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Solstice of Light – June 2017

St Mary’s Platt, Sunday 25th June 2017

With William Searle (tenor) and Ian Shaw (organ).

The centrepiece of our summer concert was the Solstice of Light, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Cantata for tenor, choir and organ. Its fourteen movements form a poetic history of Orkney with beautiful melodic moments and some wonderful harmony. This highly evocative piece was performed as the long light of June lasted into the evening making it a very special occasion.

We also be presented a wonderful setting of Shakespeare’s song from Cymbeline, Fear No More, by Jonas Magnussen, being performed for the first time in the UK, as well as two pieces by New Zealand composer Paul Newton-Jackson.

We were joined by special guests, tenor William Searle and organist Ian Shaw. William performed a beautiful selection of English solo songs as well as the tenor role in Solstice of Light.  Ian played an organ solo during the first part of the concert as well as performing the fantastic, virtuoso solo sections in Solstice of Light.

Strawberries and drinks were at 6.30pm  in the Churchyard and the concert followed at 7.00pm.

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    Lux Aeterna March 2017

    Saturday March 4th 2017 – St. Martin’s Church, Brasted.

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    The choir performed a capella music full of melody and luscious harmony by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten, while our special guest soloist Philippa Mo played a range of pieces for the violin.

    Two of Mendelssohn’s motets for eight-part choir opened the concert. Philippa then played two pieces for violin by German Romantic composer Rheinberger; she was accompanied on the organ by Robin Walker. Britten’s Five Flower Songs followed, fascinating settings of works by poets such as Herrick and Clare. Philippa then performed a new work by Frederick Frahm Grendel’s Soliloquy.  Closing the first half was Sir Edward Elgar’s famous Nimrod, arranged for choir and set to the text Lux Aeterna.

     

    The second half was a feast of Vaughan Williams, opening with The Lark Ascending.  The choir then performed the composer’s Mass in G minor for double choir and soloists, a truly great work of the English 20th century choral tradition.

     

     

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      Christmas with Cantate

      Poster for Cantate Choir's Christmas concert in December 2016 - Christmas with Cantate

      St Nicholas’ Church, Sevenoaks.

      Saturday 10th December 7.30pm.

      With guest conductor Riccardo Bonci and organist Iestyn Evans.

      Our Christmas programme will feature carols, old and new. From Wassail song to Wishart, with Bach, Vaughan Williams and Rutter, and, of course, we hope you will join with us to sing our favourite carols together!

      This year we are delighted to be performing with our very special guest soloist – Matilda Lloyd on trumpet. Matilda won the brass section of the BBC Musician of the year in 2014 and made her Proms solo debut this year with the BBC Philharmonic; she has also played with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for the Classic FM Live concert at the Royal Albert Hall and she has appeared on In Tune on Radio 3.  She works with a variety of orchestras and she currently reads music at Trinity College, Cambridge and studies the trumpet with Mark David, Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She will be joining us to perform many well-known carols and she will be playing solo pieces including Bach’s Concerto in D Major after Vivaldi.

      For a glorious, sparkling start to the Christmas season do come and join us!

      Tickets are £15 including refreshment and are available at Sevenoaks Bookshop or online and by phone from Brown Paper Tickets on www.bpt.me and 0800 411 8881. They will also available from members of the choir.

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        Vivaldi Gloria and works by living composers

        Saturday 21 May 2016, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Kippington, Sevenoaks

        Poster for Cantate Choir's Vivaldi Gloria concert in May 2016Vivaldi Gloria and works by living composers in association with Firehead Editions.

        The Cantate Choir will be performing Vivaldi’s Gloria in May. Written in around 1715 it is a joyous, sparkling piece for choir and soloists, with distinctive, sunny harmonies and beautifully expressive moments. This lovely, uplifting music forms the centrepiece of our concert.

        Following our tradition of presenting new music, we will also be performing a selection of pieces from Firehead Editions. This is a collective of three contemporary composers: Frederick Frahm, Huw Morgan and Nicholas Wibberley. They have written music for a wide variety of different contexts and are all distinguished composers, conductors and performers. Their music is intelligent, well-considered and attractive, and is performed the world over. We are delighted to be presenting a selection of their recent works, both sacred and secular, which we are sure you will enjoy.

        We look forward to welcoming you to an inspiring evening of old and new music.

