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Kellaway series

The Kellaway Concert Series have been made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of the late Donald Kellaway, a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. The series showcases the best instrumental and choral music in the University and also brings to the College professional musicians to coach and collaborate with students.

In recent years, the series has presented large-scale works such as Bach's St John Passion and Monteverdi's Vespers, and hosted artists such as His Majestys Saggbutts and Cornetts, singers singers Mark Le Brocq and Stephen Varcoe, percussionists Colin Currie and the ‘O’ Duo, organists Stephen Titterington and David Goode, and ensembles such as Chamber Domaine and The Clerks; with programmes ranging from the Classical chamber repertoire to a 24-Hour sound installation and from traditional Persian music to new student compositions.

Tickets are free to college members; and are priced £6/£4 (concs)/£2 (students) for non-members; unless otherwise stated.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing or calling 01223 337746.

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Kellaway Season 2014-15

Friday 23 January
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

William Whitehead, organ
Members of St Catharine's Choir

Chorales and Chorale Preludes from J.S. Bach's Orgelbuchlein
with contemporary settings from the Orgelbuchlein Project
and a world premiere by Robert Saxton

The Orgelbüchlein Project is a major international composition project to complete J S Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).

The manuscript of Orgelbüchlein has 118 missing pieces, ghostly gaps with only the title penned by Bach. Each of these gaps will be filled by a new composition based on Bach’s intended melody. The new pieces, written by the most interesting composers at work today, will survey a range of modern styles.


Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532      J S Bach (1685-1750)

Through the Year, with Orgelbüchlein and the Orgelbüchlein Project:

Advent: Chorale - Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
JS Bach, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599

Christmas: Chorale - Lobt sei Gott
Jeremy Thurlow (b. 1967), Lobt sei Gott in des Himmels Thron

Candlemas: Chorale - Herr Gott nun schleuss
JS Bach, Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617

Passiontide: Chorale - Herzliebster Jesu (NEH 62)
Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962), Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen

Easter: Chorale - Christ lag in Todesbanden
JS Bach: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625

St Michael the Archangel: Chorale - Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir,
Iain Farrington (b. 1977), Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir

‘Evening Hymns’: Chorale - Jesu, Joy of Man’s desiring
Dick Koomans (b. 1957), Werde munter, mein Gemüte

‘The Common Weal’: Chorale - Wo Gott aum Haus
Robert Saxton (b. 1953), Wo Gott zum Haus nicht gibt sein Gunst

O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht, BWV 118       J S Bach

Fantasia and Fugue in D minor        Charles Villers Stanford (1857-1924)

Friday 6 February
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

2.30: Workshop for singers of all levels, led by Dessislava Stefanovo (lasting approximately 90 mins)

The London Bulgarian Choir
Dessislava Stefanovo, Director

The London Bulgarian Choir was founded in 2000 by Dessislava Stefanova, a former singer with the legendary Philip Koutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble in Sofia. The choir brings its repertoire of traditional Bulgarian songs to every type of musical venue, and has been involved in a diverse array of work, from classical and jazz collaborations to working on the soundtrack to a computer game. The concert will be preceded by a participatory workshop for singers of all backgrounds, led by Dessi.

Friday 13 February
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Hidden Gems for Two Violas
with Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner
featuring music by Leclair, Rubbra and Druzhnin

Friday 6 March
College Chapel, 8.00 pm lasting one hour

Choral concert for Lent
with St Catharine's College Choir

Friday 24 April
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Ramsden Recital
Choral and instrumental music from the College's choirs and instrumentalists.
Admission free

Last modified 16th January 2015