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Rossini - Petit Messe Solonelle

Saturday 20th November 2010 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage, Herts

"Gioachino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle (Little solemn mass) was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age)

The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labeled it, not without irony, petite (little). He scored it originally for twelve singers, four of them soloists, two pianos and harmonium. The mass was first performed on 14 March 1864 at the couple's new home in Paris. Rossini later produced an orchestral version, including an additional movement, a setting of the hymn "O salutaris hostia" as a soprano aria. This version of the mass was not performed during his lifetime because he could not obtain permission to perform it with female singers in a church.

Programme:

Petite Messe Solonnelle

Giacchino Rossini

  

  

Soloists:

  

Emily Creed

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)

Emma Sproat

Mezzo Soprano/Soprano (SCS Member)

Gareth Huw John

Tenor

Christopher Wright

Bass/Baritone


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Piano Accompanist: Graham Pointon
Harmonium Accompanist: Derek Harrison


Hatfield House - The Rose Weekend

Saturday 19 June 2010 at 1:30 p.m
Location: The Rose Weekend, Hatfield House, Hatfield

Saturday 20th June 2010 at 1:30 p.m
Location: The Rose Weekend, Hatfield House, Hatfield

Two mini-concerts given outdoors at the Rose Weekend at Hatfield.

Programme

Chorus of Wedding Guests
    From Lucia Di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti
 

Anvil Chorus
    From Il Travatore

Giuseppe Verdi
 

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
    From Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi
 

Bell Chorus
    From I Pagliacci

Ruggero Leoncavello
 

Una Furtiva Lagrima
    From Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti
 

Easter Hymn
    From Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni
 

Pescator Dell'Onda

Trad. arr by Jeremy Jackman

  

  

Soloists:

  

Anthony Zerillo
 

Tenor (SCS Member) - Chorus of Wedding Guests,
Una Furtiva Lagrima

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS Member) - Easter Hymn


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley (Saturday)
Conductor : Anthony Zerillo (Sunday)
Accompanist (Piano/Organ/Harpsichord): Graham Pointon


Opera Choruses

Saturday 12th June 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Nobel School, Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage

Programme (in order of performance):

Amor Vittorioso

Giovanni Gastoldi

Scaldava il Sol

Luca Marenzio

Ohimè se tanto amate

Claudio Monteverdi

Granada

Isaac Albeniz

Chorus of Wedding Guests
    From Lucia Di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti
 

Latin American Suite No. 1

Mike Cornick

Anvil Chorus
    From Il Travatore

Giuseppe Verdi
 

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
    From Nabucco

Giuseppe Verdi
 

Humming Chorus
    From Madame Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
 

Bell Chorus
I Pagliacci

Ruggero Leoncavello
 

Una Furtiva Lagrima
    From Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti
 

Andaluza

Enrique Granados

Requiem

Giacomo Puccini

Easter Hymn
    From Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni
 

Pescator Dell'Onda

Trad. arr by Jeremy Jackman

  

  

Soloists:

  

Graham Pointon

Piano - Granada, Latin American Suite, Andaluza

Anthony Zerillo

Tenor (SCS Member) - Chorus of Wedding Guests,
Una Furtiva Lagrima

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS Member) - Easter Hymn

Robin Osterly

Piano - Latin American Suite

Heather Heritage

Percussion (Anvil) - Anvil Chorus


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


Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms

Sunday 21st March 2010 at 7:00 p.m
Location: St. Hilda's Church, Hydean Way, Stevenage

Chichester Psalms is an extended choral composition in three movements by Leonard Bernstein for boy treble or countertenor, choir and orchestra. The text was arranged by the composer from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew. Part 1 uses Psalms 100 and 108, Part 2 uses 2 and 23, and Part 3 uses 131 and 133. Bernstein scored the work for a reduced orchestra, but also made a version for a smaller ensemble of organ, one harp, and percussion.

