College Choir perform Brahms’ 'Ein deutsches Requiem' alongside top Cambridge Choirs

The start of Lent Term saw the College Choir collaborate with the Choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius and Selwyn Colleges, CUMS Chorus and the University Chamber Choir to sing Brahms’ 'Ein deutsches Requiem'. After a week of intensive rehearsal under Tim Brown, the choirs were ready to perform alongside members of the CUMS Symphony Orchestra in King’s Chapel on the 17th January. Howard Shelley conducted the massed choirs and orchestra in front of a sell-out audience. The evening began with a performance of Dvořák’s Symphony No.8 and this vivacious and cheerful G-major symphony certainly contrasted the emotional intensity of Brahms’ turbulent mass setting.

Particularly powerful moments included the opening of the third movement, 'Herr, lehre doch mich…' (Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days) with the Baritone solo performed by Jonathan Sells. Another was the defiant ending of movement six: 'Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg?' (Grave, where is thy victory?), its sheer volume enhanced by the sonority and majesty of the chapel setting.

Photo taken by Graham Ross, Director of Music, Clare College Cambridge

Posted on 23 January 2015

Choir returns from memorable tour of Sri Lanka

At the end of Michaelmas Term, the College Choir visited Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna in Sri Lanka, returning safe and sound on 23rd December. Over the course of 11 days, the Choir led several workshops with school children, participated in both services and concerts and enjoyed many of the sights of a fascinating and beautiful country.

To read more about what they got up to, click here.

Posted on 3 January 2015

Choir performs Britten War Requiem in Ely Cathedral

On Saturday 22nd November, the Mixed Choir and Choristers were involved in the closing concert of the 2014 Cambridge Music Festival. The Choir joined forces with Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Chorus and The Choir of Girton College to sing Britten’s War Requiem, accompanied by Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra (CUCO) and Britten Sinfonia under the fine leadership of director, Stephen Cleobury. This was a particularly memorable occasion in light of the 100th anniversary of World War I, and moving performances by soloists John Mark Ainsley and Neal Davies in the beautiful surroundings of Ely Cathedral ensured that it was a wonderful experience for all.

Posted on 29 November 2014

College Choir Prepares for Tour to Sri Lanka

At the end of a busy Michaelmas term, the Choir will embark on an 11-day tour to Sri Lanka, giving concerts and leading workshops in Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna. The Choir are excited by the opportunity to enjoy the riches of the local culture and to share their music with audiences and school children across the country. The chance to visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the ancient city of Sigiriya during their travels is also a unique one. Concerts will take place at a number of important events and venues, including a Gala Concert in Colombo Ladies' College on 15 December which will be recorded for television. The Choir will return to the UK on 23 December.

Posted on 15 November 2014

Former choral scholar at Jesus College discovers work by Ralph Vaughan Williams

The conductor Alan Tongue (1959), a former student and Choral Scholar at Jesus College, has unearthed an unpublished and never performed work by the great British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Written in Williams' mid-twenties, the composition was submitted for his Cambridge Doctor of Music degree. Alan Tongue drew attention to the manuscript, which had lain in the UL for 115 years, obtained permission to transcribe it, and conducted the world première with the Bach Choir and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra.

For more information, visit his website here. You can also buy the recording of the world première here.

Posted on 20 October 2014

Choir Newsletter

The latest Choir newsletter may be downloaded here.