Previous Concerts

This page covers from 1974 back to the start of 1970

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1973         1972         1971         1970        

Mozart - Requiem

Saturday 14th December 1974
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat

Franz Schubert

Concert for Clarinet in A, K622
(orig programme had wrong K no.)

W.A. Mozart
 

Requiem, K626

W.A. Mozart


Soloists:

John Myatt :

Clarinet

Penelope Price Jones :

Soprano

Beryl Foster :

Contralto

Richard Brabrooke :

Tenor

Clifford Parkes :

Bass


Stevenage Symphony Chorus
Stevenage String Orchestra
and Members of Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Palestrina - Missa Brevis

Saturday October 5th 1974
Location: St. Mary´s Church, Graveley

Missa Brevis is a mass written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina first published in 1570 in Palestrina's Third Book of Masses and has been Reprinted several times since. The title can be misleading as Missa Brevis is commonly a short mass. Palestrina likely chose the word Brevis as this was the most adequate word to portray the piece. Missa Brevis is considered to be one of the most performed of Palestrina's repertoire of polyphony.

Missa Brevis is written for four voices, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. The Benedictus, however, is for three voices, while the second Agnus Dei is for five.

[Info extracted from wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missa_Brevis_(Palestrina)]

Programme

Songs of Springtime
  1) Under the Greenwood Tree
  2) The river god´s song
  3) Spring, the sweetest Spring

E.J.Moeran
 
 
 

Pie Jesu
(from the Requiem)

Gabriel Fauré
 

Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Grieg

The Hills

John Ireland

Silence and Music

R. Vaughan Williams

Clarinet trio No. 1

Beethoven

Old Woman

W. Davis

A tragedy

W. Davis

Three short pieces
  1) Prelude
  2) Pastoral
  3) Burlesque

Ferguson
 
 
 

Lacrymosa

W.A. Mozart

Missa Brevis

Palestrina


Soloists:

Jill Kuipers :

Soprano

Maureen Mallet :

Soprano

Jennifer Lyness :

Piano/Clarinet

Peter Saunders :

Accompanist


Members of Stevenage Music Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Palestrina - Missa Brevis

Thursday 19th September 1974
Location: All Saints Church, The Oval, Stevenage

See later concert for Palestrina information.

Songs of Springtime
  1) Under the Greenwood Tree
  2) The river god´s song
  3) Spring, the sweetest Spring

E.J.Moeran
 
 
 

Pie Jesu
(from the Requiem)

Gabriel Fauré
 

Aylesford Pieces

Handel

The Hills

John Ireland

Silence and Music

R. Vaughan Williams

Clarinet trio No. 1

Beethoven

Old Woman

W. Davis

A Tragedy

W. Davis

Prelude in F minor

J.S. Bach

Missa Brevis

Palestrina


Soloists:

Jill Kuipers :

Soprano

Maureen Mallet :

Soprano

Margaret Nunn :

Organ/Accompanist


Members of Stevenage Music Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Bruckner - Mass No. 3 in F minor

22nd June 1974
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Overture to the Royal Fireworks Suite

G.F. Handel

The Water Music

G.F. Handel

Mass No. 3 in F minor

Anton Bruckner


Soloists:

Gwyneth Annear :

Soprano

Helen Attfield :

Contralto

Ian Caley :

Tenor

John Tomlinson :

Bass


Stevenage Choral Society
Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Concert

Saturday 23rd March 1974
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Sumer is acumen in

Anon

Magnificat for 12 Voices in 3 Choirs

Gabrieli

Fili Mi Absalon

Heinrich Schütz

3 Equale for Trombone Quartet

Beethoven

Clarinet Quartet

W.A. Mozart

Songs of Springtime
  1) Under the Greenwood Tree
  2) The river god´s song
  3) Spring, the sweetest Spring

Moeran
 
 
 

Matra Pictures

Zoltan Kodaly

The King shall rejoice
The Coronation Anthem

G.F. Handel
 


Soloists:

Robert Davidson :

Bass

John Anderson :

Organ


The Hertfordshire Trombone Quartet
The Granby Players
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

AUTHOR NOTE: This was an unusal concert as the music for the William Byrd Mass, that was in the publicity material before the concert, did not arrive in time. The Programme was re-jigged as can be read from the review of this concert.


1973


Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

Saturday 15th December 1973
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

For information on Sea Symphony see our performance on 25 March 2017

Programme:

God save the Queen

Arr. Edward Elgar

A Sea Symphony

R. Vaughan Williams


Soloists:

Gwenyth Annear :

Soprano

Thomas Allen :

Baritone


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

The text of the newspaper review of the concert can be found here.

Gounod - Faust Ballet Music and choruses

Saturday 30th June 1973
Location: Stevenage College of Further Education, Stevenage

Programme:

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Otto Nicolai

Karelia Suite

Sibelius

Guitar Concert
"Concierto de Aranjuez"

Joaquin Rodrigo
 

Faust Ballet Music and Choruses
  1) Introduction
  2) Chorus "All Hail, Brightest of days and last!"
  3) Waltz - Allegretto
  4) Adagio
  5) Allegretto
  6) Moderato Maestoso
  7) Chorus - "red or Golden"
  8) Moderato Con Moto
  9) Chorus - "Light as Air"
  10) Allegretto
  11) Allegro Vivo
  12) Chorus - "Fold the Flag my brothers"
      (The Soldiers´ Chorus)

Gounod


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Soloists:

Julian Byzantine :

Guitar


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1972


Handel - Messiah

Saturday 16th December 1972
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

For uinformation about the piece see concert on .

