Looking forward to seeing everyone again for our first rehearsal of the new term on 6th September at 6:30. We’ll be singing three super works in preparation for our concert in October in Cadogan Hall. New members very welcome.
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.
Every Wednesday afternoon I start my 90 minute journey to the weekly rehearsal at Baden Powell House looking forward not only to a wonderful sing but also to meeting up briefly both with my mother and my daughter. Our affinity for music can be traced back to my maternal grandfather who was a church organist in Berlin. My mother was brought up singing with the church choir, she encouraged me to sing and I in turn passed on my enthusiasm to my daughter. I joined the choir while a student at London University. My mother, Leonore, was living abroad at the time, but it did not take her long to join once she had moved back to London, and the two of us have happily sung side by side in the Alto section for decades. It is rather touching that she still brings me sandwiches for the break! The choir has been a constant joy for me throughout my adult life. My children came along to concerts from a very young age, and it wasn’t surprising that my daughter, Emily, also joined very soon after she started work. It’s probably just as well that she is a soprano so that our chatting is saved for the interval. There’s a real party atmosphere for us at our concerts because there are always groups of friends and family in the audience. All we need to do now is to work on the male members of the family to swell the ranks of the tenors and basses!
On Wednesday GCU sang Monteverdi Vespers in front of an appreciative and slightly stunned audience in Cadogan Hall. We had a brilliant team of soloists and instrumentalists who really got into it, and music director Brian Wright commented on how splendidly the choir went from rehearsal to concert. The choir produced an impressive and stylish sound, much appreciated by the reviewer for Seen and Heard, one of the most respected review sites worldwide!…….. “A first rate performance of one of the masterpieces of the Baroque repertoire” …… Click here to read the full review Seen and Heard Review