        Tickets are £15 and will be available at Sevenoaks Bookshop or online and by phone from Brown Paper Tickets and 0800 411 8881. They will also available from members of the choir.

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          Gala Concert – Handel’s ‘Messiah’

          23rd January 2016
          Pamoja Hall – Sevenoaks School

          Poster for the Handel's Messiah concert in January 2016

          Programme

          Handel’s Messiah

          The Cantate Choir with orchestra ‘Vivace!’ and internationally renowned soloists gave a gala charity performance of this most wonderful of Oratorios to raise money for The Hospice in the Weald.

          Choir, orchestra and soloists performing the Hallelujah chorus in Handel's Messiah

          The Cantate Choir raised over £10,000 for Hospice in the Weald through it’s Gala Charity Concert on 23rd January 2016. This organisation provides the most outstanding palliative care to the terminally ill, and is heavily reliant on the generosity of the public, local businesses and organisations. Our guest of honour, Lord Sackville, introduced the concert.

          The choir performed Handel’s masterpiece under the baton of Robin Walker accompanied by orchestra ‘Vivace!’ who played on period instruments. Cantate also welcomed internationally renowned soloists: soprano Gillian Keith, counter tenor Francesco Ghelardini, tenor Tom Randle and bass Trevor Eliot Bowes.

          Soloists

          Conductor – Robin Walker
          Leader – Hazel Brooks

          Soprano – Gillian Keith
          Counter-tenor – Francesco Ghelardini
          Tenor – Tom Randle
          Bass – Trevor Eliot Bowes

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          Programme notes by Sarah Kelmsley

          Review

          Review by Graeme Fife

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            Summer 2014: Norway tour and Concert, Pining for the Fjords.

            Poster for Cantate's 'Pining for the Fjords' concert in June 2015In late May, The Cantate Choir went tour again, this time to Norway.  See the news pages for pictures of the trip. They  gave a concert in Bergen cathedral after which they travelled to the heart of Norway to rekindle their friendship with The Førde Kammerkor to perform there. This choir came to sing with Cantate in Sevenoaks in October 2012.

            Once returned the choir reprised the repertoire from the tour to present to an Audience at St. Martin’s Brasted. The concert included performances of Grieg, Norwegian folk songs, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, Weelkes, Morley, Stanford and Vaughan Williams, performing madrigals outside on a lovely summer’s evening before moving into the church for the rest of the concert.

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              Fauré’s Requiem

              7.30pm, Saturday 28th February 2015 – St. Mary’s Kippington, Sevenoaks

              Poster for Faure Requiem concert in February 2015The choir performed this compelling Requiem together with a programme including mezzo soprano and baritone solos,  other choral works and an organ work by John Ellis as well as his choral piece, The Mass of the Grove.

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                Top Kent Choir, 2015

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                Saturday 28th March 2015, Canterbury

                As winners of Top Kent Choir, 2014, we performed at a special celebration in March to mark five years of this competition which does so much to raise money for charity. We joined six other choirs, all past finalists or runners up, each performing a 15 minute repertoire in the Shirley Hall in Canterbury. The evening culminated in a special performance by all the choirs and audience together of a special arrangement of ‘Help’ – the song by the Beatles – to mark its fiftieth anniversary. The whole event celebrated live music and singing, and we were delighted to be able to take part. See photos of us performing by following this link.

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                  A Gala Christmas

                  7.30pm, Saturday 13 December – St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks

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                  Soloists

                  Robin WalkerConductor
                  Mardi BrassBrass quintet
                  Riccardo BonciOrgan
                  Linsay MartinReader
                  Lawrence ThornburyReader

