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Forthcoming Events

Winter Concert 2020
Saturday 8th February, 7.30 pm.
Christchurch, Freemantle
"Mostly Mozart and other great Choral Cassics"
Tickets £10/£7

Mayflower 400
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the pilgrim fathers from Southampton. A specially commissioned concert.
Saturday 4th July, 2020

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Choir visit to France, May 2016

Choir visit to France May 2019

The Project

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth, UK to Plymouth, USA. This is a unique opportunity to commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who undertook the journey; to highlight their stories and their heritage, which is embedded in communities across the UK, US and Netherlands.

The journey has left a legacy here in Southampton, with several monuments and places named after the voyage. Southampton constitutes part of the national and international celebrations and, as an established choir in the city, Conchord Singers want to mark this historic milestone.

Having already made links with composer Andrew Wilson, we commissioned a brand new choral orchestral work that will be performed in July 2020.

We want to share this, and other complimentary music, with singers, musicians and audiences from across the region and hope that you will be interested in joining our journey.

 The Music

 ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’ for Choir and Orchestra
by Andrew M Wilson Opus 182.

 The text of “The Pilgrim Fathers” is drawn from two sources: the poem by Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, and Sternhold & Hopkins’ Whole Booke of Psalms. Hemans is a poet best remembered today for The Boy That Stood on the Burning Deck and The Stately Homes of England, which have acquired classic status for their titles alone. The Pilgrims included a community of English religious exiles from Leden in Holland who had arrived in Southampton in the Speedwell. There, they had made a rendezvous with the Mayflower and the two ships left Southampton together on August 5th 1620. They had intended to proceed straight into the Atlantic, but the Speedwell was in a poor state of repair and they were forced to put into Dartmouth and then Plymouth for repairs. Eventually the Mayflower set off alone from Plymouth on September 6th . The poem recounts the Pilgrims’ thoughts as they arrived at Cape Cod on November 11th 1620.

The Whole Booke of Psalms, Collected into English Meter was first published in 1562; it contained metrical versions of all 150 Psalms, along with canticles and other biblical passages. By the time the Pilgrim Fathers sailed in 1620, it had been used in English churches for many years and these versions of Psalms 114, 42 and 29 were undoubtedly the ones the Fathers would have known and sung. Andrew has used the original melodies they would have been familiar with too, although in modern arrangements.