Upcoming Maiastra Concerts

Maiastra has several beautiful chamber music concerts coming up in the local area. In October, two well-loved clarinet quintets, one Brahms and the other Mozart, will be presented in St Mary’s Church Twickenham and St Andrew’s Church, Cobham. In November, an evening of chamber music, including pieces by Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Mozart, will similarly be on offer. For more information, see the links below.

October 2023 – https://www.maiastra.org/maiastra-concerts/mozart-brahms-clarinet-quintets

November 2023 – https://www.maiastra.org/maiastra-concerts/an-evening-of-chamber-music-directed-by-david-waterman

Ember Choral Members join Voices for Hospices performance

Ember Choral members joined several hundred other singers in a performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins on 2nd September to support the Voices for Hospices charity. Taking place at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey, the event raised £24,000, benefitting eight local hospices. It was conducted by our former Music Director John Sutton, and organised by our President, Jen Sutton. Ember Choral soprano Linda Bridges played keyboards. We’d like to congratulate everyone involved!

The Armed Man – Voices for Hospices Come and Sing 2 Sep 2023

Please see the attached flyer, which has been sent to us by Jenny Sutton.

If previous VfH come and sings are anything to go by, this should be a wonderful event conducted by our previous Musical Director, John Sutton.

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace – Sir Karl Jenkins

Massed Come and Sing, Conducted by John Sutton, Accompanied by the VfH Sinfonia, 2nd September 2023

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey SO51 0QA

Rehearsal 3pm Performance 7pm




Open Singing Workshop – Verdi Requiem – Reigate – 19 Nov 2022



Saturday 19 November, 2022 11am – 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Reigate RH2 7RN
Conductor: Leslie Olive
Accompanist: Jonathan Lilley

“Join us for an exhilarating day exploring Verdi’s majestic work
under the expert baton of Leslie Olive, Founder and Artistic
Director of the EAC, in the warm acoustic of St Mary’s Church
in Reigate, Surrey.
If you feel inspired by this piece, consider joining us as a member,
and you could perform Verdi’s Requiem in Season 2023-2024 in a
major London venue.

Cost: £20 including music hire
(Full time students aged over
17 years £5 )
Registration from 10.30am.
Tea and Coffee available.
Please bring a packed lunch.

Book a place online: https://www.englisharts.org/”

Come and Sing – Verdi Requiem – Sunday March 12th 2023 Dorking Halls

“Your chance to be part of the strongest possible chorus. A fantastic opportunity for the whole Leith Hill Music Festival community – including our independent singers – to come together to perform this great choral work with full professional orchestra and four top soloists, conducted by Jonathan Willcocks.

Reserve your place now; booking for singers is open via Dorking Halls, either via:
1) Dorking Halls website
2) by phone (01306 881717) or email (box.office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)molevalley.gov.uk)
3) call in to Dorking Halls in person

The first rehearsal date is 15th January 2023.

The full schedule of rehearsals is detailed on this flyer (click to download; please share!), and on both the Dorking Halls and LHMF websites

The earlier you book, the more confident we can all be in a brilliant evening for voices and audience alike.”

Advent Food Bank Collection

During the four rehearsals in November, we’ll once again be collecting items for the Cobham Area Foodbank.

Please bring along whatever you can, to support this worthy cause in these difficult times!

Here is the list of items most needed by the Foodbank.

UHT Milk (semi-skim) 1l Cheese biscuits Gravy granules
UHT Fruit juice 1l Hair shampoo Mince pies
Sugar 500g (small packs) Liquid hand soap Christmas snacks
Pasta sauce Cleaning sprays Christmas crackers
Fruit squash Washing up liquid Cup a soup sachet packs
Stuffing mix Tinned meat Strong carrier bag
Christmas pudding Tinned potatoes Hair conditioner
Tinned custard Tinned peas Shaving foam
Christmas sweets Tinned carrots Bleach
Chocolate spread Hot chocolate Laundry powder/liquid/caps

Please don’t donate out-of-date goods – they can’t be used. 

Thank you very much for your help.