Sat 7 Dec - Holy Apostles
O Antiphons, a free concert of music for Advent with coffee and cake! 11am in Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings.
We are delighted to be invited back by the excellent Corelli Concert series, whose regular free concerts are always a treat for everyone involved.
The O Antiphons are traditionally used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent. We turn back the clock to the 16th Century for much of our programme, with glorious early music from less well-known composers such as Antoine De Mornable and Hotinet. We mix in several contemporary pieces, with compositions by Howard Skempton and Humphrey Clucas.
Doors open at 10:30am for coffee and home-made cake. The cake is always excellent, so do arrive early!
Our concert will last around 50 minutes. Admission is free with a retiring collection.
Fri 20 Dec - Holy Apostles
Carols by Candlelight, 6pm in Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings.
Why not start your Christmas season with our annual candle-lit carol concert? There will be traditional carols, modern carols, carols for you to sing and some that you have never heard before.
We include music by Arvo Pärt, Bob Chilcott and the winner of last year's BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition, John Merrick from Gloucester.
Tickets cost £13 in advance, £15 on the door and are free for full-time students. Seasonal refreshments are included! There will be a retiring collection for our chosen charity, MindSong, who provide services for people living with dementia in Gloucestershire.
This concert is usually very popular and may sell out, so we recommend that you buy tickets in advance from our TicketTailor shop.
Sat 25 Jan - Come and Sing
Come-and-sing Modern Classics in Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.
For this year's come-and-sing day, join us as we explore four large-scale unaccompanied works from the last hundred years.
The earliest of these is Mater Ora Filium by Arnold Bax, a double-choir anthem for Epiphany, heavily influenced by Tudor polyphony. We follow that with Hymn to St Cecilia by Benjamin Britten, dedicated to the patron saint of music and tying together three poems by W.H.Auden.
Following that, we move to one of our favourite pieces: My Beloved Spake by John Sanders, a joyful work for double choir by a renowned Gloucestershire composer, full of rhythmic energy and scrunchy harmonies. We finish with Hymn to the Creator of Light by John Rutter, written for the dedication of the Herbert Howells memorial window in Gloucester Cathedral in 1992.
The day will be led by our award-winning musical director, Ben Sawyer, with all of us on hand to make you feel welcome. There will be tea, coffee and cake, with plenty of good musicianship and laughter.
Doors open for the workshop at 9.40am, for a 10am start. The workshop lasts until 4pm and our day with these pieces will finish off with a free performance at 4.30pm for your family and friends.
Tickets will be on sale here soon.