Previous Concerts

This page covers from 1999 back to the start of 1997

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1998         1997


A Family Carol Concert

Saturday 14th December 2019 at 4:00pm.
Location: St. Andrews and St. Georges, Stevenage

Programme:

O Come, all ye faithful

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

What Sweeter Music
 

Words - Robert Herrick,
Music - Richard Rodney Bennett

Shepherds Farewell
 

Words - Paul England,
Music - Hector Berlioz

Torches
 

Galacian carol,
Music - J. Joubert

Good King Wenceslas
 

Words - J Neale,Tune from Piae Cantones,
  arr. Reginald Jacques

Sing the Christmas Story!

Barrie Carson Turner

A Special Song 

Colin Evans

Because of Him

Peter Carnwell

Let´s tell the world

Barrie Carson Turner

O little town of Bethlehem

Trad. arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Once in Royal Davids City

Alexander/Gauntlet arr. D. Willcocks

This is the truth

Trad. arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

Nativity Carol

John Rutter

Rocking

Czech carol arr. D. Willcocks

Sussex Carol

English Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

The Cherry Tree Carol

English Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

All in the Morning

Words - Trad.,
Music - Douglas Coombes

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Music by F. Mendelssohn


Also included were some brass pieces performed by Buccinate Brass Ensemble

Soloists:

Graham Pointon :

Organ and Keyboard


St. Nicholas School Choir
Conductor : Heather Brewer

Buccinate Brass Ensemble

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Douglas Coombes


Mahler - Symphony No. 8

Saturday 15th October 1999
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London

This is a Herts Joint Choirs concert where the Choral Society took part.

"Just think: within the last three weeks I have completed the sketch of a completely new symphony, something that makes all my other works seem like preliminary efforts. I have never composed anything like this. In content and style it is altogether different from all my other works, and it is surely my greatest accomplishment. I have probably never worked under such compulsion; it was a vision that struck me like lightning. The whole immediately stood before my eyes; I had only to write it down, as if it had been dictated to me . . . ."

Mahler made these observations in August of 1906 to Richard Specht (1870-1932) — an Austrian music critic who would later pen a posthumous biography of the composer — and they divulge a great deal about the two-movement work that became the Eighth Symphony.

Yet the rushed pace of composition in no way corresponds to diminished musical quality. As the quotation above suggests, in 1906 Mahler himself regarded Symphony no. 8 as has best work, and he reiterates this belief in other correspondence.

Despite the lukewarm and hostile responses garnered by his previous symphonies, the Eighth’s premiere in Munich—with the composer on the conducting podium—on 12 and 13 September 1910 attained public acceptance, as well as critical acclaim.

A sum of 171 instrumentalists and 858 singers—totaling 1029 musicians—participated at the premiere. This, in turn, prompted the concert promoter Emil Gutmann (1877-1920) to advertise Symphony no. 8 as “Symphony of a Thousand.”

(Information extracted from Utah Symphony listening guide to the Mahler 8 specifically -
https://utahsymphony.org/explore/2016/02/mahler-8-listening-guide/)

Programme:

Symphony No. 8

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 5 for Organ

Charles-Marie Widor


Soloists:

Andrew Parnell :

Organ


Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Derek Harrison


Choir on Tour! - A concert of Sacred Music

Sunday 30 May 1999
Location: St. Nicholas Church, Stevenage

Tuesday 1st June 1999
Location: St. Ursula Church, Prague

Wednesday 2nd June 1999
Location: St. Giles Church, Prague

A collection of sacred music, presented initially at home and then in two churches in Prague

Programme:

Awake, thou wintry earth

J.S. Bach

Ave Verum Corpus

W.A. Mozart

Holy, Holy, Holy

P.I. Tchaikovsky

Passacaglia

Buxtehude

Almighty and everlasting God

Orlando Gibbons

Verily, verily I say unto you

Thomas Tallis

Ave Verum Corpus

Edward Elgar

O Trinity, most blessed light
 

Words - St. Ambrose,
Music - C. Kenneth Turner

Voluntary in A minor

Cosyn

Canzona Quarta

Frescobaldi

Sacerdotes Domini

William Byrd

Lord that descendest, Holy Child
 

Words - Eric Milner Wright,
Music - Eric Gritton

O Christ, O blessed Lord

Richard Wagner

Sonata No. 2
  (1st. movement - lebhaft)

Hindemith
 

Ave Verum Corpus

William Byrd

Oculi omnium

Charles Wood

Panis angelicus

Camille Saint-Saëns

Lord, I trust thee

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Christopher Dexter-Mills :

Organist

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Mark Lowther


A concert of Sacred Music

Saturday 15th May 1999
Location: Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin

A collection of sacred music, presented initially at home and then in two churches in Prague

Programme:

