Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Beethoven, Mozart and Dove (Cambridge)

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 7:30pm

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra.

 

We are thrilled to be giving the premiere of a wonderful piece of music by one of the country’s leading composers, Jonathan Dove. His Sappho Sings sets fragments of poetry by Sappho, beautifully translated by Alasdair Middleton, in six short movements. Like all of Dove’s music, Sappho Sings is vibrant, lyrical, and intensely rhythmic, and the writing for orchestra is superbly imaginative. The Dove is preceded by Beethoven’s stirring Mass in C and Mozart’s vivacious Symphony no. 35. We are joined in these two gorgeous venues by our frequent collaborators, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, and a quartet of charismatic soloists. You won’t want to miss this!

Beethoven, Mozart and Dove (Bury St Edmunds)

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 7:30pm

Apex Theatre, Bury St Edmunds

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra.

We are thrilled to be giving the premiere of a wonderful piece of music by one of the country’s leading composers, Jonathan Dove. His Sappho Sings sets fragments of poetry by Sappho, beautifully translated by Alasdair Middleton, in six short movements. Like all of Dove’s music, Sappho Sings is vibrant, lyrical, and intensely rhythmic, and the writing for orchestra is superbly imaginative. The Dove is preceded by Beethoven’s stirring Mass in C and Mozart’s vivacious Symphony no. 35. We are joined in these two gorgeous venues by our frequent collaborators, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, and a quartet of charismatic soloists. You won’t want to miss this!

 

Tickets can be purchased at www.theapex.co.uk

Music for Advent and Christmas

Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 8:00pm

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

 

Our Christmas concert is an annual highlight for choir members and audience alike, featuring seasonal favourites and new discoveries. Traditional pieces by Parsons and Darke, neglected gems by Elgar and Healy Willan, another superb carol by Jonathan Dove (as we look forward to our Dove premiere in March), and Naji Hakim’s thrilling yodel-based Noël are interspersed with carols for all to sing. The combination of these heavenly sounds with a free glass of wine and one of Cambridge’s most beautiful buildings should make our concert on 8 December an unmissable occasion!

A Farewell to Arms

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 7:30pm

Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

 

Our concert on 10 November, A Farewell to Arms, acknowledges the centenary of both the Armistice and the death of Hubert Parry, placing the composer’s soul-searching Songs of Farewell alongside the premiere of a searing new work by Geoff Page. Parry’s masterpiece dates from the last few years of his life; it charts a journey from simplicity to overwhelming poignancy, setting meditative poems and culminating in a Biblical text. Specially commissioned to complement the Parry in this concert, Geoff Page’s Battle Cries sets warlike poems by William Blake to music of startling force. The concert as a whole moves from brutality to transcendence, and we hope you can come and experience it live with us.

Music for a summer’s evening

Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Fairhaven Singers summer concert is one of the highlights of Cambridge’s high season. Come and experience an enchanting celebration of beautiful music presented with passion, and, in the interval, a festive dash of strawberries and sparkling wine served by the River Cam. This year’s unforgettable repertoire includes Brahms’s gorgeous Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Jonathan Dove’s amazing The Passing of the Year, and a tribute to Parry 100 years after his death. This concert always sells out, so tell your friends and book now!

Music for a summer’s afternoon (child-friendly concert)

Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 4:30pm

The Fairhaven Singers summer concert is one of the highlights of Cambridge’s high season, and we are again delighted to present a child-friendly version of the concert in the afternoon, to encourage the next generation of Fairhaven listeners to bring their parents along! The 30-minute programme is a distillation of the evening’s repertoire, featuring English madrigals and partsongs, and more…. There’ll even be a chance for your child to come and stand with us, hearing the choir from within. Come and experience the amazing Fairhaven sound in Queens’ College’s majestic chapel, and ignite your child’s imagination.

Duruflé Requiem and Bernstein Chichester Psalms

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 7:30pm

St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

With the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra.

This thrilling and emotional concert presents three undoubted masterpieces of the mid-20th century. Duruflé’s sensuous Requiem is on many singers’ Desert Island lists, a spirit-lifting and mystical collision of medieval plainsong and rich French harmonies. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is one of the most famous classical pieces of all and can melt even the hardest of hearts, while Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms marries a Hebrew text with sparkling orchestration, fiery rhythms and bluesy inflections to create a real showstopper. With our colleagues, the excellent East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, we aim to fill St John’s College Chapel with sound, and we very much hope you’ll come and enjoy it with us.

Music for Advent and Christmas

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

 

Our Christmas concert is an annual highlight for choir members and audience alike, featuring seasonal favourites and new discoveries. Enchanting gems by Howells and Villette, a neglected carol by Kodaly (marking the 50th anniversary of his death), a wonderful piece by Jonathan Dove (as we begin to prepare for the piece he is writing for us), and Mathias’ rousing Sir Christèmas are interspersed with carols for all to sing. The combination of these heavenly sounds with a free glass of wine and one of Cambridge’s most beautiful buildings should make the evening an unmissable treat!

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Grief and Consolation

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

 

Two powerful works by Brahms lie at the heart of Grief and Consolation, a full-blooded and emotional programme that culminates in the premiere of a new work by New York-based choral luminary Ola Gjeilo. We sing Brahms’ Requiem in the composer’s own version for piano duet, and also his Schicksalslied, in a new piano duet version by our conductor, Ralph Woodward. Sandwiched between these Romantic masterpieces is Richard Rodney Bennett’s A Good-Night, a tender elegy in memory of Linda McCartney. The concert ushers the listener on a journey from desolation to solace, where Gjeilo’s touching piece awaits as a glowing conclusion.

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Music for a summer’s evening

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 at 7:30pm

Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge

Fairhaven Singers, conducted by Ralph Woodward.

The Fairhaven Singers summer concert is one of the highlights of Cambridge’s high season. Come and experience an enchanting celebration of beautiful music presented with passion, and, in the interval, a festive dash of strawberries and sparkling wine (included in the ticket price) served by the River Cam. This year’s unforgettable repertoire includes Finzi’s rapturous Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, delicious partsongs by Haydn and Schumann, charming folksongs by Seiber, and a wistful medley from the musical Camelot. This concert always sells out, so tell your friends and book now!

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