Past concerts

2018

  • Sunday 24th June A Worldwide Choral Celebration - music by Monteverdi, Rachmaninoff, Fauré,

    Janáček and Billy Joel, as well as Zulu wedding song, a piece based on an Indian raga, and the Geographical Fugue by Toch, also an international medley by Queen's Park Junior Singers and virtuoso solo brass pieces performed by visiting choir members Fernando and Lucía Moya (euphonium and horn, respectively). See poster and programme.

  • Sunday 13th March C.P.E Bach St John Passion, J.S Bach Ich lasse Dich nicht, Arvo Pärt Da pacem, Domine, Duruflé Tota pulchra es (sung by QP Junior Singers), in St Martin's, Kensal Green. See poster and programme.

2017

  • Sunday 10th December Brahms A German Requiem in English, with piano four hands, in Sty Mark's, Hamilton Terrace. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 12th June a programme of a cappella pieces by Flecha, Byrd, Monteverdi, Gibbons, Schreker, Scriabin, Ravel and Whitacre.  See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 13th March  Mozart Coronation Mass and part songs by Sibelius. See poster and programme.

2016

  • Sunday 11th December. Messiah in St Martin's, Kensal Green, with period band Asyla Ensemble. See poster and programme
  • Sunday 12th June. Summer concert with guest conductor Oliver Till, with Queen's Park Junior Singers. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 13th March. This Scepter'd Isle. A concert to celebrate William Shakespeare and the English landscape, including premier performances of two Shakespeare settings by David Podd and Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 17th January. A concert as part of the  Brandenburg Choral Festival in St Paul’s Church,  Covent Garden, featuring music from our December concert,including Bach cantatas and motets by Byrd and Palestrina. We shared the bill with Capital Connection, an all-female barbershop choir.

 2015

  • Sunday 6th December. Sing my Soul! a concert of Christmas music, featuring Queen's Park Junior Singers. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 21st June. A concert of Midsummer music, by a variety of composers. Featuring the Juniors, A Guitar Duo, and a smaller vocal ensemble. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 22nd March. Back to St Anne’s and St Andrew’s, for two fabulous Bach Cantatas, and a reprise of an anthem written by Mary Phillips for the Juniors back in 2012. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 25th January. A concert as part of the  Brandenburg Choral Festival in St Paul’s Church,  Covent Garden – we split the bill with Chorate.  We sang pieces from our December concert: Haydn, Pergolesi, Frunza and a movement from the Brahms requiem (in memoriam for Siobhan O’Connor, a member of the choir who had died a few days before in a skiing accident).   

2014

  • Sunday 7th December. A concert built around the Little Organ Mass by Haydn, and the Magnificat by Pergolesi. See poster & programme.
  • Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd November. Four well-attended performances by the Junior Choir, plus many others, of the Happy Prince by Malcolm Williamson. See separate website.
  • Sunday 8th June. A concert of Spanish music. The choir sang music from the Cancioneros that were compiled in the 16th and 17th centuries and a piece by a more recent Catalan composer, who died in 1987. There were also songs by Manuel de Falla, sung by Mary, and guitar music. The Juniors also took part. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 16th March. The adult choir visit St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace for the first time, in a programme of music specially chosen to suit the spacious acoustics of St Mark’s. See poster and programme.

2013

  • Sunday 8th December 2013. Christmas concert featuring the fifth part of the Christmas Oratorio by J S Bach, with a range of other pieces of Christmas music. Our first joint concert with the Nonesuch Orchestrawho performed a Concerto Grosso by Corelli (“composed for Christmas night”).  See posterand the programme.
  • Saturday 16th November 2013. Two sell-out and highly successful performances, at St Mark’s Church Hamilton Terrace, of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten. The Juniors and the DaCapo Music Foundation were directed by Mary Phillips.  Featured Roger Bloomfield as Noah! See the Queen's Park Junior Singers website.
  • Sunday 9th June 2013. A concert of some of the most beautiful and thrilling choral music ever written, taken from Operas composed by major figures of the past 400 years. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 10th March 2013. A concert to mark Mothers’s day, with a wide range of music (Parsons, Brahms, Tippett, Grieg, Rachmaninov etc), and also readings of poems and a contribution from the Juniors. See poster and programme.

