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Winchester and County Music Festival 2018

Romsey Abbey Concert – Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30pm

by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: Graham Kidd

Soloists: TBA

Choirs:
Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Sarisbury Choral Society, Winchester City Festival Choir

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

 

John Rutter – Mass of the Children
Haydn – Mass in Time of War

 

Mass of the Children is a non-liturgical Missa brevis, with the traditional Latin and Greek Mass text interwoven with several English poems. It consists of five movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Finale (Dona nobis pacem).

The Finale uses additional text from the Agnus Dei which was not used in the preceding movement, as well as two prayer adaptations by Rutter and a poem by Bishop Thomas Ken (An Evening Hymn). Another of Ken’s poems was incorporated into the Kyrie (A Morning Hymn), and a poem by William Blake (The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience) is interwoven with the Agnus Dei.

Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War) is a setting of the mass by Joseph Haydn. Known also as the Paukenmesse due to the dramatic use of timpani, it is one of the most popular of his fourteen mass settings. The autographed manuscript contains the title “Missa in tempore belli” in Haydn’s handwriting.

Tickets: £22, £16 and £12 (half price for those in full time education) available through WCMF choirs or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicinromsey

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Celebrating Christmas

St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green

Saturday 2nd December 2017, 7.00pm

Conductor: Graham Kidd

An evening of old and new Christmas music, including extracts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and carols for choir and audience. Please note the early start time of 7.00pm!

Tickets: £6, available on the door or from Sarisbury Choral Society members.

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Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Holy Trinity Church, Gosport

Saturday 7th October 2017

7.00pm

 

Conductor: Richard Dewland
Organist: Andrew Cleary
With string quintet

 

Lee Choral Society and Sarisbury Choral Society will be joining together to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

 

Tickets – £10
Available from LCS members or by calling 02393 113534

 

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Come and Sing ‘Elijah’

St James’ Church, West End, Southampton

Saturday 23nd September 2017

Rehearsal: 4.15 – 5.30pm, Performance: 6.30pm

 

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Accompanied by orchestra

 

Sarisbury Choral Society invites you to come and sing excerpts from Mendelssohn’s much loved oratorio ‘Elijah’.

 

Singers will need to pay £3 on the day to hire a copy of the music.
Refreshments will be available in the hall between the rehearsal and performance.

All non-singers are welcome to come and listen to the performance! Entry is free.

For further information, please contact the Friends of St James’ Church at friendsofstjameswestend@gmail.com

 

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Summer School

Sarisbury Choral Society is pleased to be offering a Summer School, commencing Thursday 18th May 2017, and the following 5 Thursdays, ending with an informal performance and supper on the final session on Thursday 22nd June.

The Summer School will take place at Sarisbury Green Community Centre, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7AA from 7.50pm until 9.20pm.

We will be working on excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

The cost for each session will be £5, or £25 for the 6 sessions if paid in advance.

Everyone is welcome, so please come along and join in!

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Winchester and County Music Festival 2017

Romsey Abbey Concert – Saturday 6th May 2017, 7.30pm

by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: John Sutton

Soloists:
Helen Bailey (soprano)
Richard Pratt (tenor)
Andrew de Silva (baritone)

Choirs:
Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society

Pianists:
Gwilym Stacey
Gilly Slot

Constant Lambert – The Rio Grande
Richard Rodney Bennett – Four Piece Suite for 2 Pianos
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

The Rio Grande was composed in 1927 for choir, soli, 2 pianos and a percussion section of 15 instruments needing 5 players. It achieved instant and long lasting popularity at its appearance on the concert platform in 1929.

Although a student of Vaughan Williams, Lambert’s main influence was not English folk music, but the then more fashionable jazz. The Rio Grande, setting a poem by Sachervell Sitwell , joins, such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s piano concerto in G as a seminal work of symphonic jazz, combining syncopations, ragtime and Brazilian influences, with harmonies and rhythms inspired by the great Duke Ellington, with a traditional English choral sound.

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata, composed in 1935/6, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name. The poems written mostly in Latin and medieval German, were rediscovered at the beginning of the 19th century in a Bavarian monastery, and published in 1847. The original illuminated manuscript includes an illustration of Fortuna, The Roman Goddess of fate, seated within a wheel of fortune. Round the outside a sovereign is depicted rising to power, seated on a throne, then finally losing his crown and falling beneath the wheel as it turns. The other scenes cover a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust! Although some are morally uplifting in nature, most are bawdy student songs.

It is scored for two pianos and a percussion section of 7 players.

Tickets: £22, £16 and £12 (half price for those in full time education) available through WCMF choirs or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/musicinromsey

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A Christmas Celebration

St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green

Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7.00pm

Conductor: Graham Kidd

Join us for a joyful selection of readings and carols, including ‘Christmas Day’ by Gustav Holst. Please note the early start time of 7.00pm!

Tickets: £6. See poster for more details.

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Come and Sing ‘Great Choral Classics’

St James’ Church, West End, Southampton

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Rehearsal: 4.15 – 5.30pm, Performance: 6.30pm

 

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Organist: Jon Pilgrim

With soloists and orchestra

 

Sarisbury Choral Society invites you to come and sing the following ‘Great Choral Classics’:

Handel: Zadok the Priest

Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae

Mozart: Ave verum

Brahms: How lovely are thy dwellings

Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine

Parry: I was Glad

 

Singers will need to pay £3 on the day to hire a copy of the music.
Refreshments will be available in the hall between the rehearsal and performance.

