Previous Concerts

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Joy to the world - SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 14th December 2019 at 4:00pm.
Location: St. Martins Church, Knebworth, Near Stevenage

"Joy to the World" could be one of the Carols we aren't singing in this concert but, as a carol, it personifies Christmas and the religious celebration that comes with it. There will be our usual mix of Carols both old and new, some of which you'll know (and some not!) and some to join in with.

The "Let's Sing" Children's Choir will be performing at this concert (they are based at the Stevenage Music Centre).

Programme:

O Come all ye faithful

Ware arr. Willcocks

Wexford Carol

Trad. arr. Parry

It came upon a midnight clear

Willis arr. Parry

Ding Done, merrily on high

Wood

Silent Night*

Whitbourn

God rest you merry gentlemen

Trad. arr. Willcocks

Torches

John Joubert

Shiao bao bao ***

Trad. Chinese arr. Arch

While Shepherds watched

Clark arr. Arch

What Month was Jesus born

Trad. arr. Arch

The Coventry Carol

Trad. arr. Parry

O Mary where is your Baby?

Trad. arr. Arch

Good King Wenceslas

Piaes Cantiones arr. Willcocks

Holy Life ****

Jessica Tylman

Precious Moment**

Will Todd

I pray *

Paul Mealor

Hark the herald angels sing

Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

(Encore) A merry Christmas

Trad arr. Arch


Xylophone Soloist: Rebecca Kelly ***
Composer/Singer: Jessica Tylman ****
Piano Accompanist: Victoria Port ****
Piano Accompanist: Tom Caldecote * and **

Items marked * were SCS and Let's Sing, ** were Let's Sing on their own.

Let's Sing Children's Choir
Musical Director: Bridget Caldecote

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon


Jenkins Requiem

Saturday 16th November 2019 at 4:00pm.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

"Karl Jenkins' Requiem dates from 2005 and, like many of his works, is very easy on the ear. It is fundamentally a Latin mass but, interspersed with the classic Latin forms, are Japanese death poems in a haiku form and at times the haiku form is overlaid on the Latin.

In 2009 when we performed Jenkins' The Armed Man we introduced Islamic culture. In this concert not only do we have Japanese poetry but also Japanese traditional instruments as part of this lovely piece. We will have the Mid Herts Orchestra with us for this and so this concert is certainly not to be missed!

Many of Karl Jenkins’ compositions are fairly straightforward in title: Palladio is a three-movement work for string orchestra. Jenkins’s inspiration was Andrea Palladio, a sixteenth-century Italian architect commissioned by the wealthy families of his day to build beautiful villas, as well as a substantial number of churches. The existence of aesthetic beauty within a very defined architectural framework surely inspired Jenkins: indeed, in the opening movement of Palladio, the rigid, repetitive string lines exist as the building blocks for an ever-developing sense of drama, driven home by the staccato cellos.

The first movement he adapted and used for the 'Shadows' A Diamond is Forever television commercial for a worldwide campaign. The middle movement has since been rearranged for two female voices and string orchestra, as heard in Cantus Insolitus from his work Songs of Sanctuary.

The Capriol Suite (by Peter Warlock) is a set of dances in the renaissance style. It was based on tunes in a manual of Renaissance dances by the French priest Jehan Tabourot (1515-1595). The treatment of the source material is very free and the work can be regarded as an original composition rather than an arrangement. It is made up of six contrasting movements - Basse Danse, Pavane, Tordion, Bransles, Pieds en l'air, and Mattachins - each in a different dance form.

Programme

Palladio

Karl Jenkins

Capriol Suite for String Orchestra

Peter Warlock

Requiem

Karl Jenkins

Mid Herts Orchestra
Conductor : Liang Lee

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


From Tallis to Taverner

Saturday 13th July 2019 at 4:00pm.
Location: Woolmer Green Village Hall, Woolmer Green, Nr. Stevenage

Stevenage Choral Society presents an afternoon of music through the ages from Baroque to the modern day, a trip through 500 years of Musical treasures. The title,"From Tallis to Taverner", covers music from Thomas Tallis in the baroque period right up to date with "The Lamb" by Taverner and songs by Leonard Cohen and Sting.

If ye Love me

Thomas Tallis

Ach Herr

J.S.Bach

Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G BVW 1007 *

J.S.Bach

Movement from Sonata in A minor **

George Frederick Handel

Ave Verum Corpus

W. A. Mozart

Sanctus

Franz Schubert

Hear my prayer ***

Felix Mendelssohn

I was Glad

Herbert Parry

Locus Iste

Anton Bruckner

Ave Verum

Edward Elgar

Cantique de Jean Racine

Gabriel Faure

Gigue from Suite III ****

J.S.Bach

Toccata *****

Ernest John Moeran

The Lamb

John Taverner

Better is Peace (from "The Armed Man")

Karl Jenkins

Fields of Gold

Sting

Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen


Cello Soloist: Ella Harrison *
Flute Soloist: Immy McPhun **
Basson Soloist: Joely McPhun **
Soprano Soloist: Emma Coates ***
Horn Soloist: Chloe Harrison ****
Piano Soloist: Ben Bradshaw *****

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Ben Bradshaw


Haydn - Missa in tempore belli (Paukenmesse)

Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7:30pm.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

This setting of the mass by Joseph Haydn is also known also as the Paukenmesse (due to the dramatic use of timpani)

Haydn was a deeply religious man, who appended the words “Praise be to God” at the end of every completed score. Composed at Eisenstadt in August 1796, at the time of Austria’s general mobilisation into war. Four years into the European war that followed the French Revolution, Austrian troops were doing badly against the French in Italy and Germany, and Austria feared invasion.

The Te Deum belongs to the period of Haydn's Indian summer, when in his late 60s he produced his last great oratorios "The Creation" and "The Seasons" and his last six Masses. Like those other works it displays the freshness and vitality of a composing mind that was still at the height of its inventive powers.

