Previous Concerts

This page covers from 1986 back to the start of 1979

To jump to a specific year use the links below to jump there directly:

1985         1984         1983         1982         1981         1980         1979


Handel - Messiah

Saturday 29th November 1986
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Messiah

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Josephine McNally :

Soprano

Angus Davidson :

Alto

Mark Padmore :

Tenor

Simon Hannigan :

Bass

Cilla Dennis :

Organ


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Stephen Mould


Edward Elgar - Caractacus

Saturday 17th May 1986
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme

Programme:

Caractacus

Edward Elgar

Julie Kennard :

Soprano

James Griffett :

Tenor

Christopher Keyte :

Instrument

Christopher Underwood :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


A Gala Concert

Saturday 8th March 1986
Location: Stevenage Leisure Centre, Stevenage

Programme:

Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

Berlioz

The Sorceror´s Apprentice

Paul Dukas

Polovtsian Dances
from Prince Igor

Borodin

Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev

The Rio Grande

Constant Lambert

Grand March from Aida

Verdi


Soloists:

Richard Whitmore :

Narrator (Peter and the Wolf)

Maureen Neville :

Mezzo-Soprano

Michael Payne :

Piano


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1985


Haydn - Creation

Saturday 9th November 1985
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

The Creation

Haydn


Soloists:

Lesley Kitching :

Soprano

Alex Page :

Soprano

Mark Padmore :

Tenor

Charles Gibbs :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Haydn - Te Deum

Dvorak - Stabat Mater

Saturday 11th May 1985
Location: St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Te Deum

Haydn

Stabat Mater

Dvorak


Soloists:

Una Barry :

Soprano

Alison Mary Sutton :

Contralto

Peter Bronder :

Tenor

Glyn Davenport :

Bass


Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Paul Adrian Rooke

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

A Gala Concert

Saturday 2nd February 1985
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

NOTE: This concert was only performed by the Symphony Orchestra


1984


Schubert - Mass in A flat

R. Vaughan Williams - Hodie

Saturday 24th November 1984
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Mass in A flat

Schubert

Hodie (This Day)

R. Vaughan Williams


Soloists:

Geraldine Wells :

Soprano

Joyce Ellis :

Contralto

Mark Tucker :

Tenor

Graham Trew :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Orff - Carmina Burana

Saturday 19th May 1984
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Intimations of Immortality

G. Finzi

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff


Soloists:

Charles Corp :

Tenor

Moira Knight :

Soprano

Peter Hall :

Tenor

Robert Carpenter Turner :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Mahler - Symphony Number 2

Saturday 31st March 1984
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler, known as the Resurrection Symphony, was written between 1888 and 1894, and first performed in 1895. This symphony was one of Mahler's most popular and successful works during his lifetime. It was his first major work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of afterlife and resurrection

It was voted the fifth-greatest symphony of all time in a survey of conductors carried out by the BBC Music Magazine

Programme:

Symphony No. 2 (The Resurrection)

Gustav Mahler


Soloists:

Maureen Neville :

Soprano

Shirley Minty :

Contralto


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1983


J.S. Bach - St. John Passion

Saturday 19th November 1983
Location: St. George´s Church,Stevenage

The Passio secundum Joannem or St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245, is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of the 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 work is most often heard today in the 1739–1749 version (never performed during Bach's lifetime). Bach first performed it in 1724 and revised it in 1725, 1732, and 1749, adding several numbers. "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß", a 1725 replacement for the opening chorus, found a new home in the 1736 St Matthew Passion but several arias from the revisions are found only in the appendices to modern editions.

[Information sourced from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_Passion]

Programme:

St. John Passion

J.S. Bach


Soloists:

Anna Bernardin :

Soprano

Richard Cunningham :

Counter Tenor

James Griffett :

Tenor

Jolyon Dodgson :

Bass Baritone

Christopher Underwood :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Elgar - Dream of Gerontius

Saturday 21st May 1983
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, is a work for voices and orchestra in two parts composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by Saint John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and settling into Purgatory.

The piece is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and some consider it his masterpiece. The work was composed for the Birmingham Music Festival of 1900; the first performance took place on 3 October 1900, in Birmingham Town Hall. It was badly performed at the premiere, but later performances in Germany revealed its stature.

Programme:

The Dream of Gerontius

Edward Elgar


Soloists:

Gwyneth Griffiths :

Contralto

Kenneth Bowen :

Tenor

Christopher Keyte :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1982


Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms

Beethoven - Mass in C

Saturday 20th November 1982
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Cantata No. 70
(Watch Ye, Pray Ye)

J.S.Bach

Symphony of Psalms

Stravinsky

Mass in C

Beethoven


Soloists:

Julie Kennard :

Soprano

Jean Temperley :

Mezzo-Soprano

Peter Richfield :

Tenor

Michael George :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

Saturday 22nd May 1982
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Refer to performace on 25 March 2017 for program info on A Sea Symphony.

