Details for Sunday

Rehearsal schedule

14.30 Choir warm up Orchestra arrive
14.35 Thou knowest and O Saviour of the World
14.45 Stabat Mater (full choir bits)
15.25 O Sing unto the Lord (soloists arrive)
15.55 Rejoice in the Lord
16.10 Tea break (Choir depart)
16.30 Stabat mater with soloists
16.50 Nulla in mundo pax with strings and Penelope
17.05 Brandenburg concerto No3
17.30 Rehearsal ends

19:30 concert starts

Things to note

  • Rehearsal and concert is in All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay OX14 4AE
  • Orchestral dress code is lounge suits for men and standard concert black for women
  • Soloist’s dress code is black tie for men and for women, long colourful
  • Choir dress code: for men, black tie; for women, white tops and black skirts or trousers.
  • Refreshment and light dinner after rehearsal for orchestra and soloists at 12 The Nursery
  • Contact is Tony Furze, 12 The Nursery, Sutton Courtenay, OX14 4UA
    Telephone 01235 847603: cell phone 07855 474589: email:

Presentation to Pamela

We made a presentation to Pamela who recently decided that it was the right time to leave the choir of which she was a founder member. David, our current chairman, paid tribute to Pamela who had been chair previously and her enormous contributions to the choir. A letter from April Cantelo (who had previously acted as voice coach to the choir) described her as a wonderful lady. Another letter from Margaret, one of the Friends of the choir and a former member, also reminded us of what Pamela had done for us. She had led us through good times and bad.

The money collected was sufficient to be able to arrange a day out to include a Garsington Opera with dinner and champagne showing the esteem in which she is held.

Alex Berry

Alex BerryAlexander Berry began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, before winning scholarships to Bloxham School and King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon. During his gap year he was Organ Scholar at Guildford Cathedral. During his 3 years (2009-12) at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, he also held the posts of Organ Scholar to King’s Voices (the mixed-voice undergraduate choir at King’s College) and Accompanist to CUMS Chorus.

He then moved to Ely Cathedral, where he spent two years as Assistant Organist to the Girls’ Choir.

Alexander founded the Mercian Consort in 2008 and has conducted its concerts in the UK and on the continent, recording a CD of music for Lent and Passiontide which was released in April 2013.

Alexander works regularly as an organist and accompanist with a variety of ensembles. Recent musical ventures have included organ recitals in King’s College, Cambridge, St Bonifatius Wiesbaden and Kaliningrad Cathedral, and conducting the Mercian Consort in performances of works by William Byrd and Christopher Tye hosted by Cambridge Early Music.

Since January 2015, he has been the Assistant Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford and Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College School.