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Updated 7 February 2018

Please submit your Rehearsal Commitment for the 6 April Concert by clicking on the “Rehearsals ” button on the right.
You can check your submission by using the link under the Rehearsal box.
Rehearsals dates for the 2019 Season are listed below. Please add them to your diary.

There are five events currently planned during the year. You can see the plan and dates in the right-hand column below, next to the rehearsal schedule. Major concerts for 2020 and 2021 are also listed there.

The first concert in the 2019 Season is of French music and includes choral music by Duruflé and Poulenc, and Debussy’s Petite Suite for piano, 4 hands.

The setting by Maurice Duruflé of the Requiem Mass dates from 1947. Unlike the apocalyptic settings by Berlioz and Verdi, Duruflé’s Requiem is more akin to Fauré’s familiar setting in its sense of serene optimism. Francis Poulenc’s Gloria was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and premiered in Boston in 1961. The familiar liturgical words are given a setting that abounds in joy. This lovable work has justly become popular with singers and audiences alike.

Claude Debussy‘s Petite Suite for piano, four hands, first performed in 1889 is a work of immediate lyric charm, and its simplicity is in stark contrast with the modernist works that Debussy was writing at the time.

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St James’s Singers’ Officers

Patron Dame Judi Dench CH
President Catherine Bott FGS, Hon FTL
President Emeritus Barrie Dugdale OBE
Vice Presidents Professor Robert Bluglass CBE; Dr Kerry Bluglass; Sylvia Coigley; Duncan Fairfax-Lucy; Elizabeth Foster-Hall; Margaret Haycock; Donald Hunter; Jane Woolfenden
Chair Hilary Mills
Secretary Peter Williams
Treasurer Kirsty Campbell
Committee Kate Gardner, Kate Nash
Conductor Julian Harris

 

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Rehearsal Commitment

Rehearsal Schedule for the 2019 Season

Duruflé Requiem & Poulenc Gloria – Saturday 6 April – St Mary’s, Warwick

DateTimeVenueNotes
 1. Sat 16 Feb 10.00amAlveston Preliminary 1 Workshop
 2. Sat 16 Feb  1.15pmAlveston Preliminary 2 Workshop
 3. Thur 21 Feb  7.30pmAlveston Preliminary 3
 4. Fri 1 Mar  7.30pmAlveston Preliminary 4
 5. Thu 7 Mar  7.30pmAlveston Preliminary 5
 6. Thu 14 Mar  7.30pmAlveston Preliminary 6
 7. Fri 22 Mar  7.30pmAlveston Core 7
 8. Fri 29 Mar  7.30pmAlveston Core  8
 9. Sat 30 Mar  10.00amAlveston Core Workshop 9
10. Sat 30 Mar  1.15pmAlvestonCore Workshop 10
11. Fri 5 Apr  7.30pmAlvestonCore  11
12. Sat 6 April  2.00pmSt Mary’sConcert Day
13. CONCERT  7.30pmSt Mary’sCONCERT

Kirsty and Noel’s Wedding – Saturday 11 May, St Mary’s Church, Warwick

DateTimeVenueNotes
 1 Fri 10 May  7.30pmAlvestonRehearsal
 2 Sat 11 May  10.00am  St Mary’s WEDDING
 3 WEDDING  12.00pm  St Mary’s WEDDING

Choral Evensong – Monday 29 July - Westminster Abbey, London

DateTimeVenueNotes
 1 Thu 18 Jul 7.30pmAlveston
 2 Fri 26 Jul 7.30pmAlveston
 3 Sun 28 Jul 4.00pm TBALocal Evensong Rehearsal
 4 Sun 28 Jul 6.30pm TBALocal Evensong
 5 Mon 20 Jul TBA Westminster Abbey
 6 EVENSONG TBA Westminster Abbey

Welcome to all the Pleasures - 12 October 2019 - St Mary's, Warwick

DateTimeVenueNotes
1. Fri 30 Aug7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 1
2. Sat 31 Aug10.00amAlvestonPreliminary 2 Workshop
3. Sat 31 Aug1.15pmAlvestonPreliminary 3 Workshop
4. Fri 6 Sept7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 4
5. Thu 12 Sept7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 5
6. Fri 20 Sept7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 6
7. Thu 26 Sept7.30pmAlvestonCore 7
8. Fri 4 Oct7.30pmAlvestonCore 8
9. Sat 5 Oct10.00amAlvestonCore 9 Workshop
10. Sat 5 Oct1.15pmAlvestonCore 10 Workshop
11. Fri 11 Oct7.30pmAlvestonCore 121
12. Sat 12 Oct2.00pmSt Mary's, WarwickCore 12
13. Sat 12 Oct7.30pmSt Mary's, WarwickCONCERT

Christmas Concert - Saturday 21 December - St Mary's, Warwick

DateTimeVenueNotes
1. Fri 15 Nov7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 1
2. Thu 21 Nov7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 2
3. Fri 29 Nov7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 3
4. Thu 5 Dec7.30pmAlvestonPreliminary 4
5. Fri 13 Dec7.30pmAlvestonCore 5
6. Thu 19 Dec7.30pmAlvestonCore 6
7. Sat 21 Dec2.00pmSt Mary's WarwickConcert Day
8. Sat 21 Dec7.30pmSt Mary's WarwickCONCERT

 

FUTURE CONCERT DATES

2019

  • SATURDAY 6 APRIL
    DURUFLÉ REQUIEM, POULENC GLORIA & DEBUSSY PETITE SUITE, ST MARY’S CHURCH WARWICK
  • SATURDAY 11 MAY
    WEDDING, ST MARY’S CHURCH, WARWICK
  • MONDAY 29 JULY
    CHORAL EVENSONG
    WESTMINSTER ABBEY
  • SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
    WELCOME TO ALL THE PLEASURES, ST MARY’S CHURCH, WARWICK
    Purcell – Welcome to all the Pleasures
                – Te Deum and Jubilate Deo
                – O sing unto the Lord
    Vivaldi – Magnificat  
               – Concerto for Recorder
    Charpentier – Te Deum
  • SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER
    CHRISTMAS CONCERT, ST MARY’S CHURCH WARWICK

2020

  • SATURDAY 25 APRIL
    MOZART MASS IN C MINOR, ST MARY’S CHURCH WARWICK

2021

  • SATURDAY 27 MARCH
    BACH ST MATTHEW PASSION ST MARY’S CHURCH WARWICK