Past Concerts — If Music be the Food of Love…

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 25th June 2016
Event -

If Music be the Food of Love…

Venue - Holy Trinity Church, Cookham
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If Music be the food of love‘If Music be the Food of Love…’ is, of course, from the opening line of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and this concert was to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the poet’s death. Love, the Spring, Marriage, Courtship and sometimes Loss were our themes. All was under the figurative eye of Oriana (Queen Elizabeth I) as she is so powerfully celebrated in Eric Whitacre’s Her Sacred Spirit Soars. The piece was new to the choir’s repertoire and programmed as the pivotal concert item, coming immediately after the interval. To perform it, Music Director Elisabeth Croft took the decision to ‘hide’ the choir from the audience’s view in the massive stonework of the venue’s eastern vault, in order to exploit its extraordinary acoustic potential. Constructed 1000 years ago, Holy Trinity, Cookham, is ‘a classic Norman church, built on the site of an earlier Saxon church’, and the sound from under the arches has a magnificent life of its own. This was the characteristic that enabled Whitacre’s soaring, cathedral-like choral sonorities—and also those of Tavener in the much-loved Song for Athene—to fill the nave quite magically. Around these thrilling moments flowed a programme of works written entirely in the twentieth or twenty-first centuries, with each composer seeking to capture in music a personal impression of Shakespeare’s words or Shakespeare’s world. The Rutter and Shearing jazz cycles were upbeat and delightful. The Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs and the Finzi pieces dreamed musically of a lost emotional and spiritual landscape. E J Moeran’s Songs of Springtime, another new addition to our repertoire, exploited the experimental possibilities of both harmony and dissonance latent in the English madrigal. The final medley of numbers from West Side Story prompted numerous calls for an encore: for which the choir sang an arrangement of Fix You by Coldplay, part of our entry in the recent Choir of the Year auditions. A very warmly received concert!

 
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Previous Concerts

2017

Valentines Black Tie Dinner

2016

Carols by Candelight

2016

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

2016

If Music be the Food of Love

2016

J S Bach Mass in B Minor

2015

The Ultimate Christmas Concert

2015

“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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