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Our usual rehearsal venue is:
St. John the Evangelist
Canon's Hill, Old Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 1HA
We rehearse every Monday evening from 8 - 10pm
(during term time)
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WINTER CONCERT – 2018
Saturday, 15th December was the day when we
celebrated and rejoiced for the Christmas season to music by Bach and Handel. In spite of the awful weather and a different venue from usual we had quite a good sized audience many of whom said that
they had greatly enjoyed the concert. Some of the Bach was quite difficult to sing especially the opening Jauchzet! Frohlocket! But the choir sang very successfully. It seems it is in fact a very popular piece, but
it was quite new to most of the choir. We greatly enjoyed singing the selections from Handel's Messiah, which were very well received. As usual we sang Christmas music in the second half of the programme, including some
congregational carols in which the audience were invited to join.
Don't forget, we have a Spring Workshop on February 16th at Sanderstead Methodist Church, in which we shall be singing the Brahms Requiem, and our Spring concert, which will be back at St. John's, will include Howard Goodall's Eternal Light".
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.
SUMMER CONCERT 2018
The concert was a very enjoyable this year. The choir really enjoyed singing Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass; Shakespeare’s Songs and sonnets put to music by George Shearing and Vaughan William’s charming Five English Folk songs. Our talented pianist Duncan White as well as accompanying us entertained all with three piano pieces by Gershwin we were also supported by Daniel Tate Bass guitarist. All Thanks to our wonderful Musical Director Thomas Chapman.
Last night, in spite of the most dreadful wintry weather possible, we held our Spring Concert, entitled Celebrating Mozart. We sang his beloved Requiem, together with his Missa Brevis et Solemnis in C (the Sparrow Mass) and the motet Veni, Sancte Spiritus, which Mozart composed when he was only twelve. Incredible, but he had composed his first symphony at the age of eight. It was a most enjoyable event, and the choir sang with great fervour under our new Music Director, supported superbly by our soloists who are all becoming very well known in the music world. Our Music Director had also assembled an orchestra of young professional players who were utterly indispensable to the performance. It was a wonderful evening.
SPRING WORKSHOP – 2018.
Shakespeare in Blue
We had a really fun day yesterday at our Spring Workshop, when we presented a programme of George Shearing's Shakespeare Songs. They were certainly unknown to most of the choir members present and possibly to most of our guest singers as well but by the end of the day we realised that Tom had made a good choice and had introduced us to something quite different from what we usually sing. Tom himself was in good form, and our accompanist Duncan certainly enjoyed playing the jazzy rhythms. As usual we presented the result of our day's labours to a small audience of loyal supporters at 5 pm, who all seemed to enjoy our performance.
We Have a new Musical Director Thomas Chapman.