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.

August 2017 | Tour to St Davids

We made our biennial trip to St Davids in Pembrokeshire in August 2017, where once again we sang services and concerts in the Cathedral and surrounding area. With a programme entitled ‘Music on Themes of Love and Devotion,’ we performed pieces by 20th- and 21st-century composers including Gjeilo, Walton, Poulenc, and MacMillan. We were very pleased to be able to contribute once more to the restoration of Trefin Chapel, with a service of Compline and a Family Concert (including audience participation, animal noises, and a conductor clad in a chicken hat). We also enjoyed time on various beaches, and singing services in St Davids Cathedral.

Relaxing on the beach…

In rehearsal in St Davids Cathedral.

 

 

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/

 

 

August 2016 | Tour to Ireland

St Fin Barre's Cathedral

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

In August 2016 we ventured abroad for the first time, to sing a concert and two services at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork, Ireland.

The concert on the Saturday, based loosely around the theme of ‘prayer,’ featured works by Renaissance composers from England, including Byrd’s Be unto me, O Lord, a tower and Tomkins’ Arise, O Lord, and Europe (Palestrina’s Exultate Deo and Lobo’s Versa est in luctum were particular highlights), as well as a selection of more modern pieces with organ accompaniment, of which Andrew Millington’s joyful setting of Psalm 150 went down especially well with the large audience. Following a short break and rehearsal for the following day’s services, we hit the town (!), spending an enjoyable and slightly surreal evening sampling the local nightlife.

In concert.

In concert.

The following day we returned to the Cathedral to sing for the morning Eucharist – Palestrina’s Missa sine nomine – after which we were plied with coffee and biscuits (so many versions of custard creams!) by members of the congregation, before a delicious lunch at the nearby Flying Enterprise.

Evensong consisted of Howells in E, and the Rose responses for men’s voices, followed by Wood’s haunting View me, Lord, rounded off by a fabulous rendition of the Toccata from Duruflé’s Suite V, played by the equally fabulous David Warren.

2016 Aug CORK poster

 

August 2015 | Summer Tour

Vox Cantab’s 2015 summer tour began with a much-anticipated return to the lovely Trefin Chapel, near St Davids in Pembrokeshire, where the Choir were extremely warmly-received in 2013. We also gave a performance in St Mary’s, Haverfordwest, and in St Davids Cathedral, as part of their summer recital series. The week finished with Evensong at the Cathedr2015 Aug VC TUESDAY beach1al, and we were delighted to have Dr Rowan Williams in the congregation.

 

We were pleased to welcome back prize-winning organist Tim Parsons to play and conduct for us once more, along with our director Louisa Denby. The Choir also undertook visits to local hospices and nursing homes as part of our Summer Outreach Project.

 

St Davids 2015 Tour Schedule

Sunday 16th August, 7.30pm
Trefin Chapel, Trefin, Pembrokeshire

Family Concert

The programme included a range of music both sacred and secular, from 16th-century polyphony through to our own arrangements of Welsh Folk Songs. The audience joined in enthusiastically when the opportunity arose!

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Monday 17th August, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest

Wednesday 19th August, 7.30pm
St Davids Cathedral, St Davids

Like as the Hart | A Concert of Psalm Settings

In concert.

In concert.

Programme

Laudibus in sanctis – Byrd
Dextera Domini – Lassus
Sicut cervus – Palestrina

Jauchzet dem Herren – Schütz
Hear my prayer, O Lord – Purcell

Richte mich, Gott – Mendelssohn
Wie der Hirsch – Mendelssohn

Wie lieblich – Brahms
O Clap Your Hands – Vaughan Williams
Wash me throughly – Wesley

The Lord is King – Timothy Parsons
Like as the Hart – Howells
I was Glad – Parry

 

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Tuesday 18th August, 9.30pm

Trefin Chapel, Trefin, Pembrokeshire

Choral Compline

Introit  Jesu, the very thought – Bairstow
Anthem  My soul, there is a country – Parry
Antiphon  Salve Regina – Poulenc

 

 

 

Pre-service hilarity.

Pre-service hilarity.

Thursday 20th August, 6pm
St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

Evensong

Responses  Reading
Canticles  Tomkins Second
Anthem  Locus iste – Bruckner

May 2015 | Downing Evensong

The new Tickell organ at Downing College, Cambridge.

On Sunday 17th May at 6pm, members of Vox Cantab sang Evensong in the splendidly-refurbished Chapel at Downing College, Cambridge, accompanied by the fabulous new Tickell organ. The music included anthems by Williams Byrd and Mundy, and an organ voluntary by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

Members of Vox Cantab after the Downing service

Members of Vox Cantab after the Downing service

 

 

August 2014 | Services at Portsmouth Cathedral

Services at Portsmouth Cathedral

Director Louisa Denby; Organ Ian Tindale

2014 Cathedral group photo

Eucharist

Victoria – Jesu, dulcis memoria

Haydn – Little Organ Mass (solo Catherine White)

Lassus – Ave verum corpus

Evensong

Walford Davies – Blessed are the pure in heart

Clucas Responses

Brewer – Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in D

Bairstow – Lord, I call upon thee

 

Peter Leonard, Residentiary Canon at Portsmouth Cathedral

August 2014 | Evensong at East Meon

All Saints on a lovely summer evening

All Saints’ Church on a lovely summer evening

 

By day two of our 2014 Summer Tour, the number of singers had swelled to eight. We travelled to All Saints’, East Meon, for a service of Choral Evensong. After rehearsal, we congregated in the North Aisle of the church, giving us plenty of time to admire the Millennium Embroidery before the service began, heralded by the bell.

All of the service was sung unaccompanied (music included Give almes of thy goods – Tye, and Arnold’s Evening Service in A), and we particularly enjoyed the anthem, Byrd’s Justorum Animae, which matched the understated grandeur of the church.

Afterwards we were treated to drinks and nibbles with the East Meon congregation.

 

The smart Vox Cantab ties (and their men)

The gentlemen of the Choir

The Girls

The girls have their priorities right!