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A Hymn to the Virgin
The title of our Christmas concert is taken from Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin, precociously composed for his mother’s Lowestoft Musical Society when he was sixteen and in the sanitorium at Gresham School. The programme will also include William Mathias’ Ave Rex. We have often sung one of the movements from this – Sir Christémas – and this will be a chance to hear the whole work. There will also be music by Kenneth Leighton, John Tavener, Judith Weir, James Macmillan and Andrzej Panufnik as well as the traditional audience carols.
This year we will also be putting on an extra concert of lighter Christmas music at St Martin’s during the afternoon which we hope will attract a new audience. Look out for further details.
Would you like to sing with us?
Vacancies arise in the choir from time to time. If you are interested in auditioning, have choral experience and a good level of sight-reading, please contact Stephen Ridge using the form on our ‘Contact us‘ page.
Planning a wedding?
Epsom Chamber Choir is available to sing at your church service or civil ceremony. We offer a wide selection of hymns, anthems and other favourite music. For further information please contact us using the form on our ‘Contact us‘ page.
ABOUT THE CHOIR
We are a choir of about 35 voices based in Epsom, Surrey where we give at least six major concerts each year, mostly in St Martin’s Church.
We sing music by composers as different as ‘Fats’ Waller and Arvo Pärt and pieces that have just been written as well as the classics.
Each year at Christmas we help the National Trust to raise funds at Clandon Park and from time to time we sing Evensong in cathedrals such as St Paul’s, Winchester, Southwark, Ely and, most recently, St Alban’s in May 2009.
We also tour abroad. abroad. In May 2012 we visited Chantilly, Epsom’s twin town, where we sang a concert at Sainte-Thérèse church in Bois Saint-Denis, and Mass at Notre Dame church. We also sang a concert at St Germain des Prés in Paris.
The choir has won Enterprise Awards on three occasions from the Performing Right Society. Epsom Chamber Choir, which was formed in 1969, is a Registered Charity number 1026721 and is affiliated to Making Music.
We belong to gerontius.net the website for choirs. Search gerontius.net for choirs or concerts in the Kingston-on-Thames (KT) post code area. We also advertise our concerts on www.wherecanwego.com’s What’s On Guide and concert-diary.com.
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