The All Saints’ Singers had a very successful concert on March 26th in All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay. We performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle – a piece that is neither little, being 85 minutes long, and not at all solemn! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly singing such a wonderful piece of music. We were accompanied superbly by Shean Bowers on the harmonium and Malcolm Pearce on the piano. Our brilliant soloists were Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie (soprano), Clemmie Franks (alto), Dominic Bevan (tenor) and Michael Hickman (bass). We had many compliments and were very pleased with our performance.
Some of the choir enjoyed the Matrix Consort in the early part of the summer term, singing for a few weeks with Sebastian Thomson, while others had a little rest ready for the autumn singing.
The choir continues to grow, both in numbers and in confidence, as we stretch ourselves with more challenging choral pieces.
We meet together on Friday 8th September to start rehearsals for our Advent concert which will be held on 10th December in All Saints’ Church. We will be singing St. Nicholas Mass by Haydn, and Bob Chilcott’s piece “On Christmas Night”. As a break from our usual format we will be encouraging audience participation by interspersing the Chilcott pieces between more familiar Christmas carols. We hope as many as can will join us for this festive programme.
Our next concert will be held on Sunday 22nd May 2022 in All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay starting at 7:30 pm. The final programme includes:
Vivaldi: Gloria in D (RV589)
Vivaldi: Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera (RV630) – Soprano solo
Mozart: Missa Brevis in C major (KV220) Sparrow Mass (Spatzenmesse)
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus (K618)
Haydn: Te Deum in C major
Tickets are £15 which includes a programme. They can be purchased by contacting or 07870 506774. They are also on sale at Hari & Esha’s in Sutton Courtenay and at the Bookstore in Bury Street, Abingdon.
This next term we are planning to meet up again in the Matrix to sing – without visors. Covid precautions will be taken very seriously; we will be spaced out and the room will be well-ventilated. Furthermore, all participants will need a negative lateral flow test prior to the meeting. And this time we will be working towards a concert – provisionally booked for 22nd May 2022 in All Saints’ Church – our first for more than two years.
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
Haydn – Mass in B flat major ‘Theresienmesse’ Hob XXII:12