The work premiered at the Philharmonic Hall in New York City on 15 July 1965, conducted by the composer. That was followed by a performance at Chichester Cathedral as part of the festival, for which it was commissioned, on 31 July that year, conducted by John Birch.

[Information extracted from Wikipedia page on the work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichester_Psalms]

Programme:

Festival Toccata

Percy E. Fletcher

Sonatine pour Harpe, Op. 30

Tournier

Aesop's Fables

Bob Chilcott

Variations on "America"

Charles Ives

Crown Imperial

William Walton

Chichester Psalms

Leonard Bernstein

  

  

Soloists:

  

Tom Jackman

Counter Tenor - Chichester Psalms

Emily Creed

Soprano (SCS Member) - Chichester Psalms

Emma Sproat (SCS Member)

Alto (SCS Member) - Chichester Psalms

Robert Toll

Bass (Chichester Psalms)

Clifton Hughes

Organ

Daniel de-Frey

Harp

Steve Long

Percussion


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist: Graham Pointon - Aesop's Fables


2009


Bob Chilcott - Gaudete - SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 19th Dec. 2009 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Church of St. Hugh and St. John, Chells, Stevenage

Occasionally happens to us at Christmas time - CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
If I remember correctly this one was at very short notice, the snow dropped out of the sky at the rehearsal in the afternoon.

Programme:

Gaudete

Bob Chilcott

Sir Christémas

Words: Anon, Music: William Mathias

Sans Day Carol

Cornish Trad. carol arr. John Rutter

Shepherds Pipe Carol

John Rutter

 

 


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


Faure - Requiem

Saturday 14th Nov. 2009 at 7:30 p.m
Location: St. Andrews and St. Georges Church, Stevenage

A trusty favourite - Faure's Requiem amidst a rich programme of other Faure works. Add to this, the wonderful Brandenburg Sinfonia as our orchestra - a lovely concert

Programme:

Cantique de Jean Racine

Gabriel Fauré

Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5)

Gustav Mahler

Motets:
    Locus iste
    Ave Maria
    Os Justi
    Virga Jesse

Anton Bruckner
 
 
 
 

Requiem

Gabriel Fauré

  

  

Soloists:

  

Emma Sproat

Soprano (SCS member) - Requiem

David Smith

Baritone - Requiem


Brandenburg Sinfonia
Artist Director: Robert Porter

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist (for rehearsals): Graham Pointon
Organist: Derek Harrison


Last Night of the Proms (Part of Stevenage Festival)

Saturday 27th Jun. 2009 at 7:45 p.m.
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Teamed up with thee North Herts Youth Orchestra as part of the end of season festival concert for the Stevenage Festival.

Programme:

Little Suite

Malcolm Arnold

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Trad. arr Ralph Vaughan Williams

Zadok the Priest

George Frederick Handel

Early one morning

Trad. arr. Higginbottom

Down by the Sally Gardens

Trad. arr. Higginbottom

James Bond Theme

John Barry

Engima Variations

Edward Elgar

Hallelujah Chorus
(From the Messiah)

George Frederick Handel

Jerusalem

Parry

Rule Britannia

Thomas Arne

Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
(includes Land of Hope and Glory)

Edward Elgar
 

 

 

Soloists:

 

Emma Sproat

Soprano (SCS member) - Rule Britannia

Christine Vincent

Soprano (SCS member) - Early one morning


North Herts Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Meirion Williams

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist (for rehearsals): Graham Pointon


Karl Jenkins - "The Armed Man"
- performed as part of the Stevenage Festival

Saturday 13th Jun. 2009 at 7:45 p.m.
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

We joined with Stevenage Symphony Orchestra for this wonderful piece of Karl Jenkins, performing it as part of the Stevenage festival. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It reflects on the passing of ‘the most war-torn and destructive century in human history’ and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future.