2006-2012

  • Sunday 2nd December 2012. A concert based on Christmas in Venice 400 years ago, featuring extracts from Montiverdi Vespers, and pieces by Lassus and Gabrieli. See poster and programmeWe repeated the concert again onSunday 9th December at St Augustine’s Church, with genuine cornets and sackbuts. See programme.
  • Sunday 24th June 2012.  A repeat of our April concert, this time in the wonderful St Augustine’s Church Kilburn - with the Junior singers also taking part, and an additional item composed for the occasion by Mary Phillips. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 29th April 2012. A 70th birthday concert, for and conducted by David Till. Featured the All Night Vigil from Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Schubert Symphony No 5, and the Magnificat by Bach. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 11th December 2011 a celebration of Christmas and the winter solstice. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and the frost scene from Purcell’s King Arthur. AgnieszkaTeodorowska joined us again to play a Rachmaninov cello sonata. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 19th June 2011: an Elizabethan concert at the refurbished hall at Salubsury Primary School. This concert featured madrigals, dancing (led by Robert and Jane Huggett, who are members of Renaissance Footnotes), and lute & recorder music. See the poster and the programme.
  • Tuesday 12th April 2011: we  took part in a joyful "singfest" at a packed Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead. We sang Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré, and the other five choirs sang a wide range of pieces, including a protest song against public spending cuts. The event raised over £900 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
  • Sunday 6th March 2011: Fauré’s  Requiem,  and also Cantique de Jean Racine, interleaved with various pieces for cello quartet. We enjoyed this concert so much we repeated it on Sunday 13th March, this time with the Mozart horn quintet in E flat, at St Augustine’s Church Kilburn – our first concert not at St Anne’s. See the poster and the programmes for the first and second concerts.
  • Sunday 12th December 2010: Wolcum Yole: a concert of lullabies and carols for Christmas, including (with the Juniors) A Ceremony of  Carols by Britten, and Richard Pygott's Quid petis O fili. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 27th June 2010: DIDO AND AENEAS:  a concert performance, including the Juniors, of scenes from Purcell's opera (1689), with dramatised readings from Vergil's account in the Aeneid. View the poster and the programme.
  • Sunday 25th April 2010:  Primavera including Claudio Monteverdi Beatus Vir, and  Ecco mormorar l'onde and O primavera  (five-part madrigals); Samuel Barber Sure on this shining nightHenry Purcell My belovedspake; and a number of poems on the theme of the concert – “Spring awakening - renewal and rebirth”. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 6th  December 2009: Bach Christmas Oratorio, parts 1 and 3, sung in English. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 14th  June 2009:  Midsummer concert, with the QP Juniors and the QP Sinfonia, which  celebrated four composers who have major anniversaries in 2009: Purcell, born 1659; Handel, died 1759; Haydn, died 1809; Mendelssohn, born 1809.  See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 22nd February 2009: a concert of Lenten polyphony, including the Josquin Mass Pange Lingua, and Civitas Sancti Tui by Byrd, interspersed with poems. See poster and programme.
  • Sunday 13th December 2008: two performances of The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schutz,  in a semi-staged production, also involving the Juniors. See the poster and the programme. 
  • Sunday 18th May 2008: the Spring section from The Seasons by Joseph Haydn,  a wonderfully joyous work celebrating the springtime renewal of life. Settings of two e. e. cummings poems, which David Till wrote in 1980. The choral music was complemented by a Mozart Piano Concerto (K449) played by the late Geoff Dancer, who has also accompanied Mary Phillips in earlier concerts. See the poster and the programme.
  • Sunday 26th November 2007: a concert of Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the church of St Anne and St Andrew (see poster and programme).
  • 20th  May 2007, with the theme of “Creatures” (poster here, and programme here): Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, a setting of some wonderful words by Christopher Smart.   Carnival! - an adaptation of Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals, adapted by Gwyn Arch, with words by Jeremy Browne; Taverner: The Lamb; Madrigals, part songs and some Cole Porter, sung by Quintabile – their first public appearance; and various songs sung by the children.
  • 26th  November 2006 - details here - including sacred and secular music by Thomas Tomkins, the last of the composers of the golden age of English choral polyphony, who died 350 years ago. TT has been one of David’sfavourite composers for as long as he can remember but we had never done any of his music. We included a couple of verse anthems with viol consort accompaniment, and consort music played by the viols alone.
  • 25th June 2006 – a Midsummer concert – details here.
  • 23rd April 2006 - a series of readings and songs to mark the birthday of Shakespeare (details here and poster here). 
  • 12th March 2006 - celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart: Ave verum corpus, Missa brevis in B flat, Symphony 29 (programme here). The Junior Singers also took part.

