This was a tremendous performance of
Bach's masterpiece, Christmas Oratorio
which was performed with The Aylesbury
Sinfonia and the most superb soloists:
Eliana Pretorian, Alison Kettlewell, Timothy
Coleman and Timothy Bagley. It was said
after the concert that the choir was,
perhaps, the most engaged and enthusiastic
that we have been with the joy of the music
singing out through our eyes and our voices.
The review in the electronic version of The
Bucks Herald can be read here: https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/arts-and- culture/aylesbury-choral-society-kicks-
June 17 2024.... Music Sacred, Secular & Royal: Music for a Summer's evening
Sat, 17 Jun 2023
We performed a range of music which included pieces to celebrate the coronation
of King Charles III: Piers Maxim's The King shall rejoice and Joanna Forbes
L'Estrange's The mountains shall bring peace. Supplementing these, we performed
pieces ranging from the Renaissance (such as Gibbon's serene anthem, Almighty
and Evaerlasting God to secular works such as Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine, to
more modern works from the jazz age such as Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine; and
a whole gamut of works in between. The most notable works, perhaps, as being
quite different to ACS's 'standard'repertoire, were Arvo Pärt's The Beatitudes and
Morten Lauridsen's O nata lux. Colin Spinks was his usual wonderful self as our
accompanist and Jeff Stewart directed us with aplomb and inspiration.
April 1 2023... Haydn: Creation
Sat, 1 Apr 2023
We performed Haydn's Creation to a packed house at St. Mary's Church in Aylesbury to great acclaim. Supplementing the choir was the Aylesbury Sinfonia and three superb soloists: Jennire Clatk, Rhodri Jones and Simon Thorpe. The music to The Creation is sublime, full of wonderful melodic writing and so joyous and the combined forces of choir, orchestra and soloists under Jeff Stewart's baton gave a terrifically great evening full of cheer and jubilation. The review carried in the Bucks Herald can be read here: https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/arts-and-culture/aylesbury-choral-society-inspire-with-fantastic-haydn-the-creation-performance-4103887.
December 3 2022... Saint Saëns & Britten
Sat, 3 Dec 2022
Our Christmas Concert, 2022, included Benjamin Britten's Ceremoony of Carols (with the harp played by the superb Imogen Ridge), Saint-Saëns's generally unfamiliar but very beautiful Christmas Oratorio, and a selection of carols including Matthias's Sir Christemas and a work by our own choir member, Jenny Watkins: Lullaby.