This symphony (Number 1 - The Classical) was Prokofiev's first essay in extended composition for orchestra, and it is probably for this reason that he chose the classical form of Haydn and Mozart as a model. Almost needless to say, the form is the only feature that he has borrowed from the past; the rest is entirely his own, with its pointed themes, brilliant orchestral colour and sudden harmonic transitions. Apart from Peter and the Wolf, this is his most popular work.

Programme:

Te Deum

Haydn

Symphony No. 1 (Classical)

Sergei Prokofiev

Paukenmesse (mass in time of War)

Haydn


Soprano Soloist: Iúnó Connolly
Mezzo Soloist: Sarena Kay
Tenor Soloist: Jon English
Bass Soloist: Pauls Putnins

Chameleon Arts Orchestra

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


2018


Wassail! - SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 15th December at 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Martins Church, Knebworth, Near Stevenage

Wassail! - a new work from Alexander L'Estrange. Carols with fun! ... A setting of various carols for Adult and children's choir. If you enjoyed other works of his (Zimbe/ Ahoy! - Sing for the Mary Rose) then you'll enjoy these seasonal settings. Of course, as it's Christmas there'll be singing for the Audience as well as other carols.

Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy has won the Music Teacher Award for Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2018.

The Stevenage Music Centre "Let’s Sing" Children’s Choir is a new community initiative sponsored by Stevenage Arts Guild, Stevenage Community Trust, The Youth Mayor, and several Stevenage Councillors.

The "Let’s Sing" Choir rehearses every Saturday morning during term time, and is an all-inclusive, non-auditioned group. It is part of a wide range of activities offered by Hertfordshire Music Service across the County.

Programme:

Wassail! *

Alexander L'Estrange

O come all ye faithful

Ware arr. David Willcocks

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Harold Arlen

Two piano Solos: **
Sarabande HMV 446
Passacaglia HMV 432

Georg Friedrich Händel
 
 

Away in a Manger

Arr. Alan Woods

God rest you Merry

Trad arr. D. Willcocks

Shepherd's Farewell

Hector Berlioz

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Mendelssohn arr. D. Willcocks

Encore: We wish you a Merry Christmas

Trad. arr. Arthur Warrell


"Let's Sing" Children's Choir
Musical Director : Bridget Caldecote

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley

Accompanist: Robyn Koh *
Percussion: Emma Lovell *
Piano Solo: Robyn Koh **


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Shall I compare Thee?

Saturday 14th July 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at 4:00pm.
Location: Music centre, Stevenage

The quoted line is from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

In the relaxed atmosphere of the Music Centre we present an evening of Shakespeare related music.

However don't think this is going to be Elizabethan Music though ... we are singing modern pieces - Bob Chilcott's "Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda", John Rutter's "Birthday Madrigals" (written for George Shearing's 75th Birthday) and the George Shearing settings of Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets (where John Rutter was the conductor at the premiere).

Songs and Sonnets with swing!

We had the Part 4 Jazz Band providing extra music as well - including Take Five (forever associated with Dave Brubeck, it was the quartet's saxophonist, Paul Desmond, who wrote it) and Golden Lady (written by Stevie Wonder, part of the "Inner Visions" album 6th Aug 1973).

Programme:

Songs and Sonnets

George Shearing

Golden Lady

Stevie Wonder

Beautiful Love

Victor Young

Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda

Bob Chilcott

Take Five

Paul Desmond

A Foggy Day

George Gershwin

Birthday Madrigals

John Rutter


Part 4 Jazz Band

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


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Stabat Mater

Saturday 17th March at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Once again we have the wonderful Brandenburg Sinfonia with us as we perform the Rossini Stabat Mater.

In the 1830s Rossini's musical output as a composer declined in volume. In 1831 he was commissioned by a Spanish prelate to produce a Stabat Mater but was unwell and another composer produced some sections of the work. Copyright issues over this version plagued its performance until the 1840s when Rossini revised the remaining sections and published the work as it is today. It was first performed in 1842.

[Notes derived from a Making Music Programme note on the piece]

Schubert's Symphony No. 5
In character, the writing is often said to resemble Mozart; Schubert was infatuated with the composer at the time he composed it, writing in his diary on June 13 of the year of composition, "O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!". This similarity to Mozart is also due to the light orchestration - Scored for one flute, two oboes, and two bassoons, along with two horns in B♭ and E♭ and strings. Of all of Schubert's symphonies, it is scored for the smallest orchestra. It is the only one of his symphonies which does not include clarinets, trumpets or timpani as part of the instrumentation.

[Notes derived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Schubert)]

Programme:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major

Schubert

Stabat Mater

Rossini


Soloists :-
Soprano :   Lùnò Connolly
Alto:            Niamh Kelly
Tenor:         Daniel Joy
Bass:           Michael Dewis

Brandenburg Sinfonia
Artistic Director: Bob Porter

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


2017


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Figgy Pudding - SCS XMAS Concert

Saturday 16th December 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Martin's Church, Knebworth

At Christmas time we have, as normal, a local school with us. We'll be singing carols old, carols new and some a little different. There are carols to listen to and some to join in with. This year's topic - FOOD!

Programme:

O Come all ye faithful **

Ware arr. Willcocks

Cherry Tree Carol

Trad arr. Willcocks

Here we come a Wassailing

Trad arr. Rutter

In the Bleak Midwinter

Holst

We like our Christmas Sweet *

Deborah Biggs

Silent Night ***

Gruber arr. Whitbourn

God rest you Merry Gentlemen **

Trad arr. Willcocks

Sans Day Carol

Trad arr. Rutter

Adam lay ybounden

Peter Warlock

12 Days of Christmas

Trad arr. Rutter

Sir Christemas

William Mathias

The Holly and the Ivy

Trad arr. Walford Davies

Wassail Song

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Good King Wenceslas **

Piae Cantiones arr. Willcocks

Rocking around the Christmas Tree *

Johnny Marks

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer ***

Johnny Marks arr. Allain

Hark the Herald Angels sing **

Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

We wish you a Merry Christmas (Encore)

Arr. Bob Chilcott


Key :
*      Roebuck Academy
**    SCS and Congregation
***  Roebuck Academy and SCS


Roebuck Academy Choir

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley

Keyboard :          Graham Pointon


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Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Saturday 11th November 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Giacomo Puccini's Messa or Messa a quattro voci (currently more widely known under the apocryphal name of Messa di Gloria) is a Mass composed for orchestra and four-part choir with tenor, bass and baritone soloists. Strictly speaking, the piece is a full Mass, not a true Messa di Gloria (which contains only the Kyrie and Gloria and omits the Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei).

