The choir’s next concert is on 11th April 2017, 7pm, when we will perform Bach St John Passion. Written and premiered during his first year in Leipzig, the St John Passion is the leaner and more dramatic of Bach’s two surviving settings of the Holy Week narrative.
In this distinctive performance, the choir will be led by their Music Director and Conductor, Greg Morris and joined by Soloists James Way as Evangelist, Gareth John as Christus, William Towers Alto, Matthew Sandy Tenor and Andrew Rupp Bass.
The choir will also be joined by the chamber choir Collegium Musicum of London and the Temple Players. The Choristers of the Temple Church will perform the soprano arias, while the choir will take the role of a Lutheran congregation and sing the chorales, the emotional and theological heart of the work.
Reading Haydn Choir
Chilcott St John Passion
This setting of St John’s Passion by Bob Chilcott confirms his status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers. This hour-long work was first performed by Wells Cathedral Choir in 2013. The work combines thirteenth- and seventeenth-century English poetry with texts from the King James Bible. It follows the same structure as the Bach St John, with the story told by the tenor evangelist separated by passages from the chorus and from Pilate and Jesus, the whole being split with chorales and meditations sung by the choir, many of which are new settings of popular hymns.
Bruckner wrote much music for the Roman Catholic Liturgy which is regarded as some of the finest such music of the last two centuries. He had a profound belief in the doctrines of the church and a confidence in his musical abilities which was not reflected in his personal life in which he was insecure and indecisive. The motets were produced throughtout his compositional career and show a combination of renaissance polyphonic technique with his own urgent chromaticism. The samples included in this concert derive from the latter part of his career (1861-1885) whilst a student of the famous Vienna music theorist, Simon Sechter, and latterly as a teacher of music theory at the Vienna Conservatory.
Chaconne Brass was formed in 1984 and has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile ensembles.
Saturday, 1 April 2017 – 7:30pm
Adults £14*; Concessions £12*; Under 17 £5; Under 5 Free (*£1 off for advance sales)
St Joseph’s College
Upper Redlands Road
RG1 5JT Reading
The Chairman’s Concert
Hampshire County Youth Band
Hampshire County Youth Choir
Hampshire County Youth Orchestra
Massed choir comprised of members from:
Basingstoke Choral Society
Hampshire County Youth and Junior Choirs
Hampshire Music Service staff and friends
Hook Community Choir
Mountbatten Community Choir
North East Hants Young Singers
Romsey Youth Choir
Pupils from The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester
Wyvern Community Choir
Sunday 19 March 2017
Gareth Brynmor John
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Swire Classic Insights
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
4-3-2017 (Sat) 8pm
Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
Dido and Aeneas
Henry Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas is perhaps the perfect opera. Queen Dido and Prince Aeneas are in love, but forces of discord interfere to destroy their future together. Starring Caitlin Hulcup and Gareth Brynmor John, together with a cast of Hong Kong singers, conductor Benjamin Bayl and the HK Phil Chorus.
YORKSHIRE BAROQUE SOLOISTS
YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR
10 December 2016, 7.30pm
JSB Bach – Magnificat; Cantata 140
CPE Bach – Magnificat
Saturday 3rd December 2016 7.30pm Kingston Parish Church (All Saints)
With Guest Choirs: St Pauls Junior School Kingston Hill & Kingston University Chamber Choir
Christmas Music : Finzi, Rutter, Cornelius, Chilcott, Pärt, Holst