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Concert: Handel’s Messiah with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra

February 13th, 2019

Saturday

13 April 2019

7pm, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

This April, join with two of Aberdeen’s finest musical groups for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Under the musical direction of Gareth John, Con Anima Chamber Choir and Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra will join together for the performance in the stunning setting of St Machar’s Cathedral.

The performance will also feature a stellar line-up of Scottish vocal soloists – Judith Howarth (soprano), Heather Ireson (mezzo-soprano), Liam Bonthrone (tenor), and Ross Cumming (bass).

Two hundred and sixty years after Handel’s death, the masterpiece continues to be one of the best-loved and most powerful oratorios ever written.

Tickets: £15, available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122) or members of the choir/ACO.

 

 

Concert: Fantasia on Christmas Carols

November 26th, 2018

Saturday

15 December 2018

7.30pm, St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen

This December Con Anima present a delightful concert of Christmas and Advent music conducted by Prof. Andrew Morrisson in St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen.

Central to the concert will be Vaughan Williams’s setting of traditional folk carols Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The programme will include music for the season from renaissance and modern composers Palestrina, Victoria, Rutter, and Tavener.

Also featuring will be the world premiere of a new Christmas carol by Aberdeen-born composer and organist, Ed Jones. Ed will also be accompanying the concert on the organ.

Standard tickets: £10, including mulled wine.  Children / students: free
Available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.

 

 

Concerts: Music and Meditations for Remembrance

October 13th, 2018

Saturday 10 Nov 2018, 4pm

Banchory East Church

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Sunday 11 Nov 2018, 7pm

St Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen

For the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Con Anima present a concert emerging from darkness of war to the light of peace.

Join with us, conductor John F Hudson, and organist Prof. Andrew Morrisson, for a concert including Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Guest’s For The Fallen, and the world premier of John F Hudson’s Epitaphs of War.

The concerts will be performed in support of SSAFA The Forces Charity, who provide welfare to service-people and their families.

Tickets: £12 / £10 (concession) available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.

For further details on the work of SSAFA, see www.ssafa.org.uk

 

Concert & Evensong: Remembering Our Friend Giles Pilgrim Morris

June 15th, 2018

St Andrew’s Cathedral

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Con Anima Choirs

Concert: 12pm, Saturday 23 June 2018

Evensong: 6.30pm, Sunday 24 June 2018

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

Our second set of events for summer 2018 will be in memory of Giles Pilgrim Morris, former Con Anima member and former St Andrew’s Cathedral choir lay clerk.

We will be joining with St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir to perform some of Giles’ favourite music at both the Cathedral’s Saturday lunchtime concert series on 23/Jun, and at Evensong on Sunday 24/Jun.

The free performances will include music by Purcell, Gibbons, and Messiaen, and will be conducted by the Cathedral’s Organist and Master of the Choristers, Prof. Andrew Morrisson, and accompanied on the organ by Bill Henderson.

Join us to celebrate the life of our friend Giles.

Tickets: free – donations received at the lunchtime concert will be split between the Cathedral Song School project and St Christopher’s Hospice,

 

 

Concert: Barthol Chapel Church

May 23rd, 2018

Saturday

02 June 2018

2pm, Barthol Chapel Church, Aberdeenshire

Summer 2018 sees Con Anima present a delightful programme for a summer concert of music by Finzi, Walton, Pitoni, and Rutter.

Join us, conducted by Sam Paul, for a free concert in beautiful Barthol Chapel Church.

 

Tickets: free – donations welcome,

 

 

Concert: Hosanna to the Son of David

February 28th, 2018

Saturday

24 March 2018

7.30pm, St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

Con Anima’s spring concert for 2018 has been built around Bach’s sparkling and complex choral motet setting of Jesu meine Freude – Jesus, my joy.

Join us, along with conductor Roger B Williams MBE, for a programme of music for the season of lent, including MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn, Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David, and Tomkins When David Heard.

The concert will also feature talented Aberdeen violinist Amy Birse as a guest soloist, and will be accompanied on the organ by Prof. Andrew Morrisson.

Tickets: £12 / £10 (concession) available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.

 

 

Concert: In Dulci Jubilo

November 21st, 2017

Saturday

09 December 2017

7.30pm, St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen

This December Con Anima present a concert of festive music conducted by Dr Roger B Williams (MBE) in St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen.

Music performed will focus around Poulenc’s Four Motets for Christmas Time: O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery), Quem Vidistis, Pastores? (What did you see, Shepherds?), Videntes Stellam (See the Star), and Hodie Christus natus est (Christ is Born Today). The rest of the concert will explore settings of these texts and related themes, including works by Lauridsen, Byrd, Sweelinck, and Mathias.

