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PAST CONCERTS

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 14 December, 2019

Malmesbury Abbey

 

Lucis performed a festive evening of carols by candlelight in the atmospheric setting of 12th Century Malmesbury Abbey. The choir very much enjoyed singing to a capacity audience and the congregational participation was uplifting for all. 

Bach - Cantata no. 8

Saturday 9 November, 2019

St Luke's Church, Bath

Bach's unreservedly playful cantata, Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben was the focal point of this unmissable evening of music by the Masters. Accompanied by period instruments, the choir also sang Schubert's Mass in G as well as the eternally popular setting of the Ave Verum by Mozart. The chamber choir opened the proceedings with two a capella pieces, Purcell's Remember not Lord and Guerrero's Ave virgo sanctissima, setting the scene for a special concert.

The choir were joined by soloists Kirsten Mulcahy, Molly Soo, Oliver Joseph and Felix Kemp, accompanied by Bath Concertino.

Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Saturday 13 July, 2019

St Mary's Church, Bathwick

This summer concert celebrated one of the great opera composers, renowned for stunning works such as Tosca, La Boheme and Madama Butterfly. Puccini wrote his Messa di Gloria in his early twenties and the music combines the vibrancy of youth with the exquisite melodic writing found in his later works.

The first half of the concert featured a range of sacred music by Tye, Britten, Rheinberger, Schubert and Howells and the choir were joined by soloists Alex Edwards and Craig Bissex, accompanied by Maria Garcia.

Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem

Saturday 6 April, 2019

Wiltshire Music Centre

2019 began with an emotionally charged performance of one of the most well-loved and enduring Requiem masses. The choir sang the composer's own transcription of the orchestral accompaniment for two pianos and were joined by soloists Felix Kemp and Marlena Devoe.

The concert was dedicated to the memory of one of our former choir members, Lyn Withers.

Christmas soiree

Thursday 20 December, 2018

St Michael's Without, Bath

Festive music by Russell Hepplewhite, Berlioz, Kenneth Leighton and a piece by our patron, Will Todd, was a perfect way to round off a busy year of choral singing. A capacity audience at St Michael's Without joined the choir for all of the traditional favourites and our accompanist, Will Ashworth, played a magical arrangement of Winter Wonderland.

Sir Karl Jenkins - The Peacemakers

Saturday 10 November, 2018

Bristol Cathedral

Lucis were honoured to be invited to be part of Bristol's flagship event for commemorating the end of the Great War. Featuring Sir Karl Jenkins' The Peacemakers, a work which is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict, especially innocent civilians, the choir collaborated with Southern Sinfonia and Noctis Chamber Choir for this concert of remembrance. Humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE was the guest speaker for the evening.

Chilcott - Nidaros Jazz Mass

Saturday 14 July, 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon

​In this centenary year of the end of the Great War, Lucis concluded their 2017-18 season with a concert of music exploring the themes of peace and reconciliation. The programme featured excerpts from Karl Jenkins' The Peacemakers and the choir joined forces once again with jazz trio Adam's Apple for a performance of Bob Chilcott's Nidaros Jazz Mass.

Eternal Light

Saturday 12 May, 2018

Bath Abbey

Musical director Francis Faux directed Lucis, Noctis, the Bath Abbey Melody Makers and the Southern Sinfonia in a special concert commemorating the end of the Great War featuring the music of Elgar, Tavener, Gjeilo and Karl Jenkins, concluding with Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem.

Out of Darkness

Saturday 25 November, 2017

St Luke's Church, Bath

​Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals was the centrepiece in this unique concert which examined how human society has evolved over the past couple of centuries. The evening explored the themes of slavery, war, the fight for gender equality and how the thirst for progress has always driven us to achieve the remarkable. The programme featured music by Zbigniew Preisner, Jon Leifs, Faure, Dufay and Jenkins as well as movements from Chilcott's Five Days that Changed the World.

Dido and Aeneas

Saturday 15 July, 2017

Prior Park Chapel, Bath

Lucis' 2016-17 season concluded with a Glyndebourne-inspired event at Prior Park chapel, featuring a concert version of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. The choir was accompanied by the Lochrian Ensemble and collaborated with guest soloists Esther Brazil, Gwilym Bowen, Robyn Allegra Parton, Kirsten Mulcahy and Marie Elliott. 

Todd - Jazz Missa Brevis

Saturday 13 May, 2017

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

After their successful debut in 2016, Lucis returned to the Wiltshire Music Centre for an evening of contemporary choral music from across the globe. Joined by jazz trio Adam's Apple and the Arcosanti String Quartet, the programme featured Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds' mellifluous setting of the O Salutaris Hostia, Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul and Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs. The concert concluded with Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis which was commissioned by Portsmouth Cathedral in 2015.