                  Programme

                  Carol arr. Robin Walker – Once in Royal David’s city
                  Reading John Milton – The Invocation from Paradise Lost
                  Choir Boris Ord – Adam lay ybounden
                  Carol arr. David Willcocks – Of the Father’s heart begotten
                  Reading Rainer Mari Rilke – Annunciation to Mary translated by Mary Dows Herter Norton
                  Choir Villette – Hymne à la Vierge
                  Carol John Goss, arr. David Willcocks – See amid the winter’s snow
                  Reading Henry Vaughan – Christ’s Nativity
                  Choir Praetorius – In dulci jubilo
                  Choir A. Pärt – Bogoroditse dyevo
                  Carol, adapted by Arthur Sullivan – It came upon the midnight clear
                  Reading Sidney Godolphin – Hymn
                  Brass solo G.F. Handel – Symphony from Messiah
                  Choir Anon (ed. Stevens) – There is no rose - 15th C.
                  Carol arr. Mardi Brass – O little town of Bethlehem
                  Choir F. Mendelssohn – Rejoice and be glad all ye nations
                  Choir arr. Poston – The Boar’s head carol
                  Carol arr. Mardi Brass – Ding dong merrily on high
                  Reading John Betjeman – Christmas
                  Choir arr. Mardi Brass – God rest ye merry gentlemen
                  Choir arr. J. Magnussen – My heart will always wander trad. Norwegian
                  Carol arr. Mardi Brass – Silent night
                  Reading Ted Hughes – Minstral’s Song
                  Choir arr. Mardi Brass – The First nowell
                  Reading T.S. Elliot – The Cultivation of Christmas Trees
                  Brass soloLet it Blow
                  Carol arr. Mardi Brass – Hark the Herald

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                    Cantate at the Spiegeltent – Canterbury Festival

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                    11.00am, Saturday 25 October – Spiegletent, Canterbury

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                    We are delighted to be performing at the Spiegletent at the Canterbury Festival as winner of the Top Choir Kent competition. The concert takes place at 11am  on the 25th October. The venue is unique – part baroque ballroom part exotic marquee – and fantastic for an intimate and exciting concert.  Do come and join us as we present a morning of madrigals, classical pieces, folk song and jazz. There is something for everyone from Gabrieli to Tea for Two.Choir practising in the Spiegeltent

                    With other grcanterbury_festival140x210-140x210eat events continuing throughout the day why not take in a guided walk, or a comedy performance, rounded off with an evening concerSpiegeltentt by acclaimed choral group ‘Voces 8’ in Canterbury cathedral – make a day of it!

                     

                    The Spitfire ground is a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk from the centre of town, postcode CT1 3NZ . Parking is easy in that area.

                    Tickets are only £5 from the festival box office and will be available on the door.

                    For full details on the festival and booking go to www.canterburyfestival.co.uk and for our concert go to www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/music/top-choir-kent-cantate

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                      Music for a summer evening

                      7.00pm, Saturday 14 June – St Martin’s Church, Brasted

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                      Soloists

                      Robin WalkerConductor
                      Iestyn EvansOrgan

                      Programme

                      T. Campion 1557—1620 – Never weather-beaten sail
                      J. Bartlet fl. 1606—10 – Of all the birds that I do know
                      R. Jones fl. 1597—1615 – Farewell, dear love
                      G. Finzi 1901—56 – My spirit sang all day
                      E. Elgar 1857—1934 – As torrents in summer
                      C.H.H. Parry 1848—1918 – Music, when soft voices die
                      C.V. Stanford 1852—1924 – The blue bird
                      F. Delius 1862—1934 – To be sung of a summer night on the water (two unaccompanied part-songs)
                      G.B. Pergolesi 1710—1736 – Magnificat
                      A. Hollins 1865—1942 – A Trumpet Minuet
                      J. Jongen 1873—1953 – Petite Prélude
                      M. Lanquetuit 1894—1985 – Toccata
                      Eric Whitaker b. 1970 – Sleep
                      G.F. Handel 1685—1759 – My heart is inditing

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                        Thomas Tallis – Spem in alium

                        7.30pm, Saturday 22 March 2014 – St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks

                        Poster for Spem in Alium concert, March 2014

                        In March 2014, Cantate were joined for the first time by one of the world’s leading period ensembles, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, who have for many years been a highlight of the early music scene through their many recordings, radio performances and concerts. They delivered a wonderful programme of Renaissance music from Italy, Germany and Britain.

                        Cantate and HMSC performed alone and together in music by great composers of the period and the concert will build to a climax with Thomas Tallis’ extraordinary Spem in alium, a motet written in 40 parts, and a landmark piece in musical history.

