Past Concerts - "Christmas is coming"

Cantorum Choir

Date - Sunday 13th December 2009
Event - "Christmas is coming"
Venue - St John the Baptist Church, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD
     

“Christmas is Coming” was the title for this year’s two very successful Carol Concerts (afternoon and evening) in Cookham Dean village. Conductor Graham Barker chose a very vibrant and intriguing programme. A special privilege for both choir and audience was the performance of the motet ‘Morning Star’ by the great Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. This piece was specially commissioned by Graham and his wife Joanna for Durham Cathedral in 2007, and our performance this year was only the third to date. The text – particularly appropriate for the Durham premier – was by the Venerable Bede, written at some point in the early eighth century. It is now engraved on his tomb in Durham. Pärt’s deceptively simple chanted setting is wonderfully effective in evoking an atmosphere of divine mystery as Christ the Morning Star heralds the dawn of everlasting life. We’re glad to report that the conductor declared himself very pleased with our performance at Cookham. Of a similar character, perhaps, was Poulenc’s gorgeous motet ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, which began the concert’s second half. But there were plenty of very lively items as well, including two pulsing spirituals and Andrew Carter’s fiery ‘Spanish Carol’ with its strummed rhythms and thrilling refrain. New to our repertoire was the South African carol ‘Susa Ninna’, by Louis Van Dijk, which is likely to become one of our firm favourites. Kodály’s ‘Christmas Dance of the Shepherds’ for the female voices also featured a virtuosic piccolo solo by Julia Bentley-Dawkes. Special mention must also be made of Harold Darke’s ever popular ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, in which the choir’s oldest and youngest members (Julia Millard soprano and Richard Ratcliff tenor) took the two solo verses with great beauty and accomplishment. And, in addition to all these, of course, the concerts included many of our familiar Christmas favourites – punctuated with David Hazeldine’s inimitable readings to set the audience in lively Christmas mood.

 
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Valentine’s Supper Concert

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“O Holy Night” – Christmas Carol Concert

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"Mass of the Children" by John Rutter

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“Notes from America” – Concert of American Music

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"The Reluctant Dragon"

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"Faire is the Heaven"

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"Mozart in Marlow"

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"Jazz for June"

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Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

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Christmas Carol Concert

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“Vivaldi in Venice”

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“Myths and Melodies: Music for a Summer’s Evening”

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J.S. Bach’s St John Passion

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25th Anniversary Concert

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Valentine's Sumptuous and Songs

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Bach's Magnificat

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