Past Concerts — "The Ultimate Christmas Concert"

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 12th December 2015
Event -

“The Ultimate Christmas Concert”

Venue - Holy Trinity Church, Cookham
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Ultimate Christmas ConcertAt six forty-five on a damp, gusty December evening, the audience began assembling—from the River and from the Village. They were greeted with music on the air: Sounding Brass (our affiliated virtuoso Brass Ensemble) were playing Christmas favourites at the church porch by lantern light. Inside the church itself the atmosphere was equally magical, with Holy Trinity’s mediaeval arches and aisles lit throughout by candles on dozens of tall brackets that rose up from the pews. Seven thirty came with every seat filled, and the concert opened to Hodie Christus Natus Est, sung as distant plainsong from the furthest corner of the building. Our audience shared in Once in Royal, after which the choir’s male voices came into view to sing Zion hört die Wächter singen (from Bach’s ‘Sleepers Wake’ cantata) with organ accompaniment. And then the whole choir assembled to perform the gentler and more meditative part of the programme, which was punctuated with enthusiastically sung communal carols—to brass accompaniment. The first half concluded with Pearsall’s beautiful arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo, leaving an opportunity for invited representatives from our two chosen charities to make some moving speeches about their work and aims. Mulled wine, mince pies and a great meeting of friends filled the interval, until a dazzling trumpet fanfare announced the second part. Here, Deck the Hall and Gardner’s zippy arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy immediately set a lighter tone, and this festive pace gathered towards the end of the evening with It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, the comedy item The Twelve Days after Christmas and We Wish you a Merry Christmas (sung as an encore). The audience had been canvassed during the weeks before the concert for requests. These made up a substantial part of the programme, and the popular choices were: Rutter’s Candlelight Carol; O Holy Night; The Shepherds’ Farewell (Berlioz); Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree; and, of course, Darke’s In the Bleak Midwinter. “The Ultimate Christmas Concert” was a bold title indeed—but we all really enjoyed the performance and felt we’d pulled it off. And, judging by the extremely generous charity donations collected as people left, our audience thought so, too!

 
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2016

Carols by Candelight

2016

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

2016

If Music be the Food of Love

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J S Bach Mass in B Minor

2015

The Ultimate Christmas Concert

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“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

2015

A Night at the Opera

2015

Valentines Dinner Concert

2014

‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’-Messiah Highlights and other Christmas Favourites

2014

Haydn 'Nelson' Mass, Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Te Deum

2014

Cantorum A Cappella: Old & New

2014

Bach's St John Passion

2013

"Sing this Night" - Christmas with Cantorum

2013

Bach ‘Magnificat’, Piano Concerto #1, ‘Singet dem Herrn’

2013

“Great Britten” - Glorious English Music

2013

Valentine's Supper Concert

2012

Christmas with Cantorum

2012

Mozart Requiem

2012

All Creatures Great and Small - Music inspired by Animals

2012

Handel’s Messiah

2011

Christmas Carol Concerts

2011

Fauré Requiem

2011

Dixit Dominus by G F Handel

2011

Valentine’s Supper Concert

2010

“O Holy Night” – Christmas Carol Concert

2010

"Mass of the Children" by John Rutter

2010

“Notes from America” – Concert of American Music

2010

"The Reluctant Dragon"

2010

"Faire is the Heaven"

2009

"Christmas is coming"

2009

"Mozart in Marlow"

2009

"Jazz for June"

2009

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2008

Christmas Carol Concert

2008

“Vivaldi in Venice”

2008

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

2008

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion

2007

Christmas Concert

2007

25th Anniversary Concert

2007

Joint Concert with the Fonte Choir from Japan

2007

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2006

Carol Concert

2006

Poulenc's Gloria

2006

Concert of English folk songs

2006

Cantorum in Venice

2006

A Concert of Easter Music

2005

Christmas Music

2005

Fauré's Requiem and Rutter's Requiem

2005

Haydn's Creation

2005

Valentine's Sumptuous and Songs

2004

Christmas Music

2004

Cantorum trip to Paris

2004

Summer Evening Concert

2004

Bach's Magnificat

2003

Christmas Concert

 

 

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