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                          Christmas with Cantate

                          7.30pm, Saturday 14 December 2013 – St Mary’s Platt Parish Church

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                          Soloist

                          Jemima Stephensonorgan

                          Programme

                          Audience carol – O come, o come, Emmanuel
                          16th French tune Arr. Willcocks – Ding Dong! Merrily on high
                          14th century carol Arr. Willcocks – Resonemus laudibus
                          H. Berlioz 1803 – 69 – The Sepherd’s Farewell
                          Organ solo J.S. Bach 1685 – 1750 – Nun komm der heiden heiland BWV 659
                          J.G. Ebeling 1637? – 76 – All my heart this night rejoices
                          Audience carol – Good King Wenceslas
                          J.S. Bach 1685 – 1750 – Singet dem Herrn
                          Audience carol – Once in royal David’s city
                          W.J. Kirkpatrick 1838 – 1921 – Away in a manger
                          J. Rutter b. 1945 – Nativity Carol
                          J. Rutter – What sweeter music
                          Audience carol – O little town of Bethlehem
                          Organ solo O. Messiaen 1908 – 1992 – La Nativité du Seigneur – Les Bergers (the shepherds)
                          M. Lauridsen b. 1943 – O Magnum mysterium
                          W. Mathias 1934 – 92 – Sir Christèmas
                          Audience Carol – Hark the Herald angels sing

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                            Birthdays, Bubbly and Berries

                            7.30pm, Saturday 22 June 2013 – Kippington Church, Sevenoaks

                            Poster from Cantate Choir's June 2013 concert - Birthdays, bubbly and berries

                            Soloist

                            Iestyn EvansOrgan

                            Programme

                            John Dowland – Come again! Sweet love doth now invite
                            John Dowland – O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness
                            John Dowland – Flow not so fast ye fountains
                            John Dowland – Fine knacks for ladies
                            Benjamin Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb
                            Giuseppe Verdi – Ave Maria
                            Giuseppe Verdi – Stabat Mater
                            Giuseppe Verdi – Laudi Alla Vergine Madre
                            Giuseppe Verdi – Te Deum

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                              The First Nowell

                              7.30pm, Saturday 15 December 2012 – St Mary’s Platt, Borough Green

                              Soloist

                              Riccardo BonciOrgan

                              Programme

                              Vaughan Williams – The First Nowell – an Oratorio
                              Audience carol – O come, all ye faithful
                              H. Darke – In the bleak mid-winter
                              W. Byrd – O magnum mysterium
                              F. Poulenc – Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
                              E. Elgar – The Snow
                              B. Britten – A New Year carol
                              Audience carol – O little town of Bethlehem 
                              A. Adam – Oh holy night

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                                Royal Celebrations

                                7.30pm, Saturday 16 June 2012 – St Martin’s Church, Brasted

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                                A golden treasury of English music – Music for Royal occasions from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II

                                Soloist

                                Ian Shaworgan

                                Programme

                                O. Gibbons – Preludium organ solo
                                O. Gibbons – O clap your hands together
                                Anon C16th – Rejoice in the Lord
                                H. Purcell – Funeral sentences
                                T. Bateson – Hark, hear you not?
                                W. Boyce – The King shall rejoice
                                C.H.H. Parry – I was glad when they said unto me
                                S.S. Wesley – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
                                R. Vaughan Williams – Rhosymedre organ solo
                                R. Vaughan Williams – O taste and see
                                Paul Mealor – Ubi caritas
                                G.F. Handel – Zadok the Priest

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                                  Durufle Requiem and Gareth Wilson’s Decalogue

                                  7.30pm, Saturday 26 November, 2011 – St Mary’s Platt Church, Nr Borough Green

                                  Poster for Cantate Choir's Durufle Requiem concert in November 2011

                                  Soloists

                                  Gareth Wilsoncomposer & conductor
                                  Nicholas O’Neillorgan

                                  Programme

                                  Gareth Wilson – Decalogue
                                  Duruflé – Requiem

                                  This concert included Gareth Wilson’s first performance outside London of Decalogue.

                                  Performing new music, and working with composers is a real thrill for musicians: getting the music ‘hot off the press’. The Cantate Chamber Choir worked with Gareth Wilson, conductor, composer, theologian and educator, preparing his new work ‘Decalogue’ for their concert on Saturday 26th November in the Parish Church of St Mary Platt.

                                  The work, sets biblical texts from both the old and new testaments, to music as a set of eleven motets for choir and organ. Each text is chosen to highlight one of the Ten Commandments, with the eleventh movement being the words of Jesus; “I give you a new commandment”.

                                  The composer, Gareth Wilson, conducted the work and the choir’s musical director, Robin Walker, played the substantial organ accompaniment.

                                  For the second half of the concert Robin conducted the choir as they performed one of the choral repertoire’s most loved works: Maurice Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’, with its haunting ‘Pie Jesu’ and heavenly ‘In Paradisum’.

