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Rehearsal aids for some of our concerts can be found after the Choir and Concert Notices section below.

Choir and concert notices

To see copies of any of the items below, click on the icon to the right of the item you wish to see.

Date Item Link
02 Jan 2018New Year Newsletter 2018
13 Dec 2017 Christmas Concert Choir Notes & Music Running Order 
13 Nov 2017Choir notes for Israel in Egypt concert - 18th November
01 Sep 2017 New Season 17/18 Newsletter
07 Jun 2017Choir notes for AnthemFest concert - 10th June 
04 May 2017 Spring Newsletter - May the Fourth be with you! 
20 Mar 2017 Choir notes for Monteverdi concert - 25th March in Cadogan Hall
19 Feb 2017What to put in your emails to friends, family and colleagues.
02 Feb 2017Tips and ideas how to spread the word about the Monteverdi concert 
27 Jan 2017Tickets for Monteverdi Vespers concert now on sale
06 Jan 2017 New Year Newsletter


Rehearsal Aids

Monteverdi Vespers

As you will have seen from the first rehearsal, the vocal parts written in the Vespers don't match our typical vocal parts or ranges all the time so it is necessary to rejig them in a few places.   Neil has issued two sets of vocal allocations - one that designates which SATB vocal part sings which vocal line in the music and the other that distinguishes between the solo & chorus sections. Both items are available here.    Click on the two images on the left to download the two documents (one per image) and please make sure you have transferred all the instructions to your copy.   In addition to this, there are a few places in No2 (Dixit Dominus) that involves chanting on a single note.   Click here or on the image to the right to download the details for these as well.
The Latin text used in the Vespers may not be familiar to you all.  Many of the words, yes, but the sequence of them, perhaps not.   Richard Simon has found a translation of the text that may help your understanding of it all.   Just click here or on the image to the left to download a copy of the useful translation.
Several members have asked about recommended recordings of the work.   Neil's selection is as shown below - any one of these will do as they are all equally as good.   Click on the one you wish to select and you will be taken directly to the Amazon page for this item should you wish to purchase it directly from Amazon.

Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

The Gabrieli Consort
Paul McCreesh

Watch and listen to a performance by the Monteverdi Choir recorded in the Chapelle Royale of the Palais de Versailles in March 2014, fifty years after Sir John Eliot Gardiner founded the choir.

Christmas 2016 - Adeste Fideles

The following sound files may be useful when learning Chris Hutchings' Adeste Fideles, which we will be singing in the Christmas Concert.  Chris has created these sound files for us. For each part there are two versions - the first has just that particular voice part playing, the other has it with the other voices playing quietly in the background.   Just click on the relevant image to download the associated sound file.   Each one is about 3.5MB in size so may take a few seconds to download.   You may need to click on the downloaded file for it to play.
Voice Part Alone With
Soprano 1
Soprano 2    
Alto 1 
Alto 2
Bass 1
Bass 2
All Parts  


French Gothic

The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the French Gothic concert.  Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.

Durufle : Notre Pere Listen to the words only: 

Vierne : Messe Solennelle

Martin : Notre Pere

Poulenc : Exultate Deo

Durufle : Requiem



The following clips on YouTube may may useful when learning the items planned for the Ikons concert.  Click on the adjacent YouTube icon to open a new window with the clip.

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 1*

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 2

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 3

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 4**

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 5

Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") - 6

Arvo Pärt : Bogoroditse Devo  

Gorecki : Totus Tuus 

John Tavener : Svyati

Wood : Hail, Gladdening Light   
* Ignore first 45 seconds of the track.   You'll hear why!
** Ignore first 10 seconds. 

A New Dawn

The following clips on YouTube, Soundcloud and Dropbox may may useful when learning the items planned for the New Dawn concert. Click on the adjacent YouTube or Soundcloud icon to open a new window with the clip.   Clicking on the Dropbox icon will open a shared folder containing an audio file for each part (S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2) - please click on the one relevant to you to download the audio file to your computer.   These have been created especially for you by Michael Higgins, for which many thanks.

James MacMillan : A New Song

Arvo Pärt : The Beatitudes

Eric Whitacre : Lux Aurumque

Ola Gjeilo : Northern Lights

Morten Lauridsen : Sure on this Shining Night                   

John Tavener : Svyati

Will Todd : The Lord is my Shepherd

Howard Goodall : Love Divine

James MacCarthy : A Quoi Bon Dire 

Roxanna Panufnik : Declare the Wonders 
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