GCC, The Occam Singers and friends waiting to go into Rouen Cathedral.

We’re just back from our very enjoyable short tour to Rouen with The Occam Singers and various other friends and ready to launch our new season.

2017/18 is going to be a time of change for the choir as our Principal Conductor Steven Grahl leaves us after just over 11 years following his appointment as conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

We say goodbye to Steven at our concert on 18th November 2017 at Holy Trinity Church for which he has created a programme reflecting on departures which includes Howells’ Requiem, JS Bach’s motet Komm, Jesu, Komm, and Morten Lauridsen’s Nocturnes. Gavin Roberts will be our accompanist and will join Steven for a performance of Choral’s Dream for organ and piano by Thierry Escaich.

We will be appointing a new Principal Conductor during the season to take up the role from September 2018. In the meantime we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with two distinguished guest conductors.

On 3rd March 2018 we welcome Jeremy Summerly, Director of Music at St. Peter’s College, Oxford and frequent broadcaster on BBC Radio 3, who will direct us in a performance of Buxtehude’s cantata sequence Membra Jesu Nostri. The programme will also include motets by two of the lesser known members of the Bach family, Johann Michael and Johann Christoph, and by Franz Tunder and will be accompanied by the instruments of Newe Vialles.

Our concert on 9th June 2018 at St Catherine’s School, Bramley will be conducted by Richard Pearce, who is well-known as an organist and pianist and locally as the conductor of the Waverley Singers. The programme juxtaposes music from two Elizabethan eras and will include pieces by Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Britten and madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana. Gavin Roberts will join us again to play keyboard music by Byrd and some of Herbert Howells’ musical portraits of his contemporaries from his Howells’ Clavichord.

Our annual Open Workshop series continues on 30th September 2017 with A Musical Tour of Europe, an exploration of pieces from the OUP European Sacred Music collection with Steven Grahl. The workshop is open to all and will be at St Joseph’s Church, Eastgate Gardens. Online registration is available through our website.This is a chance to see what it is like to sing with us and all are welcome.

As well as our own concerts we will be joining with The Occam Singers and the Surrey Mozart Players to sing Haydn’s The Creation in a Gala performance as part of the Guildford Spring Music Festival on 24th March 2018 at Holy Trinity Church under the baton of the SMP’s Music Director, Kenneth Woods.

Finally, as usual we will be visiting a cathedral to sing under the direction of Sebastian Forbes. In 2018 it will be Chichester on the 22nd April.

We hope very much that you will be able to join us for as many of these events as possible.

If you are a regular attender at our concerts you may wish to support us by joining the Friends of Guildford Chamber Choir. Benefits include:

  • A reduction of £2 on each Friend’s ticket
  • A complimentary programme, with Friends’ names printed (with permission)
  • Reserved seats, if you require
  • Entry into an annual prize draw to win 2 free tickets to a future concert
  • An annual newsletter
  • An invitation to a Friends’ event

It is possible to sign up on-line or by writing to FoGCC at Octave House, Boughton Hall Avenue, Send, Woking, Surrey GU23 7DF Single membership is (minimum) £25, and joint (minimum) £40.

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