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                                    Auguri Italia!

                                    Tuesday 31 May 2011 – Methodist Church, Florence, Italy
                                    Wednesday 1 June 2011 – 13th century church of Saint Augustine, San Gimignano, Italy
                                    Thursday 2 June 2011 – La Badia Fiorentina (Florence Abbey), Florence, Italy
                                    7.30pm, Thursday 16 June – St Margaret Patten’s Church, City of London
                                    7.30pm, Saturday 18 June – St Martin’s Church, Brasted

                                    Poster from the choir's Auguri Italia! tour to Italy

                                    On 30th May, ‘Cantate’ set off for Florence, for a week of performances in Tuscany. They take with them a delightful summer programme celebrating 150 years of Italian Unity and will return to England for their UK concerts in London and finally Brasted. These ‘a capella’ concerts will feature music from the 15th to the 20th century, with a particular focus on Italian and English composers, including Giovanni Gabrieli, Antonio Lotti, Charles Wood, William Harris, John Dowland and Edward Bairstow. The concert will finish with Joseph Rheinberger’s wonderful Mass in E flat major.

                                    In Florence, all three concert venues are ancient churches with rich histories. The first is the Methodist Church in Florence, built in the 12th Century as a monastery, and the place where the clavichord was perhaps invented. It is also only a few doors away from the palazzo in which dramatic recitative was first heard, the birthplace of modern operatic style. The church is only a few hundred yards from the church of Santa Croce, where Rossini is buried, whose Messe Solennelle the choir performed in March this year.

                                    Photo of San Gimignano Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, one of the venues for the Choir's tour to Italy

                                    San Gimignano Chiesa di Sant’Agostino

                                    The 13th century church of Saint Augustine in the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Gimignano, south of Florence, is the choir’s second port of call. San Gimignano is famous for its many tall towers, used to dry long lengths of cloth dyed with local saffron, and visible for many miles around. The town was used in the film Tea with Mussolini, and is the setting for the video game Assassin’s Creed II !

                                    For their final concert the choir perform in one of Florence’s most ancient churches, La Badia Fiorentina (Florence Abbey), which dates back to the year 978, and where Robin is currently organist. The monastic community there have given the choir special permission to give a rare concert, which will be the final highlight of the trip.

                                    The choir also performed this summer programme on two occasions in England. First on Thursday 16th June when the choir sang in the City of London at St Margaret Patten’s Church and then on the opening night of the Sevenoaks Festival at St Martin’s Church Brasted on the 18th June.

                                    Programme

                                    Hugo Kelly – Magnificat
                                    J. Arcadelt – Ave maria
                                    G. Gabrieli – Jubilate Deo a 8
                                    T. Weelkes – When David heard
                                    A. Lotti – Crucifixus a 8
                                    A. Bruckner – Ave Maria, Locus iste, Os justi
                                    C. Wood – Great Lord of Lords
                                    S. Rachmaninov – Blessed is the man
                                    A. Bax – Lord, thou hast told us
                                    E. Bairstow – I sat down under his shadow
                                    J. Rheinberger – Double mass in E flat
                                    W. Harris – Bring us, O Lord God

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                                      Ceremony of Carols

                                      7.30pm, Saturday 11 December 2010 – St Marys Platt, Nr Borough Green

                                      Poster for the Cantate Choir's December 2010 Concert - Ceremony of Carols

                                      Soloist

                                      Camilla Payharp

                                      Programme

                                      G. Palestrina – Matin Responsory
                                      H J Gauntlett – Once in Royal David’s City
                                      arr. Willcocks – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
                                      H. Darke – In the bleak mid-winter
                                      M. Grandjany 1891-1775 – Aria in a classic style - Harp solo
                                      R.R. Bennett – Susanni
                                      arr. Willcocks – Il est né le divin enfant
                                      J. Rutter – Wexford carol
                                      Austr. trad. arr. Willcocks – He smiles within his cradle
                                      arr. Willcocks – Angelus ad Virginem
                                      S-R. Marcel 1882-1955 – Variations pastorales sur un vieux noël - Harp solo
                                      arr. Willcocks – Sussex carol
                                      Pearsall – In dulci jubilo
                                      arr. R. Jacques – The holly and the ivy
                                      arr. Willcocks – I saw three ships
                                      arr. R. Jacques – Good King Wenceslas
                                      B. Britten – Ceremony of carols

