Past concerts

In addition to putting on the annual Didcot Town Carol Concert our recent performances have included the following concerts. Click on any image to enlarge and begin a slideshow.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bernstein Chichester Psalms and Mozart Coronation Mass

Chichester Psalms

Ave verum corpus
Coronation Mass KV 317

This concert will be celebrating the 60th anniversary year of Didcot Choral Society, as well as the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein occupies an important place in American music as conductor, pianist and composer, a triple career he pursued with flamboyant vigour throughout the five decades of his professional life.

As a composer, Bernstein was best known for his stage musical West Side Story (1957). It was filmed in 1961. He also produced the scores of several other shows for both stage and screen, notably the great Gene Kelly movie On the Town (1949). But he was more than a populist. He produced three powerful symphonies, a sparkling opera on the subject of Voltaire's Candide and a very unconventional Mass, among other works. It is rather misleading to classify his compositions as either popular or serious, since his overall style is both deeply American and very eclectic. It draws on the influences of Stravinsky and - no doubt partly via his teacher Aaron Copland - of traditional and popular sources. In particular it owes much to the song styles of American musicals. Yet most of his large-scale non-theatrical works deal with religious themes and include settings of Biblical or liturgical texts.

The Chichester Psalms were commissioned by the Very Rev Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester, for the l965 Southern Cathedrals Festival. The work consists of three movements, each an affirmative setting of the original Hebrew text of one complete psalm, together with one or more verses of a second psalm. The piece is always performed in Hebrew (a first for Didcot Choral Society!): Bernstein never sanctioned an English translation.

We will be accompanied by organ and harp for this concert.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms

Brahms - Liebeslieder Waltzes (selection from) and How lovely are thy dwellings

Dyson - The Blacksmiths

Monday, December 11, 2017

Town Carol Concert

An evening bringing together local schools and groups, celebrating Christmas through music.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Concert: Beethoven Mass in C

with the Didcot Festival Chorus

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Morning Eucharist

We are off on tour again, this time heading up North to Scotland.

We depart Didcot by coach on Friday 4th August 2016 and will be staying in the halls of Glasgow School of Art.

On Saturday 5th August, we enjoy the sites, sounds and smells of the Edinburgh Fringe festival before getting up on the Mercat Stage to perform at 12.15pm-1pm

Later on we will perform in a fundraising concert in Holy Rood Church, Stirling (7.30pm), helping raise funds for their new organ.

Sunday Morning we will be up early to sing in the morning Eucharist Service at Glasgow Cathedral (11am)

We then head back to Didcot on Monday 7th August.


Many thanks to our chair, Alison Lane, for all the time and effort she has put in to organise (once again) a very exciting tour!