Cima Sacred Concertos
St Johnâ€™s Church, Newbury
Saturday 27 April at 7.30 pm
The Newbury Chamber Choir has a long and illustrious history in the West Berkshire/North Hampshire area. Giving four or five concerts a year it has become known for reviving works outside the mainstream choral repertory and presenting them in new and accessible ways, as well as for the quality of its performances of more familiar pieces. The choir’s repertory spans six centuries of music ranging from the Florentine Music for a Medici Wedding through to music specially composed for it. In recent years, the choir has presented a rare semi-staged performance of Cavalieri’s The Drama of Body and Soul - the world’s first opera - and mounted a full-scale Brahms Requiem with 200 guest singers from all over the country. Besides giving concerts in Newbury, the choir has also visited Thatcham, Andover, Hungerford, Lambourn, Chieveley, Burghclere, Chute and Abbotts Ann. In 2010 it gave the first performance of Edward Lambert's Rossetti Requiem, a large scale work for soloists, choir and orchestra, and in 2011 Paul Robinson was the guest conductor in Liszt's Via Crucis and Dvorak's Mass in D. Purcell’s King Arthur was reconstructed with Dryden’s original text, and Handel's Funeral Anthem was presented last summer complete with a bereaved King George II played by local actor Don Crerar. Last season we performed Dido & Aeneas in Thatcham, Schütz’s Christmas Story in St George’s Wash Common, and in March presented a concert of Elizabethan music in Newbury’s fine Methodist Church. In May, the choir presented the Haydn’s Seasons in Highclere. In November, the choir presented a Bach concert in Douai Abbey, and future Stories of plans include a concert of seventeenth Christmas century Italian music in Newbury in April and a Victorian evening of words and music in June. Drawing on the many superb performers who live in the area our concerts often give valuable opportunities to young Saturday 17 December students as well as professionals and nonSt George’s Church professionals alike. Newbury Chamber Choir
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Giovanni Paulo Cima
Concerti Ecclesiastici Milan 1610 The music has been edited by Andrea Friggi and is performed by his kind permission
Katrina Damigos Joanna Hodgson (sopranos) Ian Caddy (bass-baritone) Theresa Caudle (cornett & violin) Emily White (sackbut & violin) Michael Brain (dulcian & recorder) Andrew Kerr (violone) Nigel Gardner (organ continuo)
Newbury Chamber Choir Edward Lambert (musical director) by kind permission of the Churchwardens please, no photography during the performance The Newbury Chamber Choir gratefully acknowledges support from the Greenham Common Trust
Little is known about the life of Giovanni Paulo Cima who lived in Milan from about 1570 to 1630. For most of his working life he was organist of San Maria presso San Celso. He held an important position as a leading composer of instrumental music and like his more famous contemporary, Monteverdi, he stands at the crossroads of the old, polyphonic style and the new emerging fashions for solo music. A printing of a large collection of works must have been a formidable and expensive undertaking at that time, and the existence of this collection of Concerti Ecclesiastici is evidence of the high esteem in which he must have been held. It contains over fifty items, ranging from solos and duets through to four and five-part items - there is one in eight parts including instrumental pieces for solos or ensemble. This evening we perform twenty pieces from the collection which presents a rare opportunity to sample the scope and variety of the works. Cornett: popular from about 1500 to 1650, the cornetto is a wooden pipe instrument covered in leather, the sound is produced by means of a brass-type mouthpiece. Sackbut: more delicately constructed than a modern trombone, and therefore featuring a lighter sound; both the cornett (using the lips) and the sackbut (using the slide) can adjust tuning on the fly, favouring their frequent inclusion in vocal and choral music. Violone: the term came to refer to any large, bass member of the viol or violin family. Dulcian: an early form of the bassoon, but with a flared bell. The church of San Maria dei Miracoli presso San Celso, Milan
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Confitemini Domino Soprano solo Sonata Two violins, violone & dulcian Ecce Maria Choir O Sacrum Two sopranos Sonata Violin & cornett Cantate Domino Choir Exaudi Domine Soprano & sackbut Sonata Violin, cornett, violone & dulcian Beati qui habitant Soprano & Bass Gaudeamus omnes Choir
Theresa Caudle started her career on the cornett as a teenager, when she became leader of The London Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. She subsequently became increasingly active as a baroque violinist, playing with many of the leading period-instrument ensembles in this country, such as The English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists and The Brandenburg Consort. One of her main commitments has been to The Parley of Instruments, of which she was a principal member for twenty-five years and with which she made over fifty recordings. She directs her own ensemble, Canzona, is regular leader for several other ensembles such as English Touring Opera’s baroque orchestra, The Old Street Band, and also plays with The Sixteen, The London Handel Orchestra and The Monteverdi String Band. Theresa is a tutor on several courses for baroque music including “Stylish Baroque” at Jackdaws, “Baroque Chamber Music at A415” at Benslow and on The Oxford Baroque Week. Her solo CD of 17th century Italian sonatas, “Violino o Cornetto” is on the Nimbus Alliance label.
