Previous Concerts

This page covers from 1996 back to the start of 1993

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SCS Christmas Concert

Saturday 30th November 1996
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

O come, O come, Emmanuel

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

The truth from above

Trad. arr. Vaughn Williams

Adam lay ybounden

Words - anon, Music - Boris Ord

Lo! he comes with clouds descending
 

Words - C. Wesley et al,
Music - trad arr. D. Willcocks

Symphony No. 8

Beethoven

Es ist ein´ Ros´ entsprungen

German traditional

Il est né le divin enfant

French trad. arr. Paul Rooke

Away in a manger

Herbert Chappell

Jesus Child

John Rutter

A Christmas Cantata

Arthur Honegger


Soloists:

Edward Peters :

Baritone

Jane Homer :

Soprano

Karen Palmer :

Soprano


Hitchin Concert Orchestra
Hitchin Girl´s School Choir

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductors : Paul Adrian Rooke and Trevor Hughes


Bruckner - Mass in E minor

Saturday 5th October 1996
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Josef Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 – 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer, organist, and music theorist best known for his symphonies, Masses, Te Deum and motets.

The three Masses, which Bruckner wrote in the 1860s and revised later on in his life, are more often performed. The Masses numbered 1 in D minor and 3 in F minor are for solo singers, mixed choir, organ ad libitum and orchestra, while No. 2 in E minor is for mixed choir and a small group of wind instruments, and was written in an attempt to meet the Cecilians halfway. The Cecilians wanted to rid church music of instruments entirely. No. 3 was clearly meant for concert, rather than liturgical performance, and it is the only one of his Masses in which he set the first line of the Gloria, "Gloria in excelsis Deo", and of the Credo, "Credo in unum Deum", to music. In concert performances of the other Masses, these lines are intoned by a tenor soloist in the way a priest would, with a line of plainsong.

(Information extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Bruckner)

Programme

Serenade Op. 12, K.388

W.A. Mozart

Two Aequales for 3 Trombones

Bruckner

Serenade Op. 7

Richard Strauss

Mass in E minor

Bruckner


Stevenage Choral Society and Wind Ensemble
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Gloria! - A celebration of Transatlantic Friendship through Music

April 3rd. 1996
Location: United Methodist Church, Damascus, Maryland

April 6th. 1996
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

April 11th. 1996
Location: United Methodist Church, Haddonfield, New Jersey

These concerts were a short foreign tour to the United States and the programme was a mixture of British and US Music - includes John Rutter's Gloria.

Programme selected from:

If ye love me

Thomas Tallis

The Crown of Roses ("A Legend")

P.I. Tchaikovsky

Two Choruses from "The Crucifixion"
  1) God so loved the World
  2) The Appeal of the Crucified

John Stainer
 
 

Easter in St. Mary´s Church

Malcolm Williamson

Te Deum

John Rutter

Five Negro Sprituals from
"A Child of our Time"
  1) Steal Away
  2) Nobody Knows
  3) Go Down, Moses
  4) By and By
  5) Deep River

Michael Tippett
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gloria

John Rutter

A foggy day in London Town
 
 

Words - Ira Gershwin,
Music - George Gershwin
 arr. Trevor Hughes

A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
 

Words - Eric Mashwitz,
Music - Manning Sherwin arr. Trevor Hughes

Gaelic Blessing

John Rutter


Plus a selection of solo items from the Soloists:


Charlotte Chaney :

Soprano

Gillian Hughes :

Alto

Carol Quinn :

Alto

Ron Hollings :

Tenor

Robert Davidson :

Bass

Gillian Hughes :

Clarinet

David Atkinson :

Organ


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Stainer - Crucifixion

Saturday 9th March 1996
Location: St. Mary´s Church, Hitchin

The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer is an oratorio composed by John Stainer in 1887. It is scored for a SATB choir and organ, and features solos for bass (or baritone) and tenor. Stainer intended for the work to be within the performance capabilities of most parish church choirs; it includes five hymns for congregational participation. The text was written by W J Sparrow Simpson, the librettist of Stainer's earlier cantata Mary Magdalene. The work is dedicated "to my pupil and friend W. Hodge and the choir of Marylebone Church", who first performed it on February 24, 1887, the day after Ash Wednesday.

