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“But I submit, m’lud, with all submission…”

Rehearsals for this summer’s concert are really hotting up!

At present, though, the Judge, the Usher and Learned Counsel are still in mufti, due to an outbreak of robelessness among the higher orders. Is there anyone out there who is able and willing to lend three black academic or ministers’ gowns? We guarantee to treat them with utmost respect and hand them back in the state in which they were lent. Thank you ever so much.   PS – and has anyone seen any wigs flying about?

A Summer Extravaganza!

We are back – and thrilled to announce our summer concert programme.  Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling first extant collaboration, “Trial by Jury” in combination with Brahms’s dreamily romantic “Love Song Waltzes”  is our 2019 summer treat.  The sharp-eyes among you will notice the word “extant”.  That’s because it isn’t actually their first. It’s just the first one we have.  Their very first, “Thespis”, was lost, except for one chorus which was recycled in “The Pirates Of Penzance”.  (Anybody know which one?)

Brahms’s waltz songs are not as well known, but are a real find – perfect summer evening music.  And they will be heard again in October when we have a REALLY important event coming up! Watch this space!

Not long to go now!

“Messiah” is on Saturday, December 8th at At Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe.  NOT ONLY this time will we be featuring The Dorian Singers under music director Alan Loader, BUT ALSO the talents of instumental group The Dorian Ensemble, PLUS four renowned soloists, Julie Roberts, Condruzza Oros-Marsh, Paul Bloomfield and Mark Saberton to siong the famous arias such as “The trumpet shall sound” and “I know that my Redeemer Liveth”.  We are incredibly lucky to have also secured the services of Marina Korneva to play keyboard.  At the concert we hope to launch our exciting new Friends scheme – keep watching the website for details.  Tickets £15 (under 18s £5).  It will be amazing – don’t miss!

Singing Day 2018 is announced!

Come and join us in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Old Felixstowe, on Saturday 20th October as we work on a selection of choruses from Handel’s Messiah, plus favourite anthems such as Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.  Alan Loader, our Music Director, will be taking us on this exciting musical journey, together with our world-class accompanist Marina Korneva. There will be a moderate cost to cover the hiring of music and provision of refreshments throughout the day, though under-18s will be admitted free of charge.  Either bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the old church, or why not treat yourself to a pub lunch in The White Horse across the road.  All the details are on the poster;  just click on it to enlarge.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Christmas Event is announced!

It IS Messiah!
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Christmas concert will be a full performance of Handel’s Messiah with instrumental ensemble and four first-rate soloists. As well as the concert on Saturday December 8th at St Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe, there will be a workshop day  for YOU to have your chance to work through, and perform, choruses from this and other well-loved works. Watch this space!!!

Full steam ahead for the Summer Concerts! Yes, that’s right – this summer there are TWO!

The Dorian Singers and Stowmarket Chorale are excited to announce that they will be holding two joint Summer Concerts, featuring two well-loved and widely contrasting works on a nautical theme. The choirs will perform together under Alan Loader and Christopher Moore, their musical directors, and the baritone Mark Saberton will feature in the solo parts.

Joseph Horovitz’s cantata in a popular style, “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo”, with libretto by Michael Flanders (of Flanders and Swann Fame), is a lighthearted, but actually close, retelling of the Biblical Flood as described in Genesis chapters 6 to 9.

Put briefly, God gets very cross. But Noah, the laughing-stock of Fun City because of his strange boat-building enterprise, has two things going for him. A hot-line to God, and a tolerance for wildlife. Which is just as well, really. Because then it starts to rain….

The second featured work could hardly be more of a contrast. Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet” was premiered in 1910 and was considered somewhat old-fashioned even then. A cycle of five songs for baritone solo and mixed chorus, the songs are settings of poems by Sir Henry Newbolt, redolent with the feel of the sea and English naval tradition. Deeply Edwardian in feel, they tell of a kind of imperial grandeur and optimism which was all too soon to be overshadowed by the horror of the Great War, and Stanford’s reputation as composer would be likewise eclipsed by that of Sir Edward Elgar.

The first of the two concerts will be given at Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7AN, on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30 pm.

The second will take place at Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD, on Saturday 7th July at 7.30 pm.

Tickets £12, available soon.   Pictures etc available ASAP.