Programme:

The Armed Man

Karl Jenkins

Suite L'Arlesiénne

Georges Bizet

Finlandia

Jean Sibelius

  

  

Soloists:

  

Ali Sherrif

Muezzin (performed Adhaan - Call to Prayer)

Christine Vincent
Emily Creed
Emma Sproat

Soprano (SCS members)
 
 

Veronica Carolan

Alto (SCS member)

Anthony Zerillo

Tenor (SCS member)

Philip Waite

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Philip Brunton
Leader: Pam Davies

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist (for rehearsals): Graham Pointon


"Bring and Sing Messiah"

Saturday 21st Mar. 2009 at 7:30 p.m
Location: Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

This was the evening Concert. In the afternoon (1-4 p.m.) we held a rehearsal in which other people joined in with the choir and then joined us also for the evening performance. Members of the Choir (including our MD) sang some of the aria and recitative sections.

Programme:

Messiah

Handel.


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon


2008


Christmas Concert

Sunday 14th Dec. 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrews and St. Georges Church, Stevenage

We were joined in our christmas Concert by Stevenage Music Centre Young Singers, people drawn from the Saturday morning choirs held at the Music Centre.

Programme:

Away in a Manger
 

Lyrics: 19th C Anon.
Music: W.J.Kirkpatrick arr. Bob Chilcott

O Come all ye faithfull

Composer unknown arr. D. Willcocks

Gaudete

Piae Cantiones arr. Bob Chilcott

Jesus, Jesus,rest your head

American traditional arr. Bob Chilcott

Unto us is born a son

Tune from Piae Cantiones arr. Willcocks

Winter Nights**

Lin Marsh

Riding High and Low***

Roger Jones

This Child***

Graham Kendrick

Il est ne, le divin enfant

French trad arr. Bob Chilcott

Jingle Bells

Lyrics and Music: J. Pierpont arr. Bob Chilcott

God rest ye merry Gentlemen

Trad English arr. Willcocks

Coventry Carol
 
 

Lyrics: From the Pageant of Shearman
and Trawlers (15th Century)
Music: English Trad. arr. Bob Chilcott

Master in this Hall
 

Lyrics: William Morris
Music: French trad carol arr. Willcocks

Just another star***

Karl Jenkins/Carol Barrat

Gaudete***

Traditional

Winter Wonderland***
 

Lyrics: Richard B. Smith
Music: Felix Bernard arr. Lin Marsh

New Year Carol
 

Lyrics: Anon- From "Tom Tiddlers Ground" anthology by Walter de La Mare
Music: Benjamin Britten

Personent Hodie
 

Lyrics: From Piae Cantiones (1582)
Music: German (1360) arr. Holst

Rocking**

Czech Carol arr. Willcocks

Sans Day Carol**

Cornish Trad carol arr. Rutter

Hark the Herald Angels sing
 

Lyrics: C Wesley, T. Whitefield and M. Madan and others
Music: Mendelssohn arr. Willcocks

Encore: We wish you a merry Christmas

Trad. West Cornish carol arr. Bob Chilcott

 

 

Key to above songs;
*** Stevenage Music Centre Young Singers only
**  Stevenage Music Centre Young Singers and SCS


Stevenage Music Centre Young Singers
Conductor : Deena Day
Accompanist : Rebecca Hughes

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon


Haydn - Theresienmesse

Saturday 15th Nov. 2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Andrews and St. Georges Church

Theresienmesse is a mass in B-flat major written by Joseph Haydn and named after Maria Theresa of the Two Sicilies, empress consort of Francis II. The title does not appear on the autograph score, which is labeled simply with the Latin word "Missa"

The mass is scored for solo quartet, chorus, strings, two clarinets, two trumpets, timpani and organ continuo.

[Info extracted from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresienmesse]

Programme:

Divertimento in D, KV 136

Mozart

Rondo in A, D.438

Schubert

Serenade for strings

Edward Elgar

Theresien Masse

Haydn


Pro Arte Orchestra
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon


A Little Concert

Saturday 20th Sept. 2008 at 3 p.m.
Location: Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage

I am fairly sure this was part of a showcase event for local Arts.

