Spring Concert 2019

We will be performing on Sunday March 31st.

Rehearsals started on Friday January 4th. The program will be:

  • Vivaldi – Credo RV 591
  • Fasch – Concerto for trumpet, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in D major, FaWV L:D1
  • Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus K 618
  • Max Reger – Nachtlied Op.138
  • Bruckner – Locus Iste WAB 23
  • Interval
  • Haydn – Mass in B flat major ‘Theresienmesse’ Hob XXII:12

See also notes if you are a member of the Singers.

Quiz Night 2019

A quiz night was held on the Saturday evening of the 16th March at the Long Furlong Community Centre in Abingdon. A simple, home cooked, meal was provided along with a cash bar and raffle.

  • Good value for money in terms of entertainment, food and fun
  • Steve, the quiz-master, was excellent, good questions and well balanced subjects
  • Excellent food and plenty of it.
  • Excellent choice of beer
  • Good choice of wines … could have charged more!
  • A great evening … would come again
  • What a great evening – good quiz, good food, and  good company – when’s the next one ?

The event raised £1408.33 in support of our next and subsequent concerts.

Singing is fun!

An afternoon choral workshop with Janet Lincé

This was held on the afternoon of Sunday 20th January at the Matrix with Peter McMullin as accompanist.

It attracted a number of new people besides the regular choir members and was enjoyed by all. We received a great number of valuable tips and had, as promised, a very enjoyable afternoon.

Autumn Concert 2018

This will be a Handel  dominated programme. The date is now fixed for Sunday November the 25th 2018:

  • Handel – Chandos anthem No 2:  In the Lord put I my trust – HWV 247
  • Handel – Chandos anthem No 9:  O praise the Lord – HWV 254
  • Purcell – Rejoice in the Lord alway ‘The bell anthem’, Z 49
  • Handel – Concerto Grosso in C major ‘Alexander’s Feast’ – HWV 318

The first rehearsal was at 19:30 on Friday 14th September. 

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Current concert – notes for the choir

All except for the Nachtlied, which can be found on YouTube, are available on Choralia.

This is a fairly literal translation of Nachtlied:

Die Nacht ist kommen,
Drin wir ruhen sollen;
Gott walt’s, zum Frommen
Nach sein’m Wohlgefallen,
Daß wir uns legen
In sein’m G’leit und Segen,
Der Ruh’ zu pflegen.

Treib, Herr, von uns fern
Die unreinen Geister,
Halt die Nachtwach’ gern,
Sei selbst unser Schutzherr,
Schirm beid Leib und Seel’
Unter deine Flügel,
Send’ uns dein’ Engel!

Laß uns einschlafen
Mit guten Gedanken,
Fröhlich aufwachen
Und von dir nicht wanken;
Laß uns mit Züchten
Unser Tun und Dichten
Zu dein’m Preis richten!

The night has fallen,
And we should rest;
God is there, to care for us
By his good will,
So that we settle
In his company and blessing,
To maintain the peace.

Father, drive the evil spirits
Far away from us;
Keep the night watch;
Be our protector;
Shield both body and soul
Under your wings;
Send us your angels!

Let us go to sleep
With good thoughts,
Happily awaken
And never waver from you;
Let us, with discipline,
Focus our deeds and words
On your glory!