Midweek Music

Wednesdays 1.15pm-1.45pmMidweek Music

A series of 30-minute concerts held in the Chapel of Royal Holloway every Wednesday lunchtime during the academic term.

The 30-minute performances are free of charge and informal, allowing people to come and go as their schedule allows.

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Upcoming Concerts:

Wednesday 6th December

'Tis the season to be jolly: Join the choir for some festive favourites as the term draws to a close. There will also be a chance to join in, and get yourselves into the mood of the season.

The Spring series of Midweek Music will begin on 10th January.

Summer 2017 Series

Week 1 26th April

Victorian Choral Pioneers

The choral scholars explore the world of Victorian choral music, delving into the musical world of composers such as John Stainer, Charles Wood and C.V. Stanford, who so dramatically transformed the very nature of choral singing.

Week 1 3rd May

Dramatic Duets

With duets ranging from those between two voices, instruments and sometimes even electronic sound effects, the Chapel Choir present a showcase of duets throughout the ages. The programme will include Delibes’ ever-popular “Flower Duet” from the opera LakmĂ©, and Purcell’s striking “Sound the Trumpet”.

Week 2 10th May

Songs of Springtime
A concert of solo songs and choral pieces, all celebrating the beauty and vibrancy of the Spring.

Week 4 17th May

With one voice

The choral scholars explore the art of solo song with a selection of both sacred and secular songs and arias.

Week 5 24th May

Music and the Monarchy

The Chapel Choir explore the world of music from the English Royal Court, of both sacred and secular nature.

Week 6 31st May

Queen of Heaven
Programme to include Gabriel Jackson’s Ave regina coelorum and Holst’s beautiful setting of the Ave Maria.

Week 7 7th June

The Golden Revival

To round off the academic year, the choral scholars present a concert of works by Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar and C.V. Stanford

Spring 2017 Series

Week 1 11th Jan

Noël Nouvelet

A programme of French organ music for Epiphany, performed by the Director of Choral Music and College Organist, Rupert Gough.  

Week 2 18th Jan

Choral Variations
The choral scholars present a wide variety of pieces in their one-per-part ensemble groups, showcasing the work they have done under the guidance of Royal Holloway’s Ensemble in Residence, the King’s Singers.

Week 3 25th Jan

Russian Vespers
A selection of highlights taken from Rachmaninov’s stunning setting of the All Night Vigil.

Week 4 1st Feb

The choir will perform a selection of pieces surrounding the theme of transformation from light into darkness, marking the Christian festival of Candlemas.

Week 5 8th Feb

Aus Deutschland

A concert celebrating German choral composers, forming a part of the Music Department’s mini festival.

Week 6 15th Feb

Con amore

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the choir present a programme of music composed out of devotion and love.

Week 7 22nd Feb

Featured composer: Mike Sheppard
The choir will perform a selection of works in the presence of the contemporary composer, Mike Sheppard, including the premiùre of his setting of “Pie Jesu”.

Week 8 1st Mar

A Lenten Journey
The choral scholars present a programme marking the season of Lent, including works by Morales and Durufle, and also the premiere of a new organ piece by Alison Willis.

Week 9 8th Mar

Public and private worship in Elizabethan England
Through a programme of works by William Byrd and Christopher Tye, the choir explore the nature of worship in both the private and public spheres, at a time when the Church of England was, for the first time, being firmly established and led by the monarch.

Week 10 15th Mar

Miserere mei

Music for the season of Lent, including a performance of Allegri’s famous “Miserere mei”.

Week 11 22nd Mar The Founder's Choir
The Founder's Choir give their termly performance, conducted by Alexander Turner.


Autumn 2016 Series

Week 1 21 Sept

Musical Journeys
Join the Chapel Choir at the start of the year for a musical journey taking in an eclectic mix of music from Norway, Russia, Japan, the USA and even Africa.

Week 2 28 Sept

La Belle Époque I

French choral and organ music from Gothic to ‘bouffon’ – featuring Franck, FaurĂ©, Widor and LefĂ©bure-WĂ©ly.

