St. Alban the Martyr

Here is the provisional programme of concerts and recitals at St Alban the Martyr for 2019:


Saturday 9th March 2019 7:30 p.m.
An Italian Concert
Part I: The Vocal Renaissance – Gesualdo and his Contemporaries.
Part II: La Notte – Vivaldi and the baroque

Mark Wilson and Kate Allsop
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Free admission with an optional retiring collection for church expenses.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards or in the interval depending on timing.


Wednesday 13th March 2019 7:00 p.m.
Brass Quintet - A Night at the Opera
An evening of music from popular operas arranged for brass including: The Barber of Seville and William Tell.
Alexandra Norman
Free admission with an optional retiring collection for church expenses.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


CANCELLED - Monday 1st April 2019 7:00 p.m.
The secular performance of Vespers Music will not now take place.

It has been cancelled at short notice by the organiser due to personal circumstances.


Monday 8th April 2019 7:30 p.m.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Camerata
Director Paul Spicer
Music by Palestrina, Purcell, Howells, Holst, Walton, Philips and contemporary Irish Eoghan Desmond.
The concert is conducted by the three students conductors: Judith Lyons, Joe Cooper and King Chan.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


Thursday 11th April 2019 7:00 p.m.
The Women of Baroque Opera
An evening of arias and duets from different women in baroque opera, slightly staged, with harpsichord and small Baroque chamber orchestra.
The major project of soprano Lily Allen-Dodd from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Free admission with an optional retiring collection for church expenses.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


Wednesday 24th April 2019 7:30 p.m.
Voices amongst the strings

The programme includes:

Purcell - Soprano, Double Bass & Piano - If music be the food of love
Donizetti - Soprano, Double Bass & Piano - 1. Le Petit Montagnard 2. Ti sento, sospiri.
Bottesini - Soprano, Double Bass & Piano - Tutto che il mondo serra.
Koussevitzky - Double & Piano - Double Bass Concerto
Piano Sonata - tbc 

Interval

Piazzolla - Double Bass - Tango
Mahler - Mezzo-Soprano & Piano - Rückert- Lieder
Williams - Violin & Mezzo-Soprano - Along the Field
Wolters - Soprano & Piano - Unsent Letter No.1
Hugh-Jones - Soprano & Piano - The Cornford Cycle.

Organised by Amy van Walsum, a fourth-year student from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Free admission with an optional retiring collection for church expenses.
Tea and Coffee available during the interval


Monday 10th June 2019 7:30 p.m.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
"In Praise of Mary"
Director: Paul Spicer 
Organist: Callum Alger

Programme:
Britten Rosa Mystica (AMDG)
Howells Magnificat (Chichester Service)
Bingham Ave virgo Sanctissima
Villette Hymne a la Vierge
Ola Gjeilo
Second Eve
Martin Dalby
Mater Salutaris
Nicholas Ludford
Ave cujus conception
Carl Rutti Ave Maria
John Tavener
Mother of God, here I stand
Bruckner Ave Maria
Dyson Magnificat in F
Trond Kverno
Ave Maris Stella
Healey Willan I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
Cecilia MacDowall Of a Rose

This concert presents the repertoire about to be recorded for the Chamber Choir’s new CD for Somm records. A beautiful and varied programme of music associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary sung in the glorious acoustic of St Alban’s Church.

Free admission with an optional retiring collection for church expenses.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


Saturday 15th June 2019 3:30 p.m.
Moseley Chamber Singers
"Nature in Love"
Music of the 16th and 20th Centuries
Conductor: Jeanne Conard Jones
Pianist: John Jenkin

Programme:

Human Nature
Vecchi/Gastoldi So ben mi ch’a bon tempo/L’Umorista
Josquin des Prez Mille regrets
Thoinot Arbeau Pavane
Thomas Morley April is in my mistress’ face

The Creatures Share Opinions
Passereau Il est bel est bon
Gibbons The Silver Swan
Banchieri Contrapunto bestiale alle mente
Fritz Dietrich Der Jäger längs dem Weiher ging
RJS Stevens Ye spotted snakes

Sylvan Carryings On
Seifert Der Mond is aufgegangen
Reger Wie kommt’s, dass du so traurig bist
Randall Thompson The Road not Taken
Vaughn Williams, arr. Linden Lea

Look to the Stars
David Foltz She Walks in Beauty
Randall Reese Cloths of Heaven
Randall Thompson Choose Something Like a Star

Free admission with retiring collection for church and choir.
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


Sunday 21st July 2019 3:30 p.m.

Recital by Gloria Chan

Songs by C. Schumann, L. Boulanger, Delius, Bottesini & R Strauss

Gloria Chan Soprano
Robin Bowman Piano
Phoebe Cheng Double Bass


Saturday 12th October 7:30 p.m.

Ensemble Échos with Soprano Holly Teague 

"Paris, je t'aime: Music from 18th Century Paris"

Instrumental and vocal music by: Telemann, Leclair, Naudot, Bernier and Montéclair

Free admission with retiring collection for church
Tea and Coffee available afterwards.


Saturday 16th November 7:30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah

Penny Appleyard, soprano
Philippa Thomas, mezzo
Xavier Hetherington, tenor
James Williams, Baritone

Birmingham Festival Choral Society,
The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra.
Conductor: David Wynne.

Tickets £14 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bhamfestchoral/messiah/e-exkagz

Step-free access available via side gate on Stanhope Street