Recent Concerts

In December 2017 Dulwich Choral Society performed Beethoven’s Mass in C plus works by Mendelssohn and Haydn

 

Concert Programme (pdf)

In June 2017 DCS presented a feast of popular favourites from 500 years of great choral music, performed with the magnificent organ of St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village. The programme included Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah Chorus, Elgar’s Give unto the Lord, Parry’s I Was Glad and works by Purcell, Stainer and Vaughan Williams.

In March 2017 Dulwich Choral Society performed J.S. Bach’s great St Matthew Passion in German, with a period-instrument orchestra and an outstanding line-up of soloists, in Cadogan Hall.
This performance was the culmination of the choir’s major Bach cycle under the direction of Aidan Oliver, and follows recent sell-out performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.

Concert Programme (pdf)

In October 2016 DCS performed Haydn’s The Creation at All Saints, West Dulwich. The soloists were Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor) and David Stout (bass) with the Dulwich Festival Orchestra led by Lennox Mackenzie.

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The 2016 DCS Summer Concert celebrated Shakespeare and Cervantes. Directed by Aidan Oliver, the choir were joined by baritone Gareth Brynmor John and pianist Leanne Singh-Levett.

Concert Programme (pdf)

In March 2016 DCS gave the First Performance of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin along with Carl Orff’s ever popular Carmina Burana. The soloists were Fflur Wyn (soprano), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Grant Doyle (baritone) with James Allen’s Girls’ School Choir and David Elwin & Iain Farrington on piano.
Concert Programme (pdf)

In December 2015 DCS peformed Handel’s Messiah at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich with with soloists Fflur Wyn (soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Gareth Treseder (tenor) and Tim Dickinson (bass) with period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica, led by Alison Bury.

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From English country garden to balmy Venice evening, Dulwich Choral Society’s June 2015 Concert presented a summery collection of romance, heartbreak and joy!

Rodney Clarke (baritone) performed two solo cycles and was joined by the choir to sing Grainger’s Shallow Brown. Piano accompaniment was by David Elwin and Richard Pearce and the concert was conducted by DCS Musical Director Aidan Oliver.

Concert Programme (pdf)

In March 2015 DCS peformed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.
The soloists were Camilla Roberts (soprano), Rowan Hellier (mezzo soprano), Adrian Dwyer (tenor) and David Soar (bass), with David Elwin (piano) and Richard Pearce (harmonium).

Concert Programme (pdf)

In December 2014 DCS performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Christopher Wren’s chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich with with soloists Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano) Catherine Backhouse (mezzo soprano) Andrew Tortise (tenor) Jonathan Brown (bass) and period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica led by Rodolfo Richter.

 

Concert Programme (pdf)

The 2014 summer concert took inspiration from the famous ‘White Nights’ Festival in St Petersburg, where for two months at the height of summer the sun never fully sets and the city is filled with a spectacular extravaganza of the arts.
The programme included Russian Orthodox sacred music, Opera choruses by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Borodin and Russian folksong arrangements.
Concert Programme (pdf)

In April 2014 DCS performed an evening of music by British composers:
     Elgar – Imperial March
     Stanford – Songs of the Fleet
     Walton – Two pieces from Henry V
     Parry – The Pied Piper of Hamelin and I was glad
The choir was joined by soloists Grant Doyle (baritone) and Timothy Robinson (tenor). The Dulwich Festival Orchestra was led by Charles Mutter and the performance conducted by DCS Musical Director, Aidan Oliver.

In December 2013 DCS performed Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Ruby Hughes (soprano), Frances Bourne (mezzo soprano), Ronan Busfield (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass). The Dulwich Festival Orchestra was led by Lennox Mackenzie, with Stephen Disley on organ.

 

Dulwich Festival Orchestra also performed Elgar’s Sospiri.
Concert Programme (pdf)

In July 2013 we performed Jonathan Dove’s thrilling masterpiece which formed the centerpiece of this midsummer journey through the seasons. Interwoven with John Rutter’s exquisite folksong arrangements and the affecting words of Thomas Hardy, this beguiling sequence was narrated by special guest Julian Ovenden.
Concert Programme (pdf)

In March 2013 DCS performed Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, with soloists Anita Watson and Gerard Collett, and the Dulwich Festival Orchestra led by Lennox Mackenzie.

 

Anita Watson also performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs.
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In November 2012 we were joined by soloists Ruby Hughes (soprano) Catherine Backhouse (mezzo soprano) Jeremy Budd (tenor) and Thomas Faulkner (bass) to perform:
Haydn – Te Deum in C for Empress Marie Therese
Schubert – Mass in G
Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339
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In July 2012 we performed an evening of classic hits from Oklahoma, South Pacific, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls, and revelled in the musical genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein. We were joined by soloists Pamela Hay (soprano) and Alastair Brookshaw (tenor).

 

David Elwin accompanied us on the piano and the performance was conducted by DCS Musical Director, Aidan Oliver.