Week 3 5 Oct

Glories of the Renaissance
Some of the finest examples of Renaissance polyphony from Palestrina’s “Missa Papae marcelli” to Josquin’s “Ave Maria”. Includes motets by Tallis and Monteverdi.

Week 4 12 Oct

From the ‘Holy Minimalism’ of Arvo PĂ€rt & John Tavener to the raw energy of Steve Reich.

Week 5 19 Oct

Lest we forget (Part of the Festival in memoriam)
A programme of anthems and solo songs in memory of the fallen at the battle of the Somme.

Week 6 26 Oct

La Belle Époque II
The second of these concerts of French music continues the journey to expressionism with examples by Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen.

Week 7 2 Nov

Contemporary female composers

In a profession which has been male dominated for centuries, the choir brings you a fine selection of choral works by female composers.

Week 8 9 Nov

Salve Regina
Three contrasting settings of this great Marian text from plainchant to Arvo PĂ€rt.

Week 9 16 Nov

Versaille: Organ music of the Sun King
A recital by guest organist Ben Horden. A diverse programme showcasing the most celebrated composers of 16th C. France.

Week 10 23 Nov

Baroque delights
The choir are joined by members of the Baroque Performance Practice course to accompany a selection of motets and songs from Monteverdi to Purcell

Week 11 30 Nov

The Founder’s Choir
The Founder’s Choir’s termly performance.

Week 12 7 Dec

‘Tis the season to be jolly
A chance for everyone to join the Chapel Choir in the singing of traditional Christmas carols

Summer 2016 Series

Week 1 27th Apr

Shakespeare Songs

The choral scholars will be performing settings of well-known poetry by William Shakespeare and selected passages from The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to mark his 400th anniversary.

Week 2 4th May

Queen of Heaven
A programme centred around the Regina Caeli plainchant. Including music by David Briggs and Cecilia McDowall.

Week 3 11th May

Filled with the spirit
A programme of music for Pentecost, focused around the Pentecostal chant 'Veni Creator Spiritus'. Featuring music by Thomas Tallis, Herbert Howells and Sir Edward Elgar.

Week 4 18th May

The Art of Song
The choral scholars present a programme of solo pieces, featuring a wide range of composers from across the centuries.

Week 5 25th May

Featured composer: Frank Martin
A performance in full of Frank Martin's renowned and beautiful setting of the requiem mass.

Week 6 1st June

English Choral Classics
The Chapel Choir will be performing some well-known favourites of English choral music, including William Walton's "The Twelve" and music by Vaughan Williams.

Week 7 8th June

Joint concert: Hong Kong Baptist University Cantoria
To round off the academic year, the choral scholars are joined by a renowned choir from Hong Kong to sing a programme ranging from Purcell to Mozart.

Spring 2016 Series

Week 1 13th Jan

From the rising of the sun to the ends of the earth

A programme based around the ancient hymn/poem A solis ortus cardine.

Week 2 20th Jan

Mary’s Song
Marian music including Monteverdi’s great Magnificat setting in 6 parts.

Week 3 27th Jan

Venetian glories
Selected highlights from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.

Week 4 3rd Feb

Music fit for a King
Choral scholars entertain with A Capella pieces from across the centuries

Week 5 10th Feb

The Tudors

Music from the Tudor court including music by Gibbons and Morley

Week 6 17th Feb

Heavenly Duets

A varied programme of flute and harp music ranging from Mozart's Flute and Harp concerto to tangos by Astor Piazzolla.

Week 7 24th Feb

German impressions
A selection of impressionistic songs and instrumental pieces including works by Karg-Elert.

Week 8 2nd Mar

Poulenc Litanies
Poulenc’s Litanies Ă  la Vierge Noire and other French highlights

Week 9 9th Mar

Before the Choir’s tour to the USA, a programme of American choral music.

Week 10 16th Mar

The Founder’s Choir

The  Founder’s Choir present a programme including the Tippett Spirituals and Harris’s sublime Faire is the heaven.

Week 11 23rd Mar Tenebrae
During Holy Week the Chapel Choir present a contemplative programme for Easter.

