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Colchester Chamber Choir, one of the most acclaimed small choirs in East Anglia, returns to St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Cathedral in Norwich with a candlelit performance of Rachmaninoff’s powerfully evocative Vespers, or All-night Vigil. The choir performed the work to a sell-out audience in Coggeshall earlier this year.

Musical director Roderick Earle says: ‘Written in 1915, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers was one of the last major musical works to emerge from Imperial Russia before the Revolution. The music is a complete wonder! Rachmaninoff weaves an amazing tapestry of sound which offers not only traditional orthodox chant but carries the listener into a soundscape of shimmering bells and imagined angel choirs. The music propels one from moments of hushed introspection to spellbinding climaxes of ecstatic joy. I can’t wait to launch this magnificent work in the stunning acoustic of St. John’s cathedral.’

The concert starts at 7.30pm and lasts for one hour without an interval.
Tickets (£15, £10 for under-30s or £5 for full time students) are available at www.colchesterchamberchoir.org. You can also email the choir at info@colchesterchamberchoir.org or call 01206 820813 for more information.

Colchester Chamber Choir, one of the most acclaimed small choirs in East Anglia, returns to St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Cathedral in Norwich with a candlelit performance of Rachmaninoff’s powerfully evocative Vespers, or All-night Vigil. The choir performed the work to a sell-out audience in Coggeshall earlier this year.

Musical director Roderick Earle says: ‘Written in 1915, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers was one of the last major musical works to emerge from Imperial Russia before the Revolution. The music is a complete wonder! Rachmaninoff weaves an amazing tapestry of sound which offers not only traditional orthodox chant but carries the listener into a soundscape of shimmering bells and imagined angel choirs. The music propels one from moments of hushed introspection to spellbinding climaxes of ecstatic joy. I can’t wait to launch this magnificent work in the stunning acoustic of St. John’s cathedral.’

The concert starts at 7.30pm and lasts for one hour without an interval.
Tickets (£15, £10 for under-30s or £5 for full time students) are available at www.colchesterchamberchoir.org. You can also email the choir at info@colchesterchamberchoir.org or call 01206 820813 for more information.

Colchester Chamber Choir was set up in 2010 and has since become acknowledged as one of the leading choirs in East Anglia.

Musical director Roderick Earle was a boy chorister at Winchester Cathedral and after holding a choral scholarship at St. John’s College, Cambridge entered the singing profession as a soloist. He was a principal baritone with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for 21 years, singing with many of the greatest singers, conductors and directors of the era. He has sung in opera and concerts all over the world and made several recordings from early to contemporary music. Roderick is also a singing professor at The Royal College of Music, London and teaches the choral scholars at Trinity College, Cambridge.