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July 18th, 2018

Coffee Morning – Saturday November 10th 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 30th, 2018

‘In Terra Pax’ by Finzi & ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ by Vaughan Williams – December 8th 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. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

Gerald Finzi was born in London on July 14, 1901, and spent his early childhood in London. His father died when he was just seven and following the outbreak of the First World War Finzi moved with his mother to Harrogate, in Yorkshire. There Finzi was able to study composition with the composer Ernest Farrar and from 1917 with Edward Bairstow at York Minster. But attracted by the beauty of the English Countryside, Finzi moved to Painswick, Gloucestershire, in 1922 where he was able to compose in tranquility

A series of tragedies profoundly affected Finzi in his early years. By the time he was eighteen he had lost his father, three elder brothers and his much-loved music teacher, killed in action. This dreadful sequence of events, and the appalling losses of the First World War that formed the backdrop to his adolescence, gave Finzi an acute awareness of the impermanence of life, confirmed with grim finality when at the age of fifty he discovered that he was dying of leukaemia. These experiences to a large extent account for the hint of melancholy underlying much of his music.

Written just two years before Finzi’s death in 1956, In Terra Pax skilfully juxtaposes words of Robert Bridges (which are set for the baritone soloist) with the familiar Christmas passage from St Luke (set for the soprano soloist and chorus). With a childlike serenity of style, the work unites all its feelings, images and familiar events into one simple, shapely musical narrative. With its seasonal theme, it makes the most attractive centre-piece for any Christmas choral programme.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born into England’s upper class, destined for the nonworking life of a gentleman. But he grew up during a renaissance in English music, spurred by knighted composers Charles Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, and George Grove. At London’s Royal College of Music, Vaughan Williams studied composition under Parry, who believed England should have its own distinct music, free of German influence. In an era when many homes had pianofortes and choral societies were widespread across England, the music of the German masters ruled. Vaughan Williams and his friend Gustav Holst dedicated themselves to creating English-defined music, reviewing each other’s compositions with honesty and vision for 40 years.

His cantata Dona Nobis Pacem, premiered in 1936, opens with a heartrending cry expressing both the composer’s and the public’s anguish over the worsening political situation in Europe, which would lead again to war. Vaughan Williams devoted the years of World War II to helping refugees find shelter and work, providing food by planting huge vegetable gardens and keeping chickens, and helping to stage free lunchtime concerts.

The whole work is welded together by the composer’s sense of urgency; his ‘main inspiration is drawn not from the soil of England, but from the whole world going mad around him’. The music for the words from Micah (‘nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more …’), and thereafter, becomes more optimistic, here the music returns to a state of hesitant prayer sung ppp by the chorus and solo soprano, a prayer that at the time was not to be granted.

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June 30th, 2018

Singing Day – Saturday 9th February 2019

As part of the preparation for our Anniversary concert, the Society will be hosting a Singing Day led by Aidan Oliver. Bishopwearmouth Choral Society was founded in 1948 and gave its first performance, Hayden’s Creation, in March 1949 in the then Bishopwearmouth Church. As part of our 70th Birthday celebrations we shall again perform Creation on Saturday March 30th 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the same venue now known as Sunderland Minster.

As well as the Singing Day allowing us as members a preview of the work to be performed later in the year, we hope that it will attract singers from other choirs to see what Bishopwearmouth Choral Society is all about informally and through singing together.

Aidan  is a conductor and choir director who works widely across the full range of symphonic, operatic and church music. Recently appointed the new director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, he is also the director of Philharmonia Voices and Director of Music at the Parliamentary Church, St Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey.

As guest chorus master Aidan Oliver has worked with choirs including the BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, Huddersfield Choral Society, the Chorus of English National Opera, and the RIAS Kammerchor of Berlin. He has directed the music at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey since 2003, overseeing many high-profile occasions including the memorial services of Lord Snowdon and Jo Cox MP. He has worked frequently as a guest on the music staff of the Royal Opera House and is the musical director of Dulwich Choral Society; since 2011 he has also been Associate Conductor of the St Endellion Summer Festival in Cornwall having first become involved there in 2004 at the invitation of Richard Hickox.

Philharmonia Voices was founded by Aidan in 2004 to provide the Philharmonia with an elite professional choir which has since collaborated with the orchestra on a huge range of projects. Working particularly closely with the Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the choir has also worked frequently with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, Jakub Hrůša, and John Wilson. Highlights for the choir in recent years have included the Philharmonia’s acclaimed 2016 series Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals, which won a South Bank Sky Arts Award; several appearances at the BBC Proms and European premières including Shostakovich’s rediscovered operatic fragment Orango.

Aidan will take up his position in Edinburgh in September 2018, while still living in London and pursuing an increasingly diverse conducting career.

It is hoped that singers from other groups will be able to join us in this opportunity.

Programme for the day :

Registration / Coffee 9.45 am onwards
First session 10.15-11.25 am.
Coffee.
Second session 11.45-12.45 pm.
Lunch.
Third session 1.45-2.50 pm.
Tea.
Final session 3.15- 4.15 pm. (including informal mini-performance of selected movements)

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June 30th, 2018

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

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

This will be the Society’s 70th Anniversary concert and will replicate its first concert with a performance of Haydn’s ‘Creation’.

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June 30th, 2018

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.

 

 

 

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

St. Nicholas – Britten, Beatus Vir – Monteverdi, The Twelve Apostles – Britten, Simple Symphony – Britten.

April 4th 2020

St. John Passion – Bach.

June 20th 2020

Sprig of Thyme – Rutter, When David Heard & Lux Arumque – Whittaker, Folk Songs – Chilcott.

December 5th 2020

Messiah – Handel.

March 27th 2021

Petite Messe Solennelle – Rossini.

June 19th 2021

Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure, Panis Angelicus – Franck.

December 4th 2021

 

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June 30th, 2018

Next Concert date – June 22nd 2019

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

The next planned concert date is June 22nd  2019 – content to be confirmed.

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June 30th, 2018

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. in Zone B on the Town Moor, close to the Docks (Zone A) and the river where the ships will be docked.

Please see general publicity on the Tall Ships Visit website for accessibility and Park & Ride arrangements.

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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

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

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