Autumn 2015 Series

Week 1 30 Sept

Arvo PĂ€rt 80th birthday concert
Includes Magnificat, Speigal und speigal and other works – with Rachel Gough (violin)

Week 2 7 Oct

Featured composer: Gabriel Fauré

Including songs and extracts from the Requiem

Week 3 14 Oct

Organ Recital
James Kealey (Senior Organ Scholar)

Week 4 21 Oct

American choral classics
Featuring the Choir’s new CD recording

Week 5 28 Oct

Featured composer: Cecilia McDowall
The music of Britain’s award winning contemporary composer.

Week 6 4 Nov

Requiem for All Souls
Maurice DuruflĂ©’s beautifully haunting setting of the requiem mass.

Week 7 11 Nov

Peace and reconciliation

Week 8 18 Nov

Autumn leaves
Autumnal music from Purcell to Joseph Kosma’s 1945 popular classic

Week 9 25 Nov

The Founder’s Choir
Part of the Music Department’s NovemberFest. Including music by Brahms, Karg-Elert, Rheinberger & Schubert

Week 10 2 Dec

Extracts from Handel’s beloved Christmas oratorio

Week 11 9 Dec

Carols for All
A chance for everyone to join the Chapel Choir in the singing of traditional Christmas carols

Summer 2015 Series

Week 1 29th Apr

O for the wings of a dove – the music of Mendelssohn
Choral and organ music from the pen of Felix Mendelssohn, including Hör mein Bitten with its beloved soprano solo.

Week 2 6th May

Into the night
A selection of music for evening time, including pieces by David Briggs, RenĂ© Clausen and Ēriks EĆĄenvalds

Week 3 13th May

The art of song
A feast of songs, arias and partsongs sung by the choral scholars

Week 4 20th May

An Eastern vigil
Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s haunting and colourful setting of the Vespers

Week 5 27th May

Music of the Spanish Renaissance
Sacred and secular music from Spain’s finest composers.

Week 6 3rd June

Sumer is y’coming in
A broad mix of summer song

Week 7 10th June

Music in our time
Music of beauty and drama from Jonathon Dove, Gabriel Jackson and James Macmillan

Spring 2015 Series

Week 1 14th Jan

Ceremony of Carols
A seasonal favourite, Britten's masterpiece for upper voices and harp.

Week 2 21st Jan

A Cappella
A showcase of A Cappella choral singing as a part of Royal Holloway’s “Acapalooza” week.

Week 3 28th Jan

The English romantic madrigal
An exploration of the neglected art of madrigal writing in England.

Week 4 4th Feb

Music fit for a King
Music and monarchy from prayer to praise or just regal entertainment

Week 5 11th Feb

Featured composer: Gabriel Jackson
Choral and organ music from one of the most celebrated composers of our age including a work specially written for our College Organist.

Week 6 18th Feb

J.S. Bach and the organ
Richard Pinel, International competition winner and Assistant Director of music at St. George’s, Windsor, will perform as a part of the College’s Bach-fest.

Week 7 25th Feb

French impressions
A selection of impressionistic songs and instrumental pieces including pieces by Liszt and Debussy.

Week 8 4th Mar

Featured composer: Benjamin Britten
A snapshot of arguably Britain’s finest 20th century composer with settings of the Te Deum and Jubilate together with more intimate solos.

Week 9 11th Mar

Miserere & meditations
Allegri’s famous work alongside other contemplative works for the season of Lent

Week 10 18th Mar

The Founder’s Choir
The Founder’s Choir looks forward to Easter with Kenneth Leighton’s dramatic Easter Sequence for choir, trumpet and organ.

Week 11 25th Mar

The English romantic madrigal II
An exploration of the recently re-discovered secular music of Stainer, Stanford and Pearsall, reveals many surprises.

Winter 2014 Series

Week 1 24 Sept

Byrd to the Beatles
A musical journey across 400 years

Week 2 1 Oct

Magical Mozart

Samples from the master of classical music – including the Coronation mass and Laudate Dominum

Week 3 8 Oct

Composer Profile: Parry
From the composer of a new generation of English romantic music a selection of choral favourites, including I was glad, and extracts from the Songs of Farewell.

