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

A varied programme to get you into the mood for Christmas. The wintry scene is set by Poulenc’s atmospheric Un Soir de Neige while Chilcott’s Christmas Day 1666 paints a cosy picture of domestic celebration. Two ‘firsts’ this year are a new piece by Composer in Residence Samuel Wilson and an arrangement of a favourite carol by Music Director Stephen Jones. As usual, there are some chances for the audience to join in with old favourites and also to meet the choir over a drink and a mince pie before and after the concert.

Programme includes:
Arr. Jones    Silent Night
Britten    Hymn to the Virgin
Chilcott    Christmas Day 1666
Rose    Carol of the Bells
Dean    Mary’s Lullaby
Mathias    Nativity Carol
McDowall    A Heavenly Song
Fletcher    Ring out Wild Bells
Poulenc    Un Soir de Neige
Wilson    I Heard the Bells (première)

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

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Saturday 3 February 2018 – Choral workshop on Tomkins and Byrd Great Services

Tickets £35.00 (including music, and tea and coffee throughout the day)

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7.00 pm Thursday 8 March 2018 – Sacré et Profane

Quirky, serene, atmospheric, uplifting, inspired by beautiful verse, the folk tradition or the Latin church heritage, the choral master-pieces in this concert display the richness and diversity of the music of France. The programme includes well known favourites by Fauré and Duruflé, haunting rarities by Milhaud and Lili Boulanger, and wonderful new arrangements, including the celebrated Bailéro from Songs of the Auvergne by Canteloube.

Debussy    Beau soir
Ravel    Trois chansons
Boulanger    Hymne au soleil
Saint-Saëns    Calme de nuit
Fauré    Madrigal
Canteloube    Baïlèro
Milhaud    O magnum mysterium
Beata viscera Mariae
Duruflé    Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens
Poulenc    Un soir de neige
Fauré    Cantique de Jean Racine

Stephen Jones conductor ¦ Hélène Favre-Bulle piano

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

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7.00 pm Tuesday 15 May 2018 – 30th Anniversary Charity Concert in support of Music for Open Ears

City Chamber Choir

Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra

Fenella Humphreys (violin)

Stephen Jones (conductor)

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Howells English Mass
McDowall The Descending Blue
Stanford The Bluebird
Ireland The Hills
Samuel Wilson Spring (first performance)

City Chamber Choir celebrates 30 years of music-making with a concert closely aligned to some of the choir’s key themes over the years: 20th century British music, overlooked master­pieces and the commissioning of new music.

 

Music Director Stephen Jones writes: “For our 30th anniversary concert pride of place goes to Herbert Howells’ wonderful but rather neglected An English Mass dedi­cated to Harold Darke and the St Michael’s Singers, another long established City of London choir. As a young composer Howells had been inspired by the music of Vaughan Williams, whose celebrated The Lark Ascending has in its turn inspired Cecilia McDowall’s The Descending Blue. We also première Spring, a setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem by our Composer in Residence Samuel Wilson.”

 

This charity concert is in support of Music for Open Ears which was founded in 2015 with the main aim of giving children who have little or no experience of classical music the opportunity to engage in a live performance by a chamber en­semble.

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

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7.00 pm Tuesday 10 July 2018 – Little Jazz Mass

Chilcott Little Jazz Mass
Rutter Birthday Madrigals
With Guildhall School of Music and Drama Composer in Association première and more

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

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