(Information extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crucifixion_(Stainer)

Programme:

The Holy City

Stephen Adams

The Crown of Thorns ("A Legend")

P.I. Tchaikovsky

L´apparition de l´église eternelle

Olivier Messiaen

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Charles Gounod

Panis Angelicus

César Franck

O Mensch, bewein´ dein´ Sunde gross

J.S. Bach

Lord God of Abraham - from "Elijah"

F. Mendelssohn

If ye love me

Thomas Tallis

The Crucifixion

John Stainer


Soloists:

David Langton :

Tenor

Edward Peters :

Bass

David Atkinson :

Organ

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


1995


A Family Christmas Concert

Saturday 16th December 1995
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

O Come, all ye faithful

Words - anon, arr. D. Willcocks

Wexford Carol

Irish trad. arr. John Rutter

We´ve been awhile a-wandering

Trad. Yorkshire Carol
arr. R. Vaughan Williams

See Amid the Winter Snow
 

Words - Edward Caswell,
Music - Douglas Coombes

In Dulci Jubilo

German trad. carol arr. John Rutter

Unto us is born a Son
 
 

Words - Woodward,
Tune - Piae Cantiones
 arr. by D. Willcocks

No sad thought his soul affright
 

Words - v1 anon,v2 U. Vaughan Williams,
Music - R. Vaughan Williams

Flemish Carol
 
 

Words translated by R.C. Trevelyan,
Flemish Trad. Carol tune
 arr. John Rutter

Mater Ora Filium
 
 

Words - Anon,
Music - Trad. Irish Folk tune
Arr. by Charles Wood and Harrison Oxley

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Trad. arr. John Rutter

Donkey Carol

John Rutter

God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

Candlelight Carol

John Rutter

Away in a manger
 

Words - Anon, Music W.J. Kirkpatrick
arr. D. Willcocks

The Shepherds´ Cradle Song

Karl Leuner arr. C. MacPherson

Resonemus Laudibus

14th Century carol arr. D. Willcocks

Once in Royal David´s City
 

Alexander/Gauntlett
 arr. D. Willcocks

The Crown of Roses
 

Words - Plechtcheev, translated Dearmer,
Music - P.I. Tchaikovsky

Merry Tijuana

Arr. Derek Ashmore

White Christmas
 

Composer - Irving Berlin
arr. Trevor Hughes

The Christmas Song
 

Composers - Mel Torme and Robert Wells
arr. Trevor Hughes

Winter Wonderland
 

Composers - Dick Smith and Felix Barnard
arr. Trevor Hughes

Hark! The Herald Angels sing
 

Words - C. Wesley et al,
Music - Mendelssohn arr. D. Willcocks


Buccinate Brass Ensemble

Jubilate!

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Gloria! - A celebration of Transatlantic Friendship through Music

14th October 1995
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Some of the concert material that would form part of the concert tour in the United States in 1996.

John Rutter's Gloria is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Gloria. He composed it in 1974 on a commission from Mel Olson, and conducted the premiere in Omaha, Nebraska. He structured the text in three movements and scored it for choir, brass, percussion and organ, with an alternative version for choir and orchestra. It was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.

Although setting a liturgical text, it was conceived as a concert piece. Rutter composed it according to Olson's specifications, noting his influence: "Much of the credit must go to Mel Olson … because, in telling me what he was looking for in a new choral work, he was telling me what thousands of other choral directors were looking for too.

(Information extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_(Rutter) )

Programme:

Te Deum

John Rutter

Five Negro Sprituals from
"A Child of our Time"
  1) Steal Away
  2) Nobody Knows
  3) Go Down, Moses
  4) By and By
  5) Deep River

Michael Tippett
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suite "A Londoner in New York"

Jim Parker

Andantino

Edwin Lemare

Adagio

Samuel Barber

Humoresque "L´Organo Primitivo"

Pietro Yon

Variations on "America"

Charles Ives

Gloria

John Rutter

Soloists:

Christine Vincent :

Soprano

Trine Mathiason :

Soprano

Lesley Bozwood Davies :

Alto

David Atkinson :

Organ

Graham Pointon :

Accompanist


Buccinate Brass Ensemble

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


1994


Benjamin Britten - War Requiem

Sunday 13th November 1994
Location: Royal Albert Hall, London

This concert was a Joint Herts Choirs concert where the Society played its part.

The War Requiem, Op. 66, is a large-scale setting of the Requiem composed by Benjamin Britten mostly in 1961 and completed in January 1962. The War Requiem was performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built after the original fourteenth-century structure was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. The traditional Latin texts are interspersed, in telling juxtaposition, with extra-liturgical poems by Wilfred Owen, written during World War I.

The work is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys' choir, organ, and two orchestras (a full orchestra and a chamber orchestra). The chamber orchestra accompanies the intimate settings of the English poetry, while soprano, choirs and orchestra are used for the Latin sections; all forces are combined in the conclusion. The Requiem has a duration of approximately 80–85 minutes

[Notes derived from a Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Requiem]

Programme:

Tragic Overture

Brahms

Song of Destiny

Brahms

War Requiem

Benjamin Britten

Soloists:

Alison Pearce :

Soprano

Ian Bostridge :

Tenor

David Wilson-Johnson :

Baritone

Alan Haverson :

Organ


Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor : Johnathan Butcher

Joint Herts Choirs
including
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Derek Harrison


Mendelssohn - Elijah

9th October 1994
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Elijah, Op. 70, MWV A 25, is an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn depicting events in the life of the Prophet Elijah as told in the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament. It premiered in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival.

