AUDITIONS Auditions (15-minute slots) for Commotio will be held on the following dates:
6-7:15pm, Wednesday April 19th, St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road, Oxford
If you are interested in auditioning for the choir, please contact the conductor Matt Berry on email@example.com
Founded in 1999, the Oxford-based choir Commotio performs contemporary choral music primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries showcasing works by younger or lesser-known composers. The choir is particularly recognised for its fine tuning, attention to detail and challenging repertoire. The name Commotio derives from the Latin for movement/excitement.
"I defy anyone to sing better than Commotio!" (Bob Chilcott, Composer)
Next concert - 22nd April 2017 19:30, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Church Lane, Great Missenden HP16 0BA
Commotio is pleased to return to the fantastic setting of St Peter and St Paul’s for a concert packed full of spectacular choral works. Rheinberger’s ‘Cantus Missae’ is the only double choir work written by the composer and has been described as “the most beautiful pure vocal mass of the 19th century”. Pearsall’s ‘Lay a Garland’ and Harris’ ‘Faire is the Heaven’ are perhaps two of the most popular secular and liturgical eight part pieces in the English choral repertoire.
Staying true to its mission to promote contemporary and overlooked repertoire, Commotio will sing pieces by British composers, Allain and Chilcott and Polish composer Łukaszewski. Commotio’s second CD with Bob Chilcott is due to be released in September 2017 and will hopefully be as successful as the first, which topped the Specialist Classical Chart in 2013. Allain’s beautifully sombre and gentle setting of the Salve Regina uses close harmonies to create a staggered texture, creating a seamless continuous halo of sound with each syllable melding into the next. Łukaszewski’s setting of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 27 has been described as “one of [his] most imaginative choral works”.
Join Commotio for an evening of choral music, celebrating the very best of unaccompanied choral music from the 19th Century to modern day.