A Selection of past and future events
Spring Concert 2024
We are delighted to invite you to our Spring concert.
Duruflé Requiem – This is built upon chant melodies taken from the Gregorian Requiem Mass. It is dedicated to the memory of his father.
Poulenc Gloria – The Gloria is a setting of the Roman Catholic Gloria in excelsis Deo text, one of his most celebrated works.
Lotti Crucifixus- The programme is completed by Antonio Lotti’s famous 8 part setting of the text Crucifixus est pro nobis (he was crucified for us).
Directing the choir is Richard Harker who is also the musical director of the Hythe Singers, Hampton Choral society, Henley Choral society, and a Henley Youth choir. He is Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park and classroom music teacher. Richard also works extensively as an organist and accompanist. Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize. He read music at, and was organ scholar of Fitzwillam College Cambridge, where he received the Swinburne prize.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE from ticketsource.co.uk/parenthesis-choir OR AT THE DOOR, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY £15 (under 16’s free).
PARKING AT THE CHURCH AND ON THE ROAD OUTSIDE
THERE WILL BE A BREAK FOR REFRESHMENTS
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Summer Concert 2024
A joint concert of Parenthesis and La Stephanelle is planned for 11th July.
Venue to be confirmed
Christmas Concert 10th December 2023 Caversham Heights Methodist Church Ralph Vaughn Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Sunday 16th july 2023 - a summer garland
A large and appreciative audience came to the Abbey School for a relaxing evening of music including English folk songs and many other well known pieces. The programme included old favourites such as My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, Early One Morning, Loch Lomond and Oh No, John! Composers ranged from Purcell to Warlock with many different arrangements of well known songs. (Click the picture for a sample)
Sunday 26th March 2023 - 30th Anniversary Concert
Accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists, Parenthesis presented their 30th
anniversary concert in the Abbey School.
Sunday 11th December 2022 - Parenthesis Carol Concert
A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, with many other pieces and audience carols
There was a full House at the Abbey School with free entry for Under 18’s
Drinks and mince pies were enjoyed during the interval
We visited our friends in La Stephanelle, our twinned choir from St Etienne de Crossey in South France.
9th april 2022 - reading town concert hall
We joined five other choirs to celebrate the life of Gwyn Arch. It was a truly wonderful evening. More photos and videos are available on the Concert website at: http://www.villageroadrunners.com/gwyn/index.html
2nd april 2022 - reading town concert hall
Together with South Chiltern Coral Society and the Reading Symphony Orchestra we performed Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and Debussy La Mer.
12th December 2021 - Abbey school
Vivaldi’s Gloria, Durante’s Magnificat and a selection of Christmas Carols.
26th June 2021 - abbey school
Haydn – Missa Brevis No 7 and other short pieces, including Mozart – Ave Verum Coprus & Laudate Dominum, Franck – Panis Angelicus, Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden (an absolute delight of German romanticism) & Hear my Prayer. Sublime music to celebrate being back together.
5th September 2020
The day we started to sing again, Oh Happy Day!
After a lot of hard work, encouragement and wholehearted cooperation from our wonderful hosts – The Abbey School, we will take a gentle breath and quietly sing together for the first time in nearly six months. It will be different, all spaced out and reduced in numbers but it will be very special – Enjoy!