Puccini wrote the short Requiem – actually the setting of the antiphon to the Introit of the Mass for the Dead – as a commission for the publisher Giulio Ricordi for the fourth anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi, which occurred on 27 January 1905. Today the work is often performed, since this setting for three voices can be easily performed by amateur choirs and requires only a viola and a harmonium (or organ) as accompanying instruments.

Programme:

I Vespri Siciliani (Overture) *

Giuseppi Verdi

Sonata No 1 for strings in G **

Rossini

Requiem ***

Giacomo Puccini

Messa di Gloria ***

Giacomo Puccini


Tenor soloist (Messa di Gloria):   Paul Smy
Bass soloist (Messa di Gloria) :     Joseph Padfield

Organist (Requiem):          Rufus Frowde
Viola (Requiem):                 Jadesola Kloss

Mid-Herts Youth Orchestra
Musical Director: Rufus Frowde *

Mid-Herts String Orchestra
Musical Director: Liang Lee **

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley ***


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Mozart - Requiem

Saturday 27th June at 7:45 p.m
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Stevenage festival Logo

Stevenage Symphony logo

Stevenage Choral Society and Stevenage Symphony Orchestra were excited to be performing Süssmayer's adaptation of the Mozart Requiem for the 2017 Stevenage Festival. Intriguing and mysterious, this famous piece provides a fascinating and emotionally stirring auditory experience.

The other half of our programme was provided by Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and is entitled "Prelude, Intermezzo and Waltz". A wide variety of Orchestral Melodies from the world of Ballet and Opera.

Programme:

Prelude and Mazurka
  from Copellia

Léo Delibes
 

Intermezzo
  from Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni
 

Polonaise and Waltz
  from Eugene Onegin

Igor Tchaikovsky
 

Intermezzo
  from Manon Lescaut

Giacomo Puccini
 

Scene and Waltz
  from Swan Lake

Igor Tchaikovsky
 

Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Mozart Requiem - conducted by Robin Osterley
Other pieces - conducted by Phillip Brunton

Soprano soloist: Nia Coleman
Alto soloist:         Serina Kay
Tenor soloist:      James Kryshak
Bass soloist:        Christopher Foster

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Musical Director : Phillip Brunton

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


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Sounds of the Sea

Saturday 25th March 2017 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Coptic Church Centre, Broadhall Way, Stevenage

A Sea Symphony is a piece for orchestra and chorus by Ralph Vaughan Williams, written between 1903 and 1909. Vaughan Williams' first and longest symphony, it was first performed at the Leeds Festival in 1910, with the composer conducting. The symphony's maturity belies the composer's relative youth when it was written (he was 30 when he first began sketching it). One of the first symphonies in which a choir is used throughout the work and is an integral part of the musical texture, A Sea Symphony helped set the stage for a new era of symphonic and choral music in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. The work is sometimes referred to as the Symphony No. 1.
(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

The texts are from Walt Whitman's collection of poems "Leaves of Grass". The title of the poem collection was some what ironic - Whitman, versed in the print trade, used the words leaves to refer to pages and grass to refer to material of minimal value!

Because the Sea Symphony needs large choral forces we combined with Harpenden Choral Society to perform it.

Programme:

Sea Interludes

Benjamin Britten

A Sea Symphony

Ralph Vaughan Williams


Sea Interludes - conducted by Robin Osterley
A Sea Symphony - conducted by John Andrews

Soprano soloist:  Sally Silver
Baritone soloist:  Grant Doyle

King's Sinfonietta
Leader: Jeremy Sampson

Harpenden Choral Society
Musical Director : John Andrews

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director : Robin Osterley


2016


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We Three Kings - SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 17th December 2016 at 4:00 p.m
Location: St. Martins Church, Knebworth

Carols old, carols new. Carols to join in with and carols to listen to. We will have some local children joining in with us.

Programme:

O Come, all ye faithful

John Francis Wade arr. Willcocks

Angelus et Virginem

Trad arr. Willcocks

Still, Still Still

German Trad. arr. Ledger

Birthday carol

Willcocks

READING ONE

"Christmas" by John Betjeman

Midnight *

Mark and Helen Johnson

Ding Dong

16th Century French carol arr. Wood

Out of your sleep

Richard Rodney Bennett

Myn Liking

Terry

Twelve Days of Christmas

Trad. arr. John Rutter

A maiden most gentle

Trad arr. Carter

O little one sweet

Trad arr. J.S. Bach

Deck the hall

Trad arr. Willcocks

Kings of Orient (We Three Kings)

Hopkins arr. Willcocks

READING TWO

"Thanks" by Micky Gowar

No room at the Inn

Mark and Helen Johnson

Away in a Manger **

Kirkpatrick arr. Willcocks

In the Bleak Mid-Winter **

Darke

Jingle Bells

Pierpont arr. Willcocks

Hark the herald angels sing

Felix Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

A Babe is Born

William Mathias


* Performed by Roebuck Junior School pupils
** Performed by Roebuck Junior School pupils and SCS together
READING 1 - Read by Sheila Soothill
READING 1 - Read by Colin Lee

Roebuck Junior School

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon


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By the Riverside - Traditional Songs of London and beyond

Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Stevenage Music Centre, Nobel School, Stevenage

The Choir will be singing arrangements of popular traditional Folk Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter.

The main single work of this concert is Bob Chilcott's Cantata Songs and Cries of London Town. This piece is a collection of folk songs and cries about (or would be heard in) London. "Come buy" is based on 17th Century street cries, "The flower of cities" based on writing of William Dunbar (15th-16th Century), "London Bells" based on 18th Century texts (but some of this will be a little familiar!), William Wordsworth's poem "Composed on Westminster Bridge,September 3, 1802" and finally "Good Morrow" - the text being 17th century (but adapted a bit!). It's a lovely mix of bright and active pieces with lovely melodies.

