Come and Sing Rutter’s Requiem

come-and-sing-posterSaturday 25th February 2017, 11am – 5pm
Trinity Methodist Church, Woking (map)

In preparation for our Spring concert in Guildford on the 29th April 2017, Epworth Choir is opening its doors and inviting you to join for a day’s workshop on Rutter’s beautiful and accessible Requiem.

Conducted by Michael Waldron and accompanied by Laurence Williams, we will also be joined by critically-acclaimed soprano, Augusta Hebbert. In addition to singing, she will also be leading elements of the workshop working on good singing and vocal technique in an applied setting. The day will culminate with an informal performance of the work in the warm and pleasant surroundings of Trinity Methodist Church.

You are invited to bring your own packed lunch. The cost of enrolling on the workshop includes music hire and various refreshments throughout the day. Our rough running order for the day is:

  • 10:00-11:00 Tea and Registration
  • 11:00-11:15 Introduction and Warm-Up
  • 11:30-13:00 Rehearsal (with short break)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)
  • 14:00-14:20 A short presentation about Rutter’s Requiem
  • 14:20-15:30 Rehearsal (with short break)
  • 15:30-16:00 Tea and Cake
  • 16:00-17:00 Informal performance

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Augusta Hebbert


British Soprano Augusta Hebbert is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, an ENO OperaWorks Artist and a Britten Pears Young Artist. She studies with American Soprano Sheila Barnes.

An experienced concert soloist in a broad repertoire, Augusta has collaborated with Richard Egarr in Handel’s Saul, Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Mark Padmore in Bach’s St John Passion and Julian Perkins in Daniel Purcells’s Judgement of Paris. Augusta is a founding member of La Nuova Musica, and roles include Galatea in an acclaimed perfumed performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square, Amarilli (Il Pastor Fido) and Bellezza (Il Trionfo del Tempo) both for the London Handel Festival. She also features on their disc of Handel’s Dixit Dominus for Harmonia Mundi.

In opera she made her debut at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse in Handel’s Belshazzar under Rene Jacobs, has toured the role of Countess (Mozart Marriage of Figaro) for ENO Opera Squad, worked with Louis Langrée, Ivor Bolton and Pablo Heras-Casado at Aix International Opera Festival, and with British Youth Opera, Bury Court Opera and Opera Settecento.

Current and future engagements include, The Tempest (Elizabeth Kenny/OAE, York Early Music Festival), Hasse Demetrio (Opera Settecento, Cadogan Hall), Casanova’s Conquest (Sounds Baroque, King’s Place), Haydn Nelson Mass (London Choral Sinfonia, Cadogan Hall), Rossi and Monteverdi (Early Opera Company, Spitalfields Festival), Madame Butterfly (Cover, Bury Court Opera), Cambridge Early Music Festival with Spiritato, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Rutter Requiem and Renaissance Masterpieces

rutterposterSaturday 29 April 2017, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford (map)

Epworth Choir will be holding a concert featuring Rutter’s Requiem and Renaissance Masterpieces. They will be joined once more by members of the Woking Symphony Orchestra and soloist Augusta Hebbert.

The Epworth Choir, which was established almost 60 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities. For this concert, the choir will be raising funds for Action for Children, who help disadvantaged children through fostering and adoption, and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse.

The choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, said recently “I am sure that music lovers will thoroughly enjoy John Rutter’s beautiful Requiem, and we have chosen a collection of glorious Renaissance pieces for the other half of our programme. We hope to attract a sell-out audience and raise as much money as possible for Action for Children, which does such important work”.

Tickets are £20 and £15 for adults and £5 for under 12s and will be available from this website soon.

2016-2017 Season

Summer Proms

Wednesday 28th June 2017, 7.30pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Woking

Join Epworth Choir for tea and cake and an evening of inspiring music. Programme includes English part songs and folksongs, with works by Handel, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Rutter.