Welcome to the 49th season of St Albans Chamber Choir
I am delighted to welcome you to my first season as Conductor of St Albans Chamber Choir. I am looking forward immensely to working with these talented singers with a programme that embraces a wide variety of music from across the centuries.
Our first concert entitled Love and Remembrance includes pieces written to commemorate momentous events. The Requiem by Cornish composer George Lloyd was “Written in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales”, whilst Herbert Howells was commissioned to write Take him, earth, for cherishing for the memorial service in Washington Cathedral of another iconic figure of the 20th century, President John F. Kennedy. Robert Ramsey’s beautiful anthem How are the mighty fallen is a poignant expression of David’s grief at the death, in battle, of his great friend Jonathan, son of King Saul.
2008 starts with a January concert in the beautiful acoustic of the chapel of All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney and a programme juxtaposing French motets and chansons with the beautiful Mass in G minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who in 1908 studied orchestration with Maurice Ravel in Paris.
The start of Holy Week is prefigured by our March concert in St Saviour’s Church where we present some fine Baroque works for choir and orchestra including the much loved Dixit Dominus by George Frideric Handel.
Late spring sees the Choir returning to Old Welwyn with a programme of well-known favourites mixed with some exciting works written in the last twenty-five years by composers who have achieved enormous popularity amongst the ordinary listening public. We then conclude the season with a jazz-inspired programme that includes the delectable Birthday Madrigals by John Rutter and a dazzling setting by Jonathan Dove of the ancient murder-mystery fable Who killed Cock Robin? — who is your money on?
We look forward to seeing you.
John Gibbons, Conductor
2007-08 Concert Schedule

Saturday 10 November 2007, 7.30pm
Love & Remembrance
Homewood Road URC, St Albans
A thought-provoking programme of music reflecting the themes of love, friendship and remembrance.
How are the mighty fallen
I love the Lord
Selig sind die Toten
Requiem
Robert Ramsey (c.1595-1644)
Jonathan Harvey (b.1939)
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
George Lloyd (1913-1998)
and works by Herbert Howells and John Ireland
Tickets £12, (£1* )
  • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full-time education.





Saturday 19 January 2008, 7.30pm
Entente Cordiale
All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney
A celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Vaughan Williams, who studied orchestration with Maurice Ravel, with his beautiful Mass in G minor interspersed by a wide range of French motets and chansons.
Mass in G minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
and works by Claudin de Sermisy, Guillaume Costeley, Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel
Tickets £12, (£1* )
  • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full-time education.


Saturday 15 March 2008, 7.30pm
Stabat Mater
St Saviour's Church, St Albans
On the eve of Palm Sunday, Handel’s popular Dixit Dominus is contrasted with Antonio Bononcini’s sublime setting of the Stabat Mater. The Choir will be joined by the period-instrument Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra.
Stabat Mater
Aurora lucis rutilat
O vos omnes
Dixit Dominus
Antonio Bononcini (1677-1726)
Orlando Lassus (c.1532-1594)
Carlo Gesualdo (c.1560-1613)
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Tickets £12, (£1* )
  • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full-time education.



Saturday 17 May 2008, 7.30pm
Bach to the Future
St Mary's Church, Old Welwyn
Choral favourites including the theme to The Vicar of Dibley, some hypnotic music by Arvo Pärt, and masterpieces by J.S. Bach and John Tavener.
Komm, Jesu komm
Totus tuus
Littlemore Tractus
A Hymn to the Mother of God
Psalm 23
Immortal Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Henryk Górecki (b.1933)
Arvo Pärt (b.1935)
John Tavener (b.1944)
Howard Goodall (b.1958)
Knut Nystedt (b.1915)
Tickets £12, (£1* )
  • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full-time education.


Saturday 5 July 2008, 7.30pm
Summer Blues
Homewood Road URC, St Albans
Jazz-inspired works for choir, piano and double-bass by the doyen of modern choral composition, John Rutter, and jazz legend George Shearing. The programme also includes a dazzling setting of the traditional fable Who killed Cock Robin? by Jonathan Dove.
Birthday Madrigals
Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare
John Rutter (b.1945)
George Shearing (b.1919)
and works by Adrian Willaert, Percy Grainger and Jonathan Dove
Tickets £12, (£1* )
  • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full-time education.