Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Children's Choir from Versailles, France, led by FSSP Clerics to perform in 8 Major Cathedrals and Churches across England: 19th-27th August 2015

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"Tomorrow all the children of the world will sing God’s peace"
August 2015 - England Concert Tour
The Little Singers of Saint-Charles
Versailles, France
will sing sacred music including works by
Palestrina, Victoria, Bach, Handel and Rossini.
Who they are
The children’s choir Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Charles was founded in 1983 by Father Roger Morandi. Their mission is to sing the Lord and his wonders and to radiate faith and Christian joy. Our young singers receive both a musical and a spiritual education for without a living faith, sacred music is reduced to a purely artistic gesture and loses its meaning.

This choir is part of the International Pueri Cantores Federation, a grouping of children’s choirs whose purpose is to praise the Lord through sacred music. Together with other young singers of the world, Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Charles sing the peace of God so that, on Earth, all men of good will live in peace.

What they sing
Les petits chanteurs de Saint-Charles perform Renaissance motets (Palestrina, Viadana) and Sacred Masterpieces from the world's great composers such as Vivaldi (Gloria),  Bach (Magnificat, St. John Passion, Cantatas), Handel (Messiah), F.J.Haydn (St. Nicolas Mass, Missa in tempore belli), Mozart (Requiem, Kronungsmesse,Vesperae solennes de confessore) and Rossini (Solemn Little Mass). They also sing French repertoire from Charpentier (Midnight Mass For Christmas), Gounod (St. Cecilia Mass), Fauré (Requiem) or Duruflé (Requiem).

Les petits chanteurs de Saint-Charles have recorded a dozen music CDs.  You can listen to audios extracts on this page : https://soundcloud.com/petitschanteurs-stcharles.

The choir is conducted by Hélène Nougayrède. She graduated in Harmony and Theory at the National Conservatory (CNSM) of Paris and received both piano and flute diplomas at the National Conservatory for the Versailles Region.

What they do

These singers have rehearsals every week. Once a month they sing Sunday service in Versailles. They give several concerts a year, mostly in December with traditional a capella Christmas songs and in June at the end of the school year. Late August during summer vacation about 50 young singers spend a fortnight together in France or abroad for a concert tour. This gives the children an opportunity to learn community life and to discover many foreign countries : Italy, Austria, Germany or Poland in the past years, and England in 2015!

Concert Programme

O Jesu Christe - Van Berchem (1505-1567)
Sicut Cervus - Palestrina (1525-1594)
Alma Redemptoris - Palestrina (1525-1594)
O Vos Omnes - Victoria (1548-1611)
Exultate Justi, Ps. 32 - Viadana (1560-1627)
Cantata BWV 105 - Bach (1685-1750)
For unto us (from Messiah) - Haendel (1685-1759)
Alleluia (from Messiah) - Haendel (1685-1759)
Solemn Little Mass, excerpts - Rossini (1792-1868)
Veni Domine - Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Panis Angelicus - Franck (1822-1890)
Benedictus - Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Tour Dates
Wednesday 19th August
1.00 pm
Our Lady of Consolation Church
West Grinstead, Horsham, West Sussex
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Thursday 20th August
1.00 pm
Portsmouth Cathedral
High Street, Portsmouth
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Friday 21st August
1.10 pm
St George’s Chapel
Windsor Castle
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Saturday 22nd August
12.00 noon
Arundel Cathedral
London Road, Arundel
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Monday 24th August
1.30 pm
St George's Cathedral Southwark
Westminster Bridge Road, London
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Tuesday 25th August
1.00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
Saint Aldate's, Oxford
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Wednesday 26th August
7.00 pm
Oxford Oratory
Woodstock Road, Oxford
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Thursday 27th August
7.00 pm
Our Lady & St John Church
Ferry Lane, Goring, Oxfordshire

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Admission is free

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