Programme:

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Mendelssohn

Symphonic Poem "Tintagel"

Arnold Bax

A Sea Symphony

R. Vaughan Williams


Soloists:

Maureen Neville :

Soprano

Glyn Davenport :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1981


Mendelssohn - St. Paul

Saturday 21st November 1981
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

St. Paul (in German Paulus), Op. 36, is an oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. The composer oversaw versions and performances in both German and English within months of completing the music in early 1836.

The work was premiered on 22 May 1836 (having been completed in April of that year) at the Lower Rhenish Music Festival in Düsseldorf. The English premiere was in Liverpool on 3 October 1836 in a translation by Mendelssohn's friend, Karl Klingermann.

During Mendelssohn's lifetime, St. Paul was a popular and frequently performed work. Today it is regularly performed in Germany and well disseminated in both of its original languages through an array of complete recordings.

[Info extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Paul_(oratorio)]

Programme:

St. Paul

Mendelssohn


Soloists:

Angela Bostock :

Soprano

Susan Anderson :

Contralto

Ronald Murdock :

Tenor

William Young :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Dvorak - Requiem Mass

Saturday 9th May 1981
Location: St. Andrew and St. George's Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Requiem Mass

Dvorak


Soloists:

Hilary Thomas :

Soprano

Anne Mason :

Mezzo-Soprano

James Griffett :

Tenor

Norman Welsby :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1980


Mozart - Coronation Mass

Benjamin Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb

Saturday 13th December 1980
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

The Krönungsmesse (Mass No. 15 in C major, K. 317; sometimes Mass No. 16), composed in 1779, is one of the most popular of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 17 extant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. It can be classified as either a Missa brevis (short Mass) or a Missa solemnis (fuller Mass) because although it includes all the sections of the Ordinary, it is relatively short.

Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30) is a cantata for four soloists, SATB choir, and organ composed by Benjamin Britten in 1943 and based on the poem Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart (1722–1771). The poem, written while Smart was in an asylum depicts idiosyncratic praise and worship of God by all created beings and things, each in its own way. The cantata was commissioned by the Reverend Walter Hussey for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew's Church, Northampton

Programme:

Coronation Mass, K317

Mozart

Rejoice in the Lamb, Op 30

Benjamin Britten

Welcome, Child of Mary

Elizabeth Poston


Soloists:

Angela Beale :

Soprano

Gwyneth Griffiths :

Mezzo Soprano

Edgar Thomas :

Tenor

Malcolm Singer :

Bass

Malcolm Hicks :

Organ


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Edward Elgar - The Kingdom

Saturday 10th May 1980
Location: St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Stevenage

The Kingdom, Op. 51, is an English-language oratorio composed in 1906 by Edward Elgar. It was first performed at the Birmingham triennial Music Festival on 3 October 1906, with the orchestra conducted by the composer, and it had been commissioned by the festival. This was The Kingdom, which continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus's disciples (from the preceding work - The Apostles). It depicts the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days.

[Information extracted from wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kingdom_(Elgar)]

Programme:

The Kingdom, Op. 51

Edward Elgar


Soloists:

Julie Kennard :

Soprano (The Blessed Virgin)

Penelope Walker :

Contralto (Mary Magdealene)

Michael Goldthorpe :

Tenor (St. John)

Michael George :

Bass (St. Peter)


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1979


Bruckner - Te Deum

Saturday 15th December 1979
Location: St. George´s Church

The Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 is a setting of the Te Deum hymn, composed by Anton Bruckner for SATB choir and soloists, orchestra, and organ ad libitum.

Bruckner started work on his Te Deum from 3 to 17 May 1881,[1] when he was finalising his Symphony No. 6. After finishing his next Symphony No. 7, Bruckner resumed work on his Te Deum on 28 September 1883. The vocal and orchestral score was completed on 7 March 1884. The ad lib. organ part was added on a separate score on 16 March 1884. The composer himself called the work "the pride of his life"

The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54, is an orchestrally accompanied choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Hölderlin and is one of several major choral works written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms began the work in the summer of 1868 at Wilhelmshaven, but it was not completed until May 1871. Schicksalslied is considered to be one of Brahms's best choral works along with Ein Deutsches Requiem.

[Info extracted from Wikipedia pages on the above works]

Programme:

Fantasia on the "Alleluia" Hymn

Gordon Jacob

The hymn of Jesus

Gustav Holst

Song of Destiny

Brahms

Te Deum

Anton Bruckner


Soloists:

Stacey Almond :

Soprano

Janice Hooper-Roe :

Contralto

Anthony Attwell :

Tenor

Glyn Davenport :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Saturday 19th May 1979
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:

Missa Solemnis Op. 123

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soloists:

Iris Dell´Acqua :

Soprano

Marie Lloyd Davies :

Contralto

James Griffett :

Tenor

John Noble :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

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