Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society was founded in 1933 and is currently directed by David Ballard and accompanied by Philip Adams. In recent years the choir has worked with both the English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players, has commissioned work by Patrick Hawes and Richard Allain and taken a key role in important community events including significant concerts to commemorate the centenary of the beginning and ending of World War One in 2014 and 2018. Our repertoire is quite varied including many of the larger choral works by composers from the 17th through to the 21st century as well as occasional smaller or lesser known pieces. Each year the choir performs three concerts in local venues and also runs a 'Come and Sing' event in the early autumn. We practise on Monday evenings in term time, 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm, at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Cromer Road, Sheringham. The choir welcomes singers of all voices and abilities without audition.
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Join us for a great celebration of Choral Music old and new
Tue 12 Nov 2019
On Saturday 23 November St Peter's Church Sheringham will be filled with the sound of glorious choral music drawn from the 18th Century right through to to the 21st.
This feast of glorious song ranges from Haydn's powerful Insanae et Vanae Curae first performed in 1775 to early Mozart - his Missa Brevis in B was written just 2 years later when he was just 21 years old - and includes another Mozart favourite Ave Verum Corpus Natum as well as the sublimely beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré written some 90 years later. The concert will conclude with another hugely popular 20th century piece, Bogoroditsye Dyevo by Sergei Rachmaninov. It was composed in 1915 as part of his All-night Vigil.
At the other end of the time span the choir will perform a very recent Requiem composed as recently as 2016 by the Dorset composer Matthew Coleridge (born 1980). This will be the work's first performance in East Anglia - so no pressure there then! See below under concert details to learn what the composer has to say about this beautiful new piece of music.
Songs Ancient & Modern
Matthew Coleridge Requiem - East Anglian Premiere
Joseph Haydn Insanae et Vanae Curae
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Missa Brevis in Bflat K.275
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave Verum Corpus
Gabriel Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Sergei Rachmaninov Bogoroditsye Dyevo
Saturday 23 November 2019, 7.00pm
St Peters Parish Church, Sheringham
Zaira Palumbo - soprano
Graham Northwood - alto
Simon Mulligan - tenor
Andrew Weeks - bass
Debbie Whomes - cello
Philip Adams - organ
Our 2019-20 season begins with a lovely blend of old and new music including popular works by Mozart, Haydn and Fauré.
Our programme also includes the East Anglian premiere of an exciting new Requiem by Dorset composer, Matthew Coleridge. This is what he has to say about it:
"Requiem is my first major composition and most frequently performed work. Far from being inspired by, or in memory of, a lost loved one, I wrote the majority of it in the months following the birth of my son. I hope this brings an optimistic, affirming and uplifting mood to the music. I was determined to avoid any cliches of angelic harps or fires of hell, and chose to take a more human and earthly approach - something more akin to the Requiems of the middle ages and Renaissance. Much of the writing is in the manner of Gregorian chant, with numerous melodic ‘threads’ woven together into a rich tapestry of sound. The solo cello became a vital part of the music from some of the earliest drafts, providing a counterpoint of light against dark. Whenever the choir are singing about loss or sorrow, the cello sings a song of hope and comfort."
The late Sir Neville Mariner said of the work "a valuable addition to 21st century choral repertoire".
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