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Dec
16
Sat
Another Christmas Consort! @ St Margaret's Church
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Music for the Christmas Season:

Gabriel’s message – Basque Carol, arr. Allan Bullard

Ave Maria – Paweł Łukaszewski

Come, thou long expected Jesus – Alan Bullard

Ding Dong! Merrily on high – Sixteenth Century French Tune, arr. Charles Wood

Away in a manger – W Kirkpatrick, arr. David Willcocks

Sussex Carol – English Traditional, arr. David Willcocks

Bethlehem Down – Peter Warlock

O magnum mysterium – Morten Lauridsen

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – John Gardner

What sweeter music – John Rutter

Mar
10
Sat
The Passing of the Year ~ Jonathan Dove – A fabulous song cycle for double choir and piano! @ Ely Methodist Church
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Our programme comprises modern choral settings of fine poetry, complemented by flute solos – including Debussy’s haunting Syrinx – played by our guest soloist Cherry Blanchard. Highlights of the programme include a new setting by Malcolm Archer of Ursula Vaughan Williams’ poem Hymn for St Cecilia, and Three songs of love by Alexander L’Estrange, setting poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. American composers and poets are represented with Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s The road not taken, and Morten Lauridsen’s luscious Sure on this shining night, with words by James Agee.

The main piece of the evening is Jonathan Dove’s The passing of the year. Setting words by William Blake, Emily Dickinson and Alfred, Lord Tennyson amongst others, this is a song-cycle exploring the theme of the passing seasons. Written for double choir and piano, the music demands extreme virtuosity from the singers and pianist alike; we are therefore delighted to be accompanied, as always, by the brilliant Charlie Penn. This work is an incredible modern masterpiece which should not be missed!

Tickets: £10 prior/on door (U16s free)
Burrows Bookshop, 9 High St Passage, Ely
tel: 01353 669759.

Jun
23
Sat
Haydn: ‘Heilig’ Mass with The Con Brio Chamber Orchestra @ St Andrews Church, Sutton
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Ely Consort join forces with the Con Brio Chamber Orchestra to perform Haydn’s Heilig Mass, one of the great settings composed towards the end of his life. Written in the same year as Mass in Time of War, which we preformed in 2016 at Sutton, the music shares the same excitement and grandeur, exploiting the possibilities for choir and orchestra to the full. The first half of the concert features Ola Gjeilo’s exuberant Luminous night of the soul, for eight-part choir, string quartet and piano, Bob Chilcott’s magical re-working of Orlando Gibbons’ Silver Swan, and Lux aeterna, a new choral setting of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

So, much to enjoy from this exciting concert programme with orchestral accompaniment, which is part of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival!

Tickets: £10 prior / £12 on door (U16s free)
tel: 01353 776125

Jul
14
Sat
Ely Consort Pre-tour concert – Haddenham Methodist Church @ Haddenham Methodist Church
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Ely Consort Pre-tour concert - Haddenham Methodist Church @ Haddenham Methodist Church | Haddenham | England | United Kingdom

A concert in preparation for our three tour concerts in Gdansk, Poland to feature music from the following repertoire:

Malcolm Archer: A hymn for St Cecilia
Paweł Łukaszewski: Ave Maria
Stanford: Justorum Animae
Sarah Quartel: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
Schubert: Ave Maria
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Parry: My soul there is a country
Handel: Hallelujah, Amen (from Judas Maccabeus)
Jan Gawlas: Szumi Dolina
John Rutter: The Lord Bless you and keep you
Vaughan Williams: Let all the world in every corner sing
Elgar: Ave verum corpus
Bruckner: Locus iste
Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this shining night
Mozart: Ave Verum corpus
Tallis: If ye love me
Brunner: High Flight

Tickets: £5 in advance / on door (U16s free)

Jul
19
Thu
Ely Consort ~ Gdansk, Poland Tour
Jul 19 – Jul 24 all-day
Jul
20
Fri
KOŚCIÓŁ ŚW. KATARZYNY (St Catherines Church) @ KOŚCIÓŁ ŚW. KATARZYNY (St Catherines Church)
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
KOŚCIÓŁ ŚW. KATARZYNY (St Catherines Church) @ KOŚCIÓŁ ŚW. KATARZYNY (St Catherines Church) | Gdańsk | pomorskie | Poland

Concert Programme:

Malcolm Archer: A hymn for St Cecilia
Paweł Łukaszewski: Ave Maria
Tallis: If ye love me
Franck: Panis angelicus
Stanford: Justorum Animae
Schubert: Ave Maria
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Handel: Hallelujah, Amen
Parry: My soul there is a country
Sarah Quartel: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
John Rutter: The Lord Bless you and keep you
Jan Gawlas: Szumi Dolina
Vaughan Williams: Let all the world in every corner sing