Programme:

Songs and Cries of London Town ***

Bob Chilcott

Three Quiet English Folk Songs *

 

The Lake in the Mountains **

Ralph Vaughan Williams

For remembrance **

John Ireland

Three excerpts from "Five English Folk Songs"
    The Dark Eyed Sailor
    The Spring Time of the Year
    Just as the Tide was Flowing

Ralph Vaughan Williams
 
 
 

Skye Boat Song ****

Arranged by Bob Chilcott

Three Hungarian Folk Songs ****
    The Handsome Butcher
    Apple, Apple
    The Old Woman

Matyas Seiber
 
 
 

Bethena - A Concert Waltz *

Scott Joplin

Promenade - Walking the Dog *

George Gershwin

Bobby Shaftoe

 

Dashing away with the smoothing iron

Arranged by David Willcocks

Prelude No. 2 **

George Gershwin

Maple Leaf Rag **

Scott Joplin

Three American Folk Songs
    Sourwood Mountain
    Black Sheep
    Down by the Riverside

Arranged by John Rutter
 
 
 


* Piano Duet - Robin and Graham
** Piano Solo - Kelvin
*** Piano Accompaniment - Kelvin and Graham
**** Sung by Mid-Herts Youth Choir

Piano : Kelvin Thomson
Piano : Robin Osterley
Piano : Graham Pointon
Percussion : Emma Mason

Mid-Herts Youth Choir
Conductor : Rufus Frowde
Accompanist: Vivien Powles

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon


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Will Todd - Mass in Blue

Saturday 2nd July 2016 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Music centre, Stevenage

Will Todd's Mass in Blue is a dynamic, uplifting, and highly popular jazz setting of the Latin mass. The work features driving grooves and blues harmonies, with provision for short piano solos (notated or improvised) and great moments of musical interplay between soprano soloist and choir. It's a worthy centre-piece for any concert.

Here's details from one of the reviews of an earlier performance of the piece:
"Todd's love for both jazz and choral music is clear throughout the work which skilfully blends the two genres to stunning effect."
John Manning / Herts Advertiser / January 2011

Accompanying the choir throughout and performing solos were the Call Me Al trio and we had Joanna Forbes L'Estrange singing with us.

Programme:

Take Five *

Paul Desmond

Skye Boat Song *

Trad. Arr. Craig Rickards

I've Got A Crush On You *

George Gershwin

A Foggy Day *

George Gershwin

Cry me a River **

Arthur Hamilton

All That Jazz **

Kander and Ebb

Anything goes **

Cole Porter

Misty ***

Errol Garner

Opus de Funk ***

Harold Silver

Mass in Blue

Will Todd


Alto Saxophone (*): James Palmer
Piano Accompanist: Rebecca Hughes

Soprano (**): Emily Hardy
Piano Accompanist: Andy Hardy

Piano (***): James Day

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Call Me Al Trio

Soprano Solo: Joanna Forbes L'Estrange


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J.S. Bach - St. John Passion

Saturday 23rd April at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew and St. George's Church, Stevenage

For this concert we had the Brandenburg Sinfonia playing for us.

The St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245, is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of two surviving Passions by Bach. It was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church.

The structure of the work falls in two halves, intended to flank a sermon. The anonymous libretto draws on existing works (notably Brockes') and is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, ariosos and arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation of Bach's contemporaries. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less "finished".
(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Programme:

St. John Passion

J.S. Bach


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Soprano Solo: Sarah Brown
Alto Solo: Serena Kay
Tenor Solo (and Evenagelist): Andrew Dickinson
Baritone Solo: Robert Gildon
Baritone Solo: Pauls Putnins
Continuo: Mark Warman

Brandenburg Sinfonia
Musical Director : Bob Porter

Web Page author footnote: With electronic keyboard continuo providing both organ and harpsichord tones and the orchestra using a Lute and Viola Da gamba as part of the orchestration the orchestra provided a wonderful presentation of the Bach music and, based on post concert feedback, the choir did a good performance as well.


2015


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SCS Christmas Concert - Jingle

Saturday 19th December 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter's Church, Marymead, Stevenage

Carols old, carols new. Carols to join in with and carols to listen to. We will have some local children joining in with us and will be singing some carols from "Carols for Everyone" which was commissioned by Making Music and the Carnegie Trust.

This concert was themed as a collection of compositions and arrangements composed by David Willcocks - a British composer and arranger (who died this year). He was important for his music and the editorship of the "Carols for Choirs" series of books which we have used for our Christmas Carol Concerts over many years.

Programme:

O come all ye faithful

Wade arr. Willcocks

Jingle Bells

Pierpont arr. Willcocks

New Year Carol

Benjamin Britten

White Christmas**

Irving Berlin

Lo! he comes

Trad. arr. Willcocks

Christmas Oratario
  (1) With all thy hosts
  (2) Hear, King of Angels
  (3) Rejoice and Sing
  (4) Hear, King of Angels

J.S. Bach
 
 
 
 

Go tell it on the Mountain

Trad

     INTERVAL

 

Silent Night

Grüber arr. Willcocks

Ding, Dong Merrily on high

Trad. arr. Willcocks

The Angel Gabriel***

Trad. arr. Duggan

It came upon the midnight clear

Trad. arr. Willcocks

Hush my dear

Willcocks

Birthday Carol

Willcocks

Hark! the herald angels sing

Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

A babe is born

William Mathias


**    Item performed by Shephalbury Park School Choir

***   Item performed by Shephalbury Park School Choir and Stevenage Choral Society

Shephalbury Park School Choir
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Pianist/Organist: Graham Pointon


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Ave Verum Corpus - A Concert of Church Anthems

Saturday 17th October 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Stevenage

This is a concert of Church Anthems through the ages, from the 16th to the 21st Century. It includes four settings of Ave Verum from Byrd's time to a contemporary setting.

