The summer term got off to a sad start for ICU choir with the news that their conductor of eight years, Therees Tkach Hibbard, will be leaving at the end of term to return to America, and the news of the death of a long serving member of the choir, Professor Jim Jeffes. This term?s concert will therefore be particularly special and poignant, marking the end of an era.
The concert, on the Friday 3rd June, starting at 8.00PM, is with Imperial College Symphony Orchestra and the program will be ?Te Deum? by Bruckner conducted by Therees, and Beethoven?s ?9th Symphony? conducted by Richard Dickins (Imperial?s ?Musician in Residence? and the conductor of ICSO). The choir and orchestra are also being joined by the Thomas Hardye School Choral Society for this concert.
The ?Te Deum? is a fantastic choral work and represents Bruckner at the height of his composing powers. The ?9th Symphony? was a ground breaking work at the time it was written, as instead of the usual entirely instrumental symphony it contains vocal soloists and, in the final movement, a choir. The words, ?Alle Menschen werden Br?der? (All men are brothers), represent one of Beethoven?s most passionately held beliefs and are as fitting now, in modern society, as they were when it was written.
The following week, on Friday 10th June, the Chamber Choir will be in concert in Holy Trinity Church on Prince Consort Road, starting at 7.00pm. The Chamber Choir are a smaller group of singers from within the choir and will be performing a range of choral music, both sacred and secular, including ?Rejoice in the Lamb? by Benjamin Britten, ?Bogor?ditse Dj?vo? from Rachmaninov?s ?Vespers?, and ?The Making of the Drum? by Bob Chilcott.
Following this concert the choir will be holding its annual dinner, which this year will be held in the MDH, starting with a reception at 8.00pm. This event promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening with invitations to the choir?s patrons, past and present choir members and their guests and will be the last opportunity for choir members to see Therees.
Tickets for the concert on the 3rd June will be on sale in the Sherfield Building foyer and the JCR between 12 noon and 2.00pm everyday this week, with tickets costing £3 for students and £7 for non students in advance and £4 and £8 on the door. Entrance to the Chamber Choir concert will be £2 paid on the door and will be free to choir members. For more information about anything in this article or about joining the choir, please contact [email protected].