2019 September | Ave Maria

Fresh from our Belgium tour we sang two concerts in and around Cambridge in September, entitled ‘Ave Maria’, with similar programmes to those sung in Ghent.

Our thanks to all those who came along to hear the concerts, and generously donated to the churches’ charitable causes. We are also grateful to Rev Alan Partridge and Fr Stephen Anderson for their help in facilitating the events.

2019 August | Tour to Belgium

In August 2019 we ventured abroad once more for a short tour of Belgium. Our programme consisted of works by 16th-century European composers, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

After an incredibly smooth and hitch-free journey on the Eurostar, we arrived in Ghent, only to encounter our first problem: where was Tenor 2? After several failed attempts at locating the coffee shop where he had apparently been hiding out since arriving from Munich earlier in the day, we eventually (literally) bumped into each other in the middle of a road and continued our journey to the hostel where we were to spend the next three nights.

The hostel kindly allowed us the use of their conference room for a short rehearsal; once we’d got used to the unnerving presence of the is-it-a-fish-or-is-it-a-giant-worm model we had a productive time and retired feeling positive about the next day’s performances.

Friday saw us sing in two very different venues: St Michael’s Church in the afternoon (see post-concert photo below) and St Paul’s Church in the evening. The latter’s acoustic was simply stunning, and we hugely appreciated the reception laid on by the not insignificant audience, who in turn appreciated our director’s attempts at speaking Dutch, and even laughed at a joke or two. A late-night trip out for a quick meal saw Tenor 2 experience the delights of McDonald’s for the first time (he eventually triumphed over the electronic ordering system [despite its attempts to eat him], although not without some lasting trauma), and Tenor 1 let loose in Ghent as he didn’t fancy the tram.

On Saturday we enjoyed a boat-trip in the morning (complete with collapsing umbrellas), and visited St Bavo’s Cathedral for our third and final performance, before enjoying the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. There was great excitement at the prospect of a visit to a ‘cat café’, but we opted for waffles and sight-seeing instead before regrouping for a final meal prior to our departure the next morning.

Thanks must go to Rayburn Tours for organising such a hassle-free trip, and to our director Louisa Denby (who in turn would like to thank all those who sang).

 

2019 April | T. S. Eliot & Victoria Requiem

Sunday 7th April, 8pm
St Mark’s Church, Barton Road, Cambridge

We were delighted to have the opportunity once again to work with the fabulous Sarah Tenant-Flowers for this performance of the Victoria Requiem, interspersed with readings from T S Eliot, narrated by Andrew Watts, who has read for us on previous occasions. It was an intense weekend, with rehearsals all day on the Saturday, and then again on Sunday afternoon (with a brief pause to watch the Boat Race, of course), followed by the concert. Our thanks to everyone who came to hear it.

Vox Cantab & Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Enjoying Saturday lunch.

Our fabulous chefs – Elaine & Charlotte.

In rehearsal.

2018/19 New Year in St Davids

In December 2018 we returned to Pembrokeshire to sing services in St Davids Cathedral and to give a special New Year’s Eve concert in our beloved Trefin Chapel. It was a truly magical time and we are hugely grateful to everyone who packed out both the cathedral and the concert.

View from the organ loft.
The gents hard at work relaxing…
After the concert in Trefin Chapel.
Evensong.