Rehearsals have started in Baden Powell House, South Kensington for our performance of Bach’s St John Passion at the Cadogan Hall on Friday 23 March 2018.
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We’re inviting new singers to join GCU at our first rehearsal of the new year on Wednesday 10th January to sing Bach’s St John Passion. This is a great opportunity to sing a fabulous work with one of London’s top choirs. Come along to Baden Powell House in South Kensington on 10th January at 6:15pm. We perform at all the great venues in central London and next year’s no exception. We’ll be performing the Passion at Cadogan Hall on Friday 23rd March. See you in January!
Wonderful music and fine music-making in the GCU “Arranged Brahms” concert at St Johns Smith Square. A thoroughly happy day, despite the heat. Alice Gribbin was on superb form and led a really excellent and stylish young solo team with our two tenors, William and Guy, greatly enjoying themselves in “Et incarnatus est”. Steve and Anna were heroes all evening and made the best possible case for those neglected piano duet versions. Lovely audience comments afterwards about the quality of the choral singing, particularly the commitment and yes, intonation. There was a vast amount of singing in that concert and very few flaws came over the footlights. So thank you, and to our tireless team of concert day worker bees. And so onwards. Do encourage your friends to come to our Summer Sings.
Thank you and many congratulations everyone and I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did. We were blessed with five superbly stylish soloists and a very fine orchestra, particularly splendid trumpets and timpani, lovely flutes and oboes, and a quite exceptional continuo cellist. And from the choir? Buoyant, well balanced and very lively singing all evening. It was a normal length concert, but I think our very enthusiastic audience got its money’s worth. On to the glories of Brahms and Schubert!
One of Handel’s most florid and dazzling works, the Dettingen Te Deum, which was written to celebrate King George II’s triumphal return from the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, will be performed by GCU (along with another of Handel’s Te Deums and Bach’s Magnificat) on Wednesday 5 April at the Cadogan Hall. Tickets are available from the box office – come along!
We started the New Year with an inspirational Open Rehearsal of Bach’s Magnificat which we’ll perform at the Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 5 April. It was lovely to see so many prospective new members. Do come again next week for Handel’s two De Deums – all are welcome!
Join Goldsmiths Choral Union free for Under-25s for the first year and sing Bach’s Magnificat and two Handel Te Deums in the Cadogan Hall. We rehearse in Baden-Powell House, South Kensington, first rehearsal Weds 11 Sept at 6.30pm. Music available to hire. Come along and ask for David.
Join Goldsmiths Choral Union free for Under-25s for the first year and sing Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in the Cadogan Hall. We rehearse in Baden-Powell House, South Kensington, first rehearsal Weds 7 Sept at 6.30pm. Music available to hire. Come along and ask for David.
GCU has a new Secretary! We’re delighted Alison Campbell has agreed to step into Victoria’s shoes and help run our wonderful choir. Victoria’s given a huge amount of time to GCU over the years. She’s keeping on the mammoth task of seat planning for our concerts – no easy task with 500 singers for two performances of the Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall. But she says she enjoys doing it! Thanks so much to Alison, David and Victoria and the army of volunteers who all help make GCU a thriving choir and Wednesdays evenings such fun.