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Format: 2015-04-18
Format: 2015-04-18
  • 25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    A Handful of Singers - Rachmaninov's Vespers
    A Handful of Singers, Christopher Finch, Wells Cathedral School Choralia
    St Mary the Virgin Church Barthwick, Bath BA2 4EB
    United Kingdom

    A Handful of Singers, Bath's highly acclaimed chamber choir, is joined in this concert by the outstanding Wells Cathedral School Choralia, finalists in the 2013 Euroradio 'Let the Peoples Sing' choral competition. They begin the concert with a celebration of music for upper-voice choir from their forthcoming CD, which features music of beauty, purity and expressivity by contemporary British composers.

    The second half of the concert is a performance by A Handful of Singers of Rachmaninov's Vespers, a masterpiece of choral writing and a deeply moving work with exquisitely rich sonorities, composed amidst the political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia, and performed here in the resonant and atmospheric surroundings of the church of St. Mary the Virgin.

    A Handful of Singers and Wells Cathedral School Choralia are directed by their award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.

    Established in 2002, A Handful of Singers has forged a reputation as one of Bath's most respected choral ensembles for the high quality of its performances. Originally a literal handful of experienced singers, the group has operated since 2005 as a versatile chamber choir of 24 voices. In 2010 the choir was awarded a significant grant from the BBC under its Choral Ambition Scheme.

    The choir's first commercial CD Sing, Be, Live, See... was released in 2013.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    From Mozart to Koussevitzky - double bass, piano and baritone
    Dustin Conrad, Samuel Rice, Stephen Kennedy
    Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden London WC2B 5EZ
    United Kingdom

    In the second concert of the Crown Court Church of Scotland 2015 Concert Series, Sam Rice, Stephen Kennedy and Dustin Conrad present an exciting programme of virtuosic music for double bass, piano and baritone. Please do join us for what should be an unusual and diverse concert!

    Entry is free with a retiring collection.

    Samuel Rice is a freelance double bass player. After completing his studies at the University of Surrey and the Royal College of Music he was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2010 and since then has worked with many orchestras in and around London such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra, as well as West End shows. He’s also a member of the contemporary music groups Octandre Ensemble and the ARCO Collective. Aside from his classical endeavours Sam is a member of the folk/country group ‘This Country Needs More Country’.

    Stephen Kennedy was Head Chorister with Westminster Cathedral Choir. He went on to win the Norfolk Scholarship for music at the Oratory School where he studied piano, viola, and singing. After singing with Tewkesbury Abbey Choir he went to the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, again studying viola. Solo baritone performances include Handel’s Messiah (with the ECO), Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’s Requiem and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, and he recently returned for his sixth season with Opera de Baugé, in the Loire Valley, France. Stephen continues to freelance as a baritone, singing with Westminster Cathedral Choir, BBC Singers, Arcangelo, Gabrieli Consort, OAE, Philharmonia Voices, The Eric Whitacre Singers (with whom he won a Gramophone award) and Tenebrae, whose Russian Treasures CD recently topped the classical charts.

    Dustin Conrad is a Musical Director, pianist and vocal coach based around London and the South East. He originally trained as a classical pianist in his native Germany before obtaining a BMus (Hons) Degree from the University of Surrey. Dustin has worked on a wide range of shows both as MD and pianist and he is the resident MD for Showdown Theatre Arts and Pocketsize Theatre. In addition to his work as a Musical Director, he holds a PGCE in Music and has taught the subject at KS3, GCSE and A-Level. Dustin is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Direction at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

    Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
    Sergei Koussevitzky (1874-1951)
    The Swan from Le Carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Per questa bella mano
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bach and Vivaldi | Newbury Chamber Choir and The Music Troupe Band
    Donna Lennard, Edward Lambert, Freya Jacklin, Newbury Chamber Choir, Samuel Oram, The Music Troupe Band, William Wallace
    Church of St John the Evangelist Newbury RG14 7QB
    United Kingdom

    Bach’s short masses re-cycle some of the ‘best bits’ from his cantatas and offer a wonderfully panoramic view of the scope of his music. He assimilated much of the music of his contemporaries, Vivaldi in particular, whose Concerto for Four Violins was transformed by him into a Concerto for Four Harpsichords. In this evening’s concert, however, we hear it in its original form along with one of Vivaldi’s short, ebullient choral works.

    We present a line-up of fine young singers and instrumentalists, accompanied by a band playing period instruments and a choir with a rapidly growing reputation for its committed performances.

    Missa brevis in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Lutheran Mass in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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