To present, past and potential members of the Uxbridge Chamber Choir
Fall is approaching – and that means it is time to start marking up calendars and tuning voices. This is an invitation to current and past members of the choir, as well as potential new members, to join us for the 2018-19 season, for two concerts. That’s right – two concerts, not three as in years past. A two-concert schedule gives us more time for rehearsal and preparation. We will also join the outstanding Monday Morning Singersto perform a single piece with them in their April concert as a special event!
Our first concert will be on Saturday, November 17 in the late afternoon and will feature music appropriate to the Christmas season. This concert will include El Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Songs) by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, one of the foremost guitar composers in the twentieth century, Runes of Hospitality by Alf Houkon, from a Gaelic text about the blessing of Christ with a guitar accompaniment, John Rutter – When Icicles Hang, featuring texts from Elizabethan and other early English poetry, dealing with images from the wintery season and finally a selection of Seasonal Music.
The second concert is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019. The major work for this concert will be Haydn’s ‘Lord Nelson Mass’ in line with the basic mandate of the Chamber Choir – to give opportunities for singers and audience to experience the greatest masterworks of the choral repertoire in a local context. Composed in 1798, the Lord Nelson Mass in D Minor is associated with Nelson’s defeat of Napoleon. It is Haydn’s largest mass, as well as one of his most beloved choral / orchestral works.
Our rehearsals begin on Monday, September 10, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Uxbridge, and each Monday after that. Membership is $185 for the season. We hope there will be many returning members from last season, and past members who want to return to singing with us. We have attached the membership form. If you are planning to join us, please bring the completed form to our first rehearsal.
We encourage others with appropriate choral experience to give our Chamber Choir a try. We work on a very informal audition process where singers join us for a couple of rehearsals to see if there’s a good fit with the choir (payment of the membership fee is only due on deciding to join the choir).
We encourage current and recent members to give a personal invitation to at least 2 individuals who they think may want to join us in singing these outstanding and interesting works.
Of course, Tom Baker, who co-founded the choir 35 years ago, continues as director. We hope to see (and hear) lots of singers at the first rehearsal!