We were delighted to be invited back to St John the Evangelist in Langrish, near Petersfield in Hampshire, to assist with their 150th anniversary celebrations this year. We sang a ‘Mixed Bag’ of a concert on the Saturday (featuring our director hurling a banana at a priest who happened to be in the audience), and a celebratory Eucharist on the Sunday. It was a joyous, moving, and profoundly happy weekend, and we are grateful to all who fed and hosted us, and facilitated the logistical arrangements.
Project #2020 began on February 15th with the first of two identical concerts in Dry Drayton, the second taking place two weeks later in Comberton, near Cambridge. We hugely enjoyed singing a variety of classics both sacred and secular, serious and light, from (mostly) English composers through the ages, and would like to give special thanks to the large audience at Comberton, at whom our director made her banana-throwing début…
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.
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.
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.
We were delighted to be asked by Priory Records and our patron Jonathan Willcocks to make a CD recording of a number of his works. We were joined by Southern Pro Musica, with whom we have worked on numerous occasions, and soloists Gareth Brynmor John and Josephine Goddard, for an intense two-and-a-half days, in the beautiful surroundings of Downing Chapel, Cambridge.
The CD should be available from December 2018 – just in time for Christmas!
Sunday 5th August 2018, 3pm St Andrew’s Church, Hurstbourne Priors, near Winchester
By popular request we returned to the delightful village of Hurstbourne Priors, in Hampshire, for a tea-time concert, this time featuring a set of madrigals from the richest repertoire of 16th-century England. It was lovely to have the church so full and to see so many familiar faces in the audience.
Saturday 10th February 2018, 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Petersfield
Purcell Motets Handel Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor Chilcott My Prayer Handel Dixit Dominus
Southern Pro Musica Conductor Jonathan Willcocks Organ Luke Fitzgerald Soloists Carys Brown, Louisa Dawes, David Lewis
It was an absolute joy to perform such great music in the wonderful candle-lit setting of St Peter’s Church, where we have sung so many times before. Fortunately the weather didn’t discourage our sell-out audience, and the whole atmosphere made for a very special evening indeed.
Sunday 28th January 2018, 1.15pm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Vox Cantab made their annual pilgrimage to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, for a lunchtime concert among the museum’s treasures.
The programme this year featured music inspired by the history of the gallery in which we performed – secular music charting the history and development of Music Hall, including works by Cornysh and Pearsall, Sullivan and Barnby, and solo songs by Glover-Kind, Edgar & Wright, and Clarke & Warren. Members of the audience were warmly encouraged to join in at appropriate moments, which they did with enthusiasm, including the clock!
Director & Piano Louisa Denby Soloists Julia Kemp, Thomas Athorne, and Chris Ainsworth-Patrick