Encores:
Bruckner: Locus iste
David Brunner: High flight

Conductor & our Tour Director/Liaison Officer ~ Matthew Rudd

*Piano & Organ ~ Charlie Penn

Jul
21
Sat
BAZYLIKA ŚW. MIKOŁAJA (St Nicholas’ Basilica) @ BAZYLIKA ŚW. MIKOŁAJA (St Nicholas' Basilica)
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BAZYLIKA ŚW. MIKOŁAJA (St Nicholas' Basilica) @ BAZYLIKA ŚW. MIKOŁAJA (St Nicholas' Basilica) | Gdańsk | pomorskie | Poland

Concert programme:

Vaughan Williams: Let all the world in every corner sing
Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Bruckner: Locus iste
Schubert: Ave Maria
Handel: Hallelujah, Amen
Franck: Panis angelicus
Stanford: Justorum Animae
Elgar: Ave verum corpus
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
David Brunner: High flight
Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this shining night
Jan Gawlas: Szumi Dolina
Jonathan Dove: Ring out, wild bells

Encores:
Tallis: If ye love me
John Rutter: The Lord Bless you and keep you

Conductor & our Tour Director/Liaison Officer ~ Matthew Rudd

*Piano & Organ ~ Charlie Penn

Jul
22
Sun
BAZYLIKA ŚW. BRYGIDY (St Bridget’s Basilica) @ BAZYLIKA ŚW. BRYGIDY (St Bridgets Basilica)
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
BAZYLIKA ŚW. BRYGIDY (St Bridget's Basilica) @ BAZYLIKA ŚW. BRYGIDY (St Bridgets Basilica) | Gdańsk | pomorskie | Poland

Concert programme:

David Brunner: High flight
Bruckner: Locus iste
Malcolm Archer: A hymn for St Cecilia
Paweł Łukaszewski: Ave Maria
Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Morten Lauridsen: Sure on this shining night
Sarah Quartel: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
Tallis: If ye love me
Elgar: Ave verum corpus
Parry: My soul there is a country
John Rutter: The Lord Bless you and keep you
Jonathan Dove: Ring out, wild bells
Jan Gawlas: Szumi Dolina
Vaughan Williams: Let all the world in every corner sing

Encores:
Schubert: Ave Maria
Handel: Hallelujah, Amen

Conductor & our Tour Director/Liaison Officer ~ Matthew Rudd

*Piano & Organ ~ Charlie Penn

Sep
6
Thu
Pre-season Social @ Chez West
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Dec
1
Sat
In Memoriam @ Ely Cathedral
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In Memoriam @ Ely Cathedral | England | United Kingdom

2018 is a year of anniversaries. Historically, of course, November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, and two important composers also have anniversaries this year: Sergei Rachmaninov, who died 75 years ago in 1943, and Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, who died 100 years ago, just one month before the end of the war.

Ely Consort’s concert in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral draws together these various strands to create a programme which not only commemorates the events and anniversaries, but also incorporates a theme of hope and reconciliation. Rachmaninov’s All-night vigil (commonly, although incorrectly, referred to as his Vespers) is one of the towering achievements in the choral repertoire. The rich acoustic of the Lady Chapel makes this the perfect place to hear this amazing unaccompanied music, with the choir divided into as many as eleven parts to create the most incredible effects and harmonies. (We will sing ten movements from the complete work). The First World War is directly referenced in our performance of David Bednall’s new work Some corner of a foreign field, which is an evocative and at times dramatic setting of three well-known war poems. Parry’s much loved Songs of Farewell were written towards the end of the war, when he knew he had not long to live, and this gives the music an added poignancy; we will sing three of the songs during this concert. In recent years, many choirs have enjoyed singing the works of the young Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, and we are excited to be giving the world premiere of a work we have commissioned Sarah to write for us.‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers is a setting of a poem by Emily Dickinson, which likens the concept of hope to a feathered bird that is permanently perched in the soul of each us, where it sings, never stopping in its quest to inspire. We will also perform Jonathan Dove’s incredible setting of Ring out, wild bells (the words of which come from Tennyson’s elegy In Memoriam) for double choir and virtuoso piano – this tumultuous work, which perfectly evokes the sound of the wild bells, ends with the optimistic lines ‘Ring in the thousand years of peace’. We hope that you will be able to join us for this evening of reflective, optimistic, and above all uplifting choral music.

 ~ Programme ~ 

Rachmaninov: All-night vigil

  • Come, let us worship

  • Blessed is the man 

David Jepson: Do not stand at my grave and weep 

David Bednall: Some corner of a foreign field

  • A Soldier’s Cemetery

  • To a missing friend

  • The Soldier 

Rachmaninov: All-night vigil

  • Rejoice, O virgin

  • The six psalms

  • Praise the name of the Lord 

Dove: Ring out, wild bells 

~ Interval ~

Rachmaninov: All-night vigil

  • Having beheld the resurrection of Christ

  • My soul magnifies the Lord 

Parry: Songs of farewell

  • My soul, there is a country

  • Never weather beaten sail

  • There is an old belief 

Sarah Quartel: ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

Premiering a brand new choral work commissioned by Ely Consort!

Rachmaninov: All-night vigil

  • Today salvation has come

  • Thou didst rise from the tomb

  • To Thee, the victorious leader

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