A Ceremony of Carols

Saturday 3 December, 2016

Christ Church, Bath

Bath Spa University Chamber Choir joined Lucis for their Christmas celebration featuring a traditional festival of carols and readings, alongside Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Written in 1942, alongside his Hymn to St. Cecilia, the piece in its entirety shows Britten’s mastery of choral music, with each movement in contrast with the next, ranging from the plangent solos of That Yonge Childe and In Freezing Winter Night through the smooth polyphony of Balulalow and There is no Rose to the angularity and dynamism of This Little Babe.

The Music of Christopher Tin

Saturday 19 July, 2016

Cadogan Hall, London

This special musical event with Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin featured his hit theme-tune from the video game, Civilization IV (Baba-Yetu), as well as selected movements from Calling All Dawns, a complete performance of his latest song cycle, The Drop That Contained The Sea, and the world premiere of his latest work, Sogno di Volare.

The 200-strong choir, consisting of singers from Los Angeles' Angel City Chorale, Bath’s Lucis, and York’s Prima Vocal Ensemble, were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a stunning musical journey of diversity and unity which captured the imagination of every member of the audience in a packed Cadogan Hall.

Christopher Tin workshop

Wednesday 13 July, 2016

St Michael's Without, Bath

Lucis hosted the man behind the music for an exclusive workshop on his latest song cylce, The Drop that Contained the Sea, as well as an insight into the inspiration behind his compositions. Sue Fink, artistic director of the Angel City Chorale, gave a fascinating vocal masterclass and participants also had a unique chance to work on Christopher's new commission, Sogno di Volare, which features on the video-game, Civilization VI.

Lux Aeterna

Saturday 2 July, 2016

St Michael's Without, Bath

Lucis returned to St Michael's Without in Bath where they joined forces with award-winning chamber choir, Noctis, to perform a selection of choral music exploring the themes of light and resurrection. The programme featured music by Tavener, Esenvalds, de Severac, Lauridsen and Stanford as well as Whitacre's ethereal Lux Aurumque. Guest soprano soloist Maria Danishvar Brown also performed songs by Rimsky-Korsakov, Gavrilin, Schumann and Howells.

Rutter Requiem

Saturday 16 April, 2016

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

 

Under the direction of their musical director Francis Faux, Lucis made their Wiltshire Music Centre debut with a performance of Rutter's Requiem. Oboist James Watts was the guest soloist for the evening, playing works by Nielsen and Poulenc as well as a special arrangement of Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone.

The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins

Monday 18 January, 2016

Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall

 

DCINY paid tribute to UK composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised entirely of music by the honoree. Homages included Songs of Sanctuary (for treble voices) and The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (with film). The performance featured Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Jonathan Griffith.

Oratorio de Noel

Saturday 12 December, 2015

St Andrew's Church, Chippenham 

Lucis’ first Christmas concert featured a performance of the Oratorio de Noel by Parisian-born composer, Camille Saint-Saens, as well as festive music by Warlock , Rutter, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton and Richard Pygott. The choir joined with the newly-formed Lucis Consort and guest soloists Charlotte Newstead, Penelope Davies, Sheridan Edward and Ben Collings.

Tour to Prague and Bohemia

Sunday 26 July to Friday 31 July, 2015

Church of Our Holy Saviour, Prague

 

Following on from Organum and Corsham Choral's successful tour to Tuscany two years ago, Lucis started their international career in style with two sellout concerts at the Church of Our Holy Saviour in Prague and St Giles' Church in Trebon. The choir were joined by violinist Lizz Lipscombe as well as Bath Spa University graduates, Ben Collings, Sam Young and India Gilborson.

Comedy Tonight

Saturday 18 July, 2015

St Michael's Without, Bath

 

After a successful performance of Haydn's Creation at Malmesbury Abbey, musical director Francis Faux devised a completely different programme for Lucis' summer concert. The choir joined with BA music and drama students from Bath Spa University to present an evening of music from the stage and screen, including arrangements from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, as well as songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz and Heisler and Goldrich.

The Creation

Saturday 9 May, 2015

Malmesbury Abbey

 

Set in the 12th Century monastic church of Malmesbury Abbey, Lucis' inaugural concert was a resounding triumph in which the choir joined with a professional orchestra and soloists Natalie Montakhab, David de Winter and Andrew Mayor to perform Haydn's groundbreaking oratorio, The Creation.

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