This piece was composed in the spirit of Mendelssohn's Baroque predecessors Bach and Handel, whose music he loved. In 1829 Mendelssohn had organized the first performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion since the composer's death and was instrumental in bringing this and other Bach works to widespread popularity. By contrast, Handel's oratorios never went out of fashion in England. Mendelssohn prepared a scholarly edition of some of Handel's oratorios for publication in London. Elijah is modelled on the oratorios of these two Baroque masters; however, in its lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colour the style clearly reflects Mendelssohn's own genius as an early Romantic composer

The work is scored for eight vocal soloists (two each of bass, tenor, alto, soprano), full symphony orchestra including trombones, ophicleide, organ, and a large chorus usually singing in four, but occasionally eight parts. The title role was sung at the premiere by the Austrian bass Josef Staudigl.

[Notes extracted from Wkikpedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_(oratorio)]

Footnote: The ophicleide is a keyed brass instrument similar to, and precedes by 20 years, the tuba. It is a conical-bore keyed instrument belonging to the bugle family. It is also used in the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.

Programme:

Elijah

F. Mendelssohn


Soloists:

Kym Amps :

Soprano

Kathryn Turpin :

Mezzo-Soprano

David Langton :

Tenor

Dennis Wiles-Cloves :

Bass

David Atkinson :

Organ

Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


1993


SCS XMAS Concert

Saturday 12th December 1993
Location: St. Thomas More, Knebworth

Programme:

Once in Royal David´s City

Alexander/Gauntlett arr. D. Willcocks

A Dickensian Cristmas
(extracts from "Sketches by Boz")

Charles Dickens (Reading)
 

"Christmastide"

(Reading)

The truth from above

Trad. arr. R. Vaughan Williams

"Stir-up Sunday"

(Reading)

Sussex Carol

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

"Christmas Cards"

(Reading)

The Christmas Card Artillery

William Connor

God rest you merry, Gentlemen

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

"St. Thomas´s Day"

(Reading)

"Wassailing"

(Reading)

Here we come a-wassailing

Trad. arr. John Rutter

The First Nowell

Trad. arr. D. Willcocks

The Carol Singers

William Sterndale-Bennett

"Saint Nicholas"

(Reading)

"Good King Wenceslas"

(Reading)

Good King Wenceslas
 

Words - J. Neale,Tune - Piae Cantiones
  arr. by R. Jacques and John Stainer

It came upon the midnight clear
 

Words - Sears, Trad tune adapted by A. Sullivan,
  arr. D.Willcocks

"Yule Log"

(Reading)

"Mistletoe"

(Reading)

Deck the hall with boughs of Holly

Trad. Welsh carol arr. D. Willcocks

Down in yon forest

Trad arr. John Rutter

"Presents"

(Reading)

I saw three ships

Trad arr. John Rutter

Past Three o´clock
 

Words - Woodward, Tune - Trad
  arr. John Rutter

O little town of Bethlehem
 

Words - Brooks, Tune - Trad.
  arr. R Vaughan Williams

"Wren Hunting"

(Reading)

Wexford Carol

Irish trad. arr. J. Rutter

Child in a Manger

Celtic trad. arr. J. Rutter

"Christmas Tree"

(Reading)

"The Crib"

(Reading)

Hark! The herald angels sing
 

Words - C. Wesley et al,
Music - F. Mendelssohn


Soloists:

Rodney Cole :

Tenor

Gillian Hughes :

Clarinet

Kevin McCalman :

Instrument

Graham Pointon :

Accompanist


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


World Premiere performance - Mass by Douglas Coombes

Saturday 2nd October 1993
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

The Hundredth Psalm

R. Vaughn Williams

Requiem for the Living

Donald Swann

Mass

Douglas Coombes


Soloists:

Douglas Coombes :

Narrator

Carole Lindsay-Douglas :

Soprano

Gregory Knowles :

Cimbalom

Arthur Soothill :

Percussion

Graham Pointon :

Piano

Gaenor Ellis :

Alto

David Langton :

Tenor

Edard Peters :

Bass


Stevenage Choral Society and Orchestra
Conductor : Trevor Hughes


Stainer - Crucifixion and Litzt - Via crucis

Sunday 4th April 1993
St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Via Crucis, S.53, is a work for mixed choir, soloists and organ (also harmonium or piano) by Franz Liszt. The work is devoted to the Stations of the Cross. It is one of the last works of Liszt.
Liszt started the composition of this work in the fall of 1878 when he stayed in Rome and ended it in February 1879 in Budapest. There are three sources of the work available: the first sketches in Weimar, the manuscript of the whole work in Budapest and a copy of it in Weimar. The original version was set with accompaniment by organ. Liszt made later a version with piano.

[For information on Stainer - Cricifixion see our March 1996 concert.]

Programme:

Fantasia and Fugue on B.A.C.H.

Franz Liszt

Via Crucis

Franz Liszt

The Crucifixion

John Stainer


Soloists:

David Langton :

Tenor

Edward Peters :

Bass

David Atkinson :

Organ


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Trevor Hughes

Stevenage Choral Society

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