Parry Lady Radnor’s Suite
Debussy Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
Rossini String Sonata No.2 in A
Faure Requiem SGCO is joined by St George’s Parish Church Choir
Marcus Wibberley – Conductor
Dominic Moore – Leader
Tickets £20 (£5 under 25s) available on-line here, & also from Beckenham Bookshop 42 High Street Beckenham BR3 1AY & The Parish Office (9.30 to 2.30 Mon to Fri) in the church opposite M & S from early in the New Year
Refreshments will be available for purchase before the concert and during the interval
Beckenham's Parish Church Choir
Organist and Director of Music of St George's
Marcus has just moved to London as Organist & Director of Music here at St George’s Church, Beckenham. Until July, he was Director of Music of Hexham Abbey, where his responsibilities included training and directing the Abbey Choirs. In addition to the four-weekly choral services at the Abbey, he appeared with them in concert both in the UK and in a number of other European countries. Marcus was also Festival Director of the annual Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts, for which he developed the scope of the programme and secured more than £130K in funding from the Arts Council of England.
Marcus was a Chorister of Westminster Abbey under Martin Neary, and his organ teachers included Martin Baker and John Scott Whiteley. He was a music and organ scholar at Dulwich College, and later studied at the University of Hull, where he was University Organ Scholar, graduating with first class honours in Music. He held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Beverley Minster (while a student in Hull) and latterly York Minster before becoming Sub-Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral and the Music Adviser to The Diocese of Portsmouth in 2005. His BBC broadcasts and CD recordings have been met with wide acclaim.
Marcus is in demand as a recitalist, and has travelled extensively. Recent performances have been given in prominent venues in Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Estonia, as well as most of the major cathedrals and abbeys in the UK.
Musical Director and Leader of St George's Chamber Orchestra
Beckenham’s Professional Orchestra
The St. George’s Chamber Orchestra (SGCO) was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!
The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.
St. George’s has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.