Canterbury Choral Society

Performing since 1952

Canterbury Choral Society is pleased to announce its holiday concert to be held on  December 7, 2014 

Ralph Vaughan Williams: "Hodie (A Christmas Cantata) and "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" 

 A Christmas Presentation conducted by Charles Dodsley Walker, founder and conductor of Canterbury Choral Society, and Associate Conductor Jonathan DeVries, this exciting holiday concert offers wonderful and exuberant Christmas pieces from 20th Century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, accompanied by full orchestra, distinguished soloists, children and youth choirs, and more than 85 of Canterbury Choral Society's choral singers. 

These two pieces, though composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams more than forty years apart, are often presented together. "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" was written in 1912, and is a short work based on English folk carols. "Hodie" was his last major composition for chorus and orchestra, and is a Christmas cantata, written in 1954, opening with ebullient brass and repeating choral proclamations of "Nowell".

Soloists include Cherry Duke, Mezzo-soprano;  Matthew Curran, bass;  Philip Anderson, Tenor; and the Youth Choirs of St. Michael’s Church and of St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School.  Tickets available through Smarttix --click here.

Performance Season


December 7, 2014 -- Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hodie (A Christmas Cantata) and Fantasia on Christmas Carols


March 1, 2015 -- George Frideric Handel: Samson


May 17, 2015 -- Franz Schubert's Mass in E Flat and Ludwig van Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 80


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Spotlight: Charles Dodsley Walker

Charles Dodsley Walker, now in the spotlight, is the founder and conductor of Canterbury Choral Society.  His accomplishments and accolades would fill a book, from his 38-year tenure as organist/choirmaster of the Church of the Heavenly Rest to his faculty appointments at faculties of the Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, New York University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Chapin School, and his 35 years as music director of the Blue Hill Troupe.

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Welcome New Voices!

Canterbury is always interested in adding new voices.  Previous choral experience  and an audition are required. The audition will include vocal exercises for range, a brief sight-reading piece, and a prepared piece— anything which demonstrates the singer's vocal quality, diction skill, and musicality.  Rehearsals are open to prospective singers, and  are held September-May on Monday evenings at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue at 2 East 90th Street, New York, NY from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

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