Week 4 15 Oct

No concert
(due to live BBC broadcast)

Week 5 22 Oct

A millennium of music
The Choral Scholars take a journey through a thousand years of music

Week 6 29 Oct

Orpheus in England: Purcell & Dowland
Two composers with a common tendency toward a mixture of melancholy and daring harmonic thinking.

Week 7 5 Nov

Le Grand SiĂšcle
Music from Couperin le Grand and other French Baroque masters

Week 8 12 Nov

In praise of William Blake
A compilation of settings of William Blake including The lamb, Jerusalem and Vaughan Williams’ Ten Blake Songs sung by Mark Wilde

Week 9 19 Nov

Ideas in German Music
Part of the Music Department’s NovemberFest. Including music by Brahms, Karg-Elert, Rheinberger & Schubert

Week 10 26 Nov

The Founder’s Choir
An eclectic mix of repertoire from this year’s Founder’s Choir

Week 11 3 Dec

The great ‘O’s
An exploration of the great Advent antiphons from composers across the centuries

Week 12 110 Dec

Carols for All
A chance for everyone to join the Chapel Choir in the singing of traditional Christmas carols

Summer 2014 Series

Week 1 30 Apr

Featured Composer: Maurice Duruflé
Choral and organ music, including the "Messe cum jubilo", from this well-loved romantic French composer

Week 2 7 May

With one voice
Songs and arias sung by the Royal Holloway choral scholars

Week 3 14 May

A jubilant song
Music by American composer René Clausen

Week 4 21 May

At the court of Elizabeth I
Music by composers of the Chapel Royal including William Byrd’s “Great Service”

Week 5 28 May

Arise my love

Poetry of love from 4th century Japan and the “Song of Songs” to the modern day.

Week 6 4 June

Summer Arts
The Chapel Choir and Founder’s Choir combine as a part of the Music Department’s Summer Arts Festival.

Week 7 11 June


Spring 2014 Series

Week 1 15th Jan

Featured Composer - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Featuring anthems, songs and Vaughan Williams' best-loved work, The lark ascending performed by the Gough Duo

Week 2 22nd Jan

A Bright New Year
Music from the season of Epiphany to bring in the New Year with music from Bach and Cornelius to Britten and John Rutter

Week 3 29th Jan

Into the night
The choir evokes the atmosphere of dusk turning to night, revealing images darkness, the moon and the stars with music from Rheinberger, Holst and W.S. Lloyd Webber

Week 4 5th Feb

Music for the Queen's Coronation
Music to mark the anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II, including Handel’s Zadok the priest and Parry’s I was glad

Week 5 12th Feb

Baltic Elegies

Featuring Vasks’ Dona nobis pacem

Week 6 19th Feb

Organ interludes
A variety of organ music from the college’s organ scholars

Week 7 26th Feb

In praise of George Herbert

Featuring a variety of settings from one of England’s greatest liturgical writers

Week 8 5th Mar

Ash Wednesday

Lenten offerings from the Founder’s Choir

Week 9 12th Mar

Howells' Clavichord

Howells wrote a number of keyboard miniatures dedicated to fellow composers. Hear a selection performed by guest pianist Barry Ferguson, alongside choral works by the dedicatees

Week 10 19th Mar

Ave Maria

A Musical homage to Mary

Week 11 26th Mar

In Pace

Setting the mood before Easter with a selection of pieces including works by the American composer RĂ©ne Clausen

Winter 2013 Series

Week 1 25th Sep

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Famous settings of hymns by such composers as Tallis, Britten and Leighton.

Week 2 2nd Oct

Featured Composer: J.S. Bach
Includes the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and the choral motet Lobet den Herrn

Week 3 9th Oct

Bach and beyond
A programme of organ music reflecting the influences on J.S. Bach and his legacy

Week 4 16th Oct

The road home
Songs of homeland, from the British Isles and America

Week 5 23rd Oct

French impressions
Impressionism in music, including Debussy’s Trois chanson and pieces by Herbert Howells and American composer Stephen Paulus

Week 6 30th Oct

Fair gloriana
The choir are joined by tenor Mark Wilde and harpist Cecily Beer for Britten’s Gloriana Dances and works by Percy Grainger

