Dulwich Choral Society

 

Registered Charity Number 264764

President Dame Emma Kirkby

Musical Director Aidan Oliver

Chairman Guy Collins

Membership Secretary Jane & Michael Palmer

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 Past Concerts          

Autumn 2017

Beethoven's Mass In C

December 2017

Beethoven's Mass In C plus works by Mendelssohn and Haydn.

Autumn 2016

Haydn's The Creation

October 2016

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.

Autumn 2015

Handel's Messiah

December 2015

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.

Autumn 2014

J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio

December 2014

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.

Autumn 2013

Haydn's Ness Mass and Duruflé's Requiem 

December 2013

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. 

Autumn 2012

Hadyn, Schubert & Mozart

November 2012

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

Autumn 2011

Poulenc's Gloria

December 2011

DCS performed a programme at All Saints which included:

 

Poulenc – Gloria
Finzi – In Terra Pax
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Autumn 2010

Haydn's The Seasons

December 2010

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.

Autumn 2009

Britten's St Nicholas

November 2009

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).

Autumn 2008

Orff's Carmina Burana and Dove's The Passing Of The Year

December 2008

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).

Summer 2017

Great British Choral Classics

June 2017

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.

Summer 2016

Shakespeare & Cervantes

May 2016

A celebration of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Directed by Aidan Oliver, the choir were joined by baritone Gareth Brynmor John and pianist Leanne Singh-Levett.

Summer 2015

Summer Loving

June 2015

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.

Summer 2014

White Nights: Midsummer Music from Russia

July 2014

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.

Summer 2013

Jonathan Dove's The Passing Of  The Year and John Rutter's A Sprig Of Thyme

July 2013

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.

Summer 2012

Hollywood Chorus

July 2012

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.

Summer 2011

¡Viva España!

July 2011

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.

Summer 2010

Sure On This Shining Night

June 2010

A sequence of words and music ranging through opera, partsongs, sacred music and poetry on the theme of Night, with the brilliant British soprano solist Elisabeth Meister.

Read a review of the concert in 

Opera Britannia

Summer 2009

A Shakespeare Celebration

July 2009

A selection of music connected to Shakespeare at All Saints, including works by Morley, Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Berlioz and Shearing.

Spring 2017

J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion

March 2017

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.

Spring 2016

Jonathan Dove's Arion And The Dolphin and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

March 2016

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.

Spring 2015

Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle

March 2015

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).

Spring 2014

Best Of British

April 2014

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.

Spring 2013

Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem

March 2013

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.

Spring 2012

J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass

April 2012

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.

Spring 2011

Handel's Judas Maccabaeus

March 2011

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.

Spring 2010

J. S. Bach's St John Passion

March 2010

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

Spring 2009

Mendelssohn's Elijah

March 2009

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)

2007 / 2008 Season

July 5

April 26

December 17

December 16

December 1

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

June 23

May / June

May 13

March 10

December 15

December 9

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

June 24

March 25

December 14

December 3

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

June 18

April 23

December 4

October

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

June 26

March 27

December 6

November 24

October

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