Choral St Albans

June 25th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Choral St Albans

All sorts of singing can be heard in and around St Albans one of the best established Choral communities is the St Albans Chamber Choir. It has been a major contributor to the musical life of the St Albans for nearly 60 years, delighting audiences with music from the last six centuries and winning awards for its innovative programming.

At 7.30pm until 10pm on 29th June 2019 St Albans Chamber Choir will be performing at St Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans St Albans and Harpenden AL1 4DZ. They will be singing choral music about peace and freedom to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which ended the First World War. Conductor John Gibbons with flautist Hattie Jolly.

This is just part of the St Albans Chamber Choir’s extensive repertoire and a cappella performances that are the Choir’s hallmarks, and under the direction of its inspirational Musical Director John Gibbons, the Choir continues to explore new repertoire, often bringing its audience little known compositions ranging from modern performances of early works to new commissions.

The Musical Director John studied at Queen’s College, Cambridge, the RAM and the RCM, winning numerous awards as conductor, pianist and accompanist. As a choral and orchestral conductor, he has developed a reputation for provocative and stimulating programming, balancing popular classics with rarely-performed works of quality.

His approach is supported by Will Todd, President of St Albans Choral Choir who himself is an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Will studied music at the University of Bristol. His music is regularly broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3, and encompasses choral works both large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works.

There is so much opportunity to get involved with singing in St Albans as audience or as singers there are community choirs, children’s choirs, youth choirs and church choirs no excuse not to get out in St Albans or Harpenden and see some.