👉 Save the date…Ex Urbe’s first concert dates in 2024…

We’re delighted to announce our first concert dates of the year where we will be performing the magnificent German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. Often performed as a large-scale choral work with orchestral accompaniment, we intend to harness the power and beauty of this work but with the intimacy of a smaller ensemble. Our two concert dates for this work are confirmed as:

7pm, Saturday 11th May at Hampton in Arden Parish Church

4pm, Sunday 12th May at Dorridge Methodist Church

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Save the Date! Saturday 2nd December for a Christmas with Ex Urbe Chamber Choir…

Ex Urbe Chamber Choir are delighted to announce the date for our Christmas concert. We can guarantee some cracking carols, good cheer and the perfect start to the festive season. Book early as we expect, like most years, that this will be well attended!

So please save the date. The concert will be a 6pm on Saturday 2nd December in Hampton in Arden Parish Church. You can book tickets right now by clicking ***here***

Eternal Light – September concert weekend

Ex Urbe are delighted to present a weekend of beautiful choral music. Inspired by many composers through the ages including Duruflé, MacMillan, Whitaker, Rutter and many more. We will be performing across two venues:

7.00pm Saturday 9th September in Hampton-in-Arden Parish Church

4.00pm Sunday 10th September in St George & St Teresa Church, Dorridge

Tickets are on sale right now. Just use this link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ex-urbe-chamber-choir

Ex Urbe’s Spring concert weekend is approaching…

We are well and truly in the middle of rehearsals for our concert weekend. Our first performance of this exciting programme will be at 7.00pm on Saturday 29th April in Hampton Parish Church. We are also very excited to announce that we will be performing in the wonderful St Nicholas’ Church in Warwick at 4.00pm on Sunday 30th April. We first performed at St. Nicholas’ last Christmas and loved the building and acoustic.

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Getting ready for 2023…new concert dates released

After an incredibly successful Christmas concert season, a small break (to rest those voices), we’re getting ready for 2023! Rehearsals start in less than two weeks as we work towards our first concert weekend of the year in late April. Under the expert direction of Benjamin Hamilton we will also be joined by organist Kevin Gill and cellist Mark Walkem. With beautiful choral music by Bach, Duruflé, Tavener and Nystedt – this is a wonderful way of stepping into Spring together.

Ex Urbe is getting ready for Christmas

Now that we are firmly in Autumn, our sights are set on getting ready for the festive season. We have a packed concert schedule ahead and rehearsals have already started for our Christmas programmes. We’ll publish more details over the coming weeks. For now, here are the details of what is coming up.

Forthcoming concerts

Saturday 3rd December 2022 – Christmas Music, Hampton Parish Church at 6.30pm 

Sunday 4th December 2022 – Christmas Music, St Nicholas Church, Warwick at 6.30pm

Thursday 15th December 2022 – Christmas Music, St James’ Church, Packington at 7.00pm

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Settings of Shakespeare

It is thanks to Shakespeare that we have one of the most famous ever quotes about music. As Twelfth Night opens, Duke Orsino speaks the words that are familiar to millions of us: “If music be the food of love, play on“.

Shakespeare’s plays are awash with music. His characters make reference to music, singers and dancers regularly accompany the action on stage, and the Bard’s words themselves flow melodiously.

Unsurprisingly, then, composers for centuries have in turn been inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Tragedies, comedies and histories have alike found themselves entering the repertoire represented in all manner of ways, from Purcell (writing in the same century that Shakespeare died) to Thomas Adès in the present day.

Ex Urbe are pleased to present as our next concert “settings of Shakespeare” which will include settings by a number of composers including Vaughan Williams, Mäntyjärvi, Macfarren, Wood and Rutter.

In addition, and to celebrate the 150th Birthday of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) the concert will include “Three Shakespeare Songs” plus “Three Elizabethan Part Songs”. The first set were composed in 1951 and comprise three short pieces, settings of text from two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst the Part Songs include settings of two further Shakespeare songs from Othello and Twelfth Night. Text by George Herbert is used for the other setting of the trilogy.