Performances

Last Performance

Come And Sing! Saturday, 18th June 2022

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Alnwick & District Choral Society

invite you to

COME AND SING!

Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine

by Gabriel Fauré

A Ukrainian Prayer by John Rutter

SATURDAY 18 JUNE, 2022

Come and take part in a relaxed performance of these glorious pieces of music even if you’ve never sung them before. Our Music Director, Peter Brown will keep us moving in the right direction, with the skilled and patient accompaniment of organist Alan Gidney.

In addition to the Saturday rehearsal you are welcome to join us from 7.15pm to 8.30pm on 8th  and Wed 15th June at Swansfield Park Primary school, Alnwick NE66 1UH, where you will have an opportunity to warm up your voices, become a little more familiar with the music, and beat the rush by collecting music in advance.

Saturday rehearsal and performance in St. Paul’s Church, Percy Street, Alnwick. Northumberland NE66 1AE.

Registration, complimentary tea and coffee, toilets, in Masonic Hall, Prudhoe St. (opposite SE corner of the church grounds)

Timetable             From 13.15 Registration in the Masonic Hall, Prudhoe St.

                        14.00 Rehearsal begins 

                        15.15 Short break

                        15.45 Rehearsal continues

                        17.00 Break (If you bring food you may consume it in the Masonic Hall)

                        18.00 Performance

Dress code.           Please wear what feels comfortable.

Music editions:       OUP – Cantique de Jean Racine, New Novello – Requiem, Ukrainian Prayer will be provided.

Cost:                  Participants £10.00*, collected at rehearsal or on the day, card payment accepted

                        Audience £3 .00 on the door

                        Donations to DEC Ukraine appeal welcome**.

Please note:

     1) there is no charge for registered ‘Friends’ of ADCS either to participate or to watch the performance

     2) participants can enjoy free tea, coffee etc. during breaks

     3) this is a great opportunity to meet choir members and get a feel for how we rehearse for anyone who            might be thinking of joining ADCS

     4) * The £10 charge covers both the day of the rehearsal and 2 choir rehearsals preceding the concert

     5) ** for further information about Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal visit                their official website

For more information please see our Facebook website:  Alnwick & District Choral Society;  or email comeandsing@alnwickchoralsociety.co.uk

To book your place online either click on the button below or visit ‘Contact Us’ on our website.

Directors & Concerts

Below you will find 4 buttons with links to the concerts of our present musical director, Peter Brown and all of the concerts we have on record for the 3 previous directors. 

On this main page only the most recent concerts which the choir has given in the past couple of years will be shown to give you a flavour of our repertoire.

Recent Performances

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June 18th 2022

Our second ‘Come and Sing’ began with Rutter’s ‘A Ukrainian Prayer, this heartfelt piece was warmly received by native speakers in the audience. Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ was followed by his ‘Requiem’ which is full of beauty and lightness of touch. The choir responded well to the dynamics of the piece and Vicky Johnson and Paul Newman sang beautifully. Thank you to our gifted md, Pete and our excellent organist, Alan. The final movement ‘In Paradisum’ was simply delightful with its playful, dancing melody preparing us for a peaceful & happy end. Enjoy the Summer break!

Royal symbols of office: crown, orb and both sceptres.

April 2nd 2022

Saturday night’s concert could rightly be called a Royal Concert. The audience was taken on a journey through time with a wonderful selection of music which has been performed at one or more royal occasions.

Many beautiful pieces, an organ interlude and a jubilant finish.

Thank you to Peter, Alan and all the rest of the choir!

December 12th 2021

Following best covid-safe guidance there was much less socialising after the performance, but everyone enjoyed the lovely music and the shared celebration of Advent.

The sound was really good; Vicky and Peter gave lovely solos. Thank you Alan for German’s delightful ‘A Festive Trumpet Tune’ it was so joyous and uplifting. Thank you also to Peter for bringing the concert together.

We hope you have a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

November 13th 2021

After lockdown and restrictions, it was amazing to sing in St Paul’s again. Peter Brown’s “In Flanders Fields” is so beautiful and undoubtedly deserves a much wider audience.

Veronica Gilbert gave a glorious performance of the tenor solo in the Puccini; in fact, each of the voices had moments of beauty, but for me, the bass line stepped up the most.

Thank you to the excellent Alan Gidney and inspirational Peter Brown. Our 2021 Remembrance concert was moving and allowed us to remember the service and sacrifice of so many.

December 15th, 2019

After this carol concert I’d say it feels officially more like Christmas! Traditional carols with audience participation & a number of new ones. It makes  such an amazing difference to have a beautiful soprano descant floating above the melody! Afterwards we enjoyed mince pies, Stollen bites, mulled wine and juice & caught up with friends and their family news. Thank you for the lovely solos Frances & Veronica and for Alan’s organ improvisation on ‘The First Nowell’. Peter was brill as always.                       Happy Christmas!

November 9th 2019

Though some came to experience Bernstein’s masterpiece, “Chichester Psalms”, the choir sang Peter Brown’s “Requiem” with awe: in both pieces, explosions of sound flow on to peaceful sections of lyrical beauty & rest. Thank you, Peter! Vocal soloists & the harp, percussion + organ soloists were all excellent. Powerful & deeply moving music to honour the dead, comfort the grieving. A remembrance concert with a message of hope that people will dwell together in unity, Yaḥad – ‘together’, a plea for peace

April 6th, 2019.

What a fabulous concert! The choir sang with passionate intensity and the music at times had a beautiful and raw edge of power, with shouts of eternal joy & victory over death. Paul Gibson’s baritone powerful solos were awesome & Veronica Gilbert sang with controlled tenderness. Peter Brown & Alan Gidney excelled and the audience were very appreciative.

December 16th, 2018.

We gave our all to the angels, shepherds and wise men! Great carol concert, wonderful audience, mulled wine + mince pies. Peter Brown and Alan Gidney deserve a good rest

Go to ‘Members’ to see reviews & photos of recent concerts or please use the button to visit the landing page for earlier performances…

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