Current Concert Season 2017–2018

7.00 pm Wednesday 8 November 2017 – In Time of War
Kodaly Missa Brevis ¦ Schütz Geistliche Chormusik ¦ Britten Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard ¦ McDowall Standing as I do before God

In Time of War features music encompassing a kaleidoscope of emotions, forged during the heat of armed conflict. At the height of the siege of Budapest in 1945, Kodály had taken refuge in a cellar where he completed his dramatic and passionate Missa Brevis. Schütz wrote his collection of Geistliche Chormusik during the Thirty Years’ War as a legacy to future young composers, in the belief that his world was about to be utterly destroyed. In 1918, Howells’ turbulent Third Rhapsody for organ was written in a single night during a Zeppelin raid over York. Standing as I do before God by CCC President, Cecilia McDowall is, as the composer says, a reflection on the eve of Edith Cavell’s death, 12 October 1915. Britten’s scintillating Ballad of Little Musgrave was written for, and first performed by, British prisoners of war in Germany. There is much beauty and profundity to be experienced in this programme of music shaped and overshadowed by war.

Stephen Jones conductor ¦ Nicholas Freestone organ

St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside EC2V 6AU


6.30 pm Tuesday 12 December 2017 The CCC Christmas Concert
Stephen Jones conductor ¦ Ivan Linford organ

The Gresham Centre, St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street London EC2V 7BX


January 2018 tbc – Choral workshop on Tomkins Great Service


7.30 pm Thursday 8 March 2018 – Entente Cordiale

St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE


7.00 pm Tuesday 15 May 2018 – 30th Anniversary Concert

St Paul’s Church Covent Garden (The Actors’ Church)


7.00 pm Tuesday 10 July 2017 – Little Jazz Mass

The Gresham Centre, St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street London EC2V 7BX

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