Summer 14 sm posterOn 6th June 2014, the choir performed Handel’s Dixit Dominus in a programme of baroque choral music by Handel and Purcell. They were joined by outstanding young vocal soloists Emily Owen & Robyn Donnelly (soprano), Katie Coventry (mezzo), Robbie Jacobs (tenor) and David Le Prevost (Bass) and players from the superb Little Baroque Company performing on period instruments with gut strings. The programme, which also included Handel’s Coronation Anthem My heart is indicting and I was glad by Purcell, gave the audience a flavour of choral music as it was performed in 17th & 18th century London. Both composers made a unique contribution to the cultural life of the capital during this time, thrilling London audiences with their operas and filling Westminster Abbey with their music for the coronations of James II (in the case of Purcell) and George I (Handel).

Versailles Tour
On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June 2014, the choir took Dixit Dominus on tour to St Germain en Laye and Versailles (near Paris) where they joined forces with Le Choeur de Chambre de Versailles to perform Dixit Dominus to packed houses.

spring 2014 poster smallSecretive and seductive religion, love and heart break were the themes explored in 17th century music, seen by many as the time in which Choral music was born. In Venice, also referred to as Serenissima, composers such as Monteverdi, Schutz and Gabrielli were making music popular to masses by bringing it out of the church. In England, Elizabeth 1st, also known as Oriana, was on the throne and composers such as Byrd and Tallis were writing sacred music in secret.

On 20th March 2014, Oriana to Serenissima looked at the vast range of choral music on offer, both sacred and secular and explored how the music of Italy influenced the composers in England. It also examined the fascination amongst musicians with the Lady Oriana's influence over the musical landscape across Europe.

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