22 October 2019 | Little Birds
26 October 2019 | RSPB Bexley 40th anniversary concert
7 December 2019 | Music for Christmas
10 December 2019 | ‘A Winter’s Night’: music for Christmas
1 February 2020 | Workshop on J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor
28 March 2020 | Workshop on Dvořák’s Requiem
4 April 2020 | Choral Evensong
14 May 2020 | Bach Mass in B Minor
Late summer 2020 | Spain and Beyond: a world of Hispanic music

7.00 pm Tuesday 22 October 2019
St Mary-at-Hill Lovat Lane Eastcheap EC3R 8EE

Little Birds: music inspired by nature

Our first programme of the season contains a menagerie of feathered friends as well as numerous other animals. From the various characters in Bob Chilcott’s settings of Aesop’s Fables, to pieces that evoke the nightingale (from Granados, to Howells and thence to Sherwin), it is the swan that takes pride of place, with musical settings by Saint-Saëns, in turn reimagined by Samuel Wilson, Chilcott and Gibbons (the composer!). Of course, there is much more besides, and the evening comes home to roost with Eric Whitacre’s joyous and witty Animal Crackers and Little Birds.

Chilcott Aesop’s fables | Granados The maiden and the nightingale (piano solo) | Howells King David | Stanford The bluebird | Vaughan Williams Silence and music | Saint-Saëns The swan (piano and cello) | Wilson Le Cygne | Neilsen Sidskensang (Song of the siskin) | Anon Sumer is i-cumen in | Janequin Chant des oiseaux | Gibbons The silver swan | Daquin The cuckoo (piano solo) | Vautor Sweet Suffolk owl | Anon Dindirin, dindirin | Beatles arr. Runswick Blackbird | Sherwin arr. Kirby Shaw A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square | Whitacre Animal crackers  | Whitacre Little birds

Stephen Jones conductor | Philip Shannon piano | Mirjam James cello

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7.15 pm Saturday 26 October 2019
The Slade Evangelical Church Plumstead Common SE18 2NB

RSPB Bexley 40th anniversary concert

Programme as 22 October.

Stephen Jones conductor | Philip Shannon piano | Mirjam James cello

Tickets £12  (unreserved). Please contact Stuart Banks on 07791 473 569 or email stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk
or bexleyrspb40@gmail.com


7.30pm Saturday 7 December 2019
St John the Baptist, Boughton, Northants NN2 8SF

Music for Christmas


Stephen Jones conductor | Jem Lowther organ


6.30 pm Tuesday 10 December 2019
The Gresham Centre, St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street London EC2V 7BX

‘A Winter’s Night’ – music for Christmas

Our Christmas concert this year features Cecilia McDowall’s Christmas cantata A Winter’s Night, in which she conjures up ‘a joyful atmosphere, delighting with familiar and surprising material in equal measure’. We also include carols by Peter Hurford, the renowned organist who died earlier this year, as well as Howells’ rarely heard Tryste Noel, and the usual mixture of familiar, well loved join-in-able pieces, as well as a first performance by Guildhall School of Music and Drama student Mathis Saunier, this year’s CCC Composer in Association.

Programme to include: McDowall A winter’s night – Christmas cantata | Mathis Saunier (GSMD Composer in Association) Premier of a new work | Peter Hurford carols and organ solo | arr. Claas Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

With readings, and carols for choir and audience.

Stephen Jones conductor | Ivan Linford organ | David Kemp reader


Saturday I February 2020
St Mary-at-Hill Lovat Lane Eastcheap EC3R 8EE

Workshop on J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor

Stephen Jones workshop leader | Anna Le Hair accompanist


Saturday 28 March 2020
St Mary’s Church, Salehurst, nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Workshop on Dvořák Requiem          

Stephen Jones workshop leader

On Sunday 29 March 2020 the choir will also sing choral mattins in the church.


4pm Saturday 4 April 2020
Southwark Cathedral

Choral Evensong


7.00 pm Thursday 14 May 2020 – St Paul’s Church Covent Garden
(The Actors’ Church)

Bach Mass in B Minor

The centrepiece of the choir’s 2019-2020 season is J. S. Bach’s masterwork, the Mass in B minor. A testing piece for any choir, this work encapsulates the miraculous qualities of Bach’s music. There will be a special twist to our soloists line-up, because father and son, David and Sebastian James will feature.

Stephen Jones conductor | Sebastian James treble | Charlotte Bowden soprano | Emily Sierra soprano | David James counter tenor | Mark Dobell tenor | Jonathan Brown bass


Late summer 2020 (tba)

Spain and beyond: a world of Hispanic music 

CCC finish their season with a Hispanic programme that features the charming Misa Criolla by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez. From this celebrated 20th century composition we range across the centuries to the origins of church polyphony in South America with the earliest known notated music in the Quechua language and on via the Golden Age and one of South America’s best loved Spanish composers Francisco Guerrero. Romancero Gitano Castelnuovo Tedesco’s wonderfully evocative settings of one of Spain’s greatest poets, Federico García Lorca, complete our programme.

Programme to include: Ramirez Misa Criolla | Castelnuovo Tedesco Romancero Gitano

Stephen Jones conductor

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