On 6 February 2022 the Queen will have been on the throne for 70 years. She will be the first British monarch to reach this historic milestone and the Choral Society want to celebrate this. The theme therefore for our April concert will be Music for Royal Occasions, includeingHandel’s Coronation Anthems and many other Royal related music.
Much more detail to follow as we develop the programme.
Our concert on 12th December in the Joy Abbot Hall was a real success. Great new bijou concert venue for the town, the performing space is not huge but imaginative use of the galleries above it really expands the possibilities. Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata with its multiple choirs fits very well into the space and the audience enjoyed a real treat with the superb tenor Magnus Walker. The Cantata has, to quote one of the audience, “a surprising amount of good tunes” and Britten uses the voices and the music to paint the story of St Nicholas in a very approachable way. The choral society acquitted itself really well in what is not the easiest piece to sing, but we did make our conductor John Chillingworth work very very hard on the night to bring it off. Many thanks to the three choristers from St Mary le Tower in Ipswich who were the three pickled boys. And hats off to the small but perfectly formed Kingfisher Ensemble who accompanied the choir for the Britten.
After St Nicholas we had the traditional carol concert with new carols, Alan Bullard’s “Glory to the Christ Child” being a highlight, comic readings and traditional carols with the audience joining in.
More on our tenor soloist, Magnus Walker, who sang with a beautiful full rich and confident tone and with huge attention to the underlying emotion of the songs. It was an absolute treat to hear such a quality performance in this new venue. Magnus is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is now studying for his masters. He recently won the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens aware for Schumann Lieder. He has sung in many of the UK’s top concert venues and takes a particular interest in Art Song performance. For more detail on Magnus, click here.
Overall, it was a lovely evening which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.
Our concert on Sunday 12th December 2021 was in the Joy Abott Hall, which used to be the URC in School Street.
Tickets at £12 each (£2 for students and children) were available from Sudbury Tourist Office (in the Town Hall) and from Juniper Flowers in North Street, Sudbury. They could also be bought on the door. Ticket enquiries – please contact Christa by email or call her on 01787 466046.
Britten’s St Nicholas cantata is a very interesting mix of completely over the top drama, almost Monty Pythonesque tall tales and wonderful music which combines medieval themes with Britten’s mastery of 20th century music techniques. And any work that includes pickled boys just should not be missed. We follow this cantata with a selection of carols for Christmas, some new and some of our favourites.
We had planned to hold the concert in St Gregory’s Church Sudbury but changed our mind once we knew the old URC was available. We are delighted that this much loved building, sometimes referred to as the Shard of Sudbury, is coming back into use.
For the first time ever we’re having our Christmas Concert outside St Peter’s, Market Hill Sudbury on 20th December at 2.00pm. It’s only for an hour to keep everyone safe and warm. Come and join us for some festive cheer!
Here’s the poster for our next concert on 18th November at 7.30pm in St Peter’s, Sudbury. Tickets are available in person and by phone from Sudbury Tourist Information Office, tel 01787 881320, Compact Music, North Street tel 01787 881160 and our newest ticket outlet, the Quay Theatre by phone: 01787 374745, in person and online.
Our Christmas spectacular is this Sunday, 17th December at 2.45pm. Bures Primary School Choir are giving us the aaaah factor, audience carols provide the sing-along vibe, nicely finished off with mince pies…and a carol from the choir about a sparrow!
Tickets are still available from Compact Music and Sudbury Tourist Info Centre in the Library.
Our last concert, Mendelssohn’s Elijah was a huge success for us – an inspiring evening, spurred on by having a replacement Elijah soloist at the last minute – you would never have known.
Our Summer Concert on Sunday 2nd July at 3.30pm features Songs from the Films. We’ve got support from the super-talented Laura Barnard, and vocal harmonies from The Accidentals and Flat Broke . Songs will span the decades, including this Eighties-tastic Bond theme tune by Sheena Easton:
If you fancy something more classical, a follow up to last year’s packed-out French Horn concert is being put on to support us in St Peter’s on Sunday 23rd July. Tickets available shortly.
Apologies for radio silence from our web master, she’s been on holiday but is back now to update you with details of our next concert, the splendid and glorious oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn. Date: 9th April, time 7.30pm in St Peter’s. Tickets are already on sale in Tourist Information and Compact Music, Sudbury.