The Creation - Haydn
to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Alistair Jones as Conductor of the Chiswick Choir
Saturday 29 March 2014
Love, Laments and Lollipops
Theatre music from then until now
Saturday 28th June 2014
Music for Christmas
Saturday 6 December 2014
The Chiswick Choir, resident in London W4, was founded by the indefatigable John Thackray and has been directed by its present conductor, Alistair Jones for over 25 years. His 20th anniversary, in 2004, was celebrated with a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius. In 2009 we celebrated Alistair's Silver Jubilee with a concert of music by the great English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The main work in the programme was the choral masterpiece, A Sea Symphony, premiered 100 years previously at the Leeds Festival.
During its long career the Choir's repertoire has grown but is principally based on the European tradition from the 16th to 20th centuries. In 2006 the Choir sang its first 21st century piece with the world premiere of Alistair Jones's Stabat Mater, written for The Chiswick Choir and mezzo soprano Louise Tucker. A list of the choir's repertoire includes most of the major works suited to a choir of its size – the Bach Passions, Mass in B minor, oratorios by Handel, works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and so on. Excursions into the 20th century have included performances of Britten's Saint Nicolas, Tippet's A Child of Our Time and Stravinsky's A Symphony of Psalms.
We are registered with Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies).