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Canon's Hill, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 1HA
We rehearse every Monday evening from
8pm - 10pm
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We had a great time at our Folk Rock for Choirs Workshop day on
February. We learnt songs from the repertoire of Simon and Garfunkel,
Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Byrds, Fairport Convention and Steeleye
Span, which were enthusiastically interpreted by our intrepid Music
Director, who managed to teach us orally without a note of music in
front of us, aided and abetted on the piano by our valiant accompanist.
We had some wonderfully complimentary comments from our audience, saying how much they had enjoyed the day, and that it was possibly the best of our workshops that they had ever been to.
Our Winter concert on Saturday 14th December was a most enjoyable event. We sang Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai, which was very appropriate for the Christmas period as St. Nicholas is commonly known these days as Santa Claus. The mass was composed in 1772 when Haydn was employed by Prince Nicolaus Esterhazy whose birthday fell on 6th December, the feast day of St Nicholas. We presented the mass in the first half of the concert, while the second half featured a variety of carols, some for audience participation. Our accompanist performed piano solos by Grieg in both halves of the concert. We had four wonderful soloists for the mass, and the whole concert was accompanied by a professional orchestral ensemble.
We are now looking forward to our Spring concert, when we will be performing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. We hope to see you there.
THE SUMMER CONCERT.
What's playing at the Roxy?
Everyone had great fun learning what was playing at the Roxy at our
Summer concert. We were delighted to welcome such a large audience who
seemed to hugely enjoy hearing once again the well-loved hit tunes from
Guys and Dolls and South Pacific. Add to this the three piano solos by
Thomas 'Fats' Waller played by our brilliant accompanist and a medley of
jazzy showstoppers plus folk favourites from the UK and America and you
have all the ingredients for a light-hearted summer evening's
entertainment. A big thank you to our highly esteemed Music Director
for choosing such a great programme.
SPRING WORKSHOP - 2019
Downland Chorale hosted their annual workshop in February which was attended by in excess of 55 singers. We were once again delighted to welcome members of local choirs to join us at a new venue this year. Sanderstead Methodist Church provided a lovely environment to learn Brahms Requiem enthusiastically lead by Tom and Duncan. We all had a very enjoyable day.
We Have a new Musical Director Thomas Chapman.
Some members of Downland Chorale got December started, singing to the residents of Burrell Mead Residential Home in West Wickham.
The residents sang along with the well known Carols. And enjoyed listening to some festive poems.
We also sang some requests not all of them Chrismassy but obviously old favourites.