Joyfully Choral at Chobham Festival
September 29 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm£15 – £20
Handel: Dixit Dominus
J.S.Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring | Sleepers, Wake! | Sheep may safely graze
Purcell: My heart is inditing
The centrepiece of this concert on Saturday September 29th in the beautiful parish church of St Lawrence is Handel’s thrilling ‘Dixit Dominus’, one of his finest works – and one of his earliest – scored for five solo singers, chorus and instruments and written during his youthful years while he was living in Italy. Dating from 1707, it is famous for establishing the reputation of the dazzlingly gifted 22-year-old Mr Handel.
The work is a setting of Psalm 110, which begins with the words Dixit Dominus, “The Lord Said”.
For the Festival Choir, we have brought together an ensemble of top professionals, conducted by Surrey tenor Roy Rashbrook, who has performed with some of Britain’s leading orchestras and choirs.
Dale Chambers, our festival director for more than 20 years, is leader for this evening. As a violist, Dale performs with many of the major orchestras in the UK. As a conductor, he has directed a number of choirs including several of the Leith Hill Festival Choirs. As an educationalist, Dale has been chair of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) and been involved in high profile outreach projects nurturing a love of string playing in primary school children. Read a full profile of Dale in the website.
St Lawrence is at the heart of the village and the main home of the festival, hosting the classical concerts and many other events. It is the oldest and one of the most beautiful buildings in the borough of Surrey Heath and also the borough’s only Grade 1 listed building. Its earliest features date from Norman times.
The fine music that the festival brings to Chobham every year is a marvellous way to enjoy its beauty and atmosphere.