Programme:

Jesu, Joy of man's desiring

J.S. Bach

King of Glory, King of Peace

J.S. Bach

Allein Gott in der Höh Sei Ehr
BWV 711 from the Kirnberger Chorales

J.S. Bach (ORGAN piece)
 

Ave Verum Corpus

William Byrd

Ave Verum Corpus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus

Edward Elgar

Ave Verum Corpus

Anthony Zerillo

Praeludium in D Minor

Johann Pachelbel (ORGAN piece)

Thou knowest Lord

Henry Purcell

O Lord, increase our faith

Henry Loosemore

If ye Love Me

Thomas Tallis

Fugue in C minor (BWV 575)

J.S. Bach

Solus ad victimam

Kenneth Leighton

O how amiable

Ralph Vaughan Williams

      INTERVAL

 

My shepherd is Lord

Harrison Oxley

Salve regina

William Mathias

So they gave their bodies

Peter Aston

Praise, O Praise

Martin How

Preludio Sine Nomine
No. 1 from Six pieces for Organ

Herbert Howells
 

Glorious and powerful God

Charles V. Stanford

The day draws on

Edward C. Bairstow

Paean
No. 1 from Six pieces for Organ

Herbert Howells
 

Pray that Jerusalem

Charles V. Stanford

Turn back O man

Gustav Holst


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Organist: Kelvin Thomson


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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem

Saturday 13th June 2015 at 7:45 p.m.
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

This concert was part of the 2015 Stevenage Festival.
Stevenage Festival- click here to visit festival website
http://www.stevenage-festival.co.uk/

This piece was written and first performed in 1936. He wrote this piece as a plea for peace by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one (39-45). The texts came from some poems by Walt Whitman, sections of the Bible, the Catholic Mass and a political speech from John Bright where he tried to stop the Crimean War.
(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Internationally acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston performs the beautiful Élégie by Gabriel Fauré, and as a special celebration of 40 years of classical music at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Choral Society and Stevenage Symphony Orchestra come together to perform the profoundly moving and inspiring Dona Nobis Pacem by the great 20th century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

The orchestra will also perform more of Vaughan Williams’s music with the English Folk Songs Suite. This piece was originally written for a Military Band (Folk Song Suite was originally published in 1923) but arranged for Orchestra by RVW's student of the time - Gordon Jacob - the orchestral version of the piece was renamed to the English Folk Song Suite when published in 1924.

Odd fact: The English Folk Song Suite originally had a fourth movement, Sea Songs, (originally played as the second movement) which RVW had removed from this piece, re-orchestrated himself and published as a separate work. For this performance the Sea Songs work was performed in its original position in the suite.

Programme:

Adagio from Spartacus

Aram Khachaturian

English Folk Song Suite
   (incorporating Sea Songs by RVW)

Ralph Vaughan Williams arr. Jacob

Élégie

Gabriel Fauré

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1

Bach

Dona Nobis Pacem

Ralph Vaughan Williams


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra:
Conductor : Philip Brunton

Soloist (Cello): Guy Johnston
Soprano Solo: Helen Withers
Baritone Solo: Mike Dewis

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Beethoven - Mass in C

Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Stevenage

Commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II to celebrate his wife's name-day in 1807, Beethoven's early Mass in C contains some of the composer's most sublime music for voices. Although his original treatment of the text distressed the Prince at its premiere, the Mass is now regarded as one of Beethoven's most moving works. A wonderful, uplifting piece, the Mass is described by the Penguin Guide to compact discs as 'a long underrated masterpiece which has a direct emotional appeal that tugs at the heart and the spirit’. The choir will be performing this enduring classic with the North Herts Youth Orchestra who will also perform Mozart’s flute concerto in G K313 with flautist Jamie Head and Schubert’s Symphony No 4 in D Minor, Tragic.

Programme:

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G (K313)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony in D minor - "Tragic"

Schubert

Mass in C

Beethoven


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

North Herts Youth Orchestra:
Conductor : Justin Fung

Soloist (Flute): Jamie Head


2014


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SCS Christmas Concert - I saw three ships

Saturday 13th December 2014 at 4:00 p.m
Location: All Saints Church, Stevenage

Programme:

O come all ye faithful

Ware arr. David Willcocks

Joy to the World

Mason arr. John Rutter

A maiden most gentle

Trad. arr. Carter

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

Trad. arr. Allain

It came upon the midnight clear

Sullivan arr. David Willcocks

Tell me a story

??

Mary's Lullaby

John Rutter

This Christmas Night

Malcolm Williamson

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy

West Indian Carol

I saw three ships

Trad. arr. John Rutter

Silent Night

Grüber arr James Whitbourn

The First Nowell

Trad. arr. David Willcocks

Jingle Bell Rock

Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe

Still, Still, Still

Trad. arr Ledger

Birthday Carol

David Willcocks

Birthday Carol

David Willcocks

I pray

Paul Mealor

Hark the Herald angels sing

Mendelssohn arr. David Willcocks

We wish you a merry Christmas

Trad arr. Warrell


Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director/Conductor : Robin Osterley

The young singers who sang with us:
Moss Bury School Choir
Trotts Hill School Choir
Not forgetting their teachers who helped make the whole thing possible
Accompanist (Piano/Organ): Graham Pointon


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Karl Jenkins - The Peacemakers

Saturday 25th October 2014 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Church of St. George and St. Andrew, Stevenage

Programme:

Serenade for Strings

Edward Elgar

Bach Double Violin Concerto

J.S.Bach

The Peacemakers

Karl Jenkins


Soloists :

 

Emma Sproat

Soprano (Meditation: Peace is ...) - SCS Member

Jennifer Holehouse

Alto (The Dove.) - MHGCC Member


Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director/Conductor : Robin Osterley

The young singers who sang with us:
Mid-Herts Girls Chamber Choir
Peter Twitchin (Musical Director)

The A10 Orchestra
David Boarder (Musical Director)[Conductor for Bach/Elgar]


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Alexander L'Estrange - Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

Saturday 5th July 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church of St. George and St. Andrew, Stevenage

