We are proud and excited to introduce our new Musical Director, Vicente ChavarrÍa. Vicente is conductor, composer and scholar based in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he has worked with a number of orchestras within the Royal College as well as the Croydon Youth Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra and Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in masterclasses with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and assisted such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Andrew Gourlay, Maxim Vengerov, and Holly Mathieson.
Take a moment to listen to this podcast in which we meet Vicente, and hear about the concert we performed on December 4th!
Join us for an evening of glorious Lenten music spanning the centuries, framed by Kodály’s Missa brevis. First performed in this version during the siege of Budapest, while Kodály and his wife took refuge in the cellars of the opera house, it was sung by a choir made up of the opera company’s soloists, accompanied by a harmonium and the sounds of distant gunfire. For this performance The Handful is delighted to be joined by Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey.
" I found myself transfixed by the sheer beauty of their singing and the depth of their understanding"
One of Bath’s most respected chamber choirs, The Handful has been performing in and around Bath since its inception in 2002. The Handful embraces a wide repertoire of music, classical and contemporary, and enjoys an enviable reputation for high quality, vibrant performances.
The Handful - An Evening of Festive Music
In all its grandeur, St. Mary the Virgin Bathwick resonated the warm and balanced voices of The Handful chamber choir as they presented an exceptional and articulate programme of music.
Tomos Watkins demonstrated the choir’s ability to sing a challenging and diverse repertoire of music from a wide range of styles and languages, enabling the audience to reflect upon how music portrays text. This was conveyed with a retrospective performance of the Magnificat, Exultate Deo and Cantate Domino as we heard settings by Swayne, Cui, Palestrina, Poulenc, Monteverdi and Rutter.
The Handful embraced the selection of music, performing with proportioned dynamic contrast, clear diction and eloquent phrasing. This concert provided not only an opportunity to hear the ability of an established chamber choir but to hear intricate solo performances from members of the choir. Highlighting what was a wonderfully festive evening of music was the unified and wholesome tone of Bach’s Der Geist hilft and a delicate and ethereal solo performance of Cesar Cui’s Magnificat, by Philippa Parfrey.
A delightful evening of music led by the brilliantly expressive and creative mind of Tomos Watkins.