Welcome to the 44th season of the St Albans Chamber Choir
As always, the Chamber Choir's programme ranges widely, including great masterpieces, equally rewarding rarities, medieval intricacies and modern flamboyance.
The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schütz is a particular favourite of our conductor. Like Monteverdi's Vespers, performed by the choir in May 2002, it is as striking instrumentally as it is vocally, each of the characters having their own sound-world and we shall naturally be partnered by specialist players of early instruments. The programme will actually tell the familiar story twice as a sequence of Advent and Christmas motets will precede the main work
In February we offer a programme of strongly contrasting shorter works chosen with the lovely Abbey acoustic in mind. The inclusion of music by Dunstaple marks the 450th anniversary of his death and makes for an interesting comparison with Jonathan Harvey's 1984 setting of the same text. Opportunities to hear the music of the Tave(r)ners old and new are always fascinating and the programme is completed by two settings of the Stabat Mater - meditative from Palestrina, but featuring spectacular choral writing in ten parts from Domenico Scarlatti, who is perhaps better known for his harpsichord sonatas.
April 2003 will bring another visit from the Wormser Kantorei, our colleagues and friends from St Albans's twin town on the river Rhein. Their conductor, Stefan Merkelbach, will direct the combined choirs in the little known but beautiful Miserere by ETA Hoffmann, as accomplished a composer as he was a poet. David Hansell will take over for Mozart's magnificent Requiem, left unfinished by the composer but here completed by the distinguished scholar and composer Duncan Druce. His skilful reconstructions from Mozart's sketches have created an imposing structure, surely more in line with the composer's thoughts than the rather perfunctory realisations often heard.
To round off the season, we make a rare excursion to Tin Pan Alley in the company of one of Britain's leading concert pianists, Murray McLachlan. Join us, not only for this but the whole of what promises to be yet another memorable concert series.


Saturday 12 October 2002 at 7.30pm Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban.



St Cecilia Festival Society Concert

Elgar

Coronation Ode

Walton

Belshazzar's Feast

A concert to mark the celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.
Ticket prices: £16, £12, £8, £4 (£1 Children)
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Saturday 30 November 2002 at 8pm United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, St Albans.



Heinrich Schütz

The Christmas Story

Soloists

Jenny Hansell (soprano) Paul Young (tenor) Simon Birchall (bass)


Ripieno Baroque Ensemble

Schütz's oratorio is a colourful sequence of tableaux in which cornetts, sackbuts, recorders and strings contribute much to the drama. The programme also includes other early Baroque seasonal music.
Ticket prices: £8 (£1*)

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


Saturday, 8 February 2003 at 7.30pm Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban



From Age to Age

John Taverner

Mater Christi

John Tavener

Song for Athene

Dunstaple

Veni sancte spiritus

Jonathan Harvey

Come, Holy Ghost

Palestrina

Stabat mater dolorosa

Domenico Scarlatti

Stabat mater dolorosa

Organ

Roger Judd

A programme ranging from the 15th to the 20th centuries, crowned by Scarlatti's masterpiece for 10 part choir.
Ticket prices: £16, £12, £8, £4 (£1*)

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


Saturday 26 April 2003 at 7.30pm The Alban Arena, St Albans.



Mozart

Requiem

Hoffmann

Miserere

Soloists

Jenny Hansell (soprano) Frances Coad (alto) Julian Stocker (tenor) Martin Robson (bass)

The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra

A masterpiece and a striking rarity, jointly performed with SACC's friends from St Albans's twin town, the Wormser Kantorei.
Ticket prices: £12.50, £10.50, £8.50 (£1*)

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


Saturday 5 July 2003 at 8pm United Reformed Church, Homewood Road, St Albans



Ain't misbehavin'

A programme from the lighter end of the repertoire - songs by Gershwin, Fats Waller and Cole Porter, not to mention Vaughan Williams, Poulenc and Ravel.
Ticket Prices: £8 (£1*)

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