Welcome to the 43rd season of the St Albans Chamber Choir
The highlight of the season will be Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 presented in their full form in the glorious setting of St Albans Abbey and for which the Choir will be accompanied by notable soloists and instrumentalists from the early music movement. The March concert features another Vespers, a recently researched sequence by Monteverdi's predecessor, Victoria, performed in the appropriate and beautiful Chapel at All Saints Pastoral Centre.
In December there is an opportunity to hear music from the Choir's new recording 'Christmas across the Centuries', a sequence of contrasting Medieval and modern settings of Christmas texts. In January the Choir and The Zemel Choir give the London premiere of their jointly commissioned work The Mask of Esther, in a repeat of the performance given in the Abbey the previous May, the venue this time being the splendid West London Synagogue (near to Marble Arch).
The season opens and closes with concerts of English lyrical music, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Gerald Finzi, a composer noted for his response to words, resulting in "music that seems to be inevitably and effortlessly at one with the poet's thoughts" (Andrew Burn).


Saturday 10 November 2001 at 8pm United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, St Albans.



Finzi:

Lo, the full, final sacrifice

Howells:

Sequence for St Michael

Britten:

Festival Te Deum

Organ accompaniment

A programme celebrating Finzi's centenary, including music by his English contemporaries.
Ticket prices: £8 (£1*)

      • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full time education.**


Saturday 1 December 2001 at 8pm United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, St Albans.



Noel, Nowell, Nowel: music by composers past and present including Medieval Anon, Bach, Poulenc, Leighton, Joubert and Mathias.

Contrasting Medieval and modern versions of Christmas music, the launch of the Choir's CD. Copies will be on sale - an ideal music lover's gift.
Ticket prices: £8 (£1*)

      • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full time education.**


Sunday 13 January 2002 at 7.30 pm West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, W1



Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

Malcolm Singer:

The Mask of Esther

Soloists:

Vivienne Bellos, Robert Brody, with girl alto, harp, percussion and organ.

A second opportunity to hear The Mask of Esther at its London premiere jointly with The Zemel Choir.
Ticket prices: Contact The Zemel Choir, tel. 020 8368 6289 nearer the date for ticket information.



Saturday 9 March 2002 at 8pm All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney.



Victoria:

Marian Vespers

A Vespers sequence of psalms, motets and a Magnificat, set for double and triple choir.
Ticket prices: £8 (£1*)

      • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full time education.**


Saturday 18 May 2002 at 7.30pm Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban



Monteverdi:

Vespers of 1610

Soloists:

Jenny Hansell, Judith Cunnold, Andrew King, Joseph Cornwell, Joshua Ellicot, Simon Birchall, Julian Clarkson.

With the Chameleon Baroque Ensemble.

Experience the full glory of this justly famous music, in which Monteverdi triumphantly demonstrated how ancient plainchant could be combined with Baroque vocal and instrumental virtuosity.
Ticket prices: £16, £12, £8, £4 and £1*

      • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full time education.**


Saturday 6 July 2002 at 8pm United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, St Albans



Finzi:

Seven Poems of Robert Bridges

Moeran:

Songs of Springtime

Britten:

Choral Dances from Gloriana

with Martin Vishnick, solo guitar.
Pastorally inspired music for a Summer evening.
Ticket Prices: £8 and £1*

      • The £1 ticket price is for young people and students in full time education.**