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On Monday Classics on 31st August, we welcomed Julia Wilson James to the studio to talk to us about one of her many projects; Bra-vissima - the Ladies Choir based at Brentwood Cathedral.

Bra-vissima held their first concert of the season at Brentwood Cathedral last week, and Julia explained how this ladies choir sings in several parts spanning almost 3 octaves of sound! Quite unusual, as was their concert; featuring a whole host of new compositions, written by resident Brentwood Cathedral Music Staff; Andrew Wright, Stephen King and James Devor.

Julia will be back on Phoenix FM with news of their next performances, so watch this space, and stay tuned to Monday Classics for more.

The playlist went like this:

The Non-Classical Classic had a night off (it was Bank Holiday, I had also presented Drive that day so we had already had 4 hours of non-classical classics (!) and our guest needed to hot-foot it to the Cathedral for a 7.30 rehearsal...

Mock Morris - arranged by Percy Grainger

All things bright and beautiful - John Rutter sung by the Cambridge Singers

Anywhere is - Enya

'Allegro' from Concerto Grosso no 10 in C -  Corelli

Serenade for Strings - Tchaikovsky

The WInd Down

Lux Aeterna - Edward Elgar

An English Country Garden - arr Percy Grainger

Jesu, joy of man's desiring - J S Bach

Tomorrow's Hope - Richard Hoddinott (2001)

The Lord bless you and keep you - John Rutter

Concerto in G minor - Corelli


On 7th September, the Phoenix FM Classical Events guide returned, packed with music for the Autumn, and here is what we listened to:

The Non-Classical Classic

Manic Monday - The Bangles

Allegro from Concerto in C major for two Trumpets - Vivaldi

He's a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean - Klaus Bedalt

Andante from 'A Downland Suite - John Ireland

A ma ka ma (Chorale no VII) - Adiemus - Karl Jenkins

Somewhere over the rainbow - Eva Cassidy

Hornpipe from the Water Music - Handel

Auld lang syne - as perfomed by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Organ Concerto no 1 in F - Handel

Theme to Jurassic Park - John Williams

Slipping through my fingers from Mama Mia

The Phoenix FM Classical Events Guide - Autumn 2009

24th September
JB Brass Quintet – Students and Ex-Students from Royal Academy of Music
Brentwood Musical Society
Brentwood School Memorial Hall
Classics from Jeremiah Clarke and Bach to 1930’s music and some fun numbers
Details/Tickets from Frances Morris 01277 373292
Sunday 11th October at 7.30pm
M&G Civic Concerts at Chelmsford Civic Theatre
European Union Chamber Orchestra + Tasmin Little (Violin), Rosalind Ventris (Viola)
Mendelssohn – Symphony no 12, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K364, Michaela Plachkha – You gave me silence, Haydn – Symphony no 52 in C Minor
Tickets: £22.00, £18.00, £14.00, Concessions £19.50, £15.10, £11.50 Full time students, under 16s and registered unemployed £5 from Chelmsford Civic Theatre Box Office 01245 606505
Saturday 17th October at 7.30pm
Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra
Music by: Wagner, Franck, Litolff & Balakirev
The Brentwood Ursuline School
Saturday 17th October at 7.30pm
The Howard Wallace Chorale
Programme and Venue to be confirmed
Saturday 17th October

What’s happening?           
Autumn Concert
A programme of choral music, in the historic Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore.
The programme will include performances of two contrasting Requiems – one by Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria in 1583, and the other by English composer Herbert Howells. The Howells piece was composed in 1936, but only published much later. In fact, the Stondon Singers were the first amateur choir to perform the work, from manuscript, prior to its publication in 1980.
Date and time?
Saturday 17th October 2009
7.30 pm
Priory Church of St Laurence,
Ticket prices and sales?
Tickets £10, £8 for concessions and £3 for children aged 15 and under.
Available in advance from any choir member, Blackmore Post Office, or from James Dace & Son, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford. Also at the door on the night.
Telephone 01992 522300 
or e-mail stondon_singers@fsmail.netfor information.

22nd – 24th October
‘Return to Oscars’ - Brentwood Operatic Society
Saturday 7th November
Brentwood Choirs Festival
Brentwood Cathedral
Sunday 15th November
M&G Civic Concerts at Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Orchestra of St John’s + Jan Schmolk (violin), John Lubbock (conductor)
Britten – Simple Symphony, Vaughan Williams – Rhosymedre, Elgar – Elegy, Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Piazzola – Four Seasons accompanied by two tango dancers
Tickets: £22.00, £18.00, £14.00, Concessions £19.50, £15.10, £11.50 Full time students, under 16s and registered unemployed £5 from Chelmsford Civic Theatre Box Office 01245 606505
Sunday 6th December at 3.00pm
Carol Concert by Brentwood Choral Society
St Thomas’ Church, Brentwood
Saturday 19th December at 7.00pm
‘Music for Christmas’
Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society / Aurelian Symphony Orchestra / Guests
Brentwood Centre
January 2010
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ – Shenfield Operatic Company







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