The Whitehall Choir is one of London’s leading amateur choirs. It has a varied repertoire including challenging unaccompanied pieces as well as larger choral works.
900 Years of Women Composers, St Peter's Eaton Square, 7:30pm, 24 November
In the first part of this concert, Whitehall Choir will present pieces exclusively by women: the 12th-century German Benedictine abbess and visionary Hildegard von Bingen, the Venetian Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi and Fanny Mendelssohn from the Romantic period. We shall also be singing works by two women who died tragically young 100 years ago – Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen – as well as pieces by the mid-20th-century British composer Elizabeth Poston and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.
The choir is delighted to be joined in the second part by Cantus Novus Wien with whom we performed on tour in Vienna in 2016. Cantus Novus will be singing music from the German and Austrian canon: Bruckner, Brahms, Alma Mahler and Berta Aichinger. Finally, the two groups will form a combined choir in Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass and Paul Spicer's 'Glory be to God for dappled things’, which we so enjoyed performing jointly at our last meeting.
The year 2018 marks the centenary of women's suffrage in Austria, as well as in the UK, and we look forward to exploring some beautiful and thrilling music, largely by women, some of which is rarely performed and has never been recorded.
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Come and join us for a vocal workshop with one of the country’s leading voice coaches, and for a chance to work on Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday, 8th September at 10:00am, Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue, Clapham, SW4 9JU. (Tickets)
Mozart’s Requiem is a cornerstone of the choral repertoire and a wonderfully uplifting piece, both to perform and to listen to. If you’ve never sung it or haven’t sung it for a while, this is a perfect opportunity for you to enjoy one of choral music’s great experiences in a friendly, fun atmosphere.
Joanna Tomlinson is a leading vocal trainer and workshop leader. Her recent engagements include UK Choir Festival, ABCD, London Choral Conducting Masterclasses, and the Gabrieli Consort ‘Roar’ and Philharmonia Orchestra education schemes.
The Whitehall Choir is always looking for talented singers; currently we are particularly keen to recruit tenors. We meet during the academic year on Tuesdays, from 6.30 to 9pm, in the Parish Hall of St Peter’s Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AL. If you’d like to try us, come to our first rehearsal next season on Tuesday 4 September. For the first two weeks of the season we’ll be rehearsing the Mozart Requiem for a concert on 13 September at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Our Music Director, Jo Tomlinson, has chosen the programmes for the season that begins in September 2018 with the Mozart Requiem on 13 September at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
In November, we will be joining forces with Austrian choir, Cantus Novus Wien for our 900 Years of Women Composers concert (see above).
In March 2019 we will sing Haydn’s Creation at St John’s Smith Square. And then in June we will sing a selection of secular music by British composers including George Shearing and Cecilia McDowall at St Peter’s Eaton Square.
For more details see the concerts page.