Lucis Chamber Choir records world premiere

12th June, 2018

The newly formed Lucis Chamber Choir were asked to record Russell Hepplewhite’s new choral work, a setting of Christina Rossetti’s Easter Carol. Keith Pigot accompanied the choir for their recording session at St Mary’s, Bathwick.

Howard Skempton celebrates 70th birthday with BSU visit

6th November, 2017

Students from Bath Spa University were treated to a visit from British composer Howard Skempton as part of his 70th birthday celebrations. The choir and orchestra put on a short concert which included a selection of his works spanning his extensive career, including a setting of the Yeats poem, He wishes for the cloths of heaven, as well as an excerpt from the Flight of Song.

'Destruction's our delight!'

15 July, 2017

Lucis' gala concert of Purcell's timeless masterpiece was a great success and guests enjoyed picnicking in the grounds of Prior Park College, even if the British weather was not at its most clement. The choir were joined by Alison Townley and the Lochrian Ensemble with Esther Brazil as Dido and Gwilym Bowen as Aeneas as well as an array of other top-flight soloists. The choruses were sung with keen characterisation and musicality and audiences were transported from the dank caves of the scheming witches to the rowdy taverns of unfaithful sailors.

Northern Lights at the Holburne Museum

10th June, 2017

The glorious setting of the portrait gallery in Bath's Holburne Museum was the inspirational venue for Noctis' summer concert which explored how composers and poets often draw upon natural phenomenon to express their ideas. The programme featured music by several composers from Scandinavia and the Baltic States including Jussi Chydenius, Esenvalds, Gjeilo and Neumann as well as arrangements by Bob Chilcott. The clip opposite is Nils Lindberg's setting of Shakespeare's beloved sonnet, Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer's Day.

Choral workshop with Will Todd

29th April 2017

In preparation for their 2017 spring concert at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Lucis hosted contemporary choral composer Will Todd for an exhilarating day of singing, focusing on two of his new compositions, No More Sorrow and the Jazz Missa Brevis. Antony Corfe, arts reviewer for the Bath Chronicle remarked: "It was a day of sheer delight, and the long warm-up, calling for bodily and vocal freedom to release tensions and to allow the 60-strong choir to engage with him before starting the real work, was ornamented with wonderfully catchy piano extemporisation. We instantly saw his mastery of both keyboard and rhythm. His easy, witty manner soon had the effect of liberating us from the mundane." The choir are hoping to reunite with Will for a 'come and sing day' in the 2018-19 season.

A festive farewell to 2016

7th December 2016

Since Francis took over the conductorship of Bath Spa University Choir back in 2012, the choir’s performances have been highlights of the city’s thriving musical scene. The annual carol service is no exception and this year’s outing produced some of the highest quality choral singing in Bath's packed 2016 schedule. In addition to music by Paul Manz, Bob Chilcott, Eriks Esenvalds and John Gardner (performances of which can be found on the choir’s YouTube channel), the chamber choir excelled with their touching rendition of Michael Head’s The Little Road to Bethlehem.

University welcomes Jeremy Irons as Chancellor

4th November 2016

It has been a busy term for the Bath Spa University Choir, with a performance of Faure’s Requiem at the Abbey as well as a collaborative project with St Andrew’s School featuring Nigel Hess’ musical ‘space journey’ entitled To The Stars, but the highlight was undoubtedly the inauguration of the university’s first Chancellor, Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons. It was a memorable occasion for all involved and the choir played their part by singing Zadok the Priest during the procession, as well as other music throughout the ceremony, including The Flight of Song by Howard Skempton, David Willcocks’ arrangement of Widor’s Toccata from his Symphony No.5 and Gabriel’s Oboe, Ennio Morricone’s beloved theme tune from the 1986 film, The Mission.

Christopher Tin works with Lucis on world premiere

19th July 2016

Grammy award-winning composer, Christopher Tin, invited Lucis to participate in his UK tour which culminated in a concert dedicated exclusively to his music at the Cadogan Hall with Los Angeles based Angel City Chorale, York's Prima Vocal Ensemble and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Aside from performing his celebrated setting of the Lord's Prayer (Baba-Yetu), members of the choir also had the opportunity to work on a new composition, Sogno di Volare, which is featured on the latest instalment of the Civilization video-game franchise.

Lucis make Carnegie Hall debut

18th January 2016

Lucis recently returned from across the pond where they made their Carnegie Hall debut with an emotional performance of The Armed Man by Sir Karl Jenkins. The choir joined with students from Bath Spa University and an elite group of singers from around the world to pay tribute to the recently knighted composer. Rehearsals are now in full swing for their performance of Rutter's Requiem at the Wiltshire Music Centre.

Lucis return from successful Czech Republic tour

31st July 2015

The choir had an unforgettable time in Prague, Cesky Budejovice and the surrounding areas where they performed two concerts to capacity audiences with guest soloists Ben Collings, India Gilborson and Sam Young as well as violinist, Lizz Lipscombe.

Visit the choir's Soundcloud page to hear some excerpts of the concerts in Prague and Trebon.

Uematsu comes to Party in the City

15th May 2015

The BSU choir served up something special at this year's  Party in the City with a meditative programme centred around the theme of prayer.

The music of Nobuo Uematsu, in particular the iconic To Zanarkand and Hymn of the Fayth themes from the video game Final Fantasy X, were intertwined with Gorecki's Totus Tuus and Gjeilo's Evening Prayer.

The end of an era...and the start of Lucis

21st December 2014

The choirs of Organum and Corsham Choral came together one last time in front of a packed house at St Luke's Church, Bath to perform a varied programme of festive music. It was a truly emotional and historic evening as the choirs shared the stage with the award-winning chamber choir, Noctis and the youth choir, Cantilena. Although this is the end of the two choirs in their current form, the future is esepcially bright as they come together as Lucis for 2015 and beyond.

Noctis enter 'Sing Motets' competition

6th December 2014

To mark the release of Karl Jenkns' newest album, publisher Boosey and Hawkes put together a competition open to all choirs around the UK. The winner will receive a commission written for them by the composer and they will have the chance to perform it in Carnegie Hall in 2015.

Have a listen to Noctis' entry, I'll Make Music, which was recorded in the stunning acoustic of St Alphege's Church, Bath.

Francis conducts UK premiere

10th May 2014

Organum, Corsham Choral and Noctis had the privilege of performing the UK premiere of Christopher Tin's final movement of his song cycle, Calling All Dawns. The composer won a Grammy award for the best classical crossover album and his music is now starting to reach a much wider audience.

Our accompanist, Will Ashworth, took up the mantle of the Maori chanter and delivered a captivating performance in front of a packed Bath Abbey in May earlier this year.

 

Karl Jenkins visits Bath

4th May 2014

With the performance of the Armed Man at Bath Abbey only one week away, Francis managed to persuade Karl Jenkins to take some time out of his busy 70th birthday year to come and inspire his singers by talking about his life and demystifying his music. BBC Points West presenter, Ali Vowles, interviewed the most performed living composer in the world today in this memorable evening at St Michael's Without Church.

Noctis get 'down and dirty' in 2013

After an explosive start to the year in which Francis' chamber choir won the Phyllis Cambridge Cup for best vocal group at the Mid-Somerset Festival, the octet decided to team up with renowned Restoration Rake, Dante Ferrara, for an evening of 'Finery and Filth' at the Bath Fringe Festival.

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