Upcoming Performances

Saturday 16 March 2024

7.30pm

St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

From Rameau to Rutter via Rossini

Featuring Rutter’s Requiem & European Harmonies by Rameau, Rossini, Gorecki and Faure

  • Conducted by Andrew Storey
  • Soprano – Helen Pritchard
  • Organist – John Carnelley

Our Spring concert features the Requiem by contemporary British composer and conductor, John Rutter. Rutter is a composer of instantly memorable tunes, and nowhere is this more evident than his glorious Requiem. Composed in 1985, the work is characterised by its simplicity, brevity and rich choral writing. This seven-movement Requiem is traditional in its inspiration, using texts from the Requiem Mass and the Book of Common Prayer. The gloriously pure Pie Jesu is a real highlight – as is the Requiem Aeternam, which opens the work. Performed regularly all over the world, Rutter’s Requiem is one of the most popular compositions of the last thirty years.

As a nod to Ashtead Choral Society’s tour of Umbria in Italy in May, our Spring concert also features a selection of European harmonies from composers Jean-Philippe Rameau, Gioachino Rossini, Henryk Gorecki and Gabriel Fauré.

Tickets £18 in advance (£9 for under 25s)
£20 on the door, subject to availability
Tickets include Programme

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Saturday 18 May 2024

7.30pm

St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

Brahms Requiem

  • Conducted by Andrew Storey
  • Featuring the Kent Sinfonia
  • Soprano – Eleanor Pennell-Briggs
  • Baritone – Daniel Tate

Our May concert features the magnificent Requiem by Brahms – perhaps the most unique of all Requiems. As Brahms himself said, it is less a Requiem for the dead than one intended to comfort the living; less a work of religion than a work of humanity. The Requiem emerged from a decade of turmoil in the composer’s life, including the death of his great friend, Robert Schumann in 1856 and of his mother in 1865. But, like all great works of art, it has transcended its origins, and has become one of the greatest choral works ever written.

Brahms was a deep, serious man, who was also extremely shy. All his emotions were expressed through his music; and this Requiem is one of the most beautifully expressed and personal of all his compositions. Musically, its carefully balanced architecture is matched by an equally firm musical structure. The Requiem unfolds as a gentle, lyrical expression of consolation, through rich melody, untroubled sweetness and beauty, into episodes of monumental power. Brahms’ Requiem will leave you feeling comforted, uplifted and on top of the world.

This choral performance of the Requiem will be accompanied by Brahms’ Tragic Overture,  a free-standing symphonic movement for orchestra, performed this evening by the Kent Sinfonia.

Tickets £18 in advance (£9 for under 25s)
£20 on the door, subject to availability
Tickets include Programme

29 MAY 2024

Approximately 60 members of the choir will be touring Umbria in Italy for four nights’ performances.

Details tbc.

2024/25 Season Dates (repertoire tbc)

  • 9th November 2024
  • 7th December 2024 (Carols for Charity)
  • 8th March 2025
  • 24th May 2025