Awake, thou wintry earth

J.S. Bach

Ave Verum Corpus

W.A. Mozart

Holy, Holy, Holy

P.I. Tchaikovsky

Passacaglia

Buxtehude

Almighty and everlasting God

Orlando Gibbons

Verily, verily I say unto you

Thomas Tallis

Ave Verum Corpus

Edward Elgar

O Trinity, most blessed light
 

Words - St. Ambrose,
Music - C. Kenneth Turner

Voluntary in A minor

Cosyn

Canzona Quarta

Frescobaldi

Sacerdotes Domini

William Byrd

Lord that descendest, Holy Child
 

Words - Eric Milner Wright,
Music - Eric Gritton

O Christ, O blessed Lord

Richard Wagner

Sonata No. 2
  (1st. movement - lebhaft)

Hindemith
 

Ave Verum Corpus

William Byrd

Oculi omnium

Charles Wood

Panis angelicus

Camille Saint-Saëns

Lord, I trust thee

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Rufus Frowde :

Organist

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Mark Lowther


Poulenc

Saturday 13th March 1999
Location: St. Andrews and St. George, Stevenage

An evening of works by Poulenc

Francis Poulenc was one of a somewhat notorious group of young French composers who became known as ‘Les Six’, an epithet clearly derived from the earlier ‘Russian Five’. The aims of the French group were to break away from the twin influences of Germanic formality and French impressionism, and to employ a direct and simple style in their own music. Of the six, Poulenc was by far the most successful.

Although Poulenc saw himself as primarily a composer of religious music, it was not in fact until 1936, following his return to Catholicism, that he produced his first sacred work. A steady stream of religious pieces then flowed from his pen, including a Mass and a series of motets. His first large-scale choral work, the Stabat Mater, appeared in 1950, and the Gloria in 1959, only four years before his death. Both employ the same forces - chorus, soprano solo and large orchestra - and both enjoyed immediate acclaim. They have remained firm favourites with performers and audiences ever since.

(Information drawn from http://www.choirs.org.uk/prognotes/Poulenc%20Gloria.htm - author John Bawden)

Programme:

Three Penitential Motets

Poulenc

Concerto Champêtre

Poulenc

Three songs from Fiançailles pour rire

Poulenc

Two Poèmes de Louis Aragon

Poulenc

Gloria

Poulenc


Soloists:

Sarah Colligan :

Soprano

Malcolm Hicks :

Harpsichord

Trevor Hughes :

Piano

Luke Richards :

Reader

Ruth Garrod :

Reader

David Ralph :

Organist and Pianist


Stevenage Choral Society and Orchestra
Conductor : Mark Lowther


1998


Douglas Coombes - The Winter Bird

Saturday 6th December 1998
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

This was the world premiere performance for this work by Douglas Coombes and we performed with the Hitchin Symphony Orchestra. It was performed as part of our Christmas Concert.

The Winter Bird - A Christmas Tale for narrator and Orchestra - libretto Sean Street, music Douglas Coombes

This is the charming legend of how the robin got his red breast - by protecting the Christ child.

Programme:

Overture "Coriolan"

Beethoven

The Cherry Tree Carol

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

Lute-book Lullaby

W. Ballet arr. Geoffrey Shaw

All this time

Words - 16th century,
Music William Walton

Symphony No. 8 in B minor
"The Unfinished"

F. Schubert
 

Ding Dong, Merrily on High
 

Words - G.R. Woodward,
Tune arr. D. Willcocks

Two short Motets
  Ubi Est?
  Gratia Domini Nostra

Malcolm Pointon
 
 

The Child that Mary bore

Paul Adrian Rooke

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Suite

John McCabe

The Winter Bird
 

Libretto - Sean Street,
Music - Douglas Coombes


Soloists:

Christine Vincent :

Soprano

Ron Hollings :

Tenor

Emily Creed :

Soprano

Graham Pointon :

Accompanist

Douglas Coombes :

Narrator


Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Paul Adrian Rooke

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


English Folk Songs and a Celebration of the Music of George Gershwin

Saturday 10th October 1998
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Swansea Town

Folk Song arr.G. Holst

I love my love

Cornish Folk Song arr.G. Holst

Autumn Evening (Op. 14, No. 1)
 

Words - Arthur McQuarie,
Music - Roger Quilter

April
 

Words - William Watson,
Music - Roger Quilter

The Oak and the Ash

Trad. arr. Edward Bairstow

The Keel Row

Trad. arr. John Byrt

Four Studies in English Folk Song
for Clarinet and Piano

Ralph Vaughan Williams
 

Searching for Lambs

Malcolm Pointon

The Sailor and the young Nancy

Norfolk folk song arr. E. J. Moeran

On the brow of Richmond Hill

Henry Purcell

Someone is sending me flowers
 

Words - Sheldon Harnick,
Music - David Baker

Celebration of the music of George Gershwin
  1)  By Strauss
  2)  Somebody Loves Me
  3)  Fascinating Rhythm
  4)  Summertime
  5)  My Mans Gone Now
  6)  Porgy, I´s Yo´ Woman now
  7)  They Can´t take that away from me
  8)  Our Love is here to stay
  9)  The Man I Love
 10) They all laughed
 11) I got Rhythm

