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A very happy New Year to you from all of us in Guildford Chamber Choir. On Saturday, 3rdMarch in St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford, we are delighted to be starting 2018 with a concert of Baroque music that promises to be both unusual and fascinating. Entitled Voices and Viols, we are singing Membra Jesu Nostriby the great Dietrich Buxtehude, one of J.S. Bach’s most admired composers (the then 20 year old once walked over two hundred miles to Lübeck to hear him play the organ), as well as lesser known motets by Johann Sebastian’s cousins, Johann Michael and Johann Christoph Bach. A motet by Buxtehude’s predecessor at the Marienkirche in Lübeck and father-in-law, Franz Tunder, is also included in the programme.
We are particularly pleased to welcome the very well-known choral conductor and musicologist Jeremy Summerly as our Guest Conductor for this concert; he will be familiar to many of you from his regular broadcasting appearances on BBC Radio 3. He conducted us in our very successful 2005 performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. It is a great pleasure to welcome him to the podium once again.
We are also delighted to introduce the London-based viol consort Newe Vialles who will be accompanying us for this concert as well as performing two pieces for strings alone. Its members are some of the finest period instrumentalists of their generation. This promises to be a wonderful evening’s music-making, just right for dispelling the final gloom of winter and heralding the onset of spring.
Advance tickets are £12 (£15 on the door, free for under 25s) and are available fromGuildford Tourist Information Centre and Record Corner in Godalming as well as from choir members. A retiring collection after the concert will be in support of The Artventure Trust, a Guildford based charity for adults with learning difficulties.
Do come and join us in St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford, at 7.30 on Saturday, 3rdMarch to enjoy an evening of beautiful Baroque music. We hope to see you there!
P.S. There is a £2 reduction on ticket prices for members of the Friends of Guildford Chamber Choir, as well as several other perks. If you are interested in supporting us by becoming a Friend, you can read more about it at www.guildfordchamberchoir.org.uk/support-us. The annual subscription is £40 for Joint Membership and £25 for an individual.