Brentwood Cathedral regularly hosts major concerts provided by the Cathedral Music Department or put on external choirs and orchestras as well as schools’ concerts. The venue provides an important musical and artistic focus and venue for the Brentwood area and for Essex.
Below are details of upcoming and past concerts at the Cathedral and/or in conjunction with people based at the Cathedral:
Jazz Missa Brevis – Brentwood Cathedral
12th July 2019 – 7.30pm
This Friday at 7.30pm, come to Brentwood Cathedral to witness the Cathedral Youth Choir take on a unique and eclectic masterpiece, Will Todd’s ‘Jazz Missa Brevis’ accompanied by Piano (Jane Dench) and drums (Shaun Bajnoczky). They will also be performing other choral works by 20th and 21st Century incluidng music by Durufle, Tavener, Rutter and Lauridsen. The concert will also feature the Cathedral Girls’ Choir in their final concert performance of the academic year. Admission is free with a retiring collection and there will be refreshments and snacks after the concert in the Song School. Don’t miss out on this special concert in the grand setting of Brentwood Cathedral!
Chelmsford Cathedral Girls’ Choir 20th Anniversary Concert – Chelmsford Cathedral
29th June 2019 – 7.30pm
Brentwood Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir will be joining the Girls’ Choir and lay clerks of Chelmsford Cathedral to sing a programme of choral music by female composers including a specially commissioned work by Grace-Evangeline Mason, winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize 2018. The concert concludes with Bach’s wonderful setting of the Magnificat. The concert will feature the Eboracum Baroque ensemble with Laurence Lyndon-Jones conducting.
Tickets are £14 at full price, or £8 for under 18s, and are available here or from the Chelmsford Cathedral Music Office and Brentwood Cathedral Music office.
A Festival of Choirs – St Edmund’s Church, Loughton
6th April 2019 – 7.30pm
The Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Youth Choir and the Choir of St John Fisher Catholic Primary School took part in a concert directed and organised by Art Wangcharoensab. The concert took place at St Edmund’s Church. Loughton. The choirs sang a wide range of choral music from Thomas Tallis’ ‘If ye love me’ to Will Todd’s ‘Jazz Missa Brevis’ to a ‘Moana Mashup’ medley.
St Nicolas (semi-staged) – Brentwood Cathedral
17th November 2018 – 7.00pm
The Cathedral Choir and Girls’ Choir join forces with Brentwood Choral Society to stage the monumental cantata ‘St Nicolas’ by Benjamin Britten, based on the real life bishop of Myra St Nicolas that inspired Santa Claus. Featuring Art Wangcharoensab as the titular role, in costume and acting the part of St Nicolas, Jack Apperley as conductor and the ELMS Chamber Orchestra.
The first half of the evening included famous choral and orchestral pieces performed by the choir and the orchestra followed by the production of Britten’s ‘St Nicolas’ in the second half.
Concert by Southend Girls’ Choir and Chorus Sirenum with Brentwood Cathedral Girls’ Choir & Brentwood Ursuline Chamber Choir (The Combined Girls’ Choirs Concert) – Brentwood Cathedral
25th March 2017 – 7.30pm
An evening of beautiful and angelic music featuring classic choral pieces including Pergolesi’s masterpiece ‘STABAT MATER’ and music by John Rutter, Coldplay, Ennio Morricone and Claude Michel-Schonberg performed by the Southend Girls’ Choir and Chorus Sirenum with Brentwood Cathedral Girls’ Choir & Brentwood Ursuline School Chamber Choir in the classic and beautiful setting of Brentwood Cathedral.
Tickets are available from the respective choirs and the Cathedral Music Office (by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; by telephone: 01277 265288). They can also be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk (search ‘The Combined Girls’ Choirs Concert‘).
Concert by St. Joseph the Worker Primary School Choir and the Choristers of Brentwood Cathedral – St. Joseph’s Church, Highview Crescent, Hutton, CM13 1BJ
14th October 2016 – 7.00pm
The boy and girl choristers were joined by the choir from St Joseph the Worker Primary School, Hutton and the audience were unanimous in their praise for such high quality performances of the pieces. We were delighted to work Teresa Giles who directed the school items from St Joseph’s and very grateful indeed for Mrs Bernadette Rossiter and of course to Fr Leslie Knight, the Parish priest for the kind invitation to give a concert at the church.
Organ Recital by Stephen King, Cathedral Organist – Westminster Cathedral
16th October 2016 – 4.45-5.15pm
Cathedral organist Stephen King played at an organ recital at Westminster Cathedral as part of their weekly Sunday organ recital series
Cathedral Choristers joining the Southend Boys Choir – Royal Albert Hall
29th October 2016
The Cathedral Boy Choristers join forces with the Southend Boys Choir to sing Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Dream of Gerontius – Brentwood Cathedral
12th November 2016 – 7.00pm
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Brentwood Choirs Festival featuring Robert Murray (Gerontius), Julia Wilson-James (Angel) and Roderick Earle (Priest/Angel of Agony) and conducted by David Hill
(chief conductor of the BBC Singers and Musical Director of The Bach Choir)
3rd December 2016 – Rehearsal 2pm to 5pm, Performance at 7.00pm
An opportunity to perform Handel’s masterpiece in the beautiful setting of Brentwood Cathedral featuring Julia Wilson-James (Soprano), Chloe Treharne (Contralto), Michael Bradley (Tenor), Ieuan Davies (Bass) and conducted by Andrew Wright
An Evening with the Michael Horner Trio, A Special Christmas Jazz Concert – The Song School, Brentwood Cathedral
5th December 2016 – 7.00pm
Last night, we were delighted to welcome back Michael Horner to the Cathedral Song School together with two colleagues for a Christmas Jazz Trio concert – the Michael Horner Trio. We were treated to some wonderful jazz improvisations of seasonal Christmas carols and popular jazz standards.
Michael was a pupil of the Campion School is currently studying jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Oliver Copeland (bass) and Robert Ellison (drums) are also attendees on the same course at Guildhall.
Michael has given two previous jazz lunchtime recitals in the Cathedral Song School with his jazz friends and colleagues and these have been enormously well received. It’s a great venue for jazz and highly enjoyed by many. The concerts attract a very good audience on each occasion and further served to demonstrate the breadth of music here at Brentwood Cathedral and especially our keen support for aspiring young musicians and artists. Last night Christmas jazz concert we were delighted that some of the Cathedral choristers and families could join us on a cold, foggy evening. Also we warmly welcomed other jazz students from Guildhall who kindly came along. Follow progress and careers of these outstanding jazz musicians!