Friday, 26 March 2010

Three Choirs Weekend

Over the weekend 20th-22nd March (Saturday-Monday) there were performances by three different choirs.

Liverpool Festival Choir

On Saturday, 20th March, in the church, the Liverpool Festival Choir, under the Directorship of Colin Porter and the Organist Alan Thornecroft, gave an evening of Choral Music on the theme of Passiontide and Easter. There were thirteen choir items of sacred music in all, by composers such as Maunder, Arensky, Wesley, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel; two organ recitals, as well as closing music, and two congregational hymns.
      • The Way to Jerusalem ------------------------ J. Maunder
      • Bow Down Thine Ear, O Lord --------------- A.S. Arensky
      • Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace --------------- S. Wesley
      • O Lord Increase My Faith ------------------------ H.L. Sartin
      • O Saviour of the World ------------------------ J. Goss
      • Praise to Thee, Lord Jesus ------------------------ H. Schultz
      • When I Survey ------------------------ Morte Cristi arr:CP
      • Gloria in Excelsis Deo ------------------------ A. Vivaldi
      • Mighty Glorious is God The Father --------------- J.S. Bach
      • This is the Day ------------------------ J. Maunder
      • Easter Song of Joy ------------------------