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2017

1 June 2017
Viva Venice! Choir on Tour
2 April 2017
Monteverdi Vespers Success!
4 February 2017
Long Lines in Lichfield

2016

11 December 2016
Santa Claus came to Town!
28 November 2016
Poulenc Gloria with the RPO
22 October 2016
Recording #4 - a Feast of Faure
3 October 2016
Good Greve - Awards and Socialising
10 July 2016
Rossini Rave Reviews
23 May 2016
Pagliacci, Plants and Parties
4 April 2016
924 years Not Out!
20 March 2016
Viva Verdi! Stunning Success
5 March 2016
Forty for Gloria in Brum
28 February 2016
Big Singing Success with John Rutter!
4 January 2016
Tickets at a New Home

2015

2014

 

Recording #4 - a Feast of Fauré

Over the last two days, in the freezing cold confines of St Matthew's, Church (note for future reference: the forced air heating is too noisy for recording sessions) the choir, accompanied by soloists and instrumentalists recorded their fourth commercial CD recording. Requiem Reflections has been recorded in memory of Constance Travis (1911-2015), a stage actress who married into the family that owned the Northamptonshire firm that eventually became Travis Perkins. In later life, she became a philanthropist whose Trust gives away more than £2 million a year to registered charities dedicated to the arts, medical research and patient care.

Ray and Constance Travis
 
Organist Stephen Moore

The major work on the disc is, of course, Fauré's Requiem, using the reduced scoring by David Hill (Conductor of the other Bach Choir (!)) for solo violin, cello, harp, and organ. The choir were joined by local soloists Philippa Hyde, Gwion Thomas, and Robert Tilson. Arranged in a tight semicircle around the instrumentalists kept us all cosy and warm, whilst Gary and Andrew in the engineering booth had a small fan heater for company. Our Musical Director also helped keep our spirits warm with his special "final session" costume, as well as Tricolore bunting and a seven-foot cardboard Tour Eiffel.

Maestro Dunleavy gets all French
 
The Eiffel Tower is in place

The choir also recorded Fauré's Messe Brève, compiled from Fauré's movements from the Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville (composed with André Messager), and his Messe basse. These works were written for upper voices, so Lee has added parts for tenor and bass, and adjusted the organ part to suit. The final choral work is Fauré's 1891 Tantum ergo for solo tenor, chorus, organ, and harp.

The First Friday Downbeat
 
St Matthew bedecked in French finery

Our instrumentalists also contributed Dewey Owens' transcription for violin, cello, and harp, of the Pavane op. 50, and his rarely-performed work for solo harp, Une châtelaine en sa tour ....

Over the coming week the choir will thaw out and begin preparations for both their Christmas concert, and their forthcoming performance of Poulenc's Gloria with the RPO. Never a dull moment!

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