A selection from the GCC Archive
Guildford Chamber Choir activities between March 2020 and May 2021
Within a week of our St Matthew Passion concert on 14 March the country went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Events we had planned had to be cancelled: our visit to Rochester Cathedral on Sunday 19 April and our 40th Anniversary Concert on 6 June 2020.
In June / July Max and the choir made online recordings of Linden Lea by Vaughan Williams, Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner and sections of Missa Secunda by Gabrieli. The Bruckner and Gabrieli were used by Guildford Cathedral during their virtual Sung Eucharist on Sunday 6 September.
Half a Lifetime Singing with the GCC
by Peter Terry (still singing with the basses)
When I was asked to write a few words about Guildford Chamber Choir and what it has meant to me over the years, I struggled to know where to begin. There has been such a wealth of memories since Richard Fox invited seventeen of us to perform in the first concert in June 1980. My late wife, Ingrid, was also a founder member as is Diana, our current Chair. Apart from Richard we are the only original singers still in the choir although John Bawden, our conductor for that first concert, now sings with us regularly. Richard and John are responsible for so much of our enjoyment over the years - and for my longevity!
John Bawden conducts a rehearsal for our Inaugural Concert in June 1980. Photograph from the Surrey Advertiser.
Peter Wright's final concert after 11 years as Principal Conductor. February 1994.We sang Bach's St. John Passion with soloists (not shown) Elizabeth Coupe (soprano), Mervyn Collins as the Evangelist and Simon Deller as Christus.
On tour in Tuscany June 2007
Our three tenors! Jong Chong, David Pallett and Michael Clarke
GCC walkers, friends and family in 2004
Our first open workshop in St Mary's church 2012
Southwark Cathedral 2006
Simon Phillips conducting the men in a Schubert part song - summer soiree June 2005
St George's Chapel, Windsor 2002
A Christmas Gala Concert in aid of Halow. December 2016
The choir after rehearsing for the summer concert in Old Woking. 2016.
GCC sing the Sunday services at Westminster Abbey. April 2019
Singing in St Catherine's School Chapel. 2009
Mass in Blue at St Catherine's School, Bramley with Steven Grahl, the Will Todd trio and Bethany Halliday (soprano). May 2012.
On the steps at Holy Trinity church with our new Principal Conductor, Max Barley. November 2018
June 2019: Our summer concert and party in the United Reformed Church.
Jeremy Summerly rehearses the choir for the Silver Jubliee concert of Handel's Israel in Egypt. 19th November 2005
Summer concert in Watts Gallery with Steven Grahl conducting. 2015
On tour in Krakow, Poland. 2005
GCC in the Entrance Hall of Loseley House 2001
Our concert in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland 2005
Final dinner - Krakow 2005
Waiting in the wings before our concert with Jeremy Summerley - March 2018
Café culture - off duty in Krakow 2005
Enjoying Klezmer music in Krakow 2005
In the cloister of Salisbury Cathedral 2007
Choir tour to Caen 1992
Winchester Cathedral 2017
Party to mark Steven's 10 years as Principal Conductor after the summer concert at St Peter's church, Old Woking 2016
Rehearsing in Queen Eleanor's School
Steven Grahl conducts the final rehearsal for our 2017 summer concert in the United Reformed Church
Watts Gallery Christmas Carols 2017 with Sebastian Forbes
Rehearsing for The Creation - with the Occam Singers and Surrey Mozart Players, May 2018
St Peter's, Old Woking - the summer concert in 2016.
Max Barley at the rehearsal for the Italian Baroque concert St Nicolas's Church, March 2019
Chichester cathedral 2008
Chichester Cathedral 2018
Steven Grahl, Chairman Jim Godwin and Joanna Phillips cutting the cake at our 30th anniversary party
Another of Jim's talents!
Watts Gallery Summer concert 2015
The Drawing Room at Loseley House, September 1999
Steven Grahl in Rouen with refreshments... 2017
In Ypres after singing at the Menin Gate. 2015
Our performance of ‘Deborah’ in 1999
Co-founder Richard Fox washing up after a choir party!
A bad hair day at rehearsal for a summer soiree at St Catherine's School, Bramley. June 2007