Christmas Concert: Bring Us Light – 7.30pm Saturday 13th December 2014
St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Road, London NW5 1LS, with actress Anne Reid.
Voxcetera’s popular annual Christmas Concert is packed with much-loved and lesser-known carols, with some for all to sing; gorgeous and witty arrangements of popular songs such as Winter Wonderland and The Twelve Days of Christmas; and festive music including Poulenc’s 4 motets pour le temps de Noël, as well as works by Rutter and Britten.
The choir will be joined by string players and pianist Paul Ayres, and we are delighted that actress Anne Reid (star of Last Tango in Halifax, Our Zoo and Dinnerladies) will again provide festive readings.
Get in the mood for Christmas, and take time out of the December rush, by enjoying gorgeous choral music in beautiful surroundings.
October 2014 concert
As part of the monthly lunchtime concerts held at St James’ Muswell Hill, Voxcetera performed a mix of pieces from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Borodin and Poulenc. This was followed by a tour of the British Isles with Searching for Lambs by Paul Ayres, Donald Cashmore’s O Waly Waly, Vaughan Williams’ Loch Lomond, Bob Chilcott’s Ar Hyd Y Nos and Londonderry Air.
May 2014 concert in collaboration with Edinburgh-based chamber choir, Rudsambee
St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh
In May, Voxcetera performed in a joint concert of choral delights including Poulenc’s Huit chansons françaises and Gabriel Jackson’s I gaze upon you, together with Britten’s A.M.D.G. and Esenvalds’ Long Road.
Spring 2014 concert in collaboration with Northern Lights Orchestra
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London
In March 2014, Voxcetera collaborated with Northern Lights Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass, together with performances of Purcell’s I was glad, Britten’s A.M.D.G. and Esenvalds’ Long road.
Christmas 2013 Concert: Gold for a Crown
Voxcetera’s popular annual Christmas Concert was packed with much-loved and lesser-known carols, songs and other festive music, in bold and beautiful arrangements by Rutter, Britten, Lassus, Warlock and Howells, as well as brilliant and surprising takes on standards such as The Twelve Days of Christmas and Jingle Bells.
As a group we have sung at church and registry office weddings and special church services. In December 2010, we successfully promoted our first sell-out Christmas concert which included a variety of traditional and less traditional seasonal music. In May 2011, we enjoyed a busy tour of Southern Germany, performing a range of early and contemporary works, much of which was a cappella. The summer of 2011 was marked by a delightful concert in Hampstead, followed by our debut at the South Bank as part of the Festival of Britain season. We were pleased to hold a concert to raise money for charity in September 2011 in Finchley. In the winter of 2011, we gave several seasonal performances at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. In December 2011, we held our second Christmas concert, again a sell-out, which included a mix of carols and seasonal music and included a small children’s choir.
Throughout 2012, Voxcetera continued to perform in several concerts and to have a variety of recording engagements. In May 2012, they promoted concerts in Derbyshire, enjoying large audiences. Concerts in the N London area were interspersed with recording sessions in studios and for television. Voxcetera were engaged by Brent Cross Shopping Centre for a return visit to bring festive cheer to shoppers and mark the turning on of the festive lights.
Recent performances include Fauré’s Requiem in collaboration with Northern Lights Orchestra conducted by Adam Johnson. On the same occasion, Voxcetera also performed Elgar’s My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
Voxcetera have also recently returned from a very successful tour of Southern Germany where they performed three concerts to full and enthusiastic audiences. The first was in the beautiful baroque library at the monastery in Wiblingen, where the choir were presented with delightful (edible!) gifts.
The second concert was in a very cold church in Munderkingen where the audience comprised partly people who had been to the same venue two years previously to hear Voxcetera and had returned to hear them again, and partly people who had come on the recommendation of those who had been previously. The potential distraction of seeing exhaling breath of the cold choir members did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the audience. The locals were especially pleased to hear Voxcetera singing in the local Swabian dialect.
The third concert took place in the Bavarian alpine town of Obersdorf, in a modern church with a delicate acoustic. Again, the audience were enthusiastic and friendly, urging the choir to perform an encore.