Podcasts

Each week during term-time, our Musical Director Ralph Woodward records a short, informal podcast. From rehearsal excerpts and discussions of all things choral, to interviews with choir members (with or without beer in hand), our podcasts are a great way to get to know the choir and its music from the inside!

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Music for a summer’s evening

The Fairhaven Singers summer concert is one of the highlights of Cambridge’s high season. Come and experience an enchanting celebration of memorable music presented with passion, and, in the interval, a festive dash of strawberries and sparkling wine served by the River Cam. This year’s luscious repertoire includes Bach’s stunning Singet dem Herrn, a group of British pastoral partsongs, and a selection of gorgeous melodies for a beautiful evening in Cambridge. Tickets for this concert tend to shift pretty quickly, so tell your friends and book now!

Music for a summer’s afternoon

We are again delighted to present a child-friendly version of our famous summer concert in the afternoon, to encourage the next generation of Fairhaven listeners to bring their parents along! The 30-minute programme is a distillation of the evening’s repertoire, featuring music by J. S. Bach, Eric Whitacre and more… There’ll even be a chance for your child to come and stand with us, hearing the choir from within. Come and experience the amazing Fairhaven sound in Queens’ College’s majestic chapel, and ignite your child’s imagination.

J. S. Bach: St Matthew Passion

Twenty years after we last performed it, we are thrilled to be revisiting Bach’s overwhelming St Matthew Passion, arguably western music’s supreme masterpiece. We will sing it complete, in German (a full translation will be provided in the free programme), backed by the stellar Florilegium.

Music for Advent and Christmas

Our Christmas concert is an annual highlight for choir members and audience alike, featuring seasonal favourites and new revelations. Masterpieces by Lassus, Rheinberger and Vaughan Williams, and the world premiere of a new carol by Sarah MacDonald are interspersed with carols for all to sing. The combination of these heavenly sounds with a free glass of wine (served from 7.15pm) and one of Cambridge’s most beautiful buildings should make our concert on Sunday 11 December an unmissable occasion!

A Chant of Fullest Welcome

For this radiant programme, we will be accompanied by piano duo Hayley and Gordon Ogilvie, with a guest appearance by tenor Alessandro Cortello. The music charts an ecstatic journey from mourning to hope, with a wistful anthem by Brahms, a gorgeous Offertorium by Schubert, and searing Walt Whitman texts set mystically by Holst and voluptuously by Delius. To complement these choral outpourings, Alena Patel will read a selection of arresting poems by female writers.

Autumn Schubertiade

To mark the year of the composer’s 225th birthday, we present a joyful evening of beautiful Lieder and choral music by Franz Schubert, with guest artists including Bridget Hardy and Alessandro Cortello.