Week 7 6th Nov

In paradisum
Extracts from Fauré’s ever-popular Requiem mass

Week 8 13th Nov A cappella
Small groups of choral scholars perform a wide variety of a cappella works exploring the acoustics of the Chapel
Week 9 20th Nov Rejoice greatly
A selection of famous arias from Handel’s Messiah
Week 10 27th Nov The Founder's Choir
An eclectic mix of repertoire from this year’s Founder’s Choir
Week 11 4th Dec Christmas re-mixed
Popular Christmas melodies finely crafted by Cecilia McDowell and the master of Christmas carol arrangements, John Rutter.
Week 12 11th Dec Carols for all
A chance for everybody to join the Founder's choir in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols

Summer 2013 Series

Week 1 1 May

Á la Français
Music by Alain, Dupré, Duruflé and Tournemire

Week 2 8 May

Mystical music
With Readings from the mediaeval mystic  Dame Julian of Norwich and music from Hildegard of Bingen to Gustav Holst

Week 3 15 May

No Concert (due to Honorary Fellows ceremony)

Week 4 22 May

With one voice
Songs and arias sung by the Royal Holloway choral scholars

Week 5 29 May

Francis Poulenc anniversary concert

Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Poulenc with music including the Litanies Ă  la Vierge Noire, some motets, a piano Nocturne and extract from the Gloria

Week 6 5 June

CD launch concert
A special concert to launch the choir’s latest CD recording of Kreek’s notebook – Spiritual Songs from the Baltics

Week 7 12 June

A musical mystery

Spring 2013 Series

Week 1 16 Jan

Hail, gladdening light
Music for the season of Epiphany

Week 2 23 Jan

Byrd to the Beatles
Five choral scholars present a varied programme of A Cappella favourites

Week 3 30 Jan

English Exiles
The stories of John Bull, Richard Dering and Peter Philips, working in exile in the South Netherlands in the 17th century.

Week 4 06 Feb

The Sapphire Duo
Music for flute and harp with former choral scholar, Cecily Beer and recent master’s graduate, Laura Beardsmore

Week 5 13 Feb

Tribute to Richard Rodney Bennett
Music to celebrate the life of recently-departed composer Richard Rodney Bennett

Week 6 20 Feb

Britten Centenary Concert
Music to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten, including Rejoice in the lamb

Week 7 27 Feb

The Lamentations of Victoria and other music by great Spanish renaissance composers

Week 7 06 Mar

Sing mortals everywhere!
Music in praise of the patron saint of music by Bliss, Elgar, Gardiner and Howells

Week 8 13 Mar

The Founder’s Choir perform a new Requiem by David Bednall

Week 9 20 Mar

Allegri’s Miserere and other music for Passiontide

Winter 2012 Series

Week 1 26 Sept

Music of the Tudor Chapel Royal
Music by composers of the Tudor Chapel Royal, including Byrd, Tallis, Weelkes, Bull and Dering.

Week 2 3 Oct

Composers Old & New: David Bednall
Come, Holy Ghost
I am the light of the world

Week 3 10 Oct

A Viennese Mass
Movements from Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo interspersed with popular motets by Mozart

Week 4 17 Oct A Song of Love
Music of love and devotion including Hadley's My beloved spake, Vaughan Williams' arrangement of Greensleeves and a recent work by Gabriel Jackson
Week 5 24 Oct

Composers Old & New: Charles Villiers Stanford
Choral motets and canticles by the popular Victorian composer, interspersed with solos sung and played by Choral and Organ Scholars

Week 6 31 Oct

French Choral Classics
Choral and organ music by Dupré, Duruflé, Fauré, Franck and Poulenc

Week 7 7 Nov

Organ fireworks (Rupert Gough - organ)

Popular fiery organ favourites, including the FInale from Vierne's first symphony and Gigout's Grand Chouer Dialogue

Week 8 14 Nov

Composers Old & New 3: Arvo PĂ€rt

Berliner Mass 
The deer’s cry

Week 9 21 Nov

In Praise of Music

Songs on the theme of Music.

