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Past Concert Reviews:  Archive 2015-16

‘Angels and Saints’

Music for Christmas time on 29th November 2016

Te Deum in F - John Ireland

Messiah (part 1): Scene 4: The Annunciation to the Shepherds  - G F Handel

Angelus ad pastores ait - Hans Leo Hassler

The Angel Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message) - Traditional arr. Pettman

O how glorious is the kingdom - Basil Harwood

Three excerpts from Elijah - Felix Mendelssohn

- For he shall give his Angels

- Lift thine eyes

- And then shall your light break forth

Duo Seraphim - Juan de Esquivel Barahona

A Hymn for St Cecilia - Herbert Howells

Angelus Domini - Joseph Gruber

And I saw a new heaven - Edgar Bainton

Give us the wings of faith - Ernest Bullock

In Paradisum (from Requiem) - Gabriel Fauré

Light of the World - Edward Elgar

Here is the poster.

‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Music’

25th June 2016, including cold supper.

Hark, Hark the Lark - Benjamin Cooke (1734-1793)

Sweet Suffolk Owl - Thomas Vautor (1590-1625)

It was a lover and his lass - Thomas Morley (1557-1602)

A damsel fair, and

Over hill, over dale - John Hatton (1809-1889)

Full fathom five - Charles Wood (1866-1926)

As torrents in summer, and

O happy eyes - Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Who is Sylvia,

O lovely May,

O peaceful night, and

My bonnie lass she smileth - Edward German (1862-1936)

Swansea Town - Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

And so it goes - Billy Joel (arr. Bob Chilcott)

Short people - Randy Newman (arr. Simon Carrington)

Choral selection from My Fair Lady -  Lerner and Loewe (arr. Carl Strommen)

Here is the poster.

‘Rutter Requiem’

This was the first concert under our new Musical Director, Julian Thomas, on 19th March 2016. The first half comprised a number of anthems by well-known composers, including Charles Wood.

Rutter’s Requiem was performed as the second half of the concert, accompanied by organ, oboe and cello.  

Here is the poster and the programme.

‘A Christmas Collection'

Our final concert with Sarah Latto as Director, on 5th December 2015 was a selection of songs and carols for Christmas, including excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”.

Here is the poster.

‘Folk Songs of the British Isles'

At this Summer Concert on 11th July 2015 we presented a mixed programme of traditional Folk Songs, and folk songs written by Maz O'Connor, some sung by her and some for us to sing with her - arranged by Sarah Latto. This was a new departure for North Downs Consort, and it is fair to say received mixed reviews. Some positive comments from choir members and their audience were: "it was a breath of fresh air and fun to sing something different", "I found the concert very uplifting and atmospheric. It was lovely to lose myself in the music for the evening. In particular I found the performance of Derby Day by Maz O'Connor very moving and poignant", "I thought that the concert was brilliant, great performances by us of the more traditional choral folk music, and the magical collaborations with Maz O'Connor".

Here is the poster.

‘Music and Monarchy'

Our Spring Concert on 22th March 2015 we sang a selection of English Church music by medieval composers, including William Byrd, Thomas tallis, Thomas Morley.

Here is the poster and the programme.

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