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Concert in St Mary’s: The Choir of Keble College, Oxford

Thursday 30th September at 7.30pm, the choir of Keble College, Oxford, will be giving a concert in St Mary’s in aid of our restoration appeal. The choir comprises 25 students at the college, and is one of Oxford University’s leading mixed-voice choirs.

Admission is FREE, with a retiring collection in aid of the restoration of St Mary’s. Places at the concert must be booked in advance, either online (using the button below) or by telephoning the church office on 01482 869137.

The choir is spending a week together in Beverley before the start of term – to prepare for their latest recording. And the concert will include some of the music which will feature on that new disc. The young singers are directed by the renowned conductor Paul Brough. And this will be the very first concert given by the choir since Paul became its director last year – as its usual schedule of tours and concerts has been disrupted by the pandemic.

“Our visit to Beverley is a real celebration of the choir getting back together after such a difficult time”

Paul Brough

The choir will be taking over the medieval Friary – now a Youth Hostel – during their time in Beverley. From that base the choir will also travel to the nearby city of York, where it is singing Choral Evensong in York Minster (on Monday 27th September).

The programme for the charity concert in St Mary’s includes music by Stanford, Wood, Mozart and the Haydn brothers. The choir’s home is the chapel of Keble College, one of the grandest ecclesiastical spaces in Oxford with a resonant, cathedral-like acoustic.

“We very much look forward to welcoming the choir to St Mary’s later this month. St Mary’s is one of the most beautiful parish churches of England, with a legendary acoustic. But the building is at risk due to crumbling stonework. And so we are very grateful to the choir for supporting our efforts to restore it. It will be such a joy to hear these talented young musicians performing in Beverley.”

Roland Deller, Development Director at St Mary’s

The choir will be accompanied on St Mary’s pipe organ by the college’s assisting organist, Daniel Mathieson, and its organ scholar, Benjamin Mills. It will be a return trip to Beverley for Benjamin, who took part in the 2017 New Paths Spring Festival as one of the Alan Spedding scholars from Oundle for Organists. (Alan himself played the organ at St Mary’s from time to time.)

In order to keep the audience and the performers safe, only 150 places will be available. Book your place today, help keep music alive and help us save the amazing heritage of St Mary’s. The concert will last 70 minutes (no interval).

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This entry was posted on October 5, 2021 by in General, Heritage.
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