Repertoire

What do we sing?

Our repertoire includes well-loved choral works by composers, both ancient and modern, such as Monteverdi, Tallis, Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Beethoven, Elgar, Britten and many more. We often include an orchestral work to add to the variety of works in our concerts.

This season’s programme

For our 2017/18 season under musical director Mark Austin we shall be performing:

Sunday 5th November 2017 Vivaldi Gloria Bring and sing in The Free Church, Sycamore Road, Amersham

Saturday 25th November 2017 Vivaldi Gloria Torelli Trumpet Concerto Austin New work in St Mary’s Church, Amersham

Sunday 10th December 2017 Christmas carol concert in The Free Church, Amersham

Sunday 4th February 2018 A short programme to include five spirituals from Tippett’s Child of Our Time

Saturday 12th May 2018 Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Repertoire since 1960:

Musical Directors: – Michael Pelloe – 1960 – 1981
Ian Hooker – 1981 – 2015
Mark Austin 2015 – present

 

1960 – 61
December: Handel – Messiah
May: Brahms – German Requiem

 

1961 – 62
December: Bach – Christmas Oratorio
May: Kodály – Missa Brevis

 

1962 – 63
December: Dvorák – Stabat Mater
May: Handel – Zadok the Priest
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

 

1963 – 64

December: Handel – Messiah
May: Bach – St Matthew Passion

1964 – 65
December: Haydn – Nelson Mass
Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1
Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music
Finzi – Dies Natalis
May: Verdi – Requiem

1965 – 66
December: Handel – Solomon
May: Vivaldi – Gloria
Holst – Hymn of Jesus
Fauré – Requiem

1966 – 67
December: Bach – Christmas Oratorio (Part II)
Brahms – Violin Concerto
Bach – Magnificat
May: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

1967 – 68
December: Beethoven – Mass in C
Rossini – Stabat Mater
May: Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto
Orff – Carmina Burana

1968 – 69
December: Verdi Requiem
Handel – Messiah
May: Bach – St John Passion

1969 – 70
December: Mozart – Solemn Vespers
Bach – Suite No. 2 in B minor
Mozart – Requiem
May: Vaughan Williams – Towards the Unknown Region
Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

1970 -71
December: Elgar – The Music Makers
Orff – Carmina Burana
May: Bruckner – Te Deum
Brahms – German Requiem

1971 – 72
December: Berlioz – The Childhood of Christ
May: Bach – Mass in B minor

1972 – 73
December: Handel – Dixit Dominus
Mozart – Mass in C minor
May: Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem
Elgar – Sea Pictures
Kodály – Missa Brevis

1973 – 74
December: Brahms – Song of Destiny
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto
Bruckner – Mass in F minor
May: Verdi – Requiem

1974 – 75
December: Vaughan Williams – Five English Folksongs
Milhaud – Scaramouche
Rossini – Petite Messe Solonnelle
May: Bach – Mass in B minor

1975 – 76
December: Beethoven – Choral Fantasy
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Beethoven – Mass in C
May Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

1976 – 77
December Handel – Messiah
May Queen’s Jubilee Concert
Mozart – Mass in C
Vaughan Williams – Benedicite
Bruckner – Te Deum

1977 – 78
December Dvorák – Requiem
May Bach – St Matthew Passion

1978 – 79
December Haydn – Creation
May Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

1979 – 80
December Bach – Magnificat
Mozart – Requiem
March Malcolm Williamson – Two Songs for Female Voices
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1
Fauré – Requiem
May Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens
Mozart – Concert Aria
Dvorák – Te Deum
Brahms – Requiem

1980 – 81
December Bach – Cantata No 21 ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’
Mozart – Mass in C minor
May Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symhony
Elgar – The Music Makers

Michael Pelloe retired as Musical – Director May 1981

Ian Hooker appointed as Musical Director – September 1981

1981 – 82
December: Mozart – Mass in C Minor (K.427)
Handel – Messiah (Bring & Sing)
May: Tippett – A Child of our Time

1982 – 83
December Handel – Utrecht Te Deum
Haydn – Maria Theresa Mass
April Verdi – Requiem (High Wycombe Parish Church)
May: Verdi – Requiem

1983 – 84
December: Monteverdi – Vespers (1610)
May: Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music
Britten – Spring Symphony

1984 – 85
December: Bach – Christmas Oratorio
May Dvorák – Te Deum
Brahms – German Requiem

1985 – 86 (This Season under the direction of Chris Grant)
December Handel – Samson
May Bach – Mass in B minor

1986 – 87
December: Stravinsky – Symphony of Psalms
Britten – St Nicolas
May: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

