2018 January | Fitzwilliam Museum

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.

Team Music Hall

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

September 2017 | A Harvest Meditation

Friday 15th September, 8pm
St Peter’s, Barton, nr. Cambridge

‘A Harvest Meditation’

We were very pleased to have the opportunity to sing once more at St Peter’s. The programme was a lovely mix of the sacred and the secular – music by Elgar and Rutter, and readings from works by Ted Hughes, Laurie Lee, and John Betjeman. With thanks to the vicar and congregation for hosting us.

2017 July & August | ‘Choral Classics’

Monday 31st July 2017
8pm, Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge

Tuesday 1st August 2017
8pm, St Mark’s Church, Newnham, Cambridge

Once again we were delighted to perform some well-known choral classics in two of our favourite Cambridge venues. The programmes included works by renaissance composers G. P. da Palestrina, Orlande de Lassus, and Thomas Morley, later works by C. V. Stanford and William Harris, and some 20th-century and contemporary pieces by composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Michael Tippett, and Cole Porter. Thank you very much to all those who packed out the two venues!

April 2017 | Cambridgeshire/London Tour

April Tour 2017

Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich

We had a lovely few days away at the end of March/beginning of April 2017, singing at the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge, and giving concerts and singing Evensong in churches in Cambridgeshire villages and St Stephen’s, Rochester Row, London. We were delighted to be joined by our very own Oliver Hancock, who directed the Sunday Sung Eucharist at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich.

The concert programmes consisted of music and readings on themes of Transport and Travel; repertoire ranged from Guerrero and Gibbons through to John Rutter’s Heavenly Aeroplane and Mac Huff’s brilliant arrangement of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, accompanied by Louisa Denby.

St Stephen’s, Rochester Row

Andrew Watts and Charlotte Denby read extracts from the Bible and fictional works such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, David Copperfield, and I am David, as well as poetry by John Heath-Stubbs and Pablo Neruda.

It was very pleasant to receive this excellent review of our Hildersham concert: http://johnbald.typepad.com/language/interludes/

 

 

March 2017 | Petersfield Musical Festival

Edward Thomas 1878 – 1917 | A Centenary Concert

We were honoured to participate in this concert as part of the 2017 Petersfield Musical Festival. The programme featured settings of the work of celebrated local poet Edward Thomas, and we were joined for some of the programme by musicians from Bedales School and a fabulous line-up of soloists.

Friday 17th March 2017
7.30pm, Petersfield Festival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire

Vox Cantab

Bedales Cecilia Consort

Richard Pearce & Helen Cawthorne  Accompanists
Frances Kelly  Harp
Judith Treggor  Flute

John Barker, John Lofthouse, Thomas Athorne, Catherine White  Vocal soloists
Piers Burton-Page  Reader

Jonathan Willcocks & Nicholas Gleed  Conductors

January 2017 | Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

Sunday 29th January 2017
1.15pm, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

We made our annual visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on Sun 29 Jan, this time for a programme of German-related music, featuring Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, and motets by Brahms and Mendelssohn. It was a pleasure as always to perform in this fabulous venue.

Louisa Denby  Director
Toby Hession  Piano

Vox Cantab with Toby Hession, piano

September 2016 | Bach & the Baltics

Saturday 17th September, 2016
7.30pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Ave, Clapham, London

Conductor  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
Organ  Ian Tindale

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

We were very excited to have the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned conductor Sarah Tenant-Flowers, in a selection of music including the Bach motets and works by Baltic composers, in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The programme included Dubra’s Ave Maria I, Esenvalds’ atmospheric Stars (complete with glass-playing singers!), the Four Estonian Lullabies by Veljo Tormis, and a number of Bach motets. Ian Tindale was the able soloist in Bach’s epic Toccata & Fugue in d (‘Dorian’) BWV538.

'Bach & the Baltics,' September 2016

‘Bach & the Baltics,’ September 2016

 

July & August 2016 | ‘Hail, Gladdening Light!’

Thursday 28th July 2016
8pm, Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge

Wednesday 17th August 2016
8pm, St Mark’s Church, Newnham, Cambridge

It was a particular pleasure to perform these summer concerts in two venues where we have been warmly welcomed in recent years. The programme included classic works by renaissance composers such as Tallis, Byrd, and Tye, and a number of favourites from later composers Wood, Harris, Parry, and Holst.

In Pembroke College Chapel.

In Pembroke College Chapel.

April 2016 Easter Tour | All Creatures Great & Small

This year our Easter mini tour saw us singing two concerts and a morning service in the Hampshire/West Sussex area. The weekend was a huge success and we were very warmly received by our audiences and congregation, who were extremely generous in their donations to the Veterinary Benevolent Fund, the charity for whom our late bass, David Bee, was fundraising when he died in June 2015, and to whom the weekend was dedicated.

Saturday 2nd April 2016
7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Bosham, West Sussex

Sunday 3rd April 2016
3pm, St Andrew, Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire

‘All Creatures Great & Small’

The programme included:

Scapulis suis – Palestrina
El grillo – Josquin
Audite nova! – Lassus
The Ape, the Monkey and the Baboon – Weelkes
Lerchengesang – Mendelssohn
The Lamb – Tavener
Old McDonald had a Farm – Mitchell
The Blue Bird – Stanford

In concert, April 2016

In concert, April 2016

Sunday 3rd April 2016
10.30am, St Andrew, Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire

BCP Matins

Responses  Clucas
Canticles  Boyce in C
Anthem  God so loved the world – Stainer

Organ  Jack Butterworth

Review | Music for Queens | March 2016

We were very pleased to receive the following from the congregation at St Mark’s Church, following our performance there of ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ – Music for Queens on 5th March 2016.

“A large audience waited in an atmospherically-lit St Mark’s church on Saturday for our Choir Director, Louisa Denby, to conduct her own choir and ensemble, Vox Cantab, and The Rosemary Consort Brass Ensemble, in a cleverly-selected programme of 17th- and 18th-century music. The concert was in three sections: ‘Funeral Sentences and Motets’ by Henry Purcell, ‘Music from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,’ and ‘Birthday Ode for Queen Anne.’ The theatrical elements that Louisa had devised produced a dramatic, riveting concert – natural brass and drum in the gallery and around the building, a choir processing elegantly in black for the sacred music, then in lively colours for the coronation and birthday music. Several of the more experienced – and reputedly judgemental – songsters of St Mark’s voted it the best singing they had heard in the church in many a year. A first-class concert by a first-rate choir!”

John Bachelor at the newly-refurbished organ.

John Bachelor at the newly-refurbished organ.

“They began with funeral music written by Purcell. It was composed when he was just 35 years old and I suspect all those creating the music for us were even younger. I had shivers down my spine at the end of the piece. There was a feeling of overwhelming solemnity and sadness, and it seemed right to be in the church where so many funerals have taken place.
“The second half was a glorious celebration of praise and thanks and a complete change of mood, and the wonderful singing and music was presented in a celebration of colour.”

Funeral Sentences and motets - Henry Purcell.

Funeral Sentences and motets – Henry Purcell.

“The concert was exciting to listen to…the singers and musicians showed their delight in all that they did, but we must give the highest award to Louisa…she has such a wide grasp of all that she is doing…her qualifications are remarkable…thank you Louisa for such a glorious evening.”

We are grateful to all at St Mark’s for their assistance on the day of the concert, and for allowing us to present such an event in their lovely church. We intend to take up the invitation to return!