07-Nov-09 Rachmaninov's Vespers St Barnabas' Cathedral Nottingham
06-Dec-09 Taking part in Christmas Fantasia Week Belvoir Castle
13-Dec-09 Christmas Concert Patchings Farm Art Centre, Calverton
15-Dec-09 A Family Carol Concert on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society, Nottingham Branch St Mark's Church, Woodthorpe, Nottingham
12-Feb-10 Taking part in Nottingham's Light Night 2010 Exchange Buildings Arcade Nottingham City Centre
20-Mar-10 Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 Southwell Minster
26-Jun-10 Summer Serenade with the Persiflage Saxophone Quartet West Bridgford Methodist Church
04-Jul-10 Summer Serenade Halam Parish Church


Rachmaninov Vespers

The main pillars of this season's programme were two monumental settings of the Vespers. 


In November we performed Rachmaninov's Vespers in St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, austerely beautiful music for the Russian Orthodox 'All-night Vigil'. The fifteen sections, interspersed by two chanted psalms, were performed in a single span by the unaccompanied choir to a rapt audience. 

In contrast, the magnificence of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, in its 400th anniversary year, formed the basis of our winter season. January's 'Come and Sing/Play' event attracted a record number of participants: we even had, reluctantly, to turn some people away. The main event was the very well attended concert in Southwell Minster on the 20th March


In between, we were invited to take part in a new venture for us, Nottingham's 'Light Night 2010'. We performed works with the theme of 'light' in the Exchange Arcade on a cold Friday evening, 12th February, to the accompaniment of the Council House clock chimes and echoes of some of the other sounds of this eventful evening. 

Again we began the Christmas season at Belvoir Castle, as part of their Christmas Fantasia Week. The traditional Patchings Christmas Concert took place the following weekend, closely followed by another Christmas Concert on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society at St Mark's Church, Woodthorpe. 

In the summer we revisited the West Bridgford Methodist Church, and introduced ourselves to a new venue, the Parish Church at Halam, near Southwell. 


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