Saturday 18th September 2021 – St Paul’s Church Grove Park – Choral Composition Competition and other works
Our 2021 Choral Composition Competition was funded by a legacy from Robin Johnson, a long standing member of the choir. Throughout his life, Robin had connections with the sea, sailing and the river Thames, so the theme for the competition pieces was ‘On the Water’. The brief was for new and original short choral pieces for mixed choir accompanied by piano or organ. About a hundred and fifty composers sent in entries, so it was a difficult and challenging task for our Musical Director and her team to produce a shortlist of five pieces for the choir to prepare and perform at this much postponed concert. We were delighted that Cecilia McDowall and Stephen Jackson agreed to adjudicate the competition on the night., and the concert took place with a small invited audience in accordance with Coronavirus restrictions.
Listen to the music
More information about this competition
Saturday 5th December 2020 – Bob Chilcott – ‘On Christmas Night’ – St Michael & All Angels W4
This was our immediately preceding concert, which was nearly a year ago, with a performance of this Chilcott work, without an audience and with a reduced number of singers, who were able to come together under the prevailing Coronavirus restrictions.
Programme notes and accompanying text
Here’s an extract from the Sanctus from Bach’s B minor Mass from one of our earlier pre-lockdown concerts.