Previous Concerts

This page covers from 1978 back to the start of 1975

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1977         1976         1975        


Handel - Messiah

December 9th and 10th December 1978
Location: St. Martins Church, Knebworth, Near Stevenage

Programme:

Messiah

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Margaret Field :

Soprano

Susan Kessler :

Contralto

Peter Jeffes :

Tenor

John Rath :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Verdi - Requiem

Saturday May 6th 1978
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme

Requiem

Verdi


Soloists:

Hilary Weston :

Soprano

Gwynneth Griffiths :

Mezzo-Soprano

Kenneth Bowen :

Tenor

Ian Comboy :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1977


Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Benjamin - St. Nicolas Cantata

Saturday 12th November 1977
Location: St. George´s Chruch, Stevenage

Saint Nicolas, Op. 42, is a cantata with music by Benjamin Britten on a text by Eric Crozier, completed in 1948. It covers the legendary life of Saint Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, Lycia, in a dramatic sequence of events. The composer wrote the work for the centenary of Lancing College in Sussex, with the resources of the institution in mind. It is scored for mixed choir, tenor soloist, four boys singers, strings, piano duet, organ and percussion.

Saint Nicolas is Britten's first work for amateur musicians. The premiere was the opening concert of the first Aldeburgh Festival in June 1948, with Peter Pears as the soloist.

[Info extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicolas_(Britten)]

For information on Puccini Messa di Gloria information - see concert on 11 November 2017.

Messa di Gloria

Puccini

St. Nicolas Cantata

Benjamin Britten


Soloists:

Kenneth Wollam :

Tenor

David Wilson-Johnson :

Baritone


The Cantilena Orchestra
Stevenage Symphony Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

AUTHOR NOTE: Cantilena Orchestra still exists in 2020 but is in Cheltenham. Their conductor is Stephen Belinfante, who was the son of Ben Belinfante who was the SCS President in this era. Stephen is also the Conductor of Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra. Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra can be found here.


Haydn - The Creation

Saturday 21st May 1977
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

The Creation

Haydn


Soloists:

Yvonne Kenny :

Soprano

Dennis O´Neill :

Tenor

William Young :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1976


A Concert for Christmas

Saturday December 18th 1976
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Ding, Dong, Merrily on High

Trad. arr Wood

The Holly and the Ivy

Trad. arr Jacques

Crown Imperial

William Walton

A boy was born

Benjamin Britten

Excerpts from "A Christmas Oratario"
  1) How shall I fitly meet thee
  2) Hear King of Angels
  3) Break forth O beauteous Havenly light

J.S. Bach
 
 
 

Excerpts from "Swan Lake"
  1) Scene
   2) Dance of the Swans
  3) Hungarian Dance
  4) Valse

Tchaikovsky
 
 
 
 

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Vaughn Williams

O little town of Bethlehem

Trad. arr.Vaughn Williams

Old Wine in New Bottles
  1) The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies O
  2) The Three Ravens
  3) Begone! Dull Care
  4) Early one morning

Trad. arr Gordon Jacobs
 
 
 
 

Carol of the Drum

Katharina Davis

O Come, all ye faithful

Trad. arr. Willcocks

Fantasia on British Sea Songs
  1) Quick, double, extend and close
  2) The Anchors Weighed
  3) The Saucy Arethusa
  4) Tom Bowling
  5) Jack´s the Lad (Hornpipe)
  6) Home Sweet Home
  7) See the conquering hero comes

Henry Wood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hark the Herald Angels sing

Felix Mendelssohn


Soloists:

Ellen Porter :

Organ


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Adult Choirs´ Evening

Monday November 15th 1976
Location: The Church in Chells, Stevenage

Programme:

Bow down thine ear, O Lord

A.S. Arensky

Come Holy Ghost

T. Attwood

When to the temple Mary went

J. Ecard

Round me falls the night

S. Wesley/H. Ley/J.S. Bach

The Nightingale

Thomas Weelkes

Going Home

Anton Dvorak

Climb every Mountain

Rogers and Hammerstein

The Pearly Adriatic

Grace Williams

I don´t know how to love Him

from "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Hide not thou thy face from me

Richard Farrant

Let thy merciful ears, O Lord

Thomas Weelkes

O thou the central Orb

Charles Wood

The Crusaders

Roberts/Protheroe

Sweet and Low

Barnaby arr. Dicks

Crossing the plain

Robert Price

Take Me Home

Edwards/Hand

Excerpts from "Carmina Burana"

Carl Orff


St. Nicholas Church Choir

Stevenage Ladies Choir

Church in Chells Choir

Stevenage Male Voice Choir

Stevenage Symphony Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Mendelssohn - Elijah

Saturday 6th November 1976
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Elijah

Mendelssohn


Soloists:

Vivien Townley :

Soprano

Gwyneth Griffiths :

Contralto

Charles Corp :

Tenor

Michael Shepherd :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

Saturday 3rd July 1976
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Academic Festival Overture

Brahms

Trumpet Concerto

Haydn

Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz


Soloists:

Ian Muncey :

Trumpet

Peter Allan :

Piano

Maureen Neville :
Jill Kuipers :
Stephen Toogood :

Vocal Soloists (Rio Grande)


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Rossini - Petite Mess Solonelle

Saturday 3rd April 1976
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage

Programme:

Petite Mess Solonelle

Rossini


Soloists:

Maureen Neville :

Soprano

Diane Walker :

Contralto

Richard Brabrooke :

Tenor

Richard Suart :

Bass

Ellen Porter :

Piano

Peter Allan :

Piano

Charles Plummridge :

Organ


Stevenage Symphony Chorus
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1975


British Composers

Saturday 29th November 1975
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Programme:

The National Anthem

Arr. Gordon Jacob

Fantasy Fanfare

Peter Wigfield

Soirees Musicales

Benjamin Britten

The Music Makers

Elgar

Henry Vth Suite

William Walton

Blast Pair of Sirens

Parry


Soloists:

Maureen Lehane :

Contralto


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


British Composers

Saturday 29th November 1975
Location: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Programme:

The National Anthem

Arr. Gordon Jacob

Fantasy Fanfare

Peter Wigfield

Soirees Musicales

Benjamin Britten

The Music Makers

Elgar

Henry Vth Suite

William Walton

Blast Pair of Sirens

Parry


Soloists:

Maureen Lehane :

Contralto


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Delius - Sea Drift

Orff - Carmina Burana

Saturday 12th July 1975
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Sea Drift

Frederick Delius

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff


Soloists:

Christian du Plessis :

Baritone

Eiddwen Harrhy :

Soprano

Kenneth Woollam :

Tenor

Peter Knapp :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

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