More about our music

Our Current Repertoire

What makes singing and performing so interesting for both choir members and our audiences is the contrasting range, styles and genres of our music.

Our Musical Director, Chirs Hann puts together, teaches and conducts the repertoire which the choir then learn to perfection. The repertoire is regularly updated with new pieces and other pieces dropped over time. This keeps our repertoire fresh and  exciting to listen to.

  • The Music of Stillness
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2021
    The Music of Stillness
    Composed by Elaine Hagenberg
    Lyrics from a poem by Sara Teasdale
    Published in 2017

    Reading Phoenix Choir continues to champion compositions from female composers with this beautiful piece that conjures images of "stars shining, rooftops covered with snow, crystal peace finding the 'music of stillness'.
     
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  • Hymn to the creator of the light
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2021
    Hymn to the creator of the light
    Composed by John Rutter
    Words by Lancelot Andrewes (1555 - 1626)
    Published in 1993


    John Rutter wrote this anthem for the dedication of the Herbert Howells memorial window in Gloucester Cathedral in 1992.

    Written for double-choir, the piece is decidely not the usual melody and harmony one might normally associated with Rutter. Instead we have a mysterious almost dissonant introduction which explodes into a glorious 'fire of flame'. The second section introduces  an energetic 'Glory be to thee' followed by a tranquil setting for the Creator of the visible light'.

  • Libera nos, salva nos
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2021
    Libera nos, salva nos
    Composed by John Sheppard (c1515 - c1559)

    Sheppard was Informator Choristorum of Magdalen College, Oxford in the 1540s. In the college statutes, Magdalen's founder, William Waynflete, ordained that college members should recite the antiphon to the Trinity each morning and night, and Sheppard's pair of settings of Libera nos, salva nos appear to have been written for this purpose
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  • Nunc Dimittis
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2021
    Nunc Dimittis
    Composed by Gustav Holst
    for SSAATTBB unaccompanied

    Holst originally wrote the piece in 1915 where it was performed once at Westminster Cathedral, but was then forgotten. The piece was re-discovered by Imogen Holst and the first concert performance given by the BBC Northern Singers in 1974 at the 27th Aldeburgh Festival.
     
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  • O Oriens
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 14 Feb 2021
    O Oriens
    Composed by Cecilia McDowall

    An ethereal and evocative setting of one of the seven Advent O Antiphons. First performed by the Choir of Merton College Chapel, Oxford on 4 May 2012, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas

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More choir repertoire being posted soon!