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                                        A Summer Seranade

                                        7.30 pm, Saturday 13 June 2010 – St Martin’s Church, Brasted

                                        Poster from Cantate Choir's summer concert in June 2010

                                        Soloist

                                        Iestyn Evansorgan

                                        Programme

                                        Madrigals
                                        Greaves- Come away, sweet love
                                        Vautor – Mother, I will have a husband
                                        Weelkes – Come, sirrah Jack, ho!
                                        Morley – Sing we, and chant it

                                        Folksongs
                                        Willcocks – Bobby Shaftoe
                                        Grainger – Londonderry Air
                                        Rutter – Dashing away with the smoothing iron
                                        Elgar – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
                                        Elgar – Doubt not thy Father’s care
                                        Elgar – O hearken Thou
                                        Elgar – They are at rest
                                        Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 (organ duet)

                                        Popular Classics from the ‘30s and ‘40s
                                        Youmans/Caesar – Tea for two
                                        Kern – Smoke gets in your eyes
                                        Porter – Let’s do it

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                                          Celebrate!

                                          7.30pm, Saturday 28 November 2009 – St Mary’s Church, Platt

                                          Poster for the Cantate Choir's November 2009 Concert - Celebrate!

                                          Soloist

                                          Robin Walkerorgan

                                          Programme

                                          J. Haydn 1732–1809 – Te Deum
                                          F. Mendelssohn 1809–1847 – Organ Sonata No. IV in B flat major
                                          F. Mendelssohn 1809–1847 – Sechs Sprüche zum Kirchenjahr – opus 79
                                          A. Bruckner 1824–1896 – Mass No. 2 in E minor

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                                            Part, Parry, Purcell and Palestrina

                                            7.30pm, Saturday 6 June 2009 – St Bartholomew’s Church, Otford

                                            Poster for the Cantate Choir's June 2009 Concert - Part, Parry, Purcell and Palestrina

                                            Soloist

                                            Iestyn Evansorgan

                                            Programme

                                            H. Purcell 1659–95 My Heart is inditing
                                            H. Purcell Voluntary in G major
                                            G.P. Palestrina 1525–94 Exsultate Deo
                                            G.P. Palestrina Ricercar del quinto tuono
                                            G.P. Palestrina Tu es Petrus
                                            A. Pärt b. 1935 Pari Intervallo
                                            A. Pärt The Beatitudes
                                            C.H.H. Parry 1848–1918 Songs of Farewell
                                            C.H.H. Parry Chorale Prelude on “Croft’s 136th”

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                                              O Magnum Mysterium

                                              7.30pm, Saturday 13 December 2008 – St Martin’s Church, Brasted

                                              Poster from Cantate Choir's December 2008 concert, O Magnum Mysterium

                                              Soloists

                                              Riccardo Bonciorgan
                                              David Matthewsnarrator

                                              Programme

                                              Kjell Mørk Karlsen b.1947 – O Magnum Mysterium
                                              Carols from Georgian England
                                              Hark! how all the welkin rings,
                                              Hallelujah 1767
                                              Nativity 1816
                                              A Christmas anthem c. 1830
                                              I saw a maiden
                                              Silent night
                                              O come, all ye faithful
                                              The twelve days of Christmas

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                                                The Voice Of Melody

                                                7.30pm, Saturday 7 June 2008 – St Mary’s Church, Platt

                                                Poster from Cantate Choir's June 2008 concert, The Voice of Melody

                                                Soloists

                                                Nimrod Borensteincomposer
                                                Iestyn Evansorgan

                                                Programme

                                                Benjamin Britten 1913-1976 – O be joyful in the Lord
                                                Arvo Pärt b.1935 – “I am the true vine
                                                John Rutter b.1945 – Loving shepherd of thy sheep
                                                Ernest Bullock 1890-1979 – Give us the wings of faith to rise
                                                Jyrki Linjama b. 1962 – Salve Regina
                                                William Harris 1883 – 1973 – Faire is the heaven
                                                Nimrod Borenstein b. 1969 – Three psalm settings
                                                The voice of melody
                                                If I forget thee, O Jerusalem
                                                Idols
                                                Arnold Bax 1883-1953 – Lord, thou hast told us
                                                Charles Wood 1866-1926 – Great Lord of Lords
                                                Nimrod Borenstein – “To be or not to be” (World Premiere)

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