Programme:

Messiah

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Sally le Sage :

Soprano

Sarah Walker :

Contralto

Peter Hall :

Tenor

Clifford Parkes :

Bass

Malcolm Holloway :

Trumpet


Stevenage String Orchestra
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

Text of the review of this concert can be found here.


Concert

Friday 7th July 1972
Location: Chells School, Stevenage

Programme:

Highways

Gordon Jacob

Papillons Op. 2

Robert Schumann

Ricercar del Sesto Tuono

Andrea Gabrieli

Canzoni Nos. 11 and 12

Pietro Lappi

Morgen Music

Paul Hindemith

Hungarian Rhapsody No.15 in A minor
  (Rakoczy March)

Franz Litzt

A Cotswold Romance

R. Vaughan Williams


Soloists:

Jill Kuipers :

Soprano

Douglas Marson :

Tenor

David Gosling :

Piano

Malcolm Holloway :

Trumpet

Graham Weeks :

Trumpet

Peter Railton :

Horn

Paul Batson :

Trombone


Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Faure - Requiem

Handel - Zadok the priest

Saturday 25th March 1972
St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor
  ("The Unfinished")

Franz Schubert

Psalmus Hungaricus, Op.13

Zoltan Kodály

Requiem

Faure

Zadok the Priest

G.F. Handel


Soloists:

Adrian de Peyer :

Tenor

Diane Munson :

Soprano

Robert Davidson :

Baritone

David Gosling :

Accompanist

Margaret Nunn :

Organ

David Dunn :

Harp


Stevenage Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

The text of the concert review can be found here.


1971


A 21st Anniversary Season Concert

Saturday 18th December 1971
Location: St. Hugh´s Church, The Oval, Stevenage

Programme:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G

Bach

The Newborn Babe

Buxtehude

Magnificat

Pachelbel

Suite in A minor for recorder and Strings

Telemann

Trysting Place

Brahms

Silent Night

Brahms

Torches

Jouert

Ring out Wild Bells

Fletcher

Serenade in E minor

Elgar

I saw three Ships

John Rutter

Il est ne le Divin Enfant

Arr. John Rutter

Away in a Manger

 

Quelle est cette odeur agreeable

French arr. Willcocks

Past Three o´clock

English arr. John Rutter

Roumanian Dances

Bartok


Soloists:

Donald Glover :

Recorder

Margaret Nunn :

Organ


The Orchard Singers
Stevenage String Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


A Grand Concert

Saturday 27th March 1971
Location: St. George´s Church, Stevenage

Programme:

Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra

Beethoven

Hymn of Jesus

Gustav Holst

Suite from Henry V

William Walton

The Great Gate at Kiev

Mussorgsky


Soloists:

Richard Muncey :

Violin


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Stevenage Symphony Choral Society
The Orchard Singers
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


1970


Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Saturday 5th December 1970
Location: The Music Centre, Six Hills Way, Stevenage

Programme:

Overture: The Thieving Magpie

Gioacchino Rossini

Piano Concerto in A minor

Edvard Grieg

Soirees Musicales Suite

Benjamin Britten

Mass for Four Voices

William Byrd

Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Anton Brückner


Soloists:

Sidney Crooke :

Piano


Orchard Singers
Conductor : Simon Marlow

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield


Sibelius - Finlandia

Saturday 11th July 1970
The Music Centre, Six Hills Way, Stevenage

AUTHOR NOTE: There is debate about the performance of Kingdom of God as being a first performance as the available information suggests the work was written in 1965 and performed by London Schools. Needs further investigation.

Programme:

Overture: The Mastersingers

Wagner

Kingdom of God (First performance)

Gordon Dale

Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev

Divertimento

Alan Ridout

Daniel Jazz

Herbert Chappell

Four Dances from "Facade"

William Walton

Tone Poem : Finlandia

Sibelius


Soloists:

Doris M. Day :

Narrator


Stevenage Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Peter Wigfield

The Orchard Singers
Conductor : Simon Marlow


Schütz - St. Matthew Passion

2nd April 1970
Location: UNKNOWN

Matthäus-Passion (The Passion According to St. Matthew) was written in Dresden in 1666.

His Dresden compositions during the Thirty Years' War were, by necessity of the times, smaller scale than the oft-massive works before, although this period produced much of his most charming music. After the war (which ended in 1648), Sch├╝tz again wrote larger-scale compositions culminating in the 1660s, when he composed the greatest Passion music before Bach.

[Information extracted from Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Sch%C3%BCtz]

Programme:

St. Matthew Passion

Heinrich Schütz

Jesu, priceless treasure

J.S. Bach


Soloists:

Robert Key :

Tenor

Nicolas Pizey :

Poetry


The Orchard Singers
Conductor : Simon Marlow

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