2000-2005

  • 20th  December 2005 – carols around Queens Park (for the thirtieth year running).
  • 27th November 2005 – concert of music for Christmas and the wintry season – see poster .
  • 17th April 2005 - Concert to mark the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Tallis, including music by Vaughan Williams, Byrd, Gibbons and Wilbye. 
  • 25th July 2004 - St Anne’s Centenary Service. Anton Bruckner: Locus iste (by special request of Fr Fergus), and William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis.
  • 23rd May 2004  - a programme of Czech music (flyer hereDvorakMoravian Folk SongsJanacekOtcenas (Our Father)Petr EbenNoc (The Night); and also Janacek's Mladi for wind sextet, and Dvorak'sSerenade for Strings.
  • 2nd November 2003: concert for All Souls Day: the choir sang Victoria's Requiem, with consort music by William Byrd, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons and Anthony Holborne interpolated between the sections of the requiem (programme here).
  • 18th May 2003: `Northern Lights' Concert: including music from northern European countries.
  • The next concert took place on 17th November 2002 at 6.30pm at St Anne and St Andrew, 125 Salusbury Road, NW6. This was a St Cecilia's Day concert: the programme included Britten `Hymn to St Cecilia', Purcell `Welcome to all the pleasures', and Stravinsky 'Apollon Musagete'; the Junior Singers also took part.
  • The Singers also made their first trip abroad, to the Abbaye de Mondaye (in Normandy) from 12th to 18th August 2002; the idea was to go for a few days of relaxation and gentle work on repertoire for later concerts. We gave a short concert at the end of our stay, and took part in Vespers for the feast of the Assumption (15th August) and for mass on Sunday morning (18th August). Repertoire included: Josquin - Missa sexti toni 'L'homme armé'; Britten -Hymn to St Cecilia; Debussy - Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans; Josquin - Salve Regina; Schutz - Cantate Domino.
  • On 27th April 2002 David Till celebrated his 60th birthday: we presented a concert with the theme 'Sing unto the Lord', with settings in different languages and from different times -- Bach 'Singet dem Herrn', Purcell 'O sing unto the Lord', Schutz 'Cantate Domino', and James Macmillan `A new song'. We were accompanied in the Purcell by Queens Park Strings, who also performed Elgar's `Introduction and Allegro' and Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor with Jane Afia as soloist. There were also arrangements of pieces by Bach for wind trio, beautifully played by Nicholas Murray, Judith Rhoades and Hugh Rosenbaum This concert raised about £1100 for a start-up fund for the choir in its new form as a registered charity.
  • On 2nd  December 2001 we presented a programme of Advent and Christmas music. This included: Britten Hymn to the Virgin, Kodaly Veni veni Emmanuel, Bruckner Virga Jesse, Peter Maxwell Davies O sacrum convivium, Gibbons This is the record of John, Palestrina Alma remptoris mater, Byrd Rorate coeli desuper. The junior choir also participated, singing O little town of Bethlehem, Gifts by Bob Chilcott, and a Merry Christmas round. There were also pieces for organ, played by Peter Walter and David Till, duets for basses, sung by Cedric Lee and David Till and Tchaikovski's December (the Seasons), played by Martin Keuneman and Sue Clark.
  • We presented a concert on 20th  May 2001 at the church, including Handel 'My somg shall be alway', Purcell 'Jehovah quam multi sunt hostes mei' and Schutz 'Die mit Traenen saeen'. The programme also included the concertogrosso in F, Op 6 No 2, by Handel, and Martin Keuneman played two movements from a Bach solo violin suite.
  • Concert with Kaleidoscope Wind Band on 12th November 2000: this included Bach Lutheran Mass in F; also on the programme were Seascape, by Ruth Gipps, and Suite in D, by Arthur Bird, both of these for Wind Band; also -- perhaps the only known composition for double wind quintet and choir! -- Beim Abschied zu singen, by Robert Schumann. We had around 30 singers for this concert: the music of the Lutheran Mass was truly uplifting; there was wonderful concentration in the rehearsals and the performance was very satisfying as a result of much hard work on some tricky notes both during the rehearsals and at home.  
  • We presented a Spring Concert on 21st  May 2000. This included the Magnificat by Arvo Part, two graduals by Bruckner, and Cantate Domino by Schutz; rounds by Byrd and David Till; also taking part was Martin Keuneman, who played Bach cello Suite No 3 on the viola, and a slow movement from a solo viola sonata by Hindemith. This was a most enjoyable event.

1998-1999

  • On 16th May 1999, we presented a concert with strings: Purcell, Sing unto the Lord, Rejoice in the Lord alway; Elgar, Serenade for Strings Op 20; Schutz, Mein Sohn, warum hast Du uns das getan? The string band, Fiddlesticks and Friends, included local string players and friends from a little further away, led by Jane O'Connor-Afia.
  • Our first concert was presented in the new church at 6 pm on Sunday 8th March 1998. The programme included Lenten music by Tallis, together with anthems by Purcell, and rounds by Byrd and Clemens. Also taking part were Nick Hartley and Dennis Cook, guitars, and Andrew Hope and Emma Johnson, baritone and baroque harp; they performed instrumental music and songs from Italy, Germany and Spain. The proceeds (around £250) went to St Luke's Hospice (more details here), as part of the Mayor of Brent's Charity Appeal, 1997/98.

Last updated: July 2018



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