Programme:

Someone to watch over me
 

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Music: George Gershwin

Michael Finnegan

Trad. arr. Anthony Zerrilo

Our Love is here to stay
 

Lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Music: George Gershwin

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Verdi (Nabucco)

Down by The Riverside

Trad. American arr. J Rutter


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon


Johannes Brahms - A German Requiem

Sunday 27th April 2008 at 7.30 p.m.
Location: St. Hildas Church, Stevenage

A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms, is a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra, a soprano and a baritone soloist, composed between 1865 and 1868. It comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical, and unlike a long tradition of the Latin Requiem, A German Requiem, as its title states, is a Requiem in the German language.

His original conception was for a work of six movements; according to their eventual places in the final version, these were movements I–IV and VI–VII. Brahms completed all but what is now the fifth movement by August 1866. Johann Herbeck conducted the first three movements in Vienna on 1 December 1867. This partial premiere went poorly due to a misunderstanding in the timpanist's score. Sections marked as pf were played as f or ff, essentially drowning out the rest of the ensemble in the fugal section of the third movement. In May 1868 Brahms composed an additional movement, which became the fifth movement within the final work. The final, seven-movement version of A German Requiem was premiered in Leipzig on 18 February 1869.

[Information extracted from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_German_Requiem_(Brahms)]

Programme:

Slavonic Dances 1-4

Antonin Dvorak

A German Requiem

Johannes Brahms


Soloists :

Rebecca Naomi Watson :

Soprano

Simon Thorpe :

Baritone


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon
Accompanist : Clifton Hughes


2007


Christmas Concert

Saturday 8th December 2007 at 7.00 pm
Location: Watton at Stone Parish Church

Programme:

Ceremony of Carols

Benjamin Britten

O Come all ye faithfull

Trad. Arr. Wilcocks

Masters in this hall

Trad. Arr. Wilcocks

The Nativity Carol

John Rutter

Infant Holy

Trad. Arr. Wilcocks

Good King Wenceslas

Trad. Arr. Wilcocks

Torches

John Joubert

New Year Carol

Benjamin Britten

Personent Hodie

German Traditional arr. Holst

Hark the herald angels sing

Felix Mendelssohn

Twelve days of Christmas

Arr. John Rutter

????? A mystery carol??????

Hector Berlioz


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Accompanist : Graham Pointon
Harp : Rhian Hanson


Hector Berlioz - Grande Messe Des Morts

Sunday 5th November 2007 at 7.30 pm
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London

Concert was for British Council for the Prevention of Blindness (BCPB)

The Grande Messe des morts (or Requiem), Op. 5, by Hector Berlioz was composed in 1837. The Grande Messe des Morts is one of Berlioz's best-known works, with a tremendous orchestration of woodwind and brass instruments, including four antiphonal offstage brass ensembles. The work derives its text from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass.

In 1837, Adrien de Gasparin, the Minister of the Interior of France, asked Berlioz to compose a Requiem Mass to remember soldiers who died in the Revolution of July 1830. Berlioz accepted the request, having already wanted to compose a large orchestral work. Meanwhile, the orchestra was growing in size and quality, and the use of woodwinds and brass was expanding due to the increasing ease of intonation afforded by modern instruments. Berlioz later wrote, "if I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des morts."
[Information taken from Wikipedia:]

The Grand Messe is an enormous work in terms of orchestral and vocal forces needed so orchestras and Choir from all over Herts were massed together for this performance, see below for details.

