Monday, 23 June 2014

Summer holidays

Our last concert of this season 'As the Leaves Fall' on 21 June was a great success and we're now having a break over the summer. Rehearsals start again on Thursday 4 September. New members are always very welcome, so if you're thinking about joining a choir why not come and try us out in September!  Click here for more details.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

We're off on tour!

The Choir is in Bruges from 28 - 31 May. As well as moules-frites and sightseeing, we're really looking forward to performing English choral music in the Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Brussels and St Bavo Cathedral in Ghent.

Come and see us when we get back in our Summer Concert on 21 June when we mark the centenary of World War 1 in 'As the Leaves Fall'. Full details of this concert below.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Summer concert to mark the centenary of World War 1

As the Leaves Fall
21 June 2014 at 7.30pm
St Andrew's Church, Northey Ave, Cheam

Tickets £15  students £7  under 18 free

Jonathan Rennert - Conductor
Ian le Grice - Organ

Jennifer Clark - Soprano      Read about Jennifer here

The centrepiece of the concert will be a rare performance of Harold Darke's cantata 'As the Leaves Fall.' This 1917 setting of a poem by a serving officer in the RAMC is a deeply moving and eloquent testimony to the fallen, while the rest of the programme is made up of words and music which reflect the England they were fighting to preserve.

Sponsored by the Banstead and Reigate Arts Council & The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust

Monday, 24 February 2014

Spring Concert 2014

Read a review of this concert here

Saturday 22 March 2014, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam SM7 7HF

J S Bach - St John Passion

Jonathan Rennert - Conductor
Ian le Grice - Organ
accompanied by
The Little Baroque Company

Ruth Gomme - Soprano
Patricia Hammond - Contralto
Gareth Treseder -  Tenor
Charles Pott - Bass

Tickets £16, Students £7, Under-18s free

Ruth Gomme (Soprano) was a Cambridge choral scholar and later studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She has sung with The Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir, the English Concert and the BBC Singers. She is the soprano with the vocal quartet Operantics and one half of The Regency Duo. Ruth specialises in baroque and classical repertoire, and is delighted to return to sing with the St Cecilia Chorus.

© Brian Tarr 2010

Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2010. Recent solo engagements include performing for HRH Prince Charles in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Mass in B minor both alongside the Monteverdi Choir. Gareth also composes sacred choral works and two of his carol settings, A Song Was Heard at Christmas and Blessed be that Maid Marie, have been recorded by the BBC Singers.

Charles Pott (Bass) began his training as a chorister at New College, Oxford, continuing his vocal studies at St John's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Since his solo debut in 1984 he has appeared as a soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has sung in over 250 recordings. In 1992 Charles made his solo debut at the Proms and returns to St Cecilia Chorus to sing the role of Jesus.

British-Canadian Patricia Hammond (Contralto) studied singing in Canada and Switzerland before moving to the UK in 2001. She has performed widely as a soloist and has appeared on BBC Radio 3, BBC4 and Radio 4′s Midweek as well as previous concerts with St Cecilia Chorus. Le Charme, her CD of French songs was Editor’s Choice in the American Record Guide. In addition to classical music, Patricia has collaborated with jazz musicians Matt Redman and Nick Ball, who wrote the arrangements for her new CD Our Lovely Day.

St Cecilia Chorus is the performing name of Banstead Musical Society, Registered Charity No. 270480
Sponsored by the Banstead and Reigate Arts Council & The Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Carol Concert with The Beacon School, Banstead

Saturday 14 December 2013, All Saints' Church, High St, Banstead       

The choir sang favourite carols and Christmas music by Britten, Patten and Bach

We were delighted to be joined by
The Beacon School choir who sang
Rutter's Christmas Lullaby
and Christmas number 1's by Alexandra Burke
and Michael Jackson
The audience was entertained
with Christmas readings
from Gervase Phinn and Stephen Oliver

                                                  We raised an excellent £400 in the retiring collection for 
                                                   The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders in Banstead

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Past concerts: Autumn 2013

Watch an interview with the soloists here 

2 November 2013, St Andrew’s Church, Cheam

Mozart Requiem            Chilcott Requiem

Jonathan Rennert Music Director       Senior instrumentalists from the Royal Academy of Music

Adults £16, Students £7, under 18s free

Laurie Ashworth Soprano
Nicola Beckley Mezzosoprano
Adrian Ward Tenor
Tim Jones Bass


Nicola Beckley Mezzosoprano
 An experienced concert artist, Nicola Beckley (Mezzosoprano) has performed with numerous professional choirs including the Kings Consort, London Voices, Opera Rara, Philharmonia Voices, Salzburg Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House Chorus.
Last summer she took a solo part in the first complete performance of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch as part of the Cultural Olympiad. She is a member of the Choir of St Michael's Cornhill

Adrian Ward Tenor

Adrian Ward (Tenor) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Singers Prize and was an Independent Opera Fellowship Award winner and a finalist in both the Richard Tauber and Kathleen Ferrier competitions.

He has performed roles with Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Samling Opera at The Sage Gateshead and the English Bach Festival. Adrian has also made concert appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the English Festival Orchestra under Sir David Willcocks. Read more about Adrian here.

Tim Jones Bass
Tim Jones (Bass) started his musical education as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. Since 1986 he has been a member of St Paul’s Cathedral Choir where he is a soloist in the annual performances of the Bach Passions and Handel’s Messiah.
He sang at the Funeral of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven and on the BBC TV series, Music and the Monarchy. Tim is also a member of The Sixteen and coaches the young singers on the training programme, Genesis Sixteen.