Matters are gathering pace with our plans to record a selection of Clive Osgood's music. We have been busy fund raising as has Clive and The Haslemere Singers - with various short concerts and events. We also have been blessed with a most generous local contributor towards the creation of the CD. However, there is still time to become involved if you are not already! Please see the Recording Sponsorship page for full details of how you can help us! Your support will be utterly invaluable to us; 'If money goes before all ways lie open'. To show our appreciation you will be named in the roll of honour that will appear in the CD booklet which will recognise those who have made a contribution to the recording. We would really love to help put Clive's music on the map and we hope that you would like to support this important local project.
We strongly believe in Clive’s abilities as a composer and the more we practice his music to recording standard the more its real value becomes apparent. The production of such a recording is inevitably complex and expensive and our Music Director , Rob Lewis - aided by choir member Steve Harman - have been working very hard to come up with the plan to create a recording of the highest standard.
2017-2018 - Excelsis' 10th Anniversary Events
We kicked off our year of musical celebrations with a Gala Concert for Grayshott Concerts on 4 March played to a packed house thanks to Grayshott Concerts brilliant organisation and publicity. ‘Masses of Masses’ featured Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Nelson Mass, with the London Mozart Players accompanying us at St Luke’s Church in Grayshott. In May we went on our first international tour, travelling to Belgium to perform in Bruges and Ypres. In Ypres we took part in Sunday morning Mass at the Cathedral and were also honoured to be able to sing at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. A post-tour concert was held on 10 June at St Christopher’s in Haslemere.
An Autumn concert featured John Rutter's Gloria with brass accompaniment, and works by Clive Osgood on 18 November at St Alban’s Church in Hindhead. Our next concert is with Grayshott Concerts on 17th March 2018.
About the Choir
The Excelsis chamber choir is a group of about 30 singers, many with a background of musical training, under the baton of Musical Director Robert Lewis. The choir performs a wide variety of music to a very high standard, and is performing the opening concert of the Grayshott Concerts' 2017 season with the London Mozart Players, conducted by Robert Lewis.
In 2015 Excelsis performed the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’ latest work, The Healer – A Cantata for St Luke, with the Marylebone Camerata. The Healer was commissioned by Grayshott Concerts to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary. Following the success of The Healer project, the choir was invited by Sir Karl to sing in a performance of The Armed Man with the Welsh choir, Cor Caedydd, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. Both performances were broadcast on national radio, The Healer on Classic FM and The Armed Man on BBC Radio 3.
2015 saw our debut concert with the London Mozart Players. We also had the honour of becoming the Choir-in-Residence for Grayshott concerts in recognition of the many performances that the choir has done over the years for the audiences of Grayshott Concerts.