30th November - Winter Nights
Definitely NOT a Christmas concert!
Apart from Winter we remembered St. Cecilia (November 22nd) and St. Andrew (November 30th).
In the first half we had a couple of very different songs on a Winter theme.
We then sang excerpts from Purcell’s “Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692” (also known as “Hail bright Cecilia”).
In the second half we performed John Rutter’s “When Icicles Hang”.
This was followed by a sing-along with the audience of some Scottish songs.
13th July - An Oriental Excursion
This was Gatley Choir’s first venture at singing in Japanese.
Hakone Hachiri (TAKI Rentaro)
One Fine Day from Madame Butterfly (Puccini)
Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly (Puccini)
Piano duet: Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes from Mother Goose (Ravel)
Tsubute (HANDA Keisuke)
Excerpts from The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
6th April - Stainer’s "Crucifixion" and other English Choral Masterpieces
A celebration of English choral music in the late 19th century and early 20th century
Soloists: Felicity Davies (Soprano)
Thomas D Hopkinson (Bass)
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens (Choir)
Stanford: 2 of the Songs of Erin (Felicity)
Stanford: The Blue Bird (Choir with Felicity)
Stanford: 2 of the Songs of the Sea (Thomas)
Parry: I was glad (Choir)
8th December - Peace on Earth
A concert focused on the remembrance that Christmas 1918 was the
first after the November Armistice and held the promise of peace at last.
- Carols by composers who survived the First World War.
- Carols from countries involved in the war (on both sides).
- Carols which look forward to better times.
- Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”.
14th July - Vive la France!
Our offering for Bastille Day!
The serious part contains La Marseillaise, the Cantique de Jean Racine
and solo items by Joshua Furtado-Mendes.
Then we let out hair down with Orpheus in the Underworld.
This recording was made at the Saturday afternoon rehearsal:
Cantique de Jean Racine (Fauré)
14th April - Celebrating Schubert
Schubert Mass No 6 in E flat major
Also songs for the choir – Lebenslust and Hirtenchor
Who is Sylvia? Soprano soloist Felicity Davies
The Shepherd on the Rock – Felicity Davies and Geoffrey Smith (Clarinet)
9th December - 10 Centuries of Christmas Music
8th July - Rags & Riches
Rags & Riches
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast – Coleridge-Taylor
The Rags – a celebration of Scott Joplin
Please Say you Will (his first published song)
Excerpts from his opera “Treemonisha”
with Tenor soloist Philip O’Connor
8th April - Have-a-go Hallelujah!
with open invitation to anyone
in the audience to
at the Hallelujah Chorus
Soprano Felicity Davies
Alto Joanna Harries
Tenor Philip O’Connor
Bass George Hulbert
and a hand-picked instrumental ensemble,
10th December "Season’s Greetings"
Music for Winter and for Christmas
excerpts from Haydn: The Seasons
with Christmas Carols
and seasonal refreshments
2nd July "Love and Marriage"
Wagner: Treulich Geführt (Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin)
Schubert: Adieu! ‘Tis Love’s Last Greeting
German: Love is meant to make us glad (from Merry England)
Items for string quartet and for piano
Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial by Jury
16th April "Mozart Requiem"
Parry: I was Glad
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
5th December "Joy to the World"
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Bach – Christmas Oratorio (excerpts)
11th July "A Journey through Eastern Europe"
Lighter music from Eastern Europe, including:
Mátyás Seiber – Three Hungarian Folk Songs
Dvořák – 6 Strains from Moravia
Bartok- The Bartered Bride (excerpts)
25th April "Samson"
Handel – Samson