Week 10 28 Nov

A Cappella

Small groups of choral scholars perform a wide variety of a cappella workd exploring the acoustics of the Chapel

Week 11 5 Dec

Ceremony of Carols

Join the Founder's choir for Britten's evocative Ceremony of Carols (with Cecily Beer - harp)

Week 12 12 Dec Carols for all
A chance for everybody to join the Choir of Royal Holloway in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols

Summer 2012 Series

Week 1 25 Apr

A cappella
Ensemble Performance finalists, i4, begin the Summer Midweek Music series with a programme of a cappella vocal music

Week 2 2 May In praise of Gerald Finzi
Songs and anthems by the most quintessential English pastoral composer. Includes Lo, the full final sacrifice
Week 3 9 May Organ fiesta
Organ recital given by Adrian Lucas
Week 3 16 May Light born of light
A part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church with music from the Baltics and featuring two premiĂšres
Week 5 23 May The art of song
Lied and arias sung by the Royal Holloway choral scholars
Week 6 30 May

Le Grand Messe
Vierne's epic Messe Solennelle interspersed with motets by Maurice Duruflé

Week 7 6 June

A choral pilgrimage
A European musical journey

Spring 2012 Series

Week 1 11 Jan Follow the star
Songs and anthems for the feast of Epiphany
Week 2 18 Jan Lux aeterna
Music by Fauré, Duruflé, Tallis, Bach and others.
Week 3 25 Jan Bach-fest
Choir, violin and organ combine in celebration of one of the greatest Baroque composers. Includes Jesu, joy of man's desiring and the motet, Komm, Jesu komm.
Week 3 1 Feb Winter Words
Benjamin Britten's Winter Words and Canticle 1 sung by the distinguished tenor Mark Wilde.
Week 5 8 Feb Music from Estonia
Spritual sounds from Arvo PÀrt and TÔnu KÔrvits.
Week 6 15 Feb

The organist entertains
Ex-Organ Scholar, Alex Norman, returns to perform a programme of popular organ music

Week 7 22 Feb

No concert

Week 8 29 Feb If music be the food of love
Diverse music celebrating the theme of love, from Purcell to the Beatles
Week 9 7 March The genius of Purcell
Includes Funeral Music for Queen Mary and Jehova, quam multi sunt.
Week 10 14 March

Lenten reflections
Music and readings for the season of Lent
Sung by Founder's Choir

Week 11 21 March Folk songs of the world
Arrrangements of folk music from the USA, UK and across Europe.

Autumn 2011 Series

Week 1 21 Sep Faire is the heaven
A mix of choral classics to start the academic year
Week 2 28 Sept Couperin le Grand
A rare opportunity to hear examples of a Seventeenth French mass performed with alternating organ and plainchant
Week 3 5 Oct Ave Maria
Marian settings old and new
Week 3 12 Oct Voices of America
Songs and anthems from American composers including Whitacre, Lauridsen and Cooman
Week 5 19 Oct Purcell & the English Baroque
The influence of France and Italy on Purcell and his contemporaries
Week 6 26 Oct

Organ Recital
Ben Horden, Organ Scholar at York Minster, visits the College with a programme of Bach, Lefébure-Wély and Bovet.

Week 7 2 Nov

In Memoriam
Music for All souls day including favourite movements from the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems

Week 8 9 Nov Song of Songs
Poetic settings on the theme of human love
Week 9 16 Nov B.A.C.H.
Bach motets and Liszt’s Fantasia & Fugue on B.A.C.H.
Week 10 23 Nov The Founder’s Choir
Week 11 30 Nov An Englishman abroad
Dramatic 8-part motets for the Christmas season from Peter Philips
Week 12 7 Dec Christmas Carols
A chance for everybody to join the Choir of Royal Holloway in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols

Latest News

*NEW CD* - Winter Songs

The choir’s latest release on the major label Decca is a beautiful album of compositions and arrangements for choir, piano and strings by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. This recording has gone straight to No. 1 in the iTunes classical charts in the USA and UK.

Upcoming Events

Hear the choir this festive season in a wide-range of performances around the UK and Europe. Please see the diary page for more details and to discover more.