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New CD with current line-up...(& a new life!)!

Two reasons for great delight...

Firstly A Song for Christmas has arrived

Our second CD both with Champs Hill Records & with our excellent pianist Chris Hatt... and our first physical product with Sarah-Ann and Chris singing...

AND... we have to congratulate Chris and Stephanie for another new creation... their daughter Lily Mary - well done to all three!

...but back to the CD...

We have a glorious mix of music, classical, jazz, close-harmony & contemporary... and of course fun & laughter!

We had a wonderful time recording at the ever-lovely Champs Hill (Thanks, David & Mary) & with the ever-hard-working Andrew Mellor producing..

....Thanks also to Alex Van Ingen, Claire Hay & Matt Buchanan for all their support

Also, great thanks to our old friend Paul Plummer for his help in the vocal preparation of this CD (and attending many of the sessions)

Get into the Christmas spirit (whenever you're reading this) and buy one!!

Tracks (* with piano)

1. A Song for Christmas* - Carroll Coates

2. Bethlehem Down - Bruce Blunt / Peter Warlock

Our Joyful'st Feast* - Christopher Steel

3. What Sweeter Music* (Robert Herrick)

4. There was a Time for Shepherds* - (Anthea Steel)

5. A Christmas Carol* (George Wither)

6. The Twelve Days of Christmas - Trad. / Frederic Austin / Cant.-TLQ

7. I'll Be Home for Christmas* - Kim Gannon / Walter Kent / Buck Ram

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Hugh Martin / Ralph Blaine

9. Good King Wenceslas Had a Farm* - Trad. / John Mason Neale / Thomas Helmore

10. Introit Carol - Trad. / Mark Fleming / Edvard Grieg

11. The Christmas Waltz* - Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne (and Chopin)

12. Epiphany Carol - Joanna Forbes L'Estrange / Alexander L'Estrange

13. Susa Nina - Stille Nacht - Silent Night - Josef Simons / Armand Preud'homme / Joseph Mohr / Franz Gruber

14. A Festival of Carols in Two Minutes - Cant -TLQ

15. Christmas in My Heart* - Rob Tyger / Kay Dennar

16. Süßer die Glocken nie klingen* - Trad.

17. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly - Trad. / Edith M G Reed (Arr. David Willcocks)

18. Quelle est cette odeur agréable ? - Trad.

19.The Wexford Carol* - Trad.

20. Christmas Cards - Garth Bardsley / Ben Parry

21. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!* - Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne

22. The Birds - Hilaire Belloc / Peter Warlock

23. Nativitie - John Donne / Mark Fleming

24. Twelve Days to Christmas (from 'She Loves Me')* - Sheldon Harnick / Jerry Bock

25. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?* - Frank Loesser

26. Wonderful Christmastime* - Paul McCartney

phew!

...nearly 78 minutes music...

 

Welcome Christopher!

We are delighted that Christopher O'Gorman has joined the quartet!

Christopher said:" 'I am delighted to have been asked by Cantabile – The London Quartet to sing first tenor with them following Steven Brooks’ departure.

I already have some experience singing with this amazing group having clocked up some 21 shows with them in America and Germany over the past three years. I am really looking forward to travelling with Sarah-Ann, Mark and Mike again and helping them to continue bringing TLQ’s unique brand of British a cappella singing to audiences across the globe.

I also look forward to meeting lots of new friends along the way!

Now there is the just the small matter of a few dots to learn before our next show in Walldorf, Germany on the 10 September 2015…’ You can find out more about me at www.christopher-ogorman.co.uk "

" Tot Ziens.." from Steve

Dear Friends,

After being part of the group for the past ten years, I have decided the time has come for me to explore other paths and so I will leave the group this August.

I had the privilege to visit wonderful countries and cities, meet many interesting people and enjoyed spreading our music and humour.

Richard (who left us in January), Mark and Mike have not just been my colleagues for ten years but my second family. I will never forget the uncountable moments of fun on and off-stage.

I want to thank each and every one of you, friends and fans, for your support. I will miss your laughter, applause and post-concert chats.

Should you feel like it, do come and say ‘hi’ after my last concerts on the Channel Islands (12-15 august) or during the A Cappella Nacht in Kleve (Germany 8th August), or keep in touch!

Let us not become “Strangers in the night, exchanging glances. Wondering in the night, what were the chances, we’d be *prrrfffffttttt*”

Steve

 

Welcome Sarah-Ann !!

The soprano Sarah-Ann Cromwell will join us as a full-time member of the vocal ensemble from the start of 2015. She has exceptional skills as a communicator, and currently combines her classical singing and teaching work with cabaret and comedy shows and leading workshops for businesses and musicians.

On being appointed Sarah-Ann said, "when I received the invitation to join The London Quartet I thought it may be a wind-up; in fact, for 14 days afterwards I expected them to change their minds. A GIRL? After more than three decades? Are they mad? The answer of course is yes, they are. They are also a family of funny, charming, hard-working, exceptional performers who sing repertoire with an equal balance of seriousness and humour. Am I scared to join such a well-oiled team? No, I’m terrified! Would I turn down the opportunity to sing with them? Not on your life!”

 

London / September 2014

" Over the Top! "

We’re back! As St Bride Foundation's Artists in Residence we return with a cabaret packed with our trademark blend of harmony and hilarity. Our show will include numbers from our recent CDs ‘Lullabyes and Goodbyes’, ‘Songs of Cricket’ and our new release ‘Songs of Love and War’, which BBC ‘CD Review’ described as “very enjoyable … impressive … the voices are beautifully balanced and blended … lots of fun … more than a few surprises”.

For more info and tickets : London shows at the Bridewell.. .

London / June 2014

A word from Richard..

Dear Friends,

After careful and prolonged thought, I've decided to leave the Group at the end of the year. I've had the most fantastic time, singing in extraordinary places and meeting interesting people, and all in the company of the best team of friends and colleagues, but the time is now right for me to seek new challenges. At the moment I've got lots of ideas, but the trick will be trying to make them happen.

One of the many things I will miss is the friendship and support of all of you. The second half of this year is increasingly busy, so whether it's in Romania, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and of course the UK, it will be great to get the chance to say hello, and then 'au revoir' or 'auf wiedersehen', but maybe not too final a 'goodbye'!

Richard

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