We know that it is a bit early to be mentioning Christmas……but we’re delighted that the new Christmas carol arrangements that we recorded with composer Patrick Hawes on a sunny day in April are now available from Walton Music. You can hear the new arrangements if you click on the audio files below and here are the links to three of the pieces on Patrick’s own site.
Ever since Tapestry performed Quanta Qualia in 2017 and then took part in the U.S. premiere of the Great War Symphony in the Carnegie Hall in 2018, Patrick Hawes has been one of our favourite contemporary composers. So you can understand why we were delighted when Patrick asked us if we would help him put together some recordings of his new Christmas carol arrangements. It did feel a little odd to be singing carols on a lovely sunny day in Holy Week, but Tapestry (and their friends who came along to the the congregation) had a very enjoyable day working with Patrick. The new arrangements of Hark the Herald, O Come all Ye Faithful, Joy to the World and Silent Night - all for choir, organ and brass quintet, should be published very soon.
The lovely church of St Margaret’s in Hemingford Abbots was the setting for Tapestry’s most recent concert on the 23rd March. The programme was chosen to reflect the theme ‘Joy and Woe are Woven Fine’, in acknowledgement of both Lent , and the Feast of the Annunciation, or Lady Day, on the 25th March. The programme ranged from the Renaissance music of Palestrina, Byrd and Tallis to more modern composers such as Elgar, Dubra and Holst. The audience also particularly enjoyed the inclusion of secular songs such as Somewhere over the Rainbow, Once Upon a Dream and Billy Joel’s Goodnight my Angel which reflected the themes of Joy and Woe.
The retiring collection from the appreciative audience raised £256 for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge.
Tapestry sang to a packed house at their annual Christmas Concert held in the Free Church on the 17th December. It was a rich and varied programme of carols, songs and readings which delighted the audience.
What a sound, fabulous! Rich, rounded, superb diction and really blended.
What a wonderful concert, you get better every year, and what a good audience. The Ave Maria was outstanding
I thought this was your best ever concert, I particularly liked the Lauridsen which was so very atmospheric.
The retiring collection raised an amazing £1000, which was donated to Epilepsy Action - Tapestry’s chosen charity of the year.
Highlights of the concert can be heard on Radio Cambridgeshire’s ‘Classical Cambridgeshire’ programme which was broadcast on the 20th December.
Tapestry were delighted to welcome Mark Liversidge from Radio Cambridgeshire to their Christmas concert at the Free Church in St Ives on the 17th December. After the concert, Mark carried out some interviews with members of the choir. Highlights of the concert and the interviews were then featured on his show - Classical Cambridgeshire. Follow this link and you’ll find Tapestry featured between 1.03 and 1.55.
Tapestry were invited to join singers from around the world to perform the U.S. premiere of Patrick Hawes new work The Great War Symphony’, written to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. The premiere took place in the Carnegie Hall on Armistice Day and was a very uplifting and moving occasion for all involved. Please visit our Gallery page to see more photographs from the event.
Tapestry joined forces with Brampton and Wyton Military Wives Choir for a very special remembrance concert on 3rd November in St Margaret’s Church, Hemingford Abbots. The audience heard a wonderfully eclectic selection of music, both sacred and secular, which reached over a period of 500 years. The highlights including a setting of Bridge of Troubled Water, including a solo from tenor Tony Humes and a choral setting of Elgar’s famous Nimrod. The evening finished with a very appropriate joint item - a new adaptation of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in which the song is interwoven with the tune from Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique. This was written for the choirs by Jeremy, Tapestry’s own Musical Director.
Donations from the audience raised £470 to be shared between the SSAFA charity and St Margaret’s Church fund. Rumour has it that the concert was so successful, there may be a repeat some time next year!
On October 20th, the United Reform Church in St Neots hosted a Tapestry Concert in support of Christian Aid. The audience were delighted with the varied programme and the quality of the singing. Highlights included Palestrina’s Nunc Dimittis, the spiritual Deep River, Franz Beibl’s Ave Marie and the madrigal The Silver Swan. The programme finished with a new version of You’ll Never Walk Alone adapted by our Musical Director Jeremy, which the audience loved. Please visit the ‘Listen to us’ page to hear some excerpts from the evening.
It was a great evening and we were delighted to hear that the event has raised over £940 for Christian Aid.
We currently have a vacancy for a tenor. You must be able to read music and commit to regular rehearsals. The ability to sight-read and experience of singing in a small group would be an advantage.. If you're interested, contact us for more details.