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Rehearsals suspended with immediate effect

In the light of the prime minister’s briefing on Monday 16th March, rehearsals have been suspended, effective immediately, until we are advised that it is safe to continue.

The performance of the St Passion has been deferred until March 2021, so when we do recommence, we will be rehearsing for our Autumn and Christmas concerts and then return to St John early in 2021.

Ticket refunds for the St John Passion concert are being dealt with by the Chichester Box Office who will contact the purchasers directly.

If you have hired the music for the St John concert it will be necessary to return it to Keith as soon as possible. With restrictions on movement this will require some ingenuity, we know, but if you are able to get your music to one of the three collection points nominated in Susan’s email by April 15th, it would be much appreciated. If this proves impossible, please get in touch and we will try to make arrangements to collect it.

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Diary dates (rehearsals, concerts, etc), updated 18 Mar 2020

Rehearsals are currently suspended until we are notified that it is safe to recommence. Once we do so, it is planned to rehearse every Monday until 7th December inclusive, except for:

  • Mondays July 27th through to August 31st inclusive. (Summer break)

Key upcoming dates:

  • July 27th – August 31st inclusive.  Summer Break 
  • Monday September  7th    First Autumn rehearsal
  • Saturday October 10th : Concert. Holy Trinity Church, Fareham
  • Saturday December 12th Concert: Holy Trinity Church, Fareham.
  • Saturday March 6th, 2021: Bach’s St John Passion, in Chichester Cathedral.

Committee meetings:

  • TBA
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Recordings and Video Highlights now available

There are now CDs available of both our most recent concerts. You can buy them for £7.99 online or, by buying in bulk through Jay, we can get the price down to as little as £5.25 per copy, depending on volumes. Please let Jay have your orders by end January if you want to take advantage of this scheme.

See here for audio recordings of our Christmas Concert, From Darkness to Light.

See here for details of the CD from our October Concert, Opera and All That Jazz.

Alternatively, see here for video highlights – a rare treat! – as FPC has now hit the heights of YouTube.

You can purchase a CD of the May 2019 concerts (Rutter Gloria, Bach Magnificat, etc)  here:

Finally, there is a selection of recordings from our 2018 Christmas Concert here.

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Upcoming musical events

You may like to be aware of some forthcoming concerts, workshops and singing schools.

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Gift Aid Declaration Form

If you are have chosen to gift aid your payment of fees – thank you! If you haven’t completed a Gift Aid Declaration Form recently, or if your circumstances have changed, could you please download the form here, complete, and return to our Treasurer, Keith, to enable us to claim the money back. Thank you.

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St John Passion – a recording for purchase

Bach:St John Passion (Sung In English) [Sophie Bevan; Robin Blaze; Benjamin Hulett; Robert Murray; Andrew Ashwin; Bach Camerata; David Temple] [Chandos : CHSA 5183(2)]

Andrew would like us to borrow or at least listen to the Crouch End Festival Chorus recording of the St John Passion, by way of preparation for our concert at Chichester Cathedral in the Spring next year.

Perhaps if you have a birthday or even Christmas….

It is available from Amazon here, and presumably from a variety of other suppliers also.

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Background to Bach’s St John Passion

Choir members and audiences may be interested in this piece by our own Eric Cooke, which gives a very interesting feel for the way in which Bach’s profound Christian faith informed his authorship of the music we are singing: StJohn Article.

The attached poster perhaps reflects what the music might mean to someone with a Christian faith.

Eric has also identified a literal translation of the text from the original German into English. This gives more of a feel for the meaning than the version in the score, which has necessarily been adapted to fit the music. In the original there is much direct use of Martin Luther’s translation of the Passion events in the Gospel of John into vernacular (everyday) German, giving the text a particularly earthy/grounded feeling, which comes across in the version at the link. Much of the rest is by the infamous Anon – possibly some important parts are by Bach himself!

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