Programme included:

Grande Messe Des Morts

Hector Berlioz

Blast

Daniel Basford


Soloist :

Justin Lavender :

Tenor (Berlioz - Sanctus)


Westminster Philharmonia Orchestra
Herts County Youth Brass (4 bands)
Joint Herts Choirs comprising:

  • Barnet Choral Society
  • Bishops Stortford Choral Society
  • Chiltern Chamber Choir
  • The Chiltern Choir
  • Chipperfield Choral Society
  • Harpenden Choral Society
  • Hertford Choral Society
  • North Herts Guild of Singers
  • QC Chamber Choir
  • St. Albans Choral Society
  • Stevenage Choral Society
  • Tring Choral Society
  • Ware Choral Society
  • Watford Philharmonic Society
  • Welwyn Garden Music Society

Musical Director/Conductor : Derek Harrison


Come and Sing

Sunday 1st July 2007 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Stevenage Arts Pavilion, Roaring Meg

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Part of the BBC's Play it Again initiative....COME AND SING WITH STEVENAGE CHORAL SOCIETY! Enjoy a fun choral workshop with the great SUSAN HOLLINGWORTH, one of the most highly-respected choral leaders in the country. All ages and abilities welcome - you don't need to read music, just be keen to have a sing!

This was a fun singing event where, whatever your skill level , you would end up singing in parts and learning ways to improve your singing and listening skills .... and it was fon, too! If you want to look at pictures from the event visit our gallery page for the event.


Edward Elgar - Orchestral and Choral pieces

Saturday 19th May 2007 at 7.30 pm
Location: St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Stevenage

Concert was part of Elgar-in-Hertfordshire Festival May - Nov 2007

Programme:

Coronation March Op. 65

Edward Elgar

The Spirit of England (Cantata - Op. 80)

Edward Elgar

Part Songs
The Fountain Op. 71/2
The Shower Op 71/1
My Love dwelt in a Northern Land Op. 18/3

Edward Elgar

Falstaff (Symphonic Study - Op 68)

Edward Elgar


Soloist :

Sara Jonsson :

Soprano (Spirit of England)


Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Paul Adrian Rooke

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


John Rutter - Gloria

Saturday 24th February 2007 at 7.30 pm
Location: Christ Church, Watford, Herts

Programme:

Tilbury Point

Nigel Clarke

Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin, arr. James Barnes

Jubilate

Bob Chilcott

Musical for a Festival

Philip Sparke

The Sorceror's Apprentice

Paul Dukas, arr. Frank Winterbottom

Gloria

John Rutter


Soloists (All are Choir Members):

Emma Sproat :

Soprano (Jubilate)

Christine Vincent :

Soprano (Gloria)

Jo Dekkers :

Soprano (Gloria)

Heather Heritage :

Soprano (Gloria)

Sheila Soothill :

Alto (Gloria)

Christine Vincent :

Alto (Gloria)


Organist: Clifton Hughes
Pianist : Graham Pointon

Phoenix Concert Band
Conductor : Chris McGinity

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


2006


Christmas Concert

Saturday 16th December 2006 at 7.30 pm
Location: St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Stevenage

Programme:

O come all ye faithful

Trad arr. David Willcocks

All this time
 

Words 16th Century -
Music: William Walton

What Cheer
 

Words 16th Century -
Music: William Walton

Unto us is born a Son
 

Tune from Piae Cantiones (1582)
arr. Willcocks

Si Si

Traditional Congolese

Yellow, Orange and Brown

Lin Marsh

Hibernation

Chris Hazell

A boy was born
 

Words 16th Century -
Music: Benjamin Britten

Masters in this Hall

Trad arr. Willcocks

God rest ye merry Gentlemen

Trad. arr. Willcocks

The Child that Mary bore

Paul Adrian Rooke

The Nativity Carol

John Rutter

Good Time Christmas

Victy Silva

Shepherds Rock

Bill Ready/Tate

New Year Carol

Benjamin Britten

Personent Hodie

German trad. arr. Holst

Rocking

Czech arr. Willcocks

Walking in the air

Howard Blake arr. D. Boarder

Noel Nouvelet
 

Trad French Carol translated by Wendy Marvin
  Arr. by Peter Hurford

Hark the Herald Angels sing

Mendelssohn

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Warrell


Soloists :

Emma Sproat :

