Directors & Concerts
Below you will find 4 buttons with links to the concerts of our present musical director, Peter Brown and all of the concerts we have on record for the 3 previous directors.
On this main page only the most recent concerts which the choir has given in the past couple of years will be shown to give you a flavour of our repertoire.
This performance of Peter Brown's "Requiem" was a world première commission for ADCS for soloists, choir, organ, harp and timpani. What beautiful music! For a review of the concert and photos please check out the Members Page.
December 15th, 2019
After this carol concert I’d say it feels officially more like Christmas! Traditional carols with audience participation & a number of new ones. It makes such an amazing difference to have a beautiful soprano descant floating above the melody! Afterwards we enjoyed mince pies, Stollen bites, mulled wine and juice & caught up with friends and their family news. Thank you for the lovely solos Frances & Veronica and for Alan’s organ improvisation on ‘The First Nowell’. Peter was brill as always. Happy Christmas!
9th November, 2019
Though some came to experience Bernstein’s masterpiece, “Chichester Psalms”, the choir sang Peter Brown’s “Requiem” with awe: in both pieces, explosions of sound flow on to peaceful sections of lyrical beauty & rest. Thank you, Peter! Vocal soloists & the harp, percussion + organ soloists were all excellent. Powerful & deeply moving music to honour the dead, comfort the grieving. A remembrance concert with a message of hope that people will dwell together in unity, Yaḥad – ‘together’, a plea for peace.
April 6th, 2019.
What a fabulous concert! The choir sang with passionate intensity and the music at times had a beautiful and raw edge of power, with shouts of eternal joy & victory over death. Paul Gibson’s baritone powerful solos were awesome & Veronica Gilbert sang with controlled tenderness. Peter Brown & Alan Gidney excelled and the audience were very appreciative.
December 16th, 2018.
We gave our all to the angels, shepherds and wise men! Great carol concert, wonderful audience, mulled wine + mince pies. Peter Brown and Alan Gidney deserve a good rest
November 11th, 2018
100 years on to the day – a reminder of the sacrifice so many made for our peace. A brilliant concert of song, poetry & poems. Glen Hogg’s trumpet solos gave us all goosebumps with the amazing acoustics inside St Paul’s. Alan Gidney gave a moving organ solo & the amazing Peter Brown kept us all together!
May 20th, 2018.
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin: “So excited to travel up to @Sage_Gateshead tomorrow to be reunited with all of these wonderful people! Very lucky to have such a fabulous opportunity!”
A fabulous experience for everyone in the different choirs and the audience enjoyed it, too!
March 11th, 2018
ADCS were joined by top professional musicians for Haydn’s Creation. Supporting the choir were a small orchestra of 12 very talented professional instrumentalists & 3 soloists: tenor, Paul Rendall, bass, Paul Gibson & Alnwick born soprano, Claire Boulter. Under the musical direction of Peter Brown, the audience enjoyed an evening of glorious music.
December 17th, 2017
A delightful concert! The audience were treated to a celebration of festive music and poetry, and had lots of opportunity to join in with the singing of traditional carols. Over glorious mince pies, mulled wine and juice friends shared what they had been up to and their plans for the holidays. Everyone left St Paul’s feeling joyous and looking forward to Christmas!
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