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LUNCHTIME CONCERT - THE CHILTERN CHOIR

31 July 2016 1:10pm

If ye love me Tallis
Wie lieblich sind deiner Wohnungen Brahms
Hebrew Love songs Eric Whitacre
A Little Jazz Mass Bob Chilcott
Extracts from Feel the Spirit John Rutter Joshua fit the Battle, Steal away, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, Deep river, When the Saints
Animal Crackers 1 and 2 Eric Whitacre
Halleluia Leonard Cohen

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About the Chiltern Choir

The Chiltern Choir is a friendly mixed-voice choir of around 70 members based in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. Founded in 1968 as a small madrigal group based at the local Arts Centre, its membership increased steadily until 1980 when it became The Chiltern Choir.

The Chiltern Choir performs three or four concerts a year, usually consisting of one large scale work with orchestra and two or three shorter ones. Music is chosen from a wide spectrum of the choral repertoire ranging from well-known mainstream works to less familiar contemporary repertoire, from madrigals to jazz, and from the serious to the flippantly light-hearted.

For the past twelve years the choir has benefited from the inspiring leadership of Michael Cayton and accompanist Anna Le Hair.

Chiltern Choir members enjoy the challenges of singing further afield, sometimes with other choirs. We have sung with Harrow Choral Society in St Albans Abbey on several occasions and with other Hertfordshire choirs in the Albert Hall. Joint concerts have also been performed with Chorale Erik Satie in Honfleur, France. The choir has visited Paris, Chartres Cathedral and Amsterdam, and has sung in Norwich Cathedral and in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In Summer 2012 we travelled to Copenhagen to sing with a Danish choir, and to France in 2014 to sing in Chorleywood's twinned town, Dardilly. We are looking forward to an exciting summer in 2016 with the return visit of the Dardilly choir to Chorleywood and our forthcoming tour of East Anglia.

Our conductor - Michael Cayton

Michael Cayton trained at Kneller Hall and served with the Grenadier Guards as a trumpeter before studying piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained his BMus and ARCM and won the Hilda Anderson Deane prize for conducting and improvisation. While completing postgraduate répétiteur studies he was appointed as first Organ Scholar at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Since his debut as an organist at the Royal Festival Hall in 1988, Michael has been in demand as a recitalist and accompanist and has appeared all over the UK and in Europe, with notable London appearances at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Westminster Abbey.

Since 2003 he has simultaneously held the posts of Director of Music at St John's Wood Church, organist at Belsize Square Synagogue and conductor of the Chiltern Choir. He has worked with many leading choruses including The Vasari Singers and Goldsmiths Choral Union. In 2014 he was invited to be guest conductor for Watford Philharmonic Society's performance of Britten's War Requiem and has now taken up the appointment as the society's new Principal Conductor.

Michael has given many radio broadcasts for the BBC; he was the organist for a live broadcast from St Martin-in-the-Fields following the death of Nelson Mandela. He has also appeared on BBC's Songs of Praise. His church music is published by Redemptorist Publications and his responsorial psalms now form a staple of parish churches up and down the country. With broad musical tastes, a hunger to learn new styles and a particular talent for improvisation, he may often be found performing jazz, German cabaret and Judaeo-Spanish Ladino music as well as fusion and funk.

Our accompanist - Anna Le Hair

Anna Le Hair gained an honours degree in music at Edinburgh University where she studied piano with Colin Kingsley and harmony with Kenneth Leighton. Her postgraduate studies were at the Royal College of Music, London, where her professors included Peter Element and Hubert Dawkes.

Since then Anna has enjoyed a busy and varied career as a performer and piano teacher. Engagements have included recitals, both solo and as chamber musician and accompanist, in many London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as around Britain and abroad. Within the last five years she has given performances of five piano concertos and many chamber works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Anna has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at festivals in Canterbury, Rayleigh, Porec (Croatia) and Buxton, where she was nominated for the title of 'Performer of the Fringe'. She has recently accompanied Coro Stellante under Michael Kibblewhite at the Costa Barcelona music festival and Polymnia under John Byron at the Music in the Mountains festival in Andalucia.

Anna is a Senior House Pianist at AIMS International Summer School in Eastbourne where she acts as repetiteur for many opera scenes. She also works with choirs and opera groups including Polymnia and City Chamber Choir as well as Aeolian Singers in Hemel Hempstead and the Chiltern Choir. Anna is also a regular accompanist at Jackdaws Educational Trust in Somerset, where she has worked with the tenor Ian Partridge and the mezzo Sarah Walker. In addition, Anna has done such diverse things as playing background music in London hotels and restaurants and touring the UK and Channel Islands with the Lewis London Ballet. Anna has a thriving piano teaching practice, teaching piano and accompanying at St Albans School. She is much in demand as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. Anna gave a concert tour in February last year in New Zealand with the violinist Arwen Newband. Details of future concerts can be found on her website, www.annalehair.co.uk