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KINGFISHER CHORALE


Leicestershire's Premier
Chamber Choir

Musical Director GILES TURNER

OUR CONCERTS

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SACRED & SECULAR


July 9th, 7.30pm 
St John the Baptist,
Leicester, LE2 3AD

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"A  hugely  inspiring  and  immensely  enjoyable evening!"

Making Music
Beyond the Notes

For over thirty years, this accomplished chamber choir of around twenty singers has been offering outstanding concerts which both inspire and delight audiences.

 

The ensemble has given a number of world premieres, including the first performance of the Jazz trio version of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue.

 

The choir is equally at home with smaller scale works, such as the Bach Motets, the masses of Byrd, Willaert and Palestrina, as with more substantial works including the St John Passion, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Pärt’s Berliner Mass.

Yet very often you'll find yourself introduced to music you had never experienced before, as the choir takes pleasure in showcasing new talented composers.

Whether you favour serious historical retrospectives, or you prefer its popular lighter programmes, Kingfisher Chorale will leave you feeling enlightened and stimulated.

The hallmark of Kingfisher Chorale is an exquisite attention to detail, subtle nuance of expression, and a richness of tone which bring to life repertoire, spanning over five centuries, from Renaissance, through to contemporary 20th and 21st century.  Both sacred and secular music shine in inspiring and often surprising programming! 

 

We invite you to take a breath of fresh air and step beyond the ordinary with us.

"I loved the brilliant solo singing, gorgeous voices soaring out of the sumptuous texture."

"Thank  you  to  you all  for  a  truly  special  concert.
The  singing  tone  was  really  beautiful
and  I  loved  the  whole  programme."


ROSEMARY DUXBURY
COMPOSER

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LISTEN NOW

Always a highlight of the Kingfisher year, our sell-out Christmas concerts in Leicester's stunning mediaeval Guildhall provide an evening of festive delight in the busy season.

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas recordings.

The Little Road To Bethlehem
Bogorodiste Devo
Hodie Christus Natus Est
Dormi Niño Dios
Deck the Hall
Tantum Ergo, Gounod
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REVIEWS

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"PANGE LINGUA

It was thrilling to hear the different treatments of the 'Pange Lingua' text from the different composers through the centuries, juxtaposed with the movements of Josquin des Prez's 'Missa Pange Lingua'.

 

I remember glorious plainchant, perfect polyphony, extraordinary percussive sections. I was moved and intrigued by the opening piece of the second half, 'Tantum Ergo', a polyphonic piece performed madrigal-style, without a conductor!

Fantastic singing, perfect pitch and harmonies, and such wonderful tempos and dynamics, paying perfect attention to each other.

Thank you, Giles and singers for a remarkable concert."

P.P.

April 2022

Pam Pollin in the Leicester Mercury
October 2021 

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"Giles and his wonderful singers managed to conjure the spirit of Christmas in a cold room of masked people!"

"Fantastic singing, perfect pitch and harmonies..."

SING WITH US

Are you a singer with a passion for choral music, who loves the challenge of a wide repertoire?

Find out if we are a good fit for you.

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THE MISSING MASTER

In 2013 we performed a landmark concert celebrating Adrian Willaert 'The Missing Master' in Leicester's magnificent St James the Greater.

Willaert, the first of the great Venetian composers, left a legacy which inspired masters such as Monteverdi and the Gabrielis.

Here, Giles Turner discusses the great significance of this forgotten genius and his contribution to renaissance music.

"It was absolutely wonderful to see the excellent Kingfisher Chorale performing again this weekend."

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