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Lecture Recital with Ceri Owen

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Brahms Requiem and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

Burford singers / Brahms and Vaughan Williams /14 April 2019

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Brahms Requiem

BRAHMS A GERMAN REQUIEM

Saturday 23 March
7.30 pm

Festival Chorus

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Spicer

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Children’s Hour recital

Baritone Gareth Brynmor John and pianist William Vann take us into an enchanted journey following a child’s imagination with a collection of fairy tales and adventure songs.

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Britten War Requiem in King’s

Britten War Requiem in King’s

Britten War Requiem in King’s

Saturday 19 January 2019, 8.00pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL

Britten War Requiem

Cambridge University Orchestra
Cambridge University Sinfonia
Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges
Cambridge University Chamber Choir

Graham Ross conductor
Natalya Romaniw soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Gareth John bass

Tickets: £35, £30, £20, £6
Students and under-18s: £31, £26, £16 or £5 on the door, subject to availability
Available here

This is a concert not to be missed, and we eagerly await the skilled playing of the Cambridge University Orchestra, joined by members of the Cambridge University Sinfonia, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges under the baton of Graham Ross and with soloists Natalya Romaniw, the first person ever to win both the Loveday Song Prize and first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Ed Lyon, one of Britain’s most sought-after and versatile tenors, and Gareth John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and rising opera star with organizations including the Welsh National Opera.

It is difficult to overstate the immensity and the musical and emotional impact of Britten’s War Requiem, a piece commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and dedicated to four men who lost their lives because of the war. Britten weaves together the traditional Latin Mass and poetry by Wilfred Owen and heavily features the unifying motif of the tritone, a haunting and unresolved interval.

Calling upon a symphony orchestra, a chamber ensemble, a large-scale choir, a boys’ choir, and three soloists, which only unify in the final minutes of the piece, the War Requiem ends at rest with a pleading sense of hope after vividly reminding us of the beautiful terrors of war and loss.

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‘Merry Christmas’ at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

‘Merry Christmas’ at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Sunday, 16 December 2018 –

11:00am to 1:00pm

**Tickets are now sold out for this event**

The Choir performs an afternoon concert of Christmas favourites at one of the world’s finest concert halls. They are accompanied by Herbert Howells Organ Scholar Glen Dempsey and two other Johnian musicians: cellist Laura van der Heijden and baritone Gareth John (also a former choral scholar).

Programme

The Shepherd’s Carol Bob Chilcott
Ave Rex, op. 45 William Mathias
The Lamb John Tavener
Fantasia on Christmas Carols Ralph Vaughan Williams
Adam lay ybounden Giles Swayne
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day Lane
Organ Solo: Chorale Prelude ‘In dulci jubilo’, BWV 729 J.S. Bach
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël Francis Poulenc
Silent Night Franz Gruber
Ding Dong! Merrily on High (arr. Mack Wilberg)Traditional
O Come, All Ye Faithful (arr. David Willcocks) Traditional

There is no interval at this concert

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Christmas Concert at St John’s College Chapel

Christmas Concert at St John’s College Chapel

Friday, 14 December 2018 –

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Choir perform a concert of Christmas music at St John’s College Chapel, including Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’.

We will be joined by two Johnian musicians: cellist Laura van der Heijden and baritone Gareth John (a former choral scholar).

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Purcell Come ye sons of Art

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Purcell – Come ye sons of Art

Mozart – Vesperae solennes de confessore

Oliver Lallemant – Conductor

Benjamin Williamson – Countertenor

Sam Boden – Tenor

Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone

Sloane Square Orchestra

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Brahms Requiem

Greg Morris Conductor
Augusta Hebbert Soprano
Gareth John Baritone
Temple Singers
Temple Chamber Ensemble

Brahms’ German Requiem, written as a tribute to his mother, and designed to comfort the grieving, has touched many people’s lives since it was composed in 1868.

In terms of both length and musical content, Ein Deutches Requiem is Brahms’ largest single work. Deeply moving, profound and powerful, its status as one of the greatest monuments of choral music – especially among its nineteenth-century peers – is unchallenged.

Although originally written for choir, soloists and large orchestral forces, the Temple Singers will present an exciting new version; the orchestral parts have been rearranged for chamber ensemble consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, ‘cello and piano by Iain Farrington, though the choral and solo parts remain untouched. This is a unique opportunity to hear a sensitively re-worked interpretation of a timeless choral classic.

Tickets: £40 £30 £25 £15

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Eternal Light

Eternal Light

Benjamin Goodson Conductor
Robyn Allegra Parton Soprano
Gareth Brynmor John Baritone

Gerald Finzi God is Gone up
Frank Bridge
 Suite for Strings
Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Howard Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem

To mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice, Bath Camerata and the Bristol Ensemble perform a poignant programme of music by British composers.

We begin with three highly distinctive 20th-century works: Finzi’s ebullient anthem, God is gone up, Frank Bridge’s elegiac Suite for Stringsand Vaughan Williams’ masterful Five Mystical Songs for baritone and choir, a setting of poetry by George Herbert which culminates in the triumphant hymn of praise, ‘Let all the world in every corner sing’.

Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem, premiered in 2008, interweaves poetry and prayer for the departed, movingly juxtaposing words from the Latin mass with English poems.  The composer has described Eternal Light as ‘addressing grief’, remarking that choral music, among other things, has the ability to ‘mark the passing of a precious life and honour it with dignity, compassion and beauty’.

We are delighted to be joined for this very special concert by two highly acclaimed, young British soloists: soprano Robyn Allegra Parton (‘standout’ – Observer) and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award.

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