Douai Abbey, in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Come and join us for an Armistice Day concert…

We are delighted to be partnering with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for this special concert on Armistice Day. The concert will be raising money for The National Charity of the British Army, who provide lifelong support to soldiers and veterans, as well as their immediate families, when they are in need.

Their vision is ‘That all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.’ This is delivered by making grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and by supporting a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity take pride in being responsive and making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. They have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and they envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependants.

The concert will take place at the beautiful Douai Abbey, which is home to a community of monks of the English Benedictine Congregation. Under the patronage of St Edmund, King and Martyr, they were founded in Paris in 1615. After being uprooted by the French Revolution they established themselves at Douai in Flanders, before finally settling in Woolhampton in 1903.

The concert will cover a wide variety of our current repertoire, including a selection from Howell’s Requiem and Rachmaninov’s Vespers (see below for full details). There’s always something for everyone!

If you’ve never heard the choir before, then be prepared to be blown away by our quality and love of music-making. We sing predominantly unaccompanied and perform everything entirely from memory, allowing a real connection with the audience.

The Henley Standard has previously said that our ‘singing is beautiful and faultless’, while judges from the Choir of the Year described it as a ‘great, warm sound, very precise and well focused’ and ‘full of vitality – I love the richness and verve of the performance’.

 

WhereDouai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TQ

When: Saturday 11th November, 7:30pm

Tickets: £12 | £10 concessions | £5 for under 16s are available to purchase from Newbury Corn Exchange

Programme: The expected programme is as follows:

  • Jerusalem | Parry
  • Loquebantur Variis | Tallis
  • Too Much I Once Lamented | Tompkins
  • Salvator Mundi | Howells
  • The Lord is My Shepherd | Howells
  • Requiem Aeterna (1) | Howells
  • Light of my Soul | Pearsall
  • My Sprit Sang All Day | Finzi
  • Bethlehem Down | Warlock
  • Requiem Aeterna (2) | Howells
  • I Heard a Voice from Heaven | Howells

Interval

  • Priditye Poklonimsya | Rachmaninov
  • Crucifixus a 6 | Lotti
  • Laudate Omnes Gentes | Victoria
  • Crucifixus a 8 | Lotti
  • Pilgrims Hymn | Paulus
  • Tota Pulchra Es | Gjeilo
  • The Road Home | Paulus
  • Kyrie (Mass in Eb) | Reinberger
  • Wie Lieblich Sind | Brahms
  • Bogoroditse Dievo | Rachmaninov
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