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Saturday 17th November 2018
7:30pm, St Botolphs Church, Colchester

Images of Peace

Alan Bullard Images of Peace (world premiere)
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Benedicite

We commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice with two works exploring aspects of Peace. Alan Bullard's lyrical Images of Peace (2018) was commissioned by CCS with funds generously bequeathed to the Society by Richard Daniels, with texts by the seventeenth century poet George Herbert and others. Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem was written in 1936, and is an impassioned plea for peace, with texts by Walt Whitman, the Bible and the Liturgy. In contrast, the Benedicite (1929), with soprano solo, is a joyous celebration of heaven and earth.

Bach St John Passion

Lindsay Gowers (soprano)

James Arthur (baritone)

Colchester Sinfonia

Tickets: £15   
(£6 Under 25s)

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Sunday 9th December 2018

Moot Hall, Colchester

Here Comes Christmas!

Our annual celebration of Christmas music takes place in the elegant Edwardian surroundings of Colchester's Moot Hall, where we will be joined by Birch C of E Primary School and Heathlands Primary School, West Bergholt. We will be accompanied by a brass quintet as well as the Moot Hall organ. The programme will include lots of opportunities for the audience to join in singing some favourite carols. After the concert there will be a chance to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or two.

Saturday 16th March 2019

St Botolphs Church, Colchester

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

Nowadays a favourite of choirs and audiences alike, the first (underrehearsed) performance of Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius disappointed the composer, baffled his friends and underwhelmed the critics. Elgar had been thinking about setting Cardinal Newman's poem ever since receiving a copy as a wedding present in 1889. A commission by the Birmingham Festival in 1900 spurred him to writing Gerontius. He believed that it was his greatest work: "far beyond anything I've yet done. [I've] written my own heart's blood into the score" he wrote to his publisher. It took a German conductor, Julius Buths, to demonstrate its qualities, and the work began to receive the recognition it deserved. "The first English progressivist" is how Richard Strauss hailed Elgar after a performance in Düsseldorf in 1902. This is the eighth time Colchester Choral Society have performed The Dream of Gerontius.

with Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Daniel Joy, Edward Grint

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Assembly Rooms, Dedham

Summer Serenade

A change of Style for Colchester Choral Society, as we combine summer music with our end of year celebration, in the elegant eighteenth-century Dedham Assembly Rooms. We will be singing extracts from Purcell's delightful Restoration opera, King Arthur.

Tickets will include a glass of wine and nibbles.


Saturday 17th November 2018

St Botolphs Church, Colchester

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