Great British Choral Classics
A feast of popular favourites from 500 years of great choral music, performed with the magnificent organ of St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village. The programme included Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah Chorus, Elgar’s Give unto the Lord, Parry’s I Was Glad and works by Purcell, Stainer and Vaughan Williams.
Shakespeare & Cervantes
A celebration of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Directed by Aidan Oliver, the choir were joined by baritone Gareth Brynmor John and pianist Leanne Singh-Levett.
From English country garden to balmy Venice evening, Dulwich Choral Society’s June 2015 Concert presented a summery collection of romance, heartbreak and joy!
Rodney Clarke (baritone) performed two solo cycles and was joined by the choir to sing Grainger’s Shallow Brown. Piano accompaniment was by David Elwin and Richard Pearce and the concert was conducted by DCS Musical Director Aidan Oliver.
White Nights: Midsummer Music from Russia
The 2014 summer concert took inspiration from the famous ‘White Nights’ Festival in St Petersburg, where for two months at the height of summer the sun never fully sets and the city is filled with a spectacular extravaganza of the arts.
The programme included Russian Orthodox sacred music, Opera choruses by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Borodin and Russian folksong arrangements.
Jonathan Dove's The Passing Of The Year and John Rutter's A Sprig Of Thyme
Jonathan Dove’s thrilling masterpiece formed the centerpiece of this midsummer journey through the seasons. Interwoven with John Rutter’s exquisite folksong arrangements and the affecting words of Thomas Hardy, this beguiling sequence was narrated by special guest Julian Ovenden.
An evening of classic hits from Oklahoma, South Pacific, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls, and revelled in the musical genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein. We were joined by soloists Pamela Hay (soprano) and Alastair Brookshaw (tenor).
David Elwin accompanied us on the piano and the performance was conducted by DCS Musical Director, Aidan Oliver.
Performed at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, with Spanish-style refreshments served in the interval.
Habanera and March of the Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen
Masterpieces by Victoria, Guerrero and Padilla
Elgar – Spanish Serenade
Javier Busto – Ave Maria
Ravel – Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Shostakovich – Spanish Songs
with Gerard Collett, baritone, and David Elwin, piano.
The choir sang a wonderful programme with additional performances from the Cake Appreciation Society Barbershop Group and the hauntingly beautiful sounds of the Zabava Choir. It was thrilling to share such personal Christmas cheer withwith everyone in person after so long.
J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion
Performed in German, with a period-instrument orchestra and an outstanding line-up of soloists, in Cadogan Hall. This performance was the culmination of the choir’s major Bach cycle under the direction of Aidan Oliver, and follows recent sell-out performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.
Jonathan Dove's Arion And The Dolphin and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
DCS gave the First Performance of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin along with Carl Orff’s ever popular Carmina Burana. The soloists were Fflur Wyn (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Grant Doyle (baritone) with James Allen’s Girls’ School Choir and David Elwin & Iain Farrington on piano.
Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle
The soloists were Camilla Roberts (soprano), Rowan Hellier (mezzo soprano), Adrian Dwyer (tenor) and David Soar (bass), with David Elwin (piano) and Richard Pearce (harmonium).
Best Of British
DCS performed an evening of music by British composers:
Elgar – Imperial March
Stanford – Songs of the Fleet
Walton – Two pieces from Henry V
Parry – The Pied Piper of Hamelin and I was glad
The choir was joined by soloists Grant Doyle (baritone) and Timothy Robinson (tenor). The Dulwich Festival Orchestra was led by Charles Mutter and the performance conducted by DCS Musical Director, Aidan Oliver.
Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem
DCS performed Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, with soloists Anita Watson and Gerard Collett, and the Dulwich Festival Orchestra led by Lennox Mackenzie.
Anita Watson also performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass
Bach's masterpiece performed in Christopher Wren’s sensational chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich with with soloists Julia Doyle (soprano) Cecilia Osmond (soprano) Tim Mead (countertenor) Andrew Tortise (tenor) George Humphreys (bass) and leading period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica, led by Adrian Butterfield.
Handel's Judas Maccabaeus
Performed at St John’s Church, Goose Green, East Dulwich with a fabulous team of international soloists:
Martene Grimson (soprano), Catherine Hopper (mezzo soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Adrian Dwyer (tenor), and Robert Winslade Anderson (bass).
