Events, Concerts and Repertoire

A delighted Maciej Granat after the world premiere performance of Requiem

Cunninghame Choir is developing a reputation for its innovative themed concert programmes, which often draw together music from very different periods, countries or even genres under an overarching title or idea. This enables us to explore all sorts of repertoire, from folk songs and spirituals, though hymns and musical numbers, to large-scale choral works with soloists and orchestra. Details of our upcoming events and concerts can be found below.

Our 2017-18 season begins on Wednesday 6th September, when we start rehearsing for A Folk Christmas! Oh have we got some beautiful harmonies in store! If you'd like to come along and try us out then please have a look at our Join Us! page. Otherwise, we would be delighted if you would come and hear the output of our season's work at our next concert. Please put the date in your diary!


A Folk Christmas!

Sunday 26th November 2017, 3pm

Beith Community Centre


A programme of contemporary carols and seasonal folk songs, featuring Peter Warlock's quirky Three Carols and Vaughan Williams' enchanting Winter Folk Songs for upper voices. Music by Lauridsen, Rutter, and Chilcott offer an exciting range of colours, styles and moods, ranging from the contemplative to the exuberant, and come together in a rousing celebration and reflection on the festive season.


Tickets £7, available from choir members or at the door.   


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REPERTOIRE

The following programmes from our last few seasons gives an idea of the Choir's range and versatility.


PSALM FEST! - May 2017

Inspired by the 150 deeply spiritual and symbolic Psalms of the Bible this programme included psalm settings from the Baroque period through to the 20th Century, including Alessandro Scarlatti's uplifting Dixit Dominus, Montiverdi's Cantate Domino and Lili Boulanger's dramatic and exciting Psalm 24. Support from rising stars of instrument and voice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland added a real air of class to this beautiful programme. Download our Psalm Fest! programme here.

ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT - Christmas 2016

An uplifting programme of nocturnal carols and songs to celebrate the peace and magic of the festive season. Well known 'night' carols were interspersed with songs from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Bob Chilcott's On Christmas Night. The evening closed with the hugely enjoyable 'Twas the night before Christmas! arrangement by Ken Darby. Download our On Christmas Night concert programme here.


IN BLUE - May and June 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable programme of jazz-infused music for choir and jazz ensemble, including the beautifully melodious Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott, Duke Ellington's Come Sunday, I Have a Little Shadow by Jazz Master Dave Brubeck, and a selection of Beach Boys greats. Will Todd's very exciting Mass in Blue was a joy to perform alongside super-sassy jazz soloist Lisa Cassidy. Download our In Blue concert programme here


A GOSPEL NOEL - Christmas 2015

Here we gave a thoroughly upbeat celebration of Advent in a concert of negro spiritual and gospel favourites including Wasn't that a Mighty DayRise up Shepherd and Go tell it on the Mountain and featuring John Rutter's rousing medley, Feel the Spirit. Lynn Bellamy performed the mezzo-soprano solo parts beautifully. Download our Gospel Noel concert programme here.


IN MEMORIAM - May and June 2015

Spanning five centuries, from the Baroque to the present day, our programme comprised works written in memory of others, including Beethoven's Elegischer Gesang, Buxtehude's Mit Fried und Freud, Eric Whitacre's Sleep and Sheena Philip's Music for Jill, exclusively licenced to Cunninghame Choir. The concert highlight was Maciej Granat's Requiem, written in memory of his aunt, Bozena Lanowska, his first piano teacher. Download our In Memoriam concert programme here. Watch the recording of Requiem below.

SILENT NIGHT - Christmas 2014

Commemorating the extraordinary Christmas Truce of 1914, this programme comprised anthems and carols from the UK (Christians Awake, Sleep Holy Babe), France (Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes, Cantique de Noel), Austria and Germany (O Tannenbaum, Stille Nacht) interspersed with readings of eye-witness accounts of this magical and peaceful event that took place in the midst of a bloody war. Further information and reviews of this concert can be found on our Facebook page.


FOR PEACE - May 2014

In commemoration of 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War 1 we chose an anti-war theme, including Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's SATB plus 'cello piece, A Farewell to Arms, John Rutter's uplifting arrangement of Down by the Riverside and Karl Jenkins' massive choral number, The Armed Man. Please read our Reviews of this concert. 


A St ANDREW'S CELEBRATION - Christmas 2013

A performance of Ken Johnston's arrangement of some very well known Scottish folk songs - I Landed with Seven Men - telling the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion. Also performed is a work commissioned by the British Federation of Young Choirs - John Gardner's A Burns Sequence, which sets a selection of poems by Robert Burns to music. The programme also featured pieces by Alasdair Nicolson, Sally Beamish and Tom Cunningham, with texts by Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexander McCall Smith.


BRASS SPECTACULAR - Spring 2013

A programme that is a celebration of British choral music centred around a number of exciting works for voices, brass, percussion and organ: Jonathan Wilcock's rousing Magnificat and John Rutter's Gloria.


JOY TO THE WORLD - Christmas 2012

A celebration of Christmas music from around the globe, with works from Britain, China, Africa, Australia, Germany and more.


CHORAL MASTERS - Spring 2012

Handel, Bach, Mozart, Schubert...some of the most cherished names in choral music are brought together in this programme, with classics like the Mozart Coronation Mass heard alongside lesser-known masterpieces including Bach's Cantata 150 - Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich.


A CHRISTMAS HALLELUJAH - Christmas 2011

In a concert marking the fiftieth anniversary since the publication of Oxford University Press's ever popular "Carols for Choirs", we sing some of this series best known Christmas pieces, before taking on some great British choral Christmas favourites: Finzi's In Terra Pax, Vaughan-William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Handel's ubiquitous Messiah.


REQUIEM - Spring 2011

The much-loved Faure Requiem Mass in its original five-movement version is heard alongside John Rutter's 1985 Requiem, with short choral gems by Franck and Saint-Saens.


WINTER FROST - Christmas 2010

A programme combining winter-themed pieces such as Elgar's The Snow, Chilcott's Midwinter and Rutter's When Icicles Hang, with Randall Thompson's beautiful settings of country poems by Robert Frost - Frostiana.


ITALIAN INSPIRATION - Spring 2010

Every piece in this programme is connected to Italy in some way or another. Great Italian choral works by Puccini (his Messa di Gloria) and Vivaldi (the Credo in E minor) are juxtaposed with pieces by Mozart and Liszt inspired by Italy.


SONGS OF AMERICA - Christmas 2009

An American programme of two halves; the first features pieces by American composers related to the winter season and Christmas, including Amy Beach's Bethlehem - A Christmas Hymn and O magnum mysterious by Morton Laurisdsen, while the second centres on folk, country and Broadway songs from across the pond, with music by Copeland, Barber and Bernstein.


GLORIA! - Spring 2009

A programme incorporating some of music's most uplifting and exciting choral works, featuring Gloria by Poulenc and Vivaldi, and settings of the Jubilate Deo by English composers John Ireland and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.


THE AULD ALLIANCE - Christmas 2008

A St. Andrew's Day concert celebrating a very famous partnership, combining a host of French Christmas carols and Faure's evergreen Cantique with traditional folk songs and lullabies from all over Scotland.

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