Programme:

Blow the wind southerly

Traditional Northumbrian Folk song

Libertango

Astor Piazzolla (composed 1974) arranged Jonny Gee

Die Forelle (The Trout)

Franz Schubert

Poor Tom Bowling

Charles Dibdin

Captain Stratton's Fancy

Peter Warlock

La Mer (Beyond the Sea)
 
 

Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
(orig French version recorded 1946)
English version - Lyrics by Jack Lawrence

Ceilidh Medley
 

Scottish traditional tunes arranged
by the Call Me Al quintet

Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose

Alexander L'Estrange

Soloists (All SCS Members):

 

Christine Vincent
 

Soprano (Blow the wind southerly,
Poor Tom Bowling)

Emily Hardy

Soprano (La Mer, Ahoy! - Full Fathom Five)

Sheila Soothill

Soprano (Die Forelle - "The Trout")

Rodney Cole

Tenor (Captain Stratton's Fancy)


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon

The Children's Choirs who sang with us:
Stevenage Young Singers
Moss Bury Primary School, Stevenage
St. Helens CE Primary School, Wheathampstead
Not forgetting, of course, their teachers, whose hard work paid off with some champion singing, dancing, horn-piping and stamping!

Call Me Al Quintet comprising;-
Alexander L'Estrange (Musical Director/Composer): Keyboard
Kathryn Parry : Violin
Nic France : Drums
Kevin Street : Accordion
Jonny Gee : Double Bass


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Haydn - Nelson Mass

Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. George and St. Andrew, Stevenage

The quoted line is from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

In the relaxed atmosphere of the Music Centre we present an evening of Shakespeare related music.

However don't think this is going to be Elizabethan Music though ... we are singing modern pieces - Bob Chilcott's "Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda", John Rutter's "Birthday Madrigals" (written for George Shearing's 75th Birthday) and the George Shearing settings of Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets (where John Rutter was the conductor at the premiere).

Songs and Sonnets with swing!

We had the Part 4 Jazz Band providing extra music as well - including Take Five (forever associated with Dave Brubeck, it was the quartet's saxophonist, Paul Desmond, who wrote it) and Golden Lady (written by Stevie Wonder, part of the "Inner Visions" album 6th Aug 1973).

Programme:

In Flanders Field
 

Words: John McCrae
Music: Anna Lush arr. Tim Scott

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Benjamin Britten

Missa in Angustiis
(Commonly called the "Nelson" Mass)

Haydn
 


Soloists:

 

Fiona Hammacot

Soprano

Lise Christensen

Mezzo Soprano

Mark Chaundy

Tenor

Robert Gildon

Bass


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Organist: Derek Harrison
Percussion: Tristan Fry

Brandenburg Sinfonia
Musical Director : Bob Porter


2013


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Noel - A Family Carol Concert

Saturday 7th December 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Peter, Stevenage

The concert includes Shephalbury Park Razzle Dazzle - a local school choir

Programme:

O Come , all ye faithful

Trad arr. Willcocks

Angelus ad virginem

Trad arr. Willcocks

Hymn to the Virgin

Benjamin Britten

The Angel Gabriel

Trad arr. Willcocks

It came upon the midnight clear

Words: E.H.Sears, Music: Trad arr. Arthur Sullivan

A Babe is born

Words: 15th Cent - anon, Music: William Mathias

Jesus Child

John Rutter

All I want for Christmas is you

Carey

Rudolph, The red nosed Reindeer

Johnny Marks arr. Richard Allain

O little town of Bethlehem
 

Words: Bishop Phillips Brooks,
Music: Trad arr. Vaughan Williams

Susanni
 

Words: Trad 14th Century,
Music: Richard Rodney Bennett

In dulci Jubilo

German Trad arr. John Rutter

I pray

Paul Mealor

Hark! the herald angels sing
 

Words: Wesley et al,
Music: Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

Torches

Galician trad carol arr. John Joubert


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon

Shephalbury Park Razzle Dazzle
Conductor : Natalie Botazzi, Emily Hardy (SCS Member)


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A Celebration of Benjamin Britten

Saturday 19th October 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

A concert to celebrate the birth of Benjamin Britten including Rejoice in the Lamb and Missa Brevis.

Concert also features Blest pair of Sirens by Parry and A Trio of Elizabethan Part Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Programme:

Missa Brevis in D (Op. 63)

Benjamin Britten

Carillon

Herbert Murrill

Rejoice in the Lamb

Benjamin Britten

Elizabethan Part Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Alleluyas

Simon Preston

Blest Pair of Sirens

Hubert Parry

Soloists:

 

Liz Hill

Contralto - "Rejoice in the Lamb"

Ian Priest

Tenor - "Rejoice in the Lamb"

Michael Powles

Bass - "Rejoice in the Lamb"

Emily Creed

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Missa Brevis", "Rejoice in the Lamb"

Sheila Soothill

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Missa Brevis"

Stephanie Sproat

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Missa Brevis"

David Boarder

Organ


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Organ Accompanist: David Boarder


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From Mozart to Les Mis

Saturday 8th June 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Hugh and St. John, Stevenage

A programme of favourite arias and choruses from best loved Opera and Musical Theatre.

