Beckenham Chorale Winter Concert 2018
Christmas Music
St. George's Beckenham
Saturday 1st December 2018
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
O Come Emmanuel
Carols including audience carols

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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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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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Our Concert Plans for the next two years 

2018 - 2019 Season 

Christmas Concert: Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Alan Bullard - O Come Emmanueland Carols, including audience carols

Spring Concert: Dvořák - Requiem

Summer Concert: Bach - Magnificat, Vivaldi - Gloria 

2019 - 2020 Season - celebrating our 60th Year 

Winter Concert: Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ

Spring Concert: James MacMillan - Strathclyde Motets, (plus other works tbc) 

Summer Concert: Carl Orff - Carmina Burana, (plus another work tbc) 

We have three concerts a year, at St. George's Church Beckenham. We also have many social and fundraising events.
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Notes on Winter 2018 Concert

Beckenham Chorale concert, Saturday 1st December 2018

The main work in Beckenham Chorale’s eve-of-Advent concert on 1st December will be Alan Bullard’s Advent Celebration O Come, Emmanuel, written in 2012 for the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge.   The second of three seasonal cantatas, it is based on the texts of the seven Great ‘O’ Advent Antiphons and the melody of the well known hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel, which is heard in a variety of guises throughout the work.   It also contains new settings and new arrangements of several other Advent texts including Chanticleer, Gabriel’s Message and Joy to the World.   There are hymns, too, in which the audience is invited to join.

A further selection of familiar Christmas items will include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which VW dedicated to his friend and eminent fellow folk song collector Cecil Sharp.   Composed for the Three Choirs Festival of 1912, it is founded on three traditional English carols, The truth sent from above, from Herefordshire, the ‘Somerset Carol’ Come all you worthy gentlemen and On Christmas night all Christians sing, in a version known as the ‘Sussex Carol’, which has become very popular as a separate seasonal item.   References to several other well known carol tunes also appear during the course of the work.