OUR NEXT CONCERT
Saturday 28 March 2015
Poulenc: GloriaIslington Choral Society Camden Symphony Orchestra cond. Michael Bowden St Mark’s Church, Regent’s Park, 7.30pm (doors 7.oopm) Tickets (£15/£12 concessions) available here and from choir members.
Summer 2015: Mozart – Requiem (27 June 2015)
Winter 2015: Handel – Coronation Anthems/Schubert – Mass in G
December 2015: Carol Concert
Spring 2016: Mendelssohn – Hymn of Praise/Dvorak – Te Deum/Brahms – Song of Destiny
Summer 2016: Rossini – Petite Messe Solonelle
Winter 2016: Matthias – This Worlde’s Joie (tbc)
Spring 2017: Dvorak – Requiem (tbc)
MOST RECENT CONCERT
Handel: MessiahIslington Choral Society Camden Symphony Orchestra cond. Michael Bowden Christ Church, Spitalfields
Saturday 22 November
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9Islington Choral Society Camden Symphony Orchestra cond. Levon Parikian Christ Church, Spitalfields
Vaughan Williams’ first symphony is an atmospheric evocation of the ocean, setting poems by Walt Whitman to dramatic and beautiful music.
Islington Choral Society Camden Symphony Orchestra cond. Michael Bowden Christ Church, Spitalfields 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) Tickets £15 (£10 concessions)
40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Elgar: The Music Makers
Brian Inglis: Highbury Fields
(libretto by Charles Hart) – commissioned by Islington Choral Society, first performance
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Sunday 30 June 2013 at Cadogan Hall.
The main work in this programme is Elgar’s The Music Makers, his highly personal response to the poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. Elgar saw music as having a very special place in society, inspiring the individual and embodying the spirit of the age. Weaving many themes from his greatest works with original material Elgar gives us one of his most magnificent scores.
To celebrate this special occasion the society has commissioned London composer Brian Inglis to compose a work evoking the area in which it rehearses, Highbury Fields, to a specially-written text by lyricist Charles Hart (whose writing credits include texts for ‘Story of Music’ presenter Howard Goodall and, notably, lyrics for Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera). With echoes of both Carmina Burana and The Waste Land, the new piece paints a picture of a dazzling summer Sunday, vividly depicting a variety of park characters from pumped-up joggers to worn-out mothers; from call-girls and nurses to playful dogs and boys. With moods ranging from natural tranquility to romantic passion, Highbury Fields is a new choral showpiece for the 21st century.
Also included is Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, a setting of Milton’s At a Solemn Musick in which the importance of voice and verse are illustrated in the work that first brought the composer to public attention in 1887. The choir’s regular partners, Camden Chamber Orchestra, will open the concert with the prelude to Wagner’s The Mastersingers, another piece dealing with the importance of music in the communal life of a town.
J S Bach: St John Passion
Saturday 23 March 2013, at St Mark’s, Regent Park, 7.30 pm
with Camden Chamber Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750)
St. John Passion, BWV 245
It appears that Bach composed five Passion settings, but only two have survived complete. The first performance of the St John Passion took place in Leipzig on 7 April 1724 in the Nikolaikirche and the work was repeated with alterations at the Thomaskirche the following year.
The anonymous text of the St. John Passion is a compilation based in part on the famous Passion poem of B.H. Brockes. The biblical passages from St. John’s Gospel are set as recitative for the Evangelist, for Jesus and for various minor characters, or as choruses with urgent orchestral accompaniments which represent the mob calling for Jesus’s crucifixion (these crowd choruses were known as “turbae”). The arias, which would have been sung by members of the chorus, set free contemplative texts and provide a personal response to the action. The free chorales, using traditional Lutheran words and melodies, offer a communal response and frequently employ bold, striking harmonies. The whole work, like Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, is framed by two massive choruses.
(Notes courtesy of Making Music programme note service)
- Islington Choral Society
- Camden Chamber Orchestra
- Michael Bowden (conductor)
Sara Wallander-Ross (soprano)
- Katy Bingham-Best (alto, mezzo soprano)
- Peter Mitchell (tenor)
- Philip Daggett (tenor) – Evangelist
- Michael Chambers (baritone)
- Thomas Flint (bass)
Tickets available online from WeGotTickets.com
or from choir members, or on the door – until full
Saturday 15 December 2012
Verdi – Requiem
St Alban the Martyr Church, Brooke St, Holborn EC1N 7RD at 6.30 pm – doors open 6.00, refreshments available before concert and during interval.
Verdi’s massive and magnificent Requiem is the largest work yet attempted by Islington Choral Society and fittingly comes in the choir’s 40th anniversary year.
The Requiem is frequently operatic in its scope and character, with energetic rhythms and sublime melodies expresssing the powerful emotions engendered by the words of the classic Latin requiem mass – including the almost universally recognisable and spine-chilling Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) chorus.
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30 June 2012
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Islington Choral Society
with Camden Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Bowden
At St Mark’s Church (Regents Park), St Mark’s Square, Prince Albert Road, London NW1 7TN
At 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00). Refreshments served before the concert and in the interval.
Tickets £12 (concessions £8) from choir members, on the door, or online from WeGotTickets.com
Blood, frogs, flies, hailstones and fire, locusts and ‘a thick darkness that might be felt’ are the evocative subjects of the powerful choruses which have made Israel in Egypt a pillar of the English choral society tradition. Unlike all Handel’s other oratorios, Israel in Egypt is almost entirely in the hands of the chorus, with only 4 arias in total. Paradoxically it is perhaps this feature, together with the enormous power of the writing, which has made the work so beloved of English audiences – paradoxical because when first written it was highly unpopular for its lack of aria and recitative. Come and decide for yourself.
Saturday 31 March 2012
Joseph Haydn: Mass in C (‘Paukenmesse’
- Mass in a time of War)
St Alban the Martyr Church, Brooke St, Holborn EC1N 7RD at 7.30 pm – doors open 7.00
Saturday 10 December 2011
Charpentier Messe de Minuit
Carols for choir and audience
at St Augustine, Highbury – 108 Highbury New Park – London N5 2DR
Saturday 2 July 2011
at St Mark’s Regent Park (the Zoo Church)
Dvorak – Stabat Mater
Saturday 2 April 2011
at St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn
Bach – Christmas Oratorio
Saturday 11 December 2010 at 6:30 pm
at St Alban the Martyr Church, Holborn
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