Join Durham University Chamber Choir on Saturday 8th December, 19:30, for an evening of festivity as they present ‘A Boy is Born’, with works from Britten to Bingham in the wonderful setting of St Godric’s Church.
The choir will be conducted by Theo Golden, and comprises 24 of the finest singers from across the university, who will be performing an array of festive repertoire. The programme includes works by Britten, Warlock, Beamish, Lane, Bingham, Rutter and a piece commissioned by Merton College, Oxford. This variety of repertoire provides thorough enjoyment and captivation from start to finish.
Conductor, Theo Golden, added:
The repertoire includes some really special moments and scrumptious harmonies, particularly in the Britten and Warlock. I particularly love this programme because we are featuring lots of female composers, notably Bingham.
Prepare to be taken on a journey with the Britten from the opening movement to the hectic last movement – it’s a bit of an emotional whirlwind. To finish, we have the magnificent Rutter, which was dedicated to Howells but includes quotes from Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, so ties in nicely with the rest of the programme.
Durham University Chamber Choir is a close-knit chamber group, re-auditioned every year, which works mostly unaccompanied and is renowned for its ability to captivate the audience with its consonant ensemble sound and finesse. Listen in particular for the quality of blended sound that the choir is able to achieve, whether in a quartet or as a whole choir, as you will hear in Hymn to the Virgin by Britten.
Theo asks you to
prepare for the adventure of this concert – it’s a lot of fun for both performers and audience, and an emotional experience, particularly in the second half.
Founded amongst the city’s rich and ancient choral heritage, the choir has produced recordings, toured internationally and performed in many prestigious venues both locally and across the UK. Particularly impressive is the range of dynamics the choir is able to achieve with just 24 singers, from a subtle sound that draws you in, to a full sound that blows you away.
The choir’s manager, Abi Ingram, said:
I’m really looking forward to our first concert of the year and to finally showing the public all the work we’ve put in to it to make it great! There are a lot of new choir members this year and they are making a very exciting sound. The concert is structured like a mock advent carol service, leading up to ‘A Boy Was Born’, so not only is the music choice wonderful, but it really is the ideal lead up to Christmas! I really hope everyone enjoys the concert as much as I’ve enjoyed being part of the preparations for it!