10 Year Anniversary Advent Concert Sunday 5th December
J S Bach & Christmas Music
Shaking off the Covid shackles and fresh from the triumph of their recent performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor in St James’ Piccadilly, the Dulwich Chamber Choir is delighted to be returning to Dulwich’s Christ’s Chapel on Sunday 5th December for its annual Advent Concert, this year featuring excerpts from Bach as well as Christmas songs.
Founded in 2011 by Richard Mayo, this is the 10th anniversary season for the Dulwich Chamber choir. Originally designed to give experienced singers short on spare time the opportunity to gather and perform a variety of wonderful music, the Choir’s first concert with the English Heritage Orchestra took place in October 2011. Since when it has gone from strength to strength, deploying its flexible ensemble to perform a wide range of formats embracing both the secular and the sacred.
Concerts, performed in local venues, have included Pizzetti’s Requiem and Rachmaninov’s Vespers, as well as works by Bruckner, Haydn, Howells, Walton and Eric Whitacre. The choir has also put on several themed musical events, including a 2013 concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of President J. F. Kennedy, and a Victorian evening of music and words.
Lockdown has been tough for singers, as for everyone. Though Zoom singing gave some an important sense of community, Dulwich Chamber Choir decided the experience would be too ‘wooden’ compared to the vibrancy of actual rehearsals. As one choir member explained: ‘Choral singing is like a team sport – a massive joint effort to produce something inspiring and memorable both for those producing it and those listening. After 18 months of silence, during which choir members saw their share of loss and difficulties, it means the world to be back in the joyful business of live singing to an audience. Christmas 2021 deserves real celebration.”
Concert Details: Excerpts from J S Bach Mass in B Minor, Christmas music & carols 7-9pm Sunday December 5th Christ’s Chapel, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD Tickets on the door: £15 (£10) concessions