Also featuring will be the world premiere of a piece, commissioned to fit with the theme of the concert, by University of Aberdeen PhD composition student Sarah Rimkus.

The concert will be accompanied on the organ by Prof. Andrew Morrisson.

Tickets: £10 / £5 (student/child) available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122) or members of the choir.

 

 

Concert: Seven Stars

January 30th, 2017

Saturday, 01 April 2017

7.30pm, St Machar’s Cathedral

Our spring concert for 2017 has a 20th century, Northern focus – choral music by composers from Britain and North-West Europe.

Travel with us on our celestial exploration, through the serene spacious soundscapes of Knut Nystedt, Eriks Esenvalds, and Ola Gjeilo, the jubilant exuberance of  William Mathias and William Walton, the cool heights and lush craggy glens of Herbert Sumsion and Jonathan Dove.

The centre-piece of the concert will be a performance of Kenneth Leighton’s magnificent Mass for Double Choir ; join us for our concert guided by the Seven Stars of The Plough as it swings around the Northern sky.

The concert will be conducted by Aberdeen’s own Sam Paul, with Amy Birse on violin, and organ accompaniment provided by Prof. Andrew Morrisson.

 

Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions / £5 students, available from Aberdeen Box Office (www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or 01224 641122).

Concert: Christmas With Con Anima 2016

November 20th, 2016

Saturday

10 December 2016

7.30pm, Fyvie Castle

For Christmas 2016, Con Anima present a festive evening of music and readings conducted by Anne Hingston in the historic music gallery of NTS Fyvie Castle.

Music performed will include traditional Christmas favourites such as Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful, with modern Christmas classic such as John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, and Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of Jingle Bells – there will be something for every taste!

The concert will be accompanied by Ben Torrie, and include seasonal refreshments in the stylist surrounds of the Fyvie Castle dining room during the interval.

 

Tickets: £10 / £8 / £5 available from Fyvie Castle (01651 891266 or online) – booking essential.

 

A shorter version of Con Anima’s 2016 Christmas concert will also be performed earlier on the same day, in Udny Green Church:

 

Saturday

10 December 2016

2pm, Udny Green Church

Thanks to the support of Udny Community Trust, Con Anima are also presenting a shorter, free concert of festive music and readings also conducted by Anne Hingston at Udny Green Church.

Music performed will include traditional Christmas favourites such as Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful, with modern Christmas classic such as John Rutter’s Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, and Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of Jingle Bells – there will be something for every taste!

The concert will be accompanied by Ben Torrie, and will be followed by refreshments provided by Udny and Pitmedden Parish Church.

 

FREE Admission

Concert: Remembrance and Peace

October 14th, 2016

Sunday

13 November 2016

7pm, St Andrew’s Cathedral, King Street, Aberdeen

This autumn Con Anima present a concert of music and readings focusing on remembrance and peace conducted by internationally renowned composer Prof. Paul Mealor.

Befitting the occasion of remembrance day the music will be reflective and quietly beautiful, honouring those fallen in conflict and reflecting the desire for lasting peace. The repertoire will include Paul Mealor’s own ‘In Flanders Field’, Maurice Durufle’s ‘Ubi caritas’, Sir John Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’, and works by Parry, Ireland, Stanford, Karl Jenkins.

Con Anima are also proud to present a new choral piece commissioned from Aberdeen University PhD student and composer Mike Merrill.

The concert will be accompanied by organist Prof. Andrew Morrisson, with cellist Gareth John, and include readings for remembrance.

Tickets: £12 / £10 

available from Aberdeen Box Office ( 01224 641122  www.aberdeenperformingarts.com ) or choir members.

 

This concert will also be performed the day before, in Crathie Parish Church, Ballater:

 

remembrance-2016-poster-crathieSaturday

12 November 2016

6.30pm, Crathie Parish Church, Ballater

This autumn Con Anima present a concert of music and readings focusing on remembrance and peace conducted by internationally renowned composer Prof. Paul Mealor.

Befitting the occasion of remembrance day the music will be reflective and quietly beautiful, honouring those fallen in conflict and reflecting the desire for lasting peace. The repertoire will include Paul Mealor’s own ‘In Flanders Field’, Maurice Durufle’s ‘Ubi caritas’, Sir John Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’, and works by Parry, Ireland, Stanford, Karl Jenkins.

Con Anima are also proud to present a new choral piece commissioned from Aberdeen University PhD student and composer Mike Merrill.

The concert will be accompanied by organist Prof. Andrew Morrisson, with cellist Gareth John, and include readings for remembrance.

Tickets: £12 / £10, available in advance by phoning 01339 742208, or at the door.