Festival Chorus Newsletter

Festival Chorus Newsletter
November 2016

Choir members have just had the pleasure of meeting Colin Matthews, at an enjoyable social gathering. Speaking in conversation with Antony Lewis-Crosby, he talked about his career, his association with Benjamin Britten, influences and aspects that he feels inspire his music. Words, in particular, are very important. This is very clear in the piece, Voices of the air, which we have commissioned and will perform for its world premiere at our sold-out concert on the 26th.

Here, Colin has set a sequence of poems – or extracts – to create a cycle, moving from the wake-up call to a farewell as the voices fade and “the cares that infest the day,/Shall fold their tents,/And shall silently steal away”. The poems represent a range from Edward Thomas whose trumpet sets the choir going to Longfellow and include poets such as Emily Dickinson, Katharine Mansfield and Rabindranath Tagore. The composition moves from exhortation to reflection, exploring different moods and tones, All focus in some way on music and the voice of music – so important for a choir. Indeed, our whole concert will celebrate the voice and the marriage between music and words as we perform Talis’ Spem in alium, Polenc’s Gloria and Zadok the Priest(Handel); a celebration to mark 40 years of singing and growing.


Concert Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Thurleigh Road, SW12 8RQ

The performance will include Poulenc: Gloria and the specially commissioned piece from Colin Matthews


Spring 2017

Concert Saturday 25th March 2017, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Thurleigh Road SW12 8RQ

Handel: Messiah (Novello Watkins Shaw Edition)

Rehearsals start Monday 9th January, 7.45pm Broomwood Church Hall, Kyrle Road, SW11

Summer 2017

Concert Saturday 1st July 7.30pm St Luke’s Church,Thurleigh Road SW12 8RQ

Fauré: Requiem

Rehearsals start Monday 24th April, 7.45pm Broomwood Church Hall Kyrle Road SW11

AGM Monday 3rd July 2017


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