4th July 2019 St. Nicholas Concert

4th July 2019  A concert by Gonville and Caius College Choir at St. Nicholas Church.

The choir is one of of the UK's leading collegiate choirs. The 24 singers and 2 organ scholars perform a wide range of sacred and secular music, spanning the centuries. At this performance they were joined by David Cotter, a classical guitarist, who is currently reading for his PhD in Music. This impressive musician possesses a rich repertoire of Baroque, Classical Contemporary, Latin-American, percussive, Popular, Romantic and Spanish music......there seems to be no limit to his talent. 

Conducted by Luke Fitgerald, This magnificent collegiate choir performed a very varied programme, which is shown at the end of this  photographic accountof the evening.


The voices of the choir rang around the beautiful architecture of St. Nicholas Church, as they started their performance with 'Alleluia: Ascendit Deus.'


The first Organ Solo was played by Kyoko Canaway, the Wilfrid Holland Organ Scholar. Luke Fitgerald took a break from conducting the choir to perform the second Organ Solo. Luke is Senior Organ Scholar, though when he leaves, following his graduation, the place of Senior Organ Scholar will pass to Kyoko. Both solos were most impressive.


The evening programme included four songs for the Chorus and Guitar, the accompaniment being played by guitarist David Cotter .We were unaware of the treat which awaited us next, as  David performed a solo, playing Magic Flute Variations. The sound of his classical guitar echoing around the church was stunning, and to see the speed at which his fingers travelled up and down the neck of the guitar was astounding and most impressive.

There followed an interval during which wine and 'nibbles' were served, which was most refreshing and appreciated on a warm evening.


Following the break,it was Luke Fitzgerald's turn to master the organ, following which the lads and lasses separated for the more modern section of the programme, with the Gonville Girls singing 'On the street where you live' and the Caius Men singing 'Fly me to the Moon'. These were performed as you have probably, unlikely heard before.It was clever and very entertaining.

Richard Bower gave the choir and musicians an enthusiastic 'Thank you' on behalf of a very appreciative audience who rendered rapturous applause. The choir's response was to put their music folders down and give the audience an encore of 'Joshua beat the battle of Jericho'.

An absolutely fabulous evening.

The Programme

Alleluia: Ascendit Deus = William Byrd (1540-1623)

Cor Dulce, Cor amabile = Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Tantum ergo = Deodat de Severac (1872-1921)

Organ Solo played by Kyoko Canaway = Praeludium in C minor (BWV 546) = J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Four Songs for Chorus and Guitar = Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895- 1968)

Guitar Solo by David Cotter = Magic Flute Variations = Fernando Sor (1778- 1839)


Organ Solo by Luke Fitzgerald, (Senior Organ Scholar) = Canzona (BuxWV166) = Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Missa Bell 'Amfrit' altera = Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

The Gonville Girls = 'On the Street where you Live' = Loewe, arr. Fullerr Gale

The Caius Men = 'Fly me to the Moon' = Howard arr. Fitgerald

Go down, Moses = Trad. arr. Michael Tippett (1905-1998)

Encore = Joshua beat the Battle of Jericho.




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