March 2017 concert
Chairman’s Newsletter – Spring 2017
As we approach the end of the 2016 – 2017 season it’s an appropriate time to look back on a great year of music making and to look ahead to 2017 – 2018.
The first concert of the season was in a full St Christopher’s Church and featured Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Cook’s Diva’s Revenge, Saint-Saens’ Romance for Flute and Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, the ‘Clock’. The orchestra was in excellent form and the audience showed their appreciation of outstanding performances. Clare Loosely’s contribution to the evening was very much appreciated and the memorable ‘Diva’s Revenge’ on which her husband, Chris Cook, worked so hard, brought a smile to most faces in the audience. After the interval Lucy Hatcher’s flute playing in the Saint-Saens was truly delightful.
In the December concert the orchestra, in the first half, performed Glazunov’s Winter from ‘The Seasons’ and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Chorus then joined them in the second half for Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass which brought the concert to a satisfying close. The audience’s reaction was warm and appreciative and we were delighted to perform to a full house yet again.
The March concert consisted of two very challenging pieces, the Bruckner Te Deum and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the ‘Choral’, both of which were hugely inspiring performances. We were joined by students from Rodborough and Woolmer Hill Schools for the final movement of the Choral Symphony and they also performed a number of pieces by themselves, showing just how talented they are.
The final concert of the season, at the beginning of May, is a programme of popular music ranging from Gershwin to Parry and from Bernstein to Elgar. It takes some of us out of our comfort zone but the challenge is proving to be exciting. It should be a great finish to the season.
Rehearsals are in Haslemere Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm till about 10pm for both choir and orchestra. We have a tea/coffee break about half way through. There is normally a rehearsal during the afternoon before each concert. Occasionally the choir rehearses in the Methodist church in Weyhill when Haslemere Hall is not available. The orchestra also sometimes rehearses in St Christopher’s Church in Weyhill.
Links and Rehearsal Music
|Choraline||Choraline practice recordings|
|Cyberbass||Learning aids for choral singers|
|Haslemere Hall||HMS location for ticket sales, practice and performances|
|LAMNET||The Local Amateur Music Network – the UK’s only free searchable database of classical musicians and groups|
|Making Music||National Federation of Music Societies|