1987 – 88
December: Mozart – Solemn Vespers
Haydn – Harmoniemesse
May: Szymanowski – Stabat Mater
Poulenc – Stabat Mater

1988 – 89
December: Berlioz – The Childhood of Christ
April: Orff – Carmina Burana (Royal Albert Hall)
May: Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Orff – Carmina Burana

1989 – 90
December: Haydn – Te Deum
Mozart – Mass in C minor
May: Elgar – The Music Makers
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

1990 – 91
December: Purcell – Ode on St Cecilia’s Day
Handel – Messiah (Part 1)
December: Handel – Messiah (Royal Albert Hall)
May: Bruckner – Mass in E minor
Stravinsky – Symphony of Psalms

1991 – 92
December: Haydn – Maria Theresa Mass
Fauré – Requiem
April Verdi – Requiem (Royal Albert Hall)
May: Bach – Mass in B minor

1992 – 93
December: Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb
Duruflé – Requiem
May: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

1993 – 94
December: Bach – Magnificat
Mozart – Requiem
December: Handel – Messiah (Westminster Central Hall)
May: Puccini – Messa di Gloria
Poulenc – Gloria

1994 – 95
December: Vivaldi – Gloria
Beethoven – Mass in C
May: Monteverdi – Vespers (1610)

1995 – 96
December: Handel – Saul
May: Britten – War Requiem (High Wycombe Parish Church)

1996 – 97
December: Mendelssohn – Elijah
May: Bach – St John Passion

1997 – 98
December: Stravinsky – Symphony of Psalms
Britten – St Nicolas
May: Handel – Zadok the Priest
Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music
Elgar – The Music Makers

1998 – 99
December: Haydn – Nelson Mass
Mozart – Solemn Vespers
May: Verdi – Requiem

1999 – 2000
December: Bach – Christmas Oratorio
April: Orff – Carmina Burana (Royal Albert Hall)
May: Brahms – German Requiem

2000 – 01
December: Britten – National Anthem
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens
Vaughan Williams – Towards the Unknown Region
Elgar – Give unto the Lord
Rutter – The Falcon
May: Bruckner – Mass in F minor

2001 – 02
December: Haydn – Te Deum
Mozart – Mass in C minor
May: Dvorák – Te Deum
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony

2002 – 03
December: Handel – Judas Maccabaeus
May: Dvorák – Stabat Mater

2003 – 04
December: Berlioz – The Childhood of Christ
May: 75th Anniversary Concert
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Handel – Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah)
Mozart – Coronation Mass
Britten – Les Illuminations (Dame Felicity Lott)
Parry – Jerusalem
Poulenc – Gloria

2004 – 05
December: Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Duruflé – Requiem
May: Delius – Sea Drift
Finzi – Intimations of Immortality

2005 – 06
December: Vivaldi – Gloria
Haydn – Maria Theresa Mass
May: Bach – St Matthew Passion

2006 – 07
December: Mozart – Te Deum K.141
Mozart – Benedictus sit Deus
Mozart – Requiem
May: Handel – Messiah
2007 – 2008
December: Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle
May: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

2008 – 2009
December: Bach – Cantata Wachet Auf
Haydn – Symphony No. 44
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Fauré – Requiem
May: Haydn – Creation

2009 – 2010
December: Schubert – Mass in E flat major
May: Monteverdi – Vespers 1610

2010 – 2011
December: Bach – Christmas Oratorio
May: Dvorak – Requiem

2011 – 2012
December: Brahms – German Requiem
May: Tippett – A Child of Our Time

2012 – 2013
December: Handel – Coronation Anthems and Messiah Part 1
May: Puccini – Messa di Gloria
Verdi – Favourite excerpts from his operas

2013 – 2014
November: Faure – Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine (Charity bring and sing)
December: Haydn – The Seasons
May: Britten – War Requiem (Waterside Theatre Aylesbury)

2014 – 2015

December: Haydn Te Deum and Beethoven Mass in C
May: Dvorak Stabat Mater

Ian Hooker retired as Musical Director July 2015
Mark Austin appointed as Musical Director July 2015

2015 – 2016

December: Mendelssohn – Elijah
May: Bach – Cantata Gloria in Excelsis Deo,
Schubert – Mass in G,
Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

2016 – 2017

October: Fauré Requiem & Cantique de Jean Racine (charity bring and sing)
December: Haydn-The Creation
February: Handel – Zadok & Hallelujah Chorus, Bach – Chorales from St Matthew Passion
May: Elgar – Dream of Gerontius