George Gershwin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Soloists:

Helen Mountain :

Mezzo - Soprano

Gillian Hughes :

Clarinet and Saxophone

Janet Tothill :

Double Bass

Chris Baron :

Percussion

Trevor Hughes :

Piano

Graham Pointon :

Narrator


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Haydn - Creation

Saturday 20th June 1998
Location: St. Mary's Church, Old Hunstanton

Programme:

The Creation

Haydn


Soloists:

Susan Heaton-Wright :

Soprano

Andrew Lockwood :

Tenor

Edward Peters :

Bass

Bryan Ellum :

Organist


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Haydn - Creation

Sunday 14th June 1998
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Programme:

The Creation

Haydn


Soloists:

Susan Heaton-Wright :

Soprano

Andrew Lockwood :

Tenor

Edward Peters :

Bass


Stevenage Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Faure and Williamson

Saturday 14th March 1998
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Quatre Chansons

G. Faure

Cantique de Jean Racine

G. Faure

L´Horizon Chimérique

G. Faure

Canticle of Fire

Malcolm Williamson

Requiem

G. Faure


Soloists:

Malcolm Hicks :

Organ

Emily Creed :

Soprano

Edward Peters :

Baritone

Elaine Henson :

Mezzo Soprano


Stevenage Choral Society and Orchestra
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


1997


SCS Christmas Concert

Sunday 7th December 1997
Location: St. Andrew and St, George, Stevenage

Programme:

O Come, all ye faithful

Trad arr. D. Willcocks

Quelle est cette odeur

French Trad arr. D. Willcocks

O little town of Bethlehem

Walford Davies

Angel Tidings

Moravian Trad arr. John Rutter

It came upon the midnight clear
 

Trad, music by Arthur Sullivan
arr. D. Willcocks

The twelve Days of Christmas

Arr. by Kazdin

Once in Royal David´s city
 

Alexander/Gauntlet
arr. D. Willcocks

Shepherds´ Farewell
 

Words - Paul England,
Music - Hector Berlioz

Sans Day Carol

Cornish Trad. arr. John Rutter

Unto us is born a son
 
 

Words - Woodward,
tune from Piae Cantiones
arr. D. Willcocks

While Shepherds watched

Este´s Psalter arr. D. Willcocks

Boar´s Head Carol

Trad. arr. Elizabeth Poston

White Christmas

Irving Berlin arr. W Dutroit

God rest you merry gentlemen

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

Behold, a simple tender babe

Brian Hall

Masters in this hall

Words - William Morris, arr. D. Willcocks

The First Nowell

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

Jingle bells

Trad. arr. Derek Ashmore

Adam lay ybounden

Words - anon, Music - Boris Ord

In place of a King

Debbie Clark

Hark! The Herald Angels sing
 

Words - C. Wesley and others,
Music Mendelssohn arr. D. Willcocks


Soloists:

Bob Davidson :

Bass

Graham Pointon :

Accompanist


Buccinate Brass Ensemble

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Handel - Messiah

Saturday 18th October 1997
St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

The Messiah

Handel


Soloists:

Louise Hemmings :

Soprano

Jennifer Higgins :

Alto

Matthew Bridle :

Tenor

Ian Boughton :

Bass

David Atkinson :

Organ


North Herts Guild of Singers

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


A Midsummer Serenade

Sunday 29th June 1997
Location: St. Thomas More Church, Knebworth

Saturday 21st June 1997
Location: St. Mary´s Church, Heacham

Programme included some of the following:

All creatures now

John Bennett

Come Shepherds, Follow me

John Bennett

All the flowers of the Spring

Richard Rodney Bennett

Nunc Dimitis

Geoffrey Burgon

Summertime

George Gershwin

Brigg Fair

Percy Grainger

A Foggy Day in London Town

George Gershwin arr. Trevor Hughes

April is in my mistress´ face

Thomas Morley

It was a lover and his lass

Thomas Morley

All in the April Evening

Hugh Roberton

Younger than Springtime

Richard Rogers

All things bright and beautiful

John Rutter

Gaelic Blessing

John Rutter

Down by the riverside

Trad arr. John Rutter

A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

Manning Sherwin arr. Trevor Hughes

The Bluebird

C.V. Stanford

Yarmouth Fair

Peter Warlock

Easter in St. Mary´s Church

Malcolm Williamson


Soloists:

Adrian Flower :

Organ

Gillian Hughes :

Clarinet

Graham Pointon :

Accompanist

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Brahms centenary Concert including the German Requiem

Saturday 22nd March 1997
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Academic Festival Overture

Brahms

A German requiem

Brahms


Soloists:

Sarah Miles :

Soprano

Edward Peters :

Baritone


Stevenage Choral Society and Orchestra
Conductor : Trevor Hughes

Stevenage Choral Society

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