With period-instrument ensemble Sinfonia Britannica led by Adrian Butterfield, one of the UK’s leading baroque violinists.
J. S. Bach's St John Passion
Bach’s Passiontide masterpiece with period instruments and an outstanding line-up of international soloists:
Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano)
James Bowman (countertenor)
Thomas Walker – Evangelist
Lukas Jakobski – Christus
Jonathan Brown – Pilate
Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Barnabas, Dulwich Village, with soloists:
Vir Singh-Mitter (Treble)
Georgia Ginsberg (Soprano)
Anne-Marie Gibbons (Mezzo-soprano)
Peter Davoren (Tenor)
Rodney Clarke (Bass-Baritone)
Haydn's The Creation
The soloists were Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor) and David Stout (bass) with the Dulwich Festival Orchestra led by Lennox Mackenzie. Performed at All Saints, West Dulwich.
Performed at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich with with soloists Fflur Wyn (soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Gareth Treseder (tenor) and Tim Dickinson (bass) with period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica, led by Alison Bury.
J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Performed in in Christopher Wren’s chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich with with soloists Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) Catherine Backhouse (mezzo soprano) Andrew Tortise (tenor) Jonathan Brown (bass) and period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica led by Rodolfo Richter.
Haydn's Ness Mass and Duruflé's Requiem
DCS performed Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Ruby Hughes (soprano), Frances Bourne (mezzo soprano), Ronan Busfield (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass). The Dulwich Festival Orchestra was led by Lennox Mackenzie, with Stephen Disley on organ.
Dulwich Festival Orchestra also performed Elgar’s Sospiri.
Hadyn, Schubert & Mozart
DCS were joined by soloists Ruby Hughes (soprano) Catherine Backhouse (mezzo soprano) Jeremy Budd (tenor) and Thomas Faulkner (bass) to perform:
Haydn – Te Deum in C for Empress Marie Therese
Schubert – Mass in G
Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339
Haydn's The Seasons
As Lucas (tenor), we welcomed back Andrew Staples. Jane (soprano) was sung by Mary Bevan, and Simon (bass) by Charles Rice.
Performed at St John the Evangelist, Goose Green.
Britten's St Nicholas
St Nicolas and other works by Benjamin Britten, and works by Gustav Holst, in conjunction with The Holst Chamber Choir (James Allen’s Girls School) under their conductor, Pat Williams, and featuring soloist Andrew Staples (tenor).
Orff's Carmina Burana and Dove's The Passing Of The Year
Orff’s Carmina Burana and Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, in conjunction with the Choristers of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and with soloists Charlotte Mobbs (soprano), Stephen Wallace (countertenor) and Adam Green (baritone).
2007 / 2008 Season
Pilgrim’s Progress – a musical exploration at All Saints, West Dulwich
Mozart Requiem and Thomas Linley The Song of Moses at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village
Christmas Concert, St Stephen’s, Dulwich
Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
Handel Messiah, All Saints, West Dulwich
2006 / 2007 Season
May / June
Edward Elgar 150th Anniversary Promenade Concert, St James Church Piccadilly
March of the Human Rights Jukebox in Camberwell, London: three pieces by Isa Suarez recorded by the Choir
‘Come and Sing’ Haydn Nelson Mass at All Saint’s Church, West Dulwich
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Fauré Requiem, St John the Evangelist Church, East Dulwich
Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
Haydn The Creation at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village
2005 / 2006 Season
Music for a Summer Evening at All Saint’s Church, West Dulwich
Bach St Mark Passion at St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
14 Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
Handel Dixit Dominus, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
2005 / 2006 Season
Mozart Missa Brevis in C, Gounod Messe Solonnelle, St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village
Elgar Dream of Gerontius at Fairfield Hall, Croydon (with St Cecilia Chorus)
Mendelssohn St Paul at St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
Choir Tour to Bosnia – Sarajevo and Mostar
2003 / 2004 Season
Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle, Church of St Michael and All Angels with St James, Croydon
Charpentier Prodigal Son, Bruckner Requiem, Church of St Michael and All Angels with St James, Croydon
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
24 hour Singathon to raise money for choir funds
Tour to Estonia, Tallinn and Poltsaama