Programme:

Chorus of Enchanted Islanders - from "Alcina"

Handel

Dido's Lament - from "Dido and Aeneas"

Purcell

Chorus of Wedding Guests - from "Lucia de Lammermoor"

Donizetti

Dieh Vieni - from "Le Nozze Di Figaro")

Mozart

Voyagers Chorus - from "Idomeneo"

Mozart

"Prayer" - from "Moise"

Rossini

Flower Duet - from "Lakme"

Delibes

Pilgrims Chorus - from "Tannhäuser"

Wagner

Anvil Chorus - from "Il Travatore"

Verdi

Overture to William Tell (for four Hands)

Rossini

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va pensiero) - from "Nabucco"

Verdi

Questo e Quella - from "Rigoletto"

Verdi

Habanera - from "Carmen"

Bizet

Easter Hymn - from "Cavalleria Rusticana"

Mascagni

Humming Chorus - from "Madame Butterfly"

Puccini

Vilja - from "The Merry Widow"

Franz Lehár

Someone to Watch over me - from the Musical "Oh Kay" (1926)

Gershwin

Can you hear the people sing? - from "Les Miserables"

Francini

 

 

Soloists:

 

Daniel Joy

Tenor - "Chorus of Wedding Guests", "Prayer", "Questo e Quella"

Emma Coates

Mezzo-Soprano (SCS Member) - "Habanera", "Flower Duet"

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Dieh Vieni", "Easter Hymn", "Vilja"

Sheila Soothill

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Flower Duet"

Stephanie Sproat

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Prayer"

Heather Newstead

Soprano (SCS Member) - "Prayer"

Martin Sproat

Bass (SCS Member) - "Prayer"

Robin Osterley

Piano - William Tell Overture (four hands)

Graham Pointon

Piano - William Tell Overture (four hands)


Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director/Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist (Piano/Organ): Graham Pointon


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Duruflé - Requiem

Saturday 9th March 2013 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Although he was born in 1902 and died in 1986, Maurice Duruflé is not a typical 20th century musician. Compared with other great composers of his day — Bernstein, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Britten — he seems strangely out of touch with his times, both in his music and his personality.

Maurice Duruflé was born in Louviers. From the age of ten, he attended the choir school attached to Rouen Cathedral, where he both sang in the choir and learned the organ, and entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1921. He was taught by Chausson and Dukas and was strongly influenced by many other French composers of the older generation, such as Franck and Saint-Saëns. From 1930 he was employed as organist of the Church of St. Etienne du Mon in Paris, and it is the French Catholic ritual that was the most profound influence on his music.

Even though he did not serve in the military, he must have been deeply affected by the physical and social carnage. In 1945, five months after Paris was liberated, Duruflé’s father died. This gave impulse to the composition of his greatest work, the Requiem, which was also his first work after the war. Published in 1948, it was dedicated to the memory of his father. The music is inspired by the Gregorian chants that Duruflé had helped to revive. All nine movements are based on the missa pro defunctis (mass of the dead), which evokes memories of the disciplines learned by the choirboy prodigy. Though traditional in form and tone, the Requiem is also rich in non-traditional harmonies and colourful orchestration. The lucent beauty of this work surely reflects an emotional duet between the love in his marriage and his feelings of loss for his beloved parent.

Programme:

Concerto for 2 Trumpets and strings

Petronio Francescini

Palladio (First Movement)

Karl Jenkins

Adagio in G minor
(attributed to Albinoni)

Remo Giazotto
 

Chaconne from The Fairy Queen
(Act V ‐ Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman)

Purcell
 

Requiem

Duruflé

Soloists:

 

Rob Gildon

Baritone

Emily Creed

Soprano (SCS Member)

Tamara Young

Harp

Al Nunn

Trumpet

Richard Salthouse

Trumpet

Henry Fynn

Tympani


A10 Orchestra
Musical Director/Conductor : David Boarder

Royston Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Stevenage Choral Society
Musical Director/Conductor : Robin Osterley
Organist (for Duruflé): David Boarder


2012


SCS Family Christmas Concert

Saturday 15th December 2012 at 4:00 p.m Location: Holy Trinity Church, Stevenage, Herts

Programme:

O Come all ye faithful

Unknown arr. by David Willcocks

Gaudete

Trad. arr by Bob Chilcott

Jesus Jesus

arranged by Bob Chilcott

Do you hear what I hear?
 
 

Words: Noël Regney,
Music: Gloria Shayne
For the piece's interesting history click here

Torches

John Joubert

Sir Christémas
 

Words: Anon,
Music: William Matthias

It came upon the midnight clear
 

Words: E.T. Sears,
Music: Trad adapted Arthur Sullivan

O Little town of Bethlehem
 
 

Words: Bishop Phillips Brooks,
Music: R Vaughan Williams,
Descant by Thomas Armstrong

Linden Tree Carol

Trad, Old German tune arr. by Reginald Jacques

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Elizabeth Poston

Still, Still, Still
 

German traditional arr Bob Chilcott
(Sung in German)

Sans Day Carol

Cornish Traditional Carol arranged by John Rutter

Nativity Carol

John Rutter

Shepherds Pipe Carol

John Rutter

Hark the herald angels sing!
 
 

Words: C. Wesley et al,
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Descant by David Willcocks

We wish you a merry Christmas

Trad. arr Bob Chilcott


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Pianist/Organist : Graham Pointon


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Alexander L'Estrange - Zimbe!

Saturday 17th November 2012 at 7:00 p.m
Location: St. Andrew and St. Georges, Stevenage, Herts

If you want to find out more about Zimbe! simply click on the following link: Zimbe! which will take you to the home page for this piece.

Zimbe! is a sequence of choral arrangements of traditional songs from all over Africa in a jazz style. This is a work which forges links between adult choirs and massed children’s choirs, placing singing at the heart of the community as it always has been in Africa. And, since jazz grew out of blues which itself sprang from the mouths of African people, what better accompaniment for these songs than a jazz quintet? Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times funky and grooving and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike.

We were supported by Alexander and the Call Me Al quintet. Also we had some members of Harpenden Choral Society singing the semi-chorus parts with us, with children from Hunsdon and Wheathampstead schools singing the children's parts.

Programme:

Jubilate Jubilee

Paul Mealor

O Waly Waly

Trad. arr by Alexander L'Estrange

Lazy Basie Blues

Alexander L'Estrange

Smoke gets in your Eyes

Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach

New York State of Mind

Billy Joel

Cry me a river

George Gershwin

Standing in the need of prayer

Gospel song arr. Alexander L'Estrange

Zimbe!

