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Recent Performances and Events

If you’d like to read a review of the concerts and look at some photos of the choir in action, please go to the Members Page.

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.

March 16th, 2024

The Spring concert saw ADCS say goodbye to its marvellous organist, Alan Gidney, with the performance of Cherubini’s ‘Requiem’ which Alan gave on his first collaboration with the choir in November 2010. Peter was very pleased with the controlled hushed singing and dramatic outbursts and the choir really enjoyed singing this lovely piece which for many is a forgotten treasure. 

The audience enjoyed the various choral pieces of the second half and the two solo pieces by Karg-Elert brilliantly played by Alan. It was an emotional concert with some sublime music. Thank you to Peter our superb musical director and a final thank you to Alan Gidney. We will miss you so much.

December 17th, 2023

In our 90th Anniversary year it was wonderful to finish 2023 with a Christmas concert in St Paul’s.

Thank you to our soloists Frances Buckingham and Vicky Johnson who sang the opening verses beautifully in ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘In the bleak mid-winter’.

It was lovely to chat and catch up over mince pies: thank you to everyone who helped prepare and serve the refreshments and to those who took care of the raffle and tickets. Thank you to Alan Gidney for his excellent organ accompaniment and his solo ‘Interlude on Coventry Carol’. Lastly, thank you to our outstanding musical director, Peter Brown.

November 18th 2023

ADCS celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a wonderful evening of music in St Paul’s. It really was a special concert, opening with ‘Zadok the Priest’ and closing with Vivaldi’s joyous ‘Gloria’. The variety of the movements within the ‘Patchwork Mass’ blended beautifully and the choir gave controlled dynamic contrasts and some glorious moments. 

Thank you to our soloists: Frances Buckingham, Sue Baines-MacNeill, Veronica Gilbert and Vicky Johnson; Alan Gidney for his expert and delightful organ playing and of course the multi-talented Peter Brown.

The performance of the Messiah was something special. The 4 young soloists were stunning and the chamber orchestra was brilliant. ADCS rose to the challenge, too. Although the choruses were spritely, there was always control and the performance flowed. Diction was very good and we were able to give a blend of dynamic contrasts.  Thank you to Alan Gidney whose confident chamber organ playing underpinned it all and to our gifted music director Peter Brown. 

December 17th, 2022

The large audience thoroughly enjoyed Britten’s masterpiece ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ and loved the beautiful harp playing by Janet Bennett. Thank you to Vicky for her solo and her lovely duet with Frances.

The second half of the concert was a mixture of carols, some traditional. We performed ‘Christmas Eve’, a world premiere of Peter Brown’s amazing new carol with words by Christina Rosetti. Thank you to our md Peter and our brilliant organist Alan and all who helped prepare and serve the delicious refreshments. Happy Christmas!

Nov. 12th, 2022

We honour the Armed Forces of today and those who served to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms. The audience enjoyed the quality of the music. The highlights were Peter Brown’s outstanding work ‘For the Fallen’ and Vierne’s ‘Messe Solennelle’.

Thank you to our soloists: Vicky, Peter and Paul; Alan Gidney for his wonderful organ playing and the inspirational Peter Brown.

We look to the past & weep, we look to the past & give thanks. We look to the present & weep, we look to the present & give thanks.

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!

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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