Excelsis 2022 Season

After our inaugural post-lockdown concert on 9 October 2021, we went on to perform our traditional Christmas is Coming concert with the choir of St. Edmund’s School at St Luke’s Grayshott. And very Christmassy it was too!

We joined with Vox Choir Farnham (also conduted by Robert Lewis) for a saturday Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 26th March 2022. The Cathedral is always full for this service and it is thrilling to sing from the apse above the altar. Here are some extracts from two of the pieces we sang – Os Justi by Bruckner and O Quam Gloriosum by Victoria

The centrepiece of our Spring season and again joining forces with Vox was the performance of the World Premiere of Steve Banks’ Blue Pearl Oratorio in London on 14th May 2022. The event at St Giles Cripplegate in the Barbican with the London Mozart Players and four wonderful soloists was played to a full house. The performance was live streamed for a week afterwards. Information about the project including details of the ideas and philosophy underlying the work can be found here

We are also delighted to announce that we have been invited by Grayshott Concerts to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Healer on 8th October 2022 at 7.30 in St Luke’s Church Grayshott  – ticketing information can be found here

In the meantime, you can always listen to our recording of The Healer available here Karl Jenkins The Healer  – as well as our recording of Clive Osgood’s Sacred Choral Music.

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Thank you so much to all our loyal audience members who have supported us throughout these interesting times and we hope you will share our excitement for the events in our upcoming season. In the meantime keep safe and well.

About the Choir

Excelsis Chamber Choir is a group of about 25 singers, many with a background of musical training, under the baton of Music Director Robert Lewis. The choir performs a wide variety of music to a very high standard, and performed 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 also 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.

In 2017, the Choir’s tenth anniversary year, Excelsis recorded a new CD ‘Sacred Choral Music’, containing a selection of acclaimed local composer Clive Osgood’s settings of well known texts. Accompanied by the Lndond Mozart Players and featuring soprano Rebecca Moon, the CD has been very well received by the music press.

In 2022 Excelsis will be re-united with the London Mozart Players to perform Steve Banks’ Blue Pearl – A One World Oratorio at St Giles Cripplegate in London and will reprise Karl Jenkins’ The Healer for Grayshott Concerts.