Not-so Little, Not-so Solemn
Amici Chamber Choir, conducted by David Gould, with pianist, organist, and four
brilliant soloists, bring Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle to St. James's Piccadilly, on Saturday 21st
November. Written in retirement by the celebrated and hugely successful composer of Barber of Seville
and William Tell, this elegant and charming mass setting was described by its creator as the last
of his "sins of old age"... "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass—is
it indeed sacred music [la musique sacrée] that I have just written, or merely some damned music [la sacré
musique]? You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed,
and grant me Paradise!"
Rossini's deprecating self-commentary, and his ironic title (Petite Messe Solenelle is neither Little
nor Solemn) sum up perfectly the character of this enchanting piece. Sacred ? Sacrilegious ? Operatic
? Dramatic ? Comic ? You decide.
Tickets for this concert are available on the door, or in advance via WeGotTickets.
In other events in this busy term, we join on Saturday 24th October with all the main Harrow choirs, to perform
a wide range of music in Harrow School's glorious new Speech Room. This event, part of the national "Voices
for Hospices 2015" day, is raising funds to support patients at St Luke's Hospice. And on
Saturday 12th December, we will be presenting a programme of Carols and Christmas music, as part of the Christmas Tree festival
at St Mary's, Watford.
Harrow School Speech Room - Saturday 24th October 2015, 3.15 pm
Voices for Hospices event for St. Luke's Hospice (Amici is participating with 10 other choirs)
St James's Piccadilly - Saturday 21st November 2015, 7.30 pm
Petite Messe solennelle
Watford - Saturday 12th December 2015, 7.30 pm
Carols and Christmas readings
Pinner Parish Church - Saturday 27th February 2016, 7.30 pm
and Jacobean music
with the Chelys Consort of Viols
Parish Church - Saturday 25th June 2016, 7.30 pm
Summer concert programme tba
conducted by Rebecca
|Amici Chamber Choir at Pinner Parish Church.
The Amici Chamber
Choir is based in the Harrow area of northwest London, UK. Around 35 experienced and enthusiastic amateur singers form one
of the area's leading chamber choirs. Rehearsals are in Pinner on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm. There are at least three
concerts a year, including one in a prestigious Central London venue such as St James's Piccadilly. Most other concerts
are in the Harrow area.
Under the guidance of musical director David Gould, the choir performs a challenging and varied repertoire of choral music and seeks to continually improve its tradition
of excellence. The repertoire covers both sacred and secular works, from Renaissance church music and madrigals to music
of the present day.
The choir gave the
first British performance of CPE Bach’s St Markus Passion at St James’ Church, Piccadilly in March 1988
and the first London performances of JS Bach’s St Mark Passion in St John's, Smith Square in February 1989
and of Gretchaninov's Liturgia Domestica in St James's, Piccadilly in December 1999.
In June 2009, the choir gave
the first performance of Blundering Nature by Noah Wilke in Kenton Methodist Church. And in May 2010, 20 members
of the choir sang in a performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony: The Resurrection, with the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop - see Reviews.
For a full illustrated history of the choir, please click on the link below.