Beckenham Chorale Summer Concert 2017
Saturday 17th June 2017 at 8.00 pm
St. George's Beckenham

MOZART: Solemn Vespers K339
Conductor: Mark Griffiths
Soprano:   Christina Petrou
Mezzo Soprano: Jeanette Ager
Tenor: Daniel Joy    
Bass: Jonathan Brown
St Paul's Sinfonia
“ I thought the choir did extremely well with the Four Songs…it was a fine performance”.
Howard Blake at Beckenham Chorale Concert
Composer Howard Blake's surprise visit to our Celebration of Christmas Concert to hear his Four Songs of the Nativity. He is one of England's greatest living composers and few cannot have heard his "Walking in the Air" or theme for Flash Gordon.

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Mark Griffiths is our Musical Director. You can see an earlier rehearsal scene here - click to see the video.The Chorale welcomes new singers. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm at St George’s Church Hall, Albemarle Road, Beckenham BR3 3HZ, and perform in St George’s Church.

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This concert presents a pair of masterpieces for soloists, chorus and orchestra by two of the greatest composers of the Classical period.   Mozart’s Vespers, K.339, is among the  last works he wrote in his native city of Salzburg before his move to Vienna in 1781.   Consisting of settings of five vesper psalms and the Magnificat, it is thought to have been intended for the feast of a saint who was worshipped as a confessor.   The word 'solennes' in the title merely indicates 'solemn ritual', i.e. with the full panoply of ceremonial, and by implication orchestral rather than organ accompaniment;  the music is, of course, hardly 'solemn' as we understand the word.   Beethoven’s Mass in C, his first sacred work of note, was produced in 1807 for the name-day of the wife of Prince Nikolaus II Esterhazy, who for many years had commissioned a new annual mass setting for that occasion;  notably, Haydn’s last six great masses had been produced for this purpose in the years up to 1802, and must have been very much in Beethoven’s mind as he wrote.   Beethoven’s music, however, breaks much new ground, revealing him as much as any other work as a leading player in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic age in music.


Our History


Beckenham Chorale was founded as the Manor Choir in 1960 by KeninmoreStraker,  London manager of the music publishers Ricordi and Co., who was succeeded in 1964 by Lionel Sawkins. To reflect the choir's local identity its name was changed at the beginning of 1967 to Beckenham Chorale. James Blair was the Conductor from 1977 until 2015. Adam Treadway was appointed Assistant Conductor in 2013 and was Musical Director from 2015 until 2016. Mark Griffiths is our new Musical Director.

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Future Dates for the Diary

2nd December 2017

R Thompson: Frostiana 1958

Howard Goodall: Eternal Light - a Requiem

17th March 2018

Works by Parry, Wesley, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Boyle and Howells
Summer Concert (date to be announced)
Haydn: Insanae et Vane Curae
Haydn: Variations on a theme  - St Anthony Variations
Haydn: Mass in B flat (Harmoniemesse)
We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
St George's has a very active Arts programme, click here for details

Beckenham Chorale is a Registered Charity (No 262048)

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