All non-singers are welcome to come and listen to the performance! Entry is free.

For further information, please contact the Friends of St James’ Church at friendsofstjameswestend@gmail.com

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Winchester and County Music Festival 2016

Winchester Cathedral Concert – Saturday 14th May 2016, 7.30pm

Conductor: Derek Beck

Gerontius

Soloists:
Emily Bauer-Jones (mezzo)
Peter Auty (tenor)
Jimmy Holliday (bass)

Choirs:
Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society, Twyford Singers

Orchestra:
Festival Orchestra, Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius

Tickets: £30, £22, £16 and £10 (half price for those in full time education) available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office: 01962 857275, email boxoffice@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or visit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

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A Christmas Celebration

St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green

Saturday 5th December 2015, 7.00pm

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Mezzo Soprano Soloist: Lillian Sediles

Programme to include extracts from Handel’s Messiah, and carols for choir and audience. See poster below for more details. Please note the early start time of 7.00pm!

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Come and Sing Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

St James’ Church, West End, Southampton

Saturday 24th October 2015

Rehearsal: 4.15 – 5.30pm, Performance: 6.30 – 7.30pm

 

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Soprano Soloist:
Katie Ball
Mezzo Soprano Soloist:
Fiona Jeppsson

With string ensemble

 

Sarisbury Choral Society invites you to come and sing Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, as part of the St James’ Church 125th Anniversary weekend. Please bring your own copy of the score if possible. It is free to sing, but copies of the score may be rented for £4. Please contact friendsofstjameschurch@gmail.com if you are interested in renting a score.

Refreshments will be available in the hall between the rehearsal and performance.

All non-singers are welcome to come and listen to the performance! Entry is free.

 

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Winchester and County Music Festival 2015

Winchester Cathedral Concert – Saturday 16th May 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor: John Sutton

Soloists:
Helen Bailey – Soprano
Andrew de Silva – Baritone

Choirs:
Botley Choral Society, Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Sarisbury Choral Society, Winchester City Festival Choir

Orchestra:
Festival Orchestra, Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Brahms – German Requiem
Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens

Tickets: £30, £22, £16 and £10 (half price for those in full time education) available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office: 01962 857275, email boxoffice@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or visit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

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A Christmas Celebration

St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green

Saturday 6th December 2014, 7.00pm

 

Conductor: Graham Kidd

Soprano Soloist: Sarah Pownall

 

Programme to include the Christmas sequence from Handel’s Messiah, and carols for choir and audience. See poster below for more details. Please note the early start time of 7.00pm!

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Come and Sing ‘The Armed Man’

St James’ Church, West End, Southampton

Saturday 1st November 2014

Rehearsal: 4.15pm, Performance: 6.30pm

 

Conductor: Graham Kidd, Organist: Richard Dewland

 

Sarisbury Choral Society invites you to come and sing excerpts from ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins, as part of the World War I commemoration weekend at St James’ Church, West End. Please bring your own copy of the score if possible. A limited number of scores are available to hire for £2 a copy, please contact friendsofstjameschurch@gmail.com if you are interested in hiring a score.

All non-singers welcome to come and listen to the performance!

 

Here is the poster with details of the commemoration weekend at St James’ church:

 THE MEN WHO MARCHED AWAY

 

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Winchester and County Music Festival 2014

Winchester Cathedral Concert – Saturday 10th May 2014, 7.30pm

 

Conductor: Derek Beck

Soloists:
Cecilia Osmond – Soprano
Stephen Gadd – Baritone

Choirs:
Itchen Valley Choral Society, Overton Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society, Twyford Singers, Winchester City Festival Choir

 

Vaughan Williams – Sea Symphony
C.V. Stanford – Songs of the Fleet

 

2014 will mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and as Hampshire has long-standing naval connections, both military and civil, it will be appropriate to visit two major nautical pieces in Winchester Cathedral on 10 May. Vaughan Williams made his first symphony choral by adopting words by the American poet Walt Whitman. Its four symphonic movements scored for soprano and baritone soloists, large chorus and orchestra, include lines such as token of all brave captains and all intrepid sailors and mates, and all that went down doing their duty. Both poet and composer also see a parallel between sea voyages and the journey of the human soul through life and on to eternity and the music ranges from folk-like shanties to great hymn-tune grandeur, all accompanied by a rich orchestral palette. Vaughan Williams conducted the English premiere in Leeds on 12 October 1910, his 38th birthday.

The same year Vaughan Williams’ teacher, Charles Villiers Stanford, completed his five Songs of the Fleet for baritone solo and chorus using verses by his contemporary Sir Henry Newbolt. The final song Farewell has the following words: Mother, with unbowed head hear thou across the sea the farewell of the dead, the dead who died for thee. Greet them again with tender words and grave. For, saving thee, themselves they could not save. As with the younger composer, Stanford treats the listener to both profound and jaunty melodies and colourful instrumental effects to support the singers.

 

Tickets: £32, £22, £16 and £10 (half price for those in full time education) available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office: 01962 857275, email boxoffice@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or visit www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

 

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