Cranbrook Choral Society

Next Concert:

Summer Concert – 17 JUNE , St Dunstan’s Cranbrook.

7pm, tickets £6.00

An evening of light-hearted and fun music including ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and Gilbert and Sullivan, and pieces from all our wonderful guests.



September 2017 – Bring & Sing Messiah.  Date to be decided.

Autumn Concert – November 2017 – Brahms: German Requiem (in German)

Spring Concert 2018 – Handel: Alexander’s Feast (in English)

17 November 2018 – WW1 Armistice Centenary Concert in collaboration with another choral society – TBA

Our most recent concerts:

 Spring Concert – 29 April 2017 – Rutter: Gloria – Cranbrook St Dunstans 7.30pm

This was a highly successful evening with a fabulous brass and organ orchestra.


JOHN RUTTER was born in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral and instrumental music. From 1975-9 he was Director of Music at Clare College and in 1981 formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording. He now divides his time between composition and conducting. In 2002 his setting of Psalm 150, commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, was performed at the Service of Thanksgiving in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Rutter’s choral works, including his Requiem and Gloria, are frequently performed around the world. He was awarded the CBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List in recognition of his outstanding services to music.

‘GLORIA’ was commissioned by The Voices of Mel Olson in Omaha, Nebraska, who invited Rutter to direct the first performance in 1974. The familiar opening words are those of the angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus, as found in the second chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel. Rutter’s setting is largely based on one of the Gregorian chants with which the text is associated.

‘TE DEUM’ is a setting of fifth century words which, sung to a variety of chants, form part of the traditional Anglican morning Service of Matins. Rutter’s exuberant version was composed for the Centenary Service of the Guild of Church Musicians in Canterbury Cathedral in 1988.


‘O CLAP YOUR HANDS’  Ralph Vaughan Williams. A setting of Psalm 47, the piece is typical of Vaughan Williams’ ceremonial works for the church. The joyous mood of the text is capitalised upon in a setting of extroverted jubilation. The brass and organ parts work fanfare-like counterpoints around the vocal lines. This is a piece clearly designed to fill the church with a grand noise in praise of God.


‘IN ECCLESIIS’  Giovanni Gabrieli. This is Gabrieli’s magnum opus and most famous single work. Written while Gabrieli was the organist at St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice, the music was designed to be performed in this unique building with the individual groups of musicians and singers spatially separated around the magnificent building. Although the text can be considered sacred, it is not liturgical.


‘LIBERA ME’ Anton Bruckner. The work was composed in 1854 during Bruckner’s stay in Sankt Florian for the funeral of prelate Michael Arneth. The music is heartfelt and profoundly beautiful.


Haydn: The Seasons  19 November 2016 : Cranbrook St Dunstans 7.30pm


The photos below were taken at the afternoon rehearsal prior to our November concert. We spend the Saturday afternoon before a concert running through with orchestra and soloists. It’s an exciting and buzzy time before we all get ‘glammed up’ for the evening event.






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