Michael Brain plays curtal, baroque bassoon, recorder, oboe and sings. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He is related to the horn player Dennis Brain. On stage he gives spirited descriptions of how the instruments are constructed. Programmes printed by ApplePrint, Newbury
Andrew Kerr read Music at Exeter University, studying the viol with Alison Crum. He specialises in the larger sizes of Viola da gamba, and is in demand as a player of the Violone with baroque orchestras throughout the country. He is a member of the Rose Consort of Viols and has performed and recorded with many early music ensembles, including Musica Antiqua of London, the Parley of Instruments, I Fagiolini, Ex Cathedra, and L’Avventura London Emily White was working as a trombonist, when she heard the beautiful and inspiring sound of the baroque violin. She took violin lessons from Rachel Podger then Walter Reiter and studied with him at Trinity College of Music for postgraduate course in baroque violin. With her performance of Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in D minor, Emily won the Ella Kidney Early Music Competeition 2007. She has played violin with The Scholars Baroque, Concerto Caledonia, His Majesties Cornette and Sagbut Ensemble, Music for Awhile, Canzona, Scorpio Collectief and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She set up The Isla Quartet, who released their first disc ‘Center of Huntly’ in 2008. She created and co-directs the annual Huntly Summer School which combines traditional Scottish fiddle and classical violin playing. As a sackbut player she is member of English Cornette and Sackbut Ensemble who made their BBC Proms Debut in 2012. Their collaborative disc with I Fagiolini Striggio Mass in 40 Parts won the Diapaison D’Or 2012 and the Gramophone Early Music Award. Emily coaches sackbut at Dartington International Summer School, and Birmingham Conservatoire. She guest teaches sackbut at The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music.
Nigel Gardner was a chorister at Winchester Cathedral, where he started to learn the organ, and he went on to gain a Bachelor of Music degree at London University. Nigel runs a computer software company and also freelances as a continuo player. He has played for many ensembles and choirs including the Bishop’s Consort, the Ashton Singers, and the Winchester & County Music Festival.
Katrina Damigos is a classically trained violinist and singer educated at the Purcell School and the Royal Northern College of Music before graduating from Royal Holloway University of London with a 1st class degree in Music and the department’s academic prize. She is currently finishing a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Katrina spent her formative years performing at all the major concert venues in London, including the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and The Coliseum where she was a member of the ENO children’s chorus. She has performed for the Queen Mother and Prince Charles and was broadcast live on Radio 3 singing solo at the Proms. In addition to concert and opera, Katrina has appeared in film and theatre including Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things and The Suppliants at the Gate Theatre, London. Joanna Hodgson studied History at St Andrews where she won a St Leonard's choral award. She obtained a diploma in singing performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2008 and since then has completed a Music Diploma with the Open University She now studies singing with Nicholas Clapton, in Oxford. Joanna has recently sung Chilcott's Requiem with Lambourn choir and the Tree in Edward Lambert's 'The First Christmas Tree'. Other performances include Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and one of the soloists in Newbury Chamber Choir's 'Vivaldi Celebration'.
Town plan of Milan ca. 1600 Ian Caddy has performed in a wide variety of operas and concerts, as a principal soloist, with all the major British opera companies and orchestras, as well as with Opera La Fenice, Houston Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra d”Angers and engagements with international festivals, orchestras and ensembles, Radio and TV around the world. Concerts this season include Bach’s MatthäusPassion and B-minor Mass, and Berlioz’s Messe Solennelle, all in London, a series of Messiah in Dublin, Handel Acis & Galatea, Bach’s Ich habe genug, Cimarosa’s Il Maestro di Cappella, Haydn’s Seasons and ‘Nelson’ Mass, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Requiems by Brahms, Fauré and Howard Goodall. In October, once again, Ian will codirect a choral week of mostly British amateur singers, in ‘Singing Days’ in Provence. In November 2012 he sang the part of Don Fernando in Beethoven’s Fidelio in London with Midsummer Opera. He is currently singing Le Bailli in Werther, again with Midsummer Opera in London. With Newbury Chamber Choir he has sung on several occasions; of particular interest has been the first performance of Edward Lambert’s Rossetti Requiem.
Edward Lambert has conducted many choral and orchestral works, accompanied many singers and instrumentalists, and composed music for a wide variety of performers. Having served his apprenticeship in Germany, he worked for several opera companies and festivals here and abroad; for many years he was on the music staff of the Royal Opera House, where he worked with many of the greatest singers and conductors of recent times. His works have been performed at the Bath and Huddersfield Festivals, the Donmar Warehouse, Snape Maltings, Bloomsbury and Britten Theatres in London. Several pieces have been performed in the Newbury area by local performers whom they were written for. www.edwardlambert.co.uk
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