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CONCERTS/EVENTS 2018


Saturday 17th March at 7:30 p.m.
Rossini Stabat Mater
Location: Church of St. Andrew and St. George, Stevenage


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Once again we have the wonderful Brandenburg Sinfonia with us as we perform the Rossini Stabat Mater.

In the 1830s Rossini's musical output as a composer declined in volume. In 1831 he was commissioned by a Spanish prelate to produce a Stabat Mater but was unwell and another composer produced some sections of the work. Copyright issues over this version plagued its performance until the 1840s when Rossini revised the remaining sections and published the work as it is today. It was first performed in 1842.

[Notes derived from a Making Music Programme note on the piece]

Schubert's Symphony No. 5
In character, the writing is often said to resemble Mozart; Schubert was infatuated with the composer at the time he composed it, writing in his diary on June 13 of the year of composition, "O Mozart! immortal Mozart! what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!". This similarity to Mozart is also due to the light orchestration - Scored for one flute, two oboes, and two bassoons, along with two horns in B♭ and E♭ and strings. Of all of Schubert's symphonies, it is scored for the smallest orchestra. It is the only one of his symphonies which does not include clarinets, trumpets or timpani as part of the instrumentation.

[Notes derived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Schubert)]

Programme Includes:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major

Schubert

Stabat Mater

Rossini

Brandenburg Sinfonia
Artistic Director: Bob Porter

Stevenage Choral Society
SCS Musical Director: Robin Osterley

Ticket Prices: £12 Adults (£14 at the door) and £5 for under 16s


Saturday 14th July at TBC
Shall I compare thee ... ?
Location: Music centre, Stevenage


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The quoted line is from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

In the relaxed atmosphere of the Music Centre we present an evening of Shakespeare related music.

However don't think this is going to be Elizabethan Music though ... we are singing modern pieces - Bob Chilcott's "Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda" and some of the George Shearing settings of Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets. We will have a Jazz Band with us providing extra music as well. More details later.

Programme Includes:

Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda

Bob Chilcott

Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare

George Shearing

Stevenage Choral Society
SCS Musical Director: Robin Osterley

Ticket Prices: £12 Adults (£14 at the door) and £5 for under 16s


Saturday 8th December at TBC
Wassail! - SCS Christmas Concert
Location: St. Martin's Church, Knebworth


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Wassail! - a new work from Alexander L'Estrange. Carols with fun! ... Also with other music ... more info later in the year.

Programme Includes:

Wassail!

Alexander L'Estrange

Stevenage Choral Society
SCS Musical Director: Robin Osterley

Ticket Prices: £TBC Adults (£TBC at the door) and £TBC for under 16s