The Chamber Music Society presents a Christmas concert

By | November 19, 2022

The West Jersey Chamber Music Society will current Christmas Music Made in England and a fundraising gala at First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown on December 11.

Carried out by Joel Krott, the live performance is carried out by the West Jersey Chamber Chorale and can characteristic “Missa Carolae” by British composer James Whitbourn. Residents can sing alongside to conventional preparations, and bandleader and Moorestown native Sam Scheibe will premiere “Magnificat.”

“All of my music just about, in a method or one other, even when it is an instrumental piece, has vocals in thoughts, as a result of that is all the time been type of the middle round my musical creation. “Scheibe stated. “All of my music simply has choral textures and harmonies. All of it form of suits into it, and it is simply been a giant a part of my ear, which I’ve discovered that I like writing and doing music.

Based on his web site, Scheibe is an award-winning composer/arranger, conductor and performer of latest choral music. His work has been carried out by numerous up to date a cappella choirs and teams such because the West Jersey Chamber Music Society and the College of Aberdeen Chamber Choir. He additionally labored for 3 years as knowledgeable chorister and conductor on the First Prebysterian, the place he led the grownup choral ensemble in rehearsals and performances, in addition to the West Jersey Chamber Choir and the West Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

“It was a extremely, actually necessary and essential a part of my upbringing,” Scheibe recalled of his time at First Presbyterian. “Joel (Krott) was capable of present me with the sensible software of that conducting expertise, so he put me in entrance of the choir, conducting just about at the very least a couple of times a month each month I used to be there. .”

As a pupil on the College of Aberdeen, Scheibe wrote a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis – a part of the Anglican night prayer service – which might be carried out on the First Presbyterian Christmas live performance.

“The piece is written for organ, choir, and there is a baritone solo within the Nunc dimittis that you’re going to hear, and I type of needed to include some jazz and pop and rock into the organ half and into the choir,” Scheibe defined.

“In the beginning there is a creeping chromatic theme that comes into the organ with numerous syncopated rhythms and every little thing, after which the choir is available in with a bluesy melody in the beginning,” he added. “After which later you hear the organ choose up a rock-inspired theme that the entire choir sings alongside to.”

Scheibe is thrilled that persons are listening to his piece on the vacation live performance.

“One in every of my objectives in my music is that I like issues to be acquainted however in an unfamiliar approach,” he famous. “I would like issues to really feel intuitive but empowering in a approach which may not be the norm.”

“I hope I’ve achieved that, and I hope the piece type of sits on the road between feeling prefer it’s abnormal choral music, but in addition feeling prefer it could possibly be one thing one thing barely completely different.”

The Made in England Christmas music and fundraising gala begins at 7.30pm. Extra data is out there at