LATEST INFORMATION RE COVID-19
UPDATE JANUARY 2021: here we are at the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, regrettably still unable to meet for rehearsals. But, given the prospect of vaccines helping to control Covid19 spread in due course, we can announce a very tentative plan for a rather more downbeat celebration than we’d hoped as per below.
If all goes well, we hope to resume rehearsals in September of this year, with a view to performing
Haydn’s Creation when concerts are once more feasible.
We have to emphasise that this is what we hope for, and realise that it still might not happen for some time.
We miss singing together, miss one another, miss performing, and miss our loyal, much valued supporters.
We hope you are all managing to keep as well, safe, and as sane as is possible when everything is so restricted and uncertain.
Take care, stay safe, and see you at the next concert, whenever it may be.
50th ANNIVERSARY YEAR 2021
We have also had to review our plans for our celebratory year next year. Thus far, the plan is for TWO concerts; in the first, in March, we will sing the Haydn Creation, then in July, Russell Pascoe’s beautiful Salmow Kernewek, Cornish Psalms, followed by other Psalm based compositions to be announced.
Helston born Russell attended the Community College where we rehearse, and was at the choir’s inaugural concert in 1971, when it was then part of the newly formed Helston and Kerrier Music Society.
We are breaking with tradition this year, and will be holding our Winter Concert before Christmas, rather than in January the following year as we usually do. On Saturday, 14th December 2019, at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Helston, we will be singing a rich selection of mostly less well-known Christmas music.
Buxtehude: Das Neugeborne Kindelein; Mendelssohn: two items from Christus op 97; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; M. Haydn: Viderunt Omnes;
Charpentier: Messe de Minuit.
Do come and join us.
SUMMER CONCERT 2019
We look forward to another ambitious new venture with our next summer concert, on Saturday, June 22nd 2019, at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Helston, when we will be performing Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, KING ARTHUR. The piece has a VERY cxomplicated plot, involving love, magic, quaffing, trumpets and flag-waving. Definitely not to be missed!
WINTER CONCERT 2019
Our next concert at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 26th 2019, in St Michael’s Church, Helston, conducted and directed as always by Nigel Wicken, has the title:
ANCIENT and MODERN.
The ANCIENT will be two pieces by W A Mozart: Little Sparrow Mass k220,
and the Lauretian Litany k195.
The MODERN consists of several pieces; James Macmillan’s Lux Aeterna, and New Song,
Judith Weir’s Two Human Hymns, and the first performance (i.e. world premiere!)
of Evening Hymn, a piece for choir and organ by local composer, Pippa Drummond.
We are delighted that our guest organist will once again be Michael Hoeg, who has played so magnificently in several of our previous concerts.
SUMMER CONCERT 2018
The Helston Chamber Choir and Orchestra Summer Concert will take place on Saturday, June 30th, 7.30pm, in St Michael’s Church, Helston, when we will be presenting a semi-staged version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
All the female soloists are members of the choir, and the male soloists have sung with us on several previous occasions.
Be prepared for courtiers, witches, and sailors, in quick succession!
Dido Jenny Oldfield
Aeneas Jesse Giuliani
Belinda Kate Banfield Rickard
Sorceress Ruth Williams
Second woman Sarah Bayes
First Sailor Michael White
Stage direction Ben Oldfield
Conductor Nigel Wicken
Nicholas Hurndall Smith, tenor
We are delighted to announce that Nicholas will be singing the part of Evangelist in our performance of Bach’s St John Passion on March 17th 2018, at 7.30pm in St Michael’s Church, Helston.
Nicholas Hurndall Smith studied music as organ scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before training as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Pollard. He has since been equally at home on the operatic and concert stages, in roles by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Britten and Stravinsky and he appears all over the world with a variety of conductors and ensembles, with Monteverdi & Bach being special favourites.
He recently sang in the acclaimed Bach Weekend with the Feinstein Ensemble at Kings Place, performing Bach’s Cantata Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht and the B minor Mass. With the London Concert Choir he has sung Haydn’s The Seasons and the Mozart Requiem, and Britten’s St Nicolas with both the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared with Fretwork in a recital of Purcell and Dowland.
Nicholas has been a member of the solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini for the last thirty years, taking part in their innovative staged productions, films, recordings and tours. Last summer saw them in a revival of How like an Angel with Circa at the St. Olav Festival in Trondheim, and this year they have been touring their new Monteverdi recording ‘The Other Vespers’.
Nicholas also enjoys adding alpine and rock climbs to his repertoire. In June he completed a unique ‘double’, climbing the Old Man of Hoy and running the Hoy Half Marathon in one weekend.
Helston Chamber Choir is proud to announce our next concert :
Saturday, March 17th 2018 at 7.30pm, in St Michael’s Church, Helston
J S BACH
ST JOHN PASSION
Nicholas Hurndall Smith: Evangelist
Jesse Giuliani: Jesus
Simeon Royle: Pilate
Kate Banfield Rickard: soprano
Ruth Williams: alto
Michael White: tenor
Michael Hoeg: organ
Helston Chamber Choir and Orchestra
Director and conductor: Nigel Wicken
Beth and Greg’s Wedding 4th November 2017
St Winwaloe Church
Gunwalloe Church Cove
We had the great pleasure and privilege of singing at the beautiful and moving marriage ceremony of our alto, Beth, with her fiance Greg, on a sunny winter’s afternoon.
Members of the choir, dressed in autumnal colours at the Bride’s request, preparing to sing the Theme from Terminator 2 at the entrance of the Bride, at the Groom’s request!
The very happy couple after the ceremony