In April 2012 DCS performed Bach’s masterpiece, the B Minor Mass, in Christopher Wren’s sensational chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich with with soloists Julia Doyle (soprano) Cecilia Osmond (soprano) Tim Mead (countertenor) Andrew Tortise (tenor) George Humphreys (bass) and leading period instrument orchestra Sinfonia Britannica, led by Adrian Butterfield.
Concert programme (pdf)

In December 2011 we performed a programme at All Saints which included:

 

Poulenc – Gloria
Finzi – In Terra Pax
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols

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In July 2011 we performed our Summer concert at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, with Spanish-style refreshments served in the interval.
Habanera and March of the Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen
Masterpieces by Victoria, Guerrero and Padilla
Elgar – Spanish Serenade
Javier Busto – Ave Maria
Ravel – Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Shostakovich – Spanish Songs
with Gerard Collett, baritone, and David Elwin, piano.
Concert programme (pdf)

In March 2011 we performed Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus at St John’s Church, Goose Green, East Dulwich with a fabulous team of international soloists: Martene Grimson (soprano), Catherine Hopper (mezzo soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Adrian Dwyer (tenor), and Robert Winslade Anderson (bass), with period-instrument ensemble Sinfonia Britannica led by Adrian Butterfield, one of the UK’s leading baroque violinists.
Concert programme (pdf)

In December 2010 we performed Haydn’s The Seasons at St John the Evangelist, Goose Green.

 

As Lucas (tenor), we welcomed back Andrew Staples. Jane (soprano) was sung by Mary Bevan, and Simon (bass) by Charles Rice.
Concert programme (pdf)

In June 2010 we performed our summer concert, a sequence of words and music ranging through opera, partsongs, sacred music and poetry on the theme of Night, with the brilliant British soprano solist Elisabeth Meister.
Concert programme (pdf)

 

A pdf review of the concert in Opera Brittania can be read here.

In March 2010 we performed Bach’s Passiontide masterpiece with period instruments and an outstanding line-up of international soloists:
Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano)
James Bowman (countertenor)
Thomas Walker – Evangelist
Lukas Jakobski – Christus
Jonathan Brown – Pilate
Concert programme (pdf)

In November 2009 we performed St Nicolas and other works by Benjamin Britten, and works by Gustav Holst, in conjunction with The Holst Chamber Choir (James Allen’s Girls School) under their conductor, Pat Williams, and featuring soloist Andrew Staples (tenor).
Concert programme (pdf)

In summer 2009 we performed a selection of music connected to Shakespeare at All Saints, including works by Morley, Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Berlioz and Shearing.
Concert programme (pdf)

In March 2009 we performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah at St Barnabas, Dulwich Village, with soloists:
Vir Singh-Mitter (Treble)
Georgia Ginsberg (Soprano)
Anne-Marie Gibbons (Mezzo-soprano)
Peter Davoren (Tenor)
Rodney Clarke (Bass-Baritone)
Concert programme (pdf)

In December 2008 we performed Orff’s Carmina Burana and Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, in conjunction with the Choristers of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and with soloists Charlotte Mobbs (soprano), Stephen Wallace (countertenor) and Adam Green (baritone).
Concert programme (pdf)

2007/2008 Season

  • July 5 Pilgrim’s Progress – a musical exploration at All Saints, West Dulwich
  • April 26 Mozart Requiem and Thomas Linley The Song of Moses at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village
  • December 17 Christmas Concert, St Stephen’s, Dulwich
  • December 16 Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
  • December 1 Handel Messiah, All Saints, West Dulwich

2006/2007 Season

  • June 23 Edward Elgar 150th Anniversary Promenade Concert, St James Church Piccadilly
  • May/June March of the Human Rights Jukebox in Camberwell, London: three pieces by Isa Suarez recorded by the Choir
  • May 13 Dulwich Festival 2007: ‘Come and Sing’ Haydn Nelson Mass at All Saint’s Church, West Dulwich
  • March 10 Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Fauré Requiem, St John the Evangelist Church, East Dulwich
  • December 15 Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
  • December 9 Haydn The Creation at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village

2005/2006 Season

  • June 24 Music for a Summer Evening at All Saint’s Church, West Dulwich
  • March 25 Bach St Mark Passion at St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
  • December 14 Carols at Southwark South Bank Frost Fair
  • December 3 Handel Dixit Dominus, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood

2004/2005 Season

  • June 18 Mozart Missa Brevis in C, Gounod Messe Solonnelle, St Barnabas Church, Dulwich Village
  • April 23 Elgar Dream of Gerontius at Fairfield Hall, Croydon (with St Cecilia Chorus)
  • December 4 Mendelssohn St Paul at St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
  • October Choir Tour to Bosnia – Sarajevo and Mostar

2003/2004 Season

  • June 26 Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle, Church of St Michael and All Angels with St James, Croydon
  • March 27 Charpentier Prodigal Son, Bruckner Requiem, Church of St Michael and All Angels with St James, Croydon
  • December 6 Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Norwood
  • November 24 hour Singathon to raise money for choir funds
  • October Choir Tour to Estonia, Tallinn and Poltsaama