The very best way to hear us is, of course, to come to one of our concerts!
… but here are some opportunities to sample the sound we make …
In 2004 we gave a performance of the towering Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. Our orchestra was Regency Sinfonia, led by Simon Chalk. Here is a sample of the Dies Irae.
In June 2006, Cheltenham College Chapel was the venue for ‘A Celebration of Local Composers’. From this concert – a chance to hear the sopranos and altos in Gustav Holst’s Ave Maria.
Tewkesbury Abbey was the magnificent setting, in March 2007, for the hugely-popular Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which we performed in association with Regency Sinfonia. Here is a taste of the Dies Irae.
Later that year we set ourselves the challenge of presenting Rachmaninov’s ‘All Night Vigil (Vespers)’ – in the original language of Church Slavonic. This was, undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the choir’s history, so here are two clips – firstly from the movement ‘Blessed is the man’ or ‘blazhen muzh’ and, next, from the Magnificat, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’ or ‘Velíchit dushá Moyá Ghóspoda’.
Christopher Steel (1938-1991) taught in and lived in Cheltenham at various points in his life. One of his legacies to the world of music is his remarkable ‘Passion and Resurrection’, given its world premier in Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday, 21st March 2009 by Cheltenham Bach Choir. This concert took place in the presence of his widow, Anthea, who still lives in Cheltenham. It does not do justice to the piece, which is worthy of a significant place in the choral repertoire, but this short section of the final ‘Surrexit Christus’ gives just a flavour.