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.
Heroines – 900 Years of Women in Song, 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 by Cantus Novus Wien with whom we performed on tour in Vienna in 2016. Cantus Novus will be singing music from not only the German and Austrian canon – Brahms, Alma Mahler and Berta Aichinger plus a world première by Annamaria Kowalsky – but also English and Welsh: Paul Mealor (Locus iste) and Paul Spicer’s heart-wrenching setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet ‘How do I love thee?’. The two groups will also form a combined choir in Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass, and finally in Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn and Paul Spicer’s 'Glory be to God for dappled things’, which we enjoyed performing jointly at our last meeting. It is a very special collaboration by two choirs.
The year 2018 marks the centenary of women's suffrage both in Austria and the UK. We look forward to exploring such beautiful and thrilling music in a programme with so many women composers. This music is too rarely performed and we are especially excited to be including a première performance.
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The Whitehall Choir is always looking for talented singers; currently we are particularly keen to recruit tenors. Lots of new members have joined this term, but our music director would be extremely keen to welcome new tenors. If you know any tenors who would like to join, or are a tenor yourself, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet come to our next rehearsal. 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. Auditions are closed for the other sections this term but we’ll welcome new voices again at the start of next term on Tuesday, 8 January 2019.
Balanced sound standing behind the men – sound bite from our #mozart #requiem come & sing from Saturday.
Posted by Whitehall Choir on Monday, 10 September 2018
The choir hit the ground running in September with an extremely well-attended Come & Sing workshop on the Mozart Requiem at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Clapham followed by a concert of the work with orchestra and soloists at St Martin-in-the-Fields on the 13th, as part of the Brandenburg Festival. There was pretty near standing room only at St Martin’s and the performers, conducted by Joanna Tomlinson, received a standing ovation!
Jo, a leading vocal coach, will be leading another Come & Sing, not for Whitehall this time but for the Brandenburg Festival, on Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man (Mass for Peace). On 10 November at Holy Trinity Church Prince Consort Road, it’s open to all choral singers and she hopes to see lots of you there.
The main Whitehall Choir event in November is our concert on the 24th, when we will be joining forces with Austrian choir Cantus Novus Wien for our 900 Years of Women Composers concert (see above). We are also sneaking in a few pieces by Bruckner, Brahms, Balfour Gardiner and our former conductor Paul Spicer to ensure a fairer representation of the sexes! Christmas music follows, also at St Peter’s Eaton Square, on 18 December.
On 28 March 2019 we will sing Haydn’s Creation at St John’s Smith Square. And on 27 June we will sing a selection of secular music by British composers including George Shearing and Cecilia McDowall at St Peter’s Eaton Square.