Future concerts

Nothing beats the exciting sound of live choral music.

Our popular concerts feature high quality singing of classical and contemporary choral music in some of the best venues. The Chorus sounds truly wonderful when you hear them perform music live – the way the composer wanted it to be heard.

Come to our next concert and see how that feels.

Photo by Mark Green

4.30pm Sunday 21st April 2024
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road SW7 2BS

Carmina Burana
Carl Orff

From the Bavarian Highlands
Edward Elgar

Haegee Lee soprano
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Jolyon Loy baritone
Rufus Frowde & Peter Jaekel pianos
London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble
Coldfall School Choir
Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple conductor

 

£30, £5 (schoolchildren and students)

Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century. In this ‘scenic cantata’ Carl Orff sets to music a selection of 24 songs from a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems from Seckau Abbey, Austria, discovered in the Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuren in 1803. The songs were written in a mix of Latin, German and medieval French and celebrate with earthy humour the joys of the tavern, nature, love and lust.
We will be performing Carl Orff’s 1956 arrangement of this piece for two pianos and percussion.

From the Bavarian Highlands is a set of six choral songs Elgar wrote as a remembrance of holidays the Elgars had enjoyed in Upper Bavaria in the 1890s.

On returning from their 1894 holiday, Elgar began work setting to music six poems his wife Alice had written in the style of Bavarian folksongs. Alice gave the songs sub-titles in recollection of favourite places visited during the holiday.

 

7.00pm Saturday 6th July 2024
Ripon Cathedral
Minster Road HG4 1QT

Requiem
Maurice Duruflé
Beatus Vir
Dixit Dominus
Claudio Monteverdi
Miserere
Gregorio Allegri
Abendlied
Josef Rheinberger
Lay a Garland
Robert Pearsall

Lily Robson mezzo-soprano
William Merriman
baritone
Rufus Frowde
organ
Chloe James violin
Helen Dawson
cello
Hertfordshire Chorus

David Temple conductor

£25, £5 children and students

Hertfordshire Chorus is excited to present a varied concert spanning nearly four centuries of sacred choral music in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Ripon Cathedral.

Our programme includes three 17th century masterpieces: two well known psalm settings by Claudio Monteverdi, Beatus Vir and Dixit Dominus, and Gregorio Allegri’s famous Miserere, composed for the Sistine Chapel.

From the 19th century we perform Robert Pearsall’s haunting setting of Lay a Garland, and Abendlied, a sacred motet by Josef Rheinberger.

Premiered in 1947, and dedicated to the memory of his father, Maurice Duruflé’s  Requiem represents his ideals of peace, faith and hope. Composed amid the terrors of wartime France, Duruflé endeavoured “to convey the feelings of human beings faced with their terrifying, inexplicable or comforting fate”. Based on themes from Gregorian plainchant, he created one of the most atmospheric choral masterpieces of the 20th century.

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