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Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Editor tickets

Concerts 2013-14

 John Gibbons conductor


Saturday 17 May 2014     





 St Albans Cathedral 7.30pm



Sergei Rachmaninov        Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

Lorna Perry alto              Andrew Shepstone tenor

The All-night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943), otherwise known as his Vespers, is a setting of texts from the Russian Orthodox liturgy and encompasses a near-miraculous range of musical imagination while respecting the traditional chants on which it is based.   Written in multiple parts for unaccompanied choir, it is famous for the exceptionally low notes for the second basses – the first conductor reputedly asked “Where are we to find such basses? They are as rare as asparagus at Christmas!”

This magnificent work is complemented by shorter pieces from Tavener and Pärt, composers particularly suited to the Cathedral’s generous acoustic, and by Messiaen’s Transports de joie for solo organ.

with Tom Winpenny organ


John Tavener                    Tolstoy’s Creed

Arvo Pärt                             Littlemore Tractus

Arvo Pärt                            Magnificat

Arvo Pärt                            The Beatitudes

Olivier Messiaen               Transports de joie (organ)

Sergei Rachmaninov       Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

Tickets:  £25, £20, £15 (reserved) £10 (unreserved)

Children/full-time students all tickets half-price.




Saturday 5 July 2014  


Go Brazilian!   

St Peter’s Church 7.30pm




Heitor Villa-Lobos             Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9 (choral arrangement)

Antônio Estévez               Mata del ánima sola

Jean Berger                      Brazilian Psalm

Guy Turner                       Tequila Samba

Antônio Carlos Jobim    The Girl from Ipanema

Beach Boys                     Best of the Beach Boys Choral Medley (arr. Ed Lojeski)

David Wigram saxophone;  Susie Arbeid piano

Join us on the beach for this light-hearted programme with a Brazilian twist: a mix of music from South America both old and new, songs to take you straight to sandy shores, and sultry tangos for saxophone and piano.


Tickets for all concerts £13 (£1 child) or as shown

tel: 07570 454744


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