7.00 pm Tuesday 23 October 2018 | St Mary Aldermary, Watling Street, London EC4M 9BW
works with royal connections from the golden age of English music
City Chamber Choir begin their 2018–2019 season in the stunning venue of St Mary Aldermary, Wren’s gothic masterpiece, whose regal interior is the visual counterpart to the superb polyphony of some of the greatest English composers of the Renaissance. Framing the programme are the Great Service settings by William Byrd and his pupil Thomas Tomkins, ‘the last Elizabethan’. Other music, including harpsichord solos, reflects the changing demands forced upon Chapel Royal composers during a period of great religious and political upheaval, and the terrible price paid by those who fell foul of the authorities.
Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (from the Great Service); Earle of Salisbury’s pavan and galliards; The queen’s alman | Tomkins: Te Deum and Jubilate (from the Third or Great Service); When David heard; A sad pavan for these distracted times | Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum; If ye love me; O nata lux | Parsons: Ave Maria | Gibbons: O clap your hands | Munday: Go from my window | Mundy: O Lord, the maker of all thing
Stephen Jones conductor, harpsichord
Tickets: £15.00; (£10.00 under 18s and full time students only) online or at the door. Phone enquiries may be made to: 07715 351744.
City Chamber Choir aims to revive neglected choral works from past ages, to search out the best in 20th century composition, and to plot musical pathways for the present century.
The choir is led by its hugely experienced founder, Stephen Jones, with guidance from its President, renowned composer Cecilia McDowall, and Patron, Bob Chilcott, and receives infusions of new music from up-and-coming ‘composers in residence.’ Our repertoire encompasses Palestrina, Howells, and popular Christmas carols, but ranges far and wide.
Formed in 1987 and comprising singers from many walks of life, we meet for rehearsals a stone’s throw from St Paul’s cathedral. Our home, St Anne and St Agnes church, also known as the Gresham Centre, was designed by Christopher Wren, has been rebuilt many times, and is itself an inspiration. We perform concerts there and in many more of the City of London’s beautiful Wren churches.
We are constantly looking to collaborate with singers, musicians and others from the arts, and regularly travel for concerts and workshops outside the City, beyond London and overseas.
We are always on the look-out for new members to join us on this exciting musical journey!
You can find out more about the choir on the About us page, or better still, come to our next concert.