Alexander L'Estrange

Soloists:

 

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS) - Smoke gets in your eyes

Emily Hardy

Soprano (SCS) - New York State of Mind

Emma Coates

Soprano (SCS) - Cry me a river

Graham Pointon

Pianist (for soloist pieces)


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Members of Harpenden Choral Society - singing Zimbe! semi-chorus parts

Call Me Al Quintet comprising;-
Alexander L'Estrange : Keyboard
Adam Riley : Percussion
Mike Bradley : Drums
Julian Landymore : Alto Sax
Leon Skelton : Electric Bass

Children's Choirs - for Zimbe!
Beech Hyde School, Wheathampstead
St. Helens CE School, Wheathampstead
Hunsdon JMI School, Hunsdon


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American Composers - SCS Summer Concert

Saturday 23rd June 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Hugh and St. John's Church, Stevenage, Herts

Programme:

Long Time Ago

American trad. adapted by Aaron Copland

Simple Gifts (Shaker Song)

American trad. adapted by Aaron Copland

I bought me a cat

American trad. adapted by Aaron Copland

Graceful Ghost

William Bolcom

Sleep

Eric Whitacre

Taylor the Latte Boy

Zina Goldrich and Mary Heisler

Go Down Moses

American Trad. arranged by Gordon Jacob

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

American Trad. arranged by Hugh S. Roberton

L'il Liza Jane

American Trad. arranged by Gordon Lawson

Shenandoah

American Trad. arranged by James Erb

I Got Plenty of Nuttin

George Gershwin

O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Lauridsen

Summertime - from Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin

Someone to watch over me
 

Music: George Gershwin
Words: Ira Gershwin

Fascinating Rhythm

George Gershwin

Down by the Riverside

American Trad. arranged by John Rutter

Soloists:

 

Graham Pointon

Piano (Graceful Ghost)

Emily Hardy

Soprano (Taylor the Latte Boy)

Robin Osterley

Piano(I Got Plenty of Nuttin)

Philip Waite

Bass (Go Down Moses)

Christine Vincent

Soprano (Summertime)

Emma Coates

Soprano (Someone to watch over me)


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon


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Haydn - The Creation

Saturday 24th March 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew and St. Georges, Stevenage, Herts

Concert sponsored in the memory of Arthur Shiel.

Programme:

The Creation

Haydn

Soloists:

 

Caroline MacPhie

Soprano

Mark Chaundy

Tenor

Simon Lobelson

Baritone

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Continuo : Derek Harrison

The Brandenburg Sinfonia
Artistic Director : Bob Porter


2011


SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew and St. Georges, Stevenage, Herts

Programme:

Torches

John Joubert

O come all ye faithful

Trad. arr. David Willcocks

Reading:

The Oxen by Thomas Hardy

Midnight Mass (Messe de minuit)
Four movements -
    Kyrie, Gloria,Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Charpentier
 
 

Reading:

Christmas by John Betjeman

Children's Choir:
    Silent Night
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer
    Believe

 
Franz Gruber
Johnny Marks
Lin Marsh

It came upon the midnight clear
 
 

Words: E.H. Sears,
Music: Trad adapted by Arthur Sullivan
Descant by David Willcocks

Organ piece:
Dance Variations on
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
    Rumba
    Hurdy-Gurdy Waltz
    Viennese Waltz
    Hornpipe
    Rock and Roll

Clifton Hughes
 
 
 
 
 

O little town of Bethlehem
 
 

Words: Bishop Philips Brooks,
Music: Trad adapted by Vaughan Williams
Descant by Thomas Armstrong

Sussex Carol

Traditional English arr. by David Willcocks

Still, Still, Still

Traditional German - arr. Bob Chilcott

Reading:

Peace by Henry Vaughan

Children's Choir:
    Little Donkey
    White Christmas

 
Eric Boswell
Irving Berlin

Sans Day Carol

Cornish Trad. arr. by John Rutter

Personent Hodie

Trad German tune arr. by Gustav Holst

Hark! The herald angels sing
 

Words: C. Wesley, T. Whitefield, M. Madan and others
Music: Felix Mendelssohn, descant by David Willcocks

Readers:

 

 

Heather Newstead

(Thomas Hardy poem)

(SCS Member)

Sheila Soothil

(Henry Vaughan poem)

(SCS Member)

Colin Lee

(John Betjeman poem)

(SCS Member)


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Justin Thomas
Organist : Clifton Hughes

Shephalbury Meadow Federation Children's Choir
Musical Directors : Lizzie Shackelford, Natalie Botazzi, Jan Tothill


Mendelssohn - Elijah

Saturday 25th June 2011 at 7:45 p.m
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, Herts

We performed this with Stevenage Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2011 Stevenage Festival.

Programme:

Elijah

Felix Mendelssohn

Soloists:

    

Emily Creed

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)

Emma Sproat

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS Member)

Heather Newstead

Soprano (SCS Member)


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Philip Brunton


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Rutter - Requiem

Saturday 9th April 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage, Herts

We had East Herts Youth Orchestra with us performing the Rutter Requiem as well as other pieces

Programme:

Gavottes No. 1 and 2
   from Suite No. 3 in D

J.S.Bach
 

Rhosymedre

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Dick's Maggot

Ernest Tomlinson

The Lord is my Shepherd
   written for the TV series The Vicar of Dibley

Howard Goodall
 

It's all about Love

George Gershwin

Ain't Misbehavin'

Fats Waller

There is sweet music here
   from Musick's Jubilee

Andrew Carter
 

Fiddle Faddle

Leroy Anderson

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Hans Zimmer

Requiem

John Rutter

Soloists:

    

Emily Creed
 

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)
- Lord is my shepherd

Emma Sproat
 

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)
- There is sweet music here

Roz Davies
 

Soprano (SCS Member)
- Rutter - Pie Jesu

Christine Vincent
 

Soprano (SCS Member)
- Rutter - Pie Jesu, Lux Eterena

Stephanie Sproat
 

Soprano (SCS Member)
- Rutter - Lux Eterena

Heather Newstead
 

Soprano (SCS Member)
- Rutter - Lux Eterena

David Cole
 

Solo Cello (EHYO Member)
- Rutter - Out of the Deep

Amy Clark
 

Solo Oboe (EHYO Member)
- Rutter - The Lord is My shepherd

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

East Herts Youth Orchestra
Conductor : David Boarder

Stevenage Choral Society

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