Sunday, 7 April 2019

Continental Choral Classics - Saturday 15 June

The first joint concert between St Cecilia Chorus and Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, this was a super concert of classic choral singing. 

Thanks to all involved and particular congratulations to our soloists Francesca Pringle (soprano) and Chloe Ellam (treble). 

Friday, 4 January 2019

Come and Sing Workshop, Saturday 26 January

Spend a day learning new music in our annual workshop, open to everyone who loves to sing. It's a relaxed day, you'll get tips to improve your singing and a chance to try singing in a choir, the best one in Banstead (probably). Music reading experience will really help you get the most out of the day. 

We'll sing a variety of music from the 8th century to the present day, all on the theme of Birdsong, for example Sanctus from Spatzenmesse (Mozart), O for the Wings of a Dove (Mendelssohn)The Blue Bird (Stanford)The Silver Swan (Gibbons), Passer invenit sibi (Anon), Like a Singing Bird (Chilcott).

£15 (includes tea/coffee and music hire)
Friends, Patrons, Students and under 18's free but please book a place.             
Call 07796 348226 for more details

Monday, 3 December 2018

We wish you a merry Christmas!

The weather outside on Saturday night was dreadful but indoors the singing by both choirs was lovely and we were warmed by wine and mince pies!

The audience enjoyed a festive mix of carols, readings from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the slow movement of Bach's double violin concerto and Christmas music including Adam Lay Ybounden (Warlock) and Sussex Carol.

And Quem pastores laudavere and the Australian carol The Silver Stars were performed by St Anne's School choir with St Cecilia Chorus. A lovely way to wish you all a very happy Christmas!

Our first event of 2019 is a Come and Sing Workshop on Saturday 26 January - book a place now!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Joyful Spanish music

Covering four centuries, we performed sacred music and carols from Spain and the Basque region via Portugal to Mexico.

16th century sacred gems by Victoria (Missa Ave Regina, Salve Regina à 8, O magnum mysterium and Sancta Maria succure miseris)
Nigra sum and Salve Montserratina by 20th century Spanish composer Pablo Casals
Basque composer Vincente Goicoechea's Ave Maria
Guerrero's Canite tuba in Sion 
Carols from Mexico (El Rorro), Portugal (Sa qui turo zente pleta) and the Basque region (Sing Lullaby) 

All accompanied by Pipework Brass Ensemble and Ian le Grice (organ), it was a fine evening of music from Spain and the New World.