Today at 4pm we will be making our first appearance on Radio 3. The Choir
, presented by Mary King, will include a live recording of our performance of Psalm
, the result of our collaboration with composer Daniel Saleeb
and poet Chloe Stopa-Hunt.
We sang the world premiere of this piece at the Britten in Oxford concert in the University Church last month. The recording features the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, conducted by David Crown and accompanied by organist Robert Smith.
The programme is available for download from BBC iPlayer.
On Saturday the Choir of Somerville College will be singing a concert at Douai Abbey to celebrate the launch of our new album Advent Calendar
The first half of the concert consists of a selection of seasonal anthems by Victoria, Pärt, Wood, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rutter as well as organ music by Messiaen. The second half will be a performance of Fauré's Requiem. The concert will feature soloists Mary-Louise Aitken (soprano) and Robert Smith (organ), who can also be heard on our new CD. We are looking forward to returning to Douai Abbey, where we recorded our first CD Requiem æternam
in July 2011.
Saturday 30 November 2013, 7:45pm, Douai Abbey
Fauré's Requiem and a selection of seasonal anthems
The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford
David Crown, conductor
Mary-Louise Aitken, soprano
Thomas Guthrie, baritone
Robert Smith, organ
Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions) from Newbury Corn Exchange
to download the full programme.
On Wednesday at 8pm Somerville's choral scholars will present From Purcell to 'Show Boat'
, an eclectic programme of songs, arias and duets by Händel, Mozart, Gluck, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many others.Soloists:
Ruth Akinradewo (soprano), James Aldred (tenor), Ian Buchanan
(tenor), Katie Jeffries-Harris (mezzo-soprano), Joanna Perkins (soprano), Isabel Sinagola
(mezzo-soprano), Alexandra Worrell (soprano), Emily Winkler
Kaan Harwood, Douglas Knight
, Joanna Perkins, Robert Smith
to download the programme. Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Somerville Choir's US tour.
This musical advent calendar from Oxford University's leading mixed-voice college choir is our second release on the Stone Records label, following a highly successful recording of Duruflé’s Requiem
and Milford’s Mass for Five Voices
The beautifully-presented album is a countdown to Christmas of 24 tracks (with a bonus track for Christmas Day) featuring wonderful performances of some of the best-loved carols of all time, and a handful of première recordings that will delight all classical music lovers. Each Advent Sunday is marked by a Bach chorale, and the listener is guided through Advent, as the excitement builds for the arrival of Christmas Day. The track list includes favourite carols by Rutter, Warlock, Poston, Gardner, Cornelius, Goldschmidt
and Wood as well as newly commissioned works by Toby Young
, Raymond Head
and Paul Sartin
(member of the folk band Bellowhead
The Choir of Somerville College, conducted by David Crown
, is joined by guest soloists Mary-Louise Aitken
(soprano) and Jeremy Carpenter
(baritone), who was most recently seen in the Royal Opera House's production of Britten's Gloriana
. They are accompanied by Robert Smith
(organ), Douglas Knight
(organ) and Keith Fairbairn (percussion).
The album will be released on 4 November 2013 (UK) and 12 November 2013 (USA and other countries). Advent Calendar
is available for purchase from Amazon UK
, Amazon US
, Presto Classical
, Stone Records
and Blackwell's Music (Broad Street, Oxford). Please see our discography
for a full track list. A promotional video is available from YouTube
will be playing a recital of rarely heard twentieth-century works on the new Kenneth Tickell organ at Keble College Chapel
on Thursday evening.
The programme consists of Arvo Pärt's Annum per annum
, the Adagio from Vierne's Organ Symphony No. 3
and Messiaen's L'Apparition de l'église éternelle
Keble Chapel Compline Recital Series: Robert Smith (Somerville)
Thursday 7th November 2013, 8:30pm, Keble College Chapel
Admission is free. See his website
and the Facebook event page
for more details.
Over the past few months the Choir of Somerville College has been involved in JAM's Writing for Voices
project as part of the Britten in Oxford
festival. Daniel Saleeb
and Chloe Stopa-Hunt
have written a piece called Psalm
for us, a work for SATB divisi choir, SSA semi-chorus and organ. Click here
to read an article about this project.
We will be performing this piece in a concert at the University Church next month (9th November, 7:30pm). Tickets (£10/£7 concessions) are available from Tickets Oxford
and the Oxford Playhouse. The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.
On Tuesday our Organ Scholar Robert Smith
will be playing a lunchtime recital on the 1994 Walker organ at Exeter. The programme will include music by Bach, Wesley, Saint-Saëns
, Vierne and Messiaen.
Exeter College Organ Recital Series: Robert Smith
Tuesday 22nd October 2013, 1:10pm, Exeter College Chapel
See his website
and the Facebook event page
for more details.
Choral services at Somerville Chapel will resume today at 6pm. The choir will be singing Howells' A Hymn for St Cecilia
, Rutter's O clap your hands together
and the Kyrie from Victoria's Missa O magnum mysterium
. The organ voluntary will be Messiaen's Joie et Clarté des Corps Glorieux
. Please see our music list
for details of the services in weeks 2-8.
The first promotional video for our new album Advent Calendar
, which will be released by Stone Records
later this year:John Rutter: The Twelve Days of ChristmasThe Choir of Somerville College, OxfordDavid Crown, conductorDouglas Knight, organ