Events

The Society performs three concerts with the orchestra and chorus every year in the Haslemere Hall. An additional orchestral concert is held in St Christopher’s Church, Weyhill, often featuring a soloist from within the orchestra.

Orchestral Concert

October 14, 2017OrchestraSt Christopher's Church
ConductorJames Ross

Works:

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Fauré Elégie Anna Hunt, 'cello
Saint-Saëns Allegro appassionato
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3

Orchestral and Choral Concert

December 2, 2017Chorus and OrchestraHaslemere Hall
ConductorJames Ross

Works:

Vaughan Williams Psalm 47: O Clap Your Hands
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No.2
Charpentier Messe de Minuit
Prokofiev Troika: Lieutenant Kizhé
Osgood Alleluia

Other Events

Date/LocationPerformersWorks
2018-03-03
Haslemere Hall
Chorus and OrchestraHolst : Short Festival Te Deum
Chausson : Symphony in B-flat
Fauré : Requiem
2018-05-05
Haslemere Hall
Chorus and OrchestraSibelius : Karelia Suite
Baermann Concertstück for Clarinet: Concertstück for Clarinet Helen Owlett, clarinet
Wagner : Scenes from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Latest reviews

Jazz and Jerusalem

Haslemere Musical Society’s final concert of the season started with a bang -Bernstein’s Overture Candide of which the orchestra gave an excellent account. The evening was a miscellany of light classical music and jazz, possibly best described as London meets New York. Next up the choir sang two jazz numbers Begin the Beguine which was cleverly orchestrated by their choirmaster Tom Lydon and Summertime, with a deep Southern American feel and pronunciation.

The orchestra played Copeland’s Four Dance Episodes from the ballet Rodeo ending with the rousing Hoe-down.  Returning to the London theme was Eric Coates’ London Suite and two works by Ronald Binge both well known for different reasons; Elizabethan Serenade and a particularly evocative rendering of Sailing By which insomniacs will know as the BBC Radio 4 music that precedes the Shipping Forecast.

The choir continued the jazz theme with A Foggy Day (in London Town) and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square in which Louise Yeadon played an improvised solo on Alto Saxophone as well as Bass Clarinet to great effect. Violinist Joe Yeadon had made an arrangement of this song especially for the occasion.

The evening ended with Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and with choir and orchestra performing Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and a rousing interpretation of Parry’s Jerusalem in which the audience participated to great enjoyment with people saying “play it again”…(they didn’t.)

While some of the songs were outside the choir’s usual comfort zone of classical music they gave a good account of the jazz numbers and conductor James Ross entered fully into the spirit of obviously grooving and enjoying the beat of a concert of light music much enjoyed by the audience.

Previous Seasons' Concerts

Visit the concert archive to see the programmes and reviews from previous seasons.