2024

After setting the scene with Mozart’s Ave verum corpus we performed two wonderful 20th century pieces.

  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
  • Duruflé: Requiem

Our fantastic Baritone soloist for both of these works was Matt Secombe.
The Pie Jesu in the Requiem was sung by Laura Williams with Robert Williams on Cello.

2023

We took our audience on a journey as we delved into the things that we do just before Christmas, the events of the day itself, and how we feel afterwards.

The journey was illustrated with some choruses from Haydn’s “The Seasons”.
There were also familiar carols and some unfamiliar (but great fun) songs such as “Four o’clock” by Oliver Barton and “A Recipe for Christmas Pudding” by John Whittaker.

A light-hearted concert for a summer evening.

In the first half, words and music on the theme of magic, including:
Excerpts from “The Fairy Queen” by Purcell
“Over hill, over dale” by John Liptrot Hatton (words from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
“The Fairy Tailor” by Michael Head, sung by Roo Lumb
The final chorus from “The Magic Flute” by Mozart

In the second half, excerpts from “The Sorcerer” by Gilbert and Sullivan

One very familiar piece and one less well-known.

  • St. Nicolas cantata by Benjamin Britten with Tenor soloist Gabriel Seawright
  • Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi

2022

We would have been performing Handel’s Messiah as the culmination of our Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2020, had Covid not intervened.  We decided we owed it to ourselves to perform it now.

Once again we invited members of the audience to join us for the Hallelujah chorus.

SOLOISTS
Soprano : Rosa Sparks
Alto         : Siân Davies
Bass       : Matt Secombe

The first half of our lighter summer concert consisted of songs 0r song cycles by Mátyás Seiber, Béla Bartók and Antonin Dvořák, all composers who loved and utilised the folk songs of their homelands  but who lived abroad, with greater or lesser happiness and success.

The second half was excerpts from The Merry Widow, whose characters are Pontevedrian exiles living in Paris.

Very different pieces by two of the great choral composers, separated in both country and century but both much loved.

  • Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell
  • Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

2019

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.

This was Gatley Choir’s first venture at singing in Japanese.

Part 1
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)

Part 2
Excerpts from The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)

A celebration of English choral music in the late 19th century and early 20th century

First half
Stainer’s “Crucifixion”
Soloists: Felicity Davies (Soprano)
Thomas D Hopkinson (Bass)

Second half
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)

2018

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”.

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)

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)

2017

10 Centuries of Christmas Music
A novel selection of Christmas music,
ranging from plainsong to the 20th century.

Rags & Riches

The 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

Handel’s Messiah

with open invitation to  anyone
in the audience to
Have-a-go
at the Hallelujah Chorus

Soloists

Soprano  Felicity Davies
Alto        Joanna Harries
Tenor      Philip O’Connor
Bass      George Hulbert

and a hand-picked instrumental ensemble,

2016


Music for Winter and for Christmas
including
excerpts from Haydn: The Seasons

with Christmas Carols
and seasonal refreshments

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

Parry:      I was Glad
Britten:   Rejoice in the Lamb
Mozart:   Requiem