Past Concerts — Candlelight Christmas

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 26th December 7:30 pm
Event - Candlelight Christmas
Venue - Holy Trinity Church, Cookham SL6 9SP
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ValentinesChristmas 2017 saw Cantorum Choir enter a new era. Initially asked to take this concert as guest conductor, Oliver Gooch was appointed as permanent MD during the rehearsal run, and so ‘Candlelight Christmas’ became his official debut. The occasion was always going to be a demanding one for both conductor and choir, as many of the rehearsals had to be given over as audition opportunities for others of the shortlisted candidates. The programme, however, had been carefully planned in advance by Oliver and Jenny Knight (Chairwoman), which meant that in spite of the disruption everything was able to come together very successfully on the night, with Ollie making himself an instant favourite with our audience.
In a first half devoted to advent, two particular and contrasting highlights were new to the choir: the glittering Seek Him That Maketh The Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove and the magical O Magnum Mysterium by the American composer Morten Lauridsen. These were fascinating both to prepare and to perform, and their warm reception justified all the work and attention to detail. The larger works bracketed three beautiful musical celebrations of the Virgin Mary.
The focus after the interval was on the Nativity itself, again with two important and demanding musical ventures alongside the more traditional carols. The first of these was the world premiere of Anthony Dowlatshahi’s striking new setting of The Coventry Carol. As Anthony is a member of the choir, we were naturally very keen to do the piece justice. We need not have worried: Oliver’s direction brought out with great drama and excitement the work’s compelling power. There followed several simple carols showcasing some of the choir’s lovely soprano voices, and then the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with baritone and cello provided a magnificent finale to a very memorable concert. That was not to forget, of course, Let it Snow, and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer—as demanded by the audience by way of an encore!

 
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Previous Concerts

2017

2017 Candelight Christmas

2017

Vaughan Williams/Campkin/Parry

2017

'Gloriana' Vivaldi & Handel

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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