!’ We are confident that we gave a better performance of all four Anthems at this celebratory Summer concert!
In April 2022 we put on our Easter concert of sacred and uplifting choral works by 20th century British composers, including Elgar, Howells, Bainton and others. A few days later we took the same repertoire to perform in Bruges, Ghent and Ypres as part of our much-delayed tour.
Singing in Bruges and at the Menin Gate in Ypres
Our first event of 2022 was our ‘Come and Sing’ workshop in January, when choir members and guests spent the afternoon working on Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ with our musical director Hilary Campbell.
Back in September 2021 we put on our much delayed Robin Johnson Composition Competition Concert
Videos of the Competition pieces
Read more about our Robin Johnson Composition Competition
Our previous live concert was back in December 2020, when we put on a socially-distanced, behind-closed-doors, performance of Bob Chilcott’s ‘On Christmas Night’.
Chiswick Choir is registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).