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

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

Masterpieces of French music by: Poulenc, Debussy, Milhaud, Ravel, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Canteloube, Duruflé and Lili Boulanger

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

Howells English Mass
McDowall The Descending Blue
Stanford The Bluebird
Ireland The Hills
Samuel Wilson Première of new work
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

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

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7.00 pm Tuesday 10 July 2017 – 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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