Sat, 13/12/2014 - 19:30

Chilcott Christmas - Spirituals and more

This year we visited a new venue - Old Coulsdon's lovely Congregational Church for our Christmas concert/party. I think we can say without a doubt it was a success!
Chandos Choir went on a European tour with our carols, from what is now the Czech Republic including Bohemia, Moravia and more, through Kodaly's Hungary, Tchaikovsky's Russia, and Poland, before returning to the UK for a selection of Bob Chilcott's superb Spirituals. We ended with the fun and rousing 'Go Tell it on the mountain', that well-known joyful tune, which nearly brought the house down!
Our conductor Robert Randall translated a lovely piece from the composer Martinu, who really ought to be better-known in England, and we also sang 'Rocking' in the original Czech, which apparently sounded quite authentic. Thanks to Robert for the pronunciation guide. This concert was a really lovely mixture of carols and a flavour of central Europe, and if you missed it, you missed a treat.
We invited Marie Curie volunteers to man a stall at the buffet, and I am delighted to announce that we raised over £130 for that cause. Thank you all!
Our next concert will visit France as we look at the beautiful Durufle Requiem, with some Faure and Debussy for good measure. We will be at St Andrews, Coulsdon and tickets are on sale now. I can also confirm that we will be keeping our ticket prices at £12 throughout 2015.