Saturday 17 June 2017, 7.45 pm


Programme to include Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

Katherine Crompton, Soprano
Gareth Brynmor John, Baritone

Behn Quartet
Alexander Pott, Organ

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Liverpool Welsh Choral Union – Carmina Burana


Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Sunday June 4th 2017 – 2.30 p.m.

Come and be thrilled by the voices of 200 singers as the Liverpool Welsh Choral is joined by the renowned Birmingham Festival Choral Society and the Belvedere Chamber Choir, as they perform the vibrant Hebrew work Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and Carl Orff’s spectacular Carmina Burana!
Conductor : Keith Orrell

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BathSongs: American Songbooks


Date 26-05-2017 Time 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM VenueSt Swithin’sPrice£15 / £14 (£1 limited tickets available for Under 18’s)

BathSongs: American Songbooks

Songs by Gershwin, Copland, Rodgers, Berlin, Kern, Barber, Gershwin and Bernstein

Rowan Pierce, soprano

Gareth Brynmor John, baritone

Christopher Glynn, piano

America has produced some of the best loved of all songs. Rising stars Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award, together with Rowan Pierce, scholar at the Royal College of Music, will delight and touch your heart with songs full of beautiful melody and emotional sincerity, ranging from spiritual to Broadway.

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Ludlow English Song Weekend

Saturday 20th May 2017
Peter Parker and Katy Hamilton discuss AE Housman settings off the beaten track with musical contributions from Bethan Langford, Gareth Brynmor John and Gavin Roberts. Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Sunday 21st May 2017
Choirs from Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire led by Gemma King, with Bethan Langford, Gareth Brynmor John and Gavin Roberts. Admission to this concert is free. St Laurence’s Church

Family Values in Song
Bethan Langford, Nicky Spence, Gareth Brynmor John and Iain Burnside. Our closing recital looks at childhood, through the eyes of Britten, Howells, Buxton Orr, Stephen Hough and many others. Ludlow Assembly Rooms

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English and French Twentieth Century Masterworks

English and French Twentieth Century Masterworks
Thursday 18 May 2017 19:00

Temple Church

Temple Church Choir
Roger Sayer conductor
Gareth Brynmor John baritone

Tickets and more information:


Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Duruflé Requiem


The Temple Church Choir perform two of the greatest sacred choral pieces from the last century. Vaughan Williams’s Mass for double choir evokes the sounds of renaissance music whilst combining with the beautiful harmonic imprint that marks his territory. Duruflé’s timeless Requiem, based on Gregorian plainchant, is the perfect piece for the acoustics and organ of the Temple Church.

There will be a short interval.


This concert is generously supported by Inner and Middle Temple.

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Belshazzar’s Feast – Coventry Cathedral

Saturday, 6th May 2017, 7.30pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, a favourite with the Saint Michael’s Singers, will open this exciting, all-English programme.

Belshazzar’s Feast: Walton

It could be argued that Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast is one of the greatest choral works of all time. For double choir, semi-chorus, baritone, huge orchestra, organ and 2 brass bands – large-scale doesn’t come into it! The telling of the Old Testament story of the fall of Babylon and the greedy exploits of King Nebuchadnezzar provide the foundation for a musical drama of epic proportions with one of the most exciting conclusions ever written.

This is a choral tour de force and allows the choir and audience to enjoy Vaughan Williams’ beautifully melodic and carefully-crafted setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry. The Enigma Variations give the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra the chance to perform one of Elgar’s most beautiful orchestral pieces, which includes Nimrod, one of the most famous orchestral movements of all time.

From the most gently sublime melodies to the vast forces and resulting drama of Belshazzar’s Feast, this will be an ideal programme to present in the dramatic surroundings of Coventry Cathedral.

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Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

Witness a world disrupted, shocked and changed forever

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.

With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Opening reception.

Songs with Maya Soltan accompanying:

Prokofiev: Soldier’s Marching Song Op.121

Shostakovich: Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46A

Prokofiev: 2 Choruses Op. 66a (Baritone)
Partizan Zheleznyak

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St Endellion Festival: St John Passion


St Endellion Easter Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Leader: Francesca Barritt
Chorus Masters: Frances Cooke and Oliver Tarney


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Bar Choral Society – St John Passion

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.

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Reading Haydn Choir – Chilcott St John Passion

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 Motets

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

Chaconne Brass was formed in 1984 and has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile ensembles.
Event date:
Saturday, 1 April 2017 – 7:30pm
Ticket Prices:
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
United Kingdom

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