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June 19th, 2016

Coffee Morning – Saturday May 12th 2018

A Saturday morning event in Fulwell Methodist Church from 10.00 a.m. till 12.00 midday.

Why not join the Society in a social event which comes with a raffle and stalls, while enjoying the tea/coffee, scones and a chat

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June 19th, 2016

The Great American Songbook – June 23rd 2018

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

The concert will feature David Murray’s own arrangements, for choir, piano and string quintet, of some of the great songs to have come out of America in the twentieth century. These will include a Gershwin selection, a Jerome Kern Medley, and a Carpenters Sequence.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

 

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June 19th, 2016

The Great American Songbook – June 30th 2018 in Whitley Bay

Bishopwearmouth Choral Society are pleased to be part of this year’s St.Mary’s Concerts series and will be performing a selection of David Murray arrangements in St.Mary the Virgin Church, Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3SF on Saturday June 30th 2018 – details to be confirmed.

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June 19th, 2016

Tall Ships Visit – July 12th 2018

As part of the Tall Ships visit to Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth Choral Society will be performing on Thursday July 12th 2018 between 1.30 and 2.15 p.m. on the Town Moor. More details when they become available.

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June 19th, 2016

Future Programme Proposals

 

The following is the proposed programme of concerts over the coming years. Actual content may be subject to change or additions and all concerts will be advertised as individual items in due course. All dates are 7.30 p.m. on Saturdays in Sunderland Minster unless otherwise noted.

 

 

June 23rd 2018

A collection of David Murray arrangements of works by – Gershwin, his arrangements for SATB plus piano of They Can’t take that away from Me, The Man I love, Let’s call the Whole Thing off, Fascinating Rhythm – Jerome Kern Medley – four numbers in a continuous medley, namely Smoke gets in your eyes, The way you look tonight, Can’t help lovin’ dat man , Pick yourself Up. – A Carpenters Sequence scored for piano and strings, – and arrangements of Cole Porter.

December 8th 2018 

In Terra Pax – Finzi,  Dona Nobis Pacem – Vaughan Williams.

March 30th 2019 – the Society’s 70th Anniversary Concert

Creation – Haydn.

June 22nd 2019

Adagio for Strings – Barber, Chichester Psalms – Bernstein, Stomp your feet & Chinga Ring Chaw – Copland, Symphonic Dances – Bernstein.

December 7th 2019 – content to be confirmed.

April 4th 2020

June 20th 2020

December 5th 2020

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June 19th, 2016

Next concert date – December 8th 2018

The next planned concert date is December 2nd 2017 – content to be confirmed.

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

In terra Pax by Finzi and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.

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June 19th, 2016

Society’s 70th Anniversary Concert – March 30th 2019

The next planned concert date, which will be the Society’s 70th Anniversary concert, is March 30th 2019 – content to be confirmed.
A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

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June 19th, 2016

A Christmas Carol – Saturday 16th December 2017

A Saturday evening concert by Bishopwearmouth Young Singers, supported by members of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, at 7.30 p.m. in Ewesley Road Methodist Church.

A performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – words by Tony Runham and music by David Murray.

No tickets necessary but a donation of £5.00 would be most welcome – accompanied under 16s free admission.

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June 19th, 2016

On Christmas Night – December 2nd 2017

A Saturday evening concert with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

A cornucopia of Christmas music featuring ‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Britten, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Chilcott, and ‘What Sweeter Music’ by Rutter – with other items, including  a soloist and with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers.

On Christmas Night, by Bob Chilcott, is a musical celebration of the Christmas Story, presented as a sequence of eight original carols. Chilcott calls upon several familiar carol melodies within his own settings, resulting in an array of styles and moods – from comforting and reflective to jubilant, swinging and folksy.

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, is a choral piece by Benjamin Britten, scored for chorus, solo voices, and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett; it is in Middle English. The piece was written in 1942 while Britten was at sea, going from the USA to England.

What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing, by John Rutter, goes right to the essence of the season.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

 

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June 19th, 2016

‘Requiem’ by Duruflé & ‘Gloria’ by Poulenc – March 24th 2018

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website.

Soloists : Hannah Thomson – soprano, Isobel Cheeseman – alto, & Richard Gooding – baritone.

The SATB choir and organ version of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9 was published in 1948. It had been commissioned six years earlier under the collaborationist Vichy regime, but Duruflé was still working on it in 1944 when the regime collapsed and in fact did not complete it until the year of publication. The work is for SATB choir with brief mezzo-soprano and baritone solos. At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian “Mass for the Dead. Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant. Like many requiems, Duruflé’s omits the Gradual and the Tract. The Dies irae text, perhaps the most famous portion of the Requiem Mass, is not set. Duruflé’s omission of this text and inclusion of others (Pie Jesu, Libera me, In Paradisum, from the burial service, mirroring Fauré, makes the composition calmer and more meditative than some other settings.

Duruflé was born in Louviers, Eure in 1902. He became a chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School from 1912 to 1918, where he studied piano and organ. The choral plainsong tradition at Rouen became a strong and lasting influence.At age 17, upon moving to Paris, he took private organ lessons with Charles Tournemire, whom he assisted at Basilique Ste-Clotilde, Paris until 1927. In 1920 Duruflé entered the Conservatoire de Paris, eventually graduating with first prizes in organ (1922), harmony (1924), fugue (1924), piano accompaniment (1926) and composition (1928).

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Poulenc’s wealthy parents intended him for a business career in Poulenc Frères, their family pharmaceutical company, and did not allow him to enrol at a music college. Largely self-educated musically, he studied with the pianist Ricardo Viñes, who became his mentor after the composer’s parents died. Poulenc soon came under the influence of Erik Satie, under whose tutelage he became one of a group of young composers known collectively as Les Six. In his early works Poulenc became known for his high spirits and irreverence. During the 1930s a much more serious side to his nature emerged, particularly in the religious music he composed from 1936 onwards, which he alternated with his more light-hearted works.

His Gloria scored for soprano solo, large orchestra, and chorus, is a setting of the Gloria text from the mass ordinary. One of Poulenc’s most celebrated works, it was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in honor of Sergei Koussevitzky and his wife Natalia, the namesakes of the foundation. Gloria was premiered on 21 January 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles Münch with Adele Addison as soloist. The first recording (also in 1961), for EMI, was conducted by Georges Prêtre, under the supervision of the composer, with Rosanna Carteri as the soloist. Among later recordings of the music, the RCA Victor recording by the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1965 won a Grammy Award for the “Best Choral Performance.”