Soprano


Keyboard : Rebecca Hughes
Keyboard/Organist : Graham Pointon

Stevenage Young Singers
Conductor : Deena Day

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


Stevenage 60th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 11th November 2006 at 7.30 pm
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme included:


Soloists (All are Choir Members):

Skyrider

Philip Sparke

Harry Potter and the Philsophers Stone

John Williams

Jubilate

Bob Chilcott

Lord of the Rings

Howard Shore and Fran Walsh

Guys and Dolls

Frank Loesser

Gloria

John Rutter

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Soprano (Gloria)

Emma Sproat :

Soprano (Jubilate)

Christine Vincent :

Jo Dekkers :

Soprano (Gloria)

Heather Heritage :

Soprano (Gloria)

Sheila Soothill :

Alto (Gloria)

Christine Vincent :

Alto (Gloria)


Organist: Clifton Hughes
Pianist : Graham Pointon

Phoenix Concert Band
Conductor : Chris McGinity

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


Karl Orff - Carmina Burana

18th June 2006
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Concert was part of Stevenage Festival.

Programme:

Oom Pah Pah

Lionel Bart

Themes from Harry Potter

John Williams

Scooby Doo, where are you?

David Mook and Ben Raleigh

Match of the Day

Rhet Stoller

Sousa

Sousa themes arr. Warren Barker

Blues on the Slide

Stuart Johnson

My Fair Lady

Frederick Loewe (selections)

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

trad arr. Barry Forgie

Dance of the Comedians
(from the Opera - The Bartered Bride - Act 3)

Smetana
 

Jamaican Rock

Stuart Johnson

Taquila

Chuck Rio

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff


Soloists:

Donna Bateman :

Soprano

Daniel Auchinloss :

Tenor

Keel Watson :

Bass-Baritone

Clifton Hughes and Graham Pointon :

Pianos

Simon Archer :

Timpani

Donna Maria Landowski,
Robert Ball,
Patricia Allardyce,
Donal O'Neal:

Percussion


Kingshott Concert Band
Hitchin Concert Band
Conductor : Alison Eales

Kingshott School Chamber Choir
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


2005


Elizabeth Poston Centenary Concert

17th December 2005
Location: Church of St. George and St. Andrew, Stevenage

Programme:

O come all ye faithful

Trad. arr. David Willcocks

The Nativity

Elizabeth Poston

Serenade for Strings

William Lloyd Webber

Away in a Manger

W.J. Kirkpartick

Unto us is born a son

Tune from Pies Cantiones arr. David Willcocks

Sweet was the song

Paul Adrian Rooke

The Child that Mary bore

Paul Adrian Rooke

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Trad. arr. David Willcocks

All this time

William Walton

What Cheer

William Walton

It came upon the midnight clear

Trad. arr. Arthur Sullivan

Jesus Christ the apple tree

Elizabeth Poston

The blessed son of God

Ralph Vaughn Williams

No sad thought

Ralph Vaughn Williams

Boars Head Carol

Trad. arr. Elizabeth Poston

Hark the Herald Angels sing

Felix Mendelssohn


Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Paul Adrian Rooke

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


J.S. Bach - Magnificat in D

15th Ocober 2005
Location: Church of St. George and St. Andrew, Stevenage

Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat, is a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat. It is scored for five vocal parts (two sopranos, alto, tenor and bass), and a Baroque orchestra including trumpets and timpani. It is the first major liturgical composition on a Latin text by Bach.

Likely for the feast of Visitation of 1733, or another feast in or around that year, Bach produced a new version of his Latin Magnificat, without the Christmas hymns: instrumentation of some movements was altered or expanded, and the key changed from E-flat major to D major, for performance reasons of the trumpet parts. This version of Bach's Magnificat is known as BWV 243.2 (previously BWV 243)

[Information drawn from Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnificat_(Bach) ]

Programme:

Overture - Lucio Silla

W.A. Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus

W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 5 in B flat D.485

Franz Schubert

Magnificat in D, BVW 243

J.S. Bach


Soloists:

Helen Meyerhoff :

Soprano

Jennifer Higgins :

Contralto

Nicholas Mulroy :

Tenor

Christopher Foster :

Bass-Baritone


London Pro Arte Orchestra
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


Peter Maxwell Davies - Kestrel Road

F. Schubert - Mass in F (Deutsche Messe)

16th April 2005
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Concerto in G minor

G.F. Handel

Mass in F (Deutsche Messe)

F. Schubert

Finale from Symphony No. 1

Louis Vierne

The Kestrel Road

Peter Maxwell Davies

Ad nos salutem undam (Organ Fugue)

F. Liszt

Songs of Sailors and of the Sea

Eric Thiman


Soloists:

Malcom Hicks :

Organ

Graham Pointon :

Piano


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


2004


Puccini - Messa Di Gloria

4th December 2004
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Zadok the Priest

G.F. Handel

Symphony No. 101 "The Clock"

Haydn

Messa Di Gloria

Puccini


Soloists:

Mark Chaundy :

Tenor

Robert Anderson :

Baritone


English Sinfonia
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


Beethoven's 9th Symphony

2 October 2004
St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Overture to "Egmont" - Opus 84

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Karelia" suite - Opus 11

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Opus 125 ("Choral")

Ludwig van Beethoven
 


Soloists:

Alice Bishop :

Soprano

Jennifer Higgins :

Mezzo Soprano

Vincent Mears :

Tenor

Terry Saunders :

Baritone


Hertfordshire Philharmonia
Stevenage Choral Society
Stevenage Male Voice Choir
Conductor : Patrick Bailey


Richard Sisson - Battledore

23rd May 2004
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

This concert was the preimere of Battledore, it was commissioned for us by Making Music Eastern as a Contemporary Music project.

Richard Sisson is still an active composer, commercially speaking, but he is probably better known as "The Widow" in "Kit and the Widow" who were a British double act, performing humorous songs in the vein of Tom Lehrer or Flanders and Swann.

For the piece itself there were lots of different wind bands and musicians involved so the first part of the concert was mainly group pieces with Battledore as the finale in the second half.

Programme:

Jonny's Boots

Chris Pettit

Blues Connection

Bruce Fraser

King of the Road

Roger Miller

Thank you for the Music

"ABBA"

Lions Pride
from "The Zoo Ball"

Keith Strachan
 

Celtic Suite

Gavin Whitlock

La Bamba

Trad. arr. Richie Valens

The Magnificent Seven

Elmer Bernstein

Swinging Safari

Bert Kaempfert

Tequilla

Chuck Rio

Mancini Magic

Henry Mancini arr. Brubaker

Petite Recreation

Andre Waignein

Battledore

Richard Sisson


Baldock Junior Windband
Conductor : Tim Welch

Baldock Intermediate Windband
Conductor : Tim Welch

Royston Junior Windband
Conductor : Terry Veasey

Hitchin Junior Windband
Conductor : Steve Jenner

Hitchin Intermediate Windband
Conductor : John Lavelle

Stevenage Junior Windband
Conductor : Lynda Harrison

Stevenage Intermediate Windband
Conductor : Andrea Lee

Barnwell School Choir
Stevenage Young Singers
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


Concert

7th February 2004 Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Canticle of Fire

Malcolm Williamson

Rhosymedre

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Chorale in A minor

Gabriel Faure

Rejoice in the Lamb

Benjamin Britten

O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Laudrisen

Berceuse

Louis Vierne

Carillon-Sortie

Henri Mulet

Magnificat

Gerald Finzi


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley


2003


An American in Watton"

Saturday 5th July 2003
Location: Concert in Watton at Stone Parish Church

A programme of American music suitable for all ages.


Mozart - Requiem

29th March 2003. Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major
Opus 55 "Eroica"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Paul Adrian Rooke

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley

Stevenage Choral Society

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