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And I Saw a New Heaven

An hour of choral music and readings contemplating the theme of ‘A New Jerusalem’, with the North Cotswold Chamber Choir conducted by Peter Hunt. 


The musical centrepiece of this concert for chamber choir and organ will be settings of texts inspired by the Book of Revelation from English composers Edgar Bainton and Hubert Parry. The themes of a heavenly city, the river of the water of life, and spiritual restoration will be reflected in a wide-ranging programme including anthems, prayers, spirituals, and popular song. Interspersed with poetry and prose, this event will be full of joy, thoughtfulness and reflection.


The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, their repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances, and has sung alongside soloists of international stature including Nancy Argenta, Catherine Bott, Jennifer Smith and James Gilchrist. The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is affiliated to the National Federation of Music Societies.


Please note, this session will take place at St Mary's Bloxham. 


4.00pm Sunday 18th February 2018


Peter Hunt

Peter is a regular singer with the North Cotswold Chamber Choir and occasionally their conductor. He is passionate about singing and has a lifetime’s experience as a choral trainer, vocal coach, teacher and conductor; he has conducted the Chipping Norton Choral Society for twenty years. He has recently retired as Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, the Music Hub which delivers music education to the young people of Berkshire. Here he led large-scale singing events for thousands of young singers and co-led the development of Pantomimus, a unique programme of music activity for the under fives. He is also the inspiration behind Voiceworks, a series of singing books which launched a revolution in the approach to inclusive and accessible singing for all ages from 5 to 95, supporting those who lead these activities in schools and the wider community.

In June 2016 Peter started an adult Singing for Wellbeing group at the Banbury Wellbeing Centre as part of the NHS Social Prescribing scheme which encourages arts activity to complement traditional medicine. He is developing this more widely in North Oxfordshire and working with a local charity to link practice with research to enable more people to benefit from this enlightened approach.

Peter is much in demand as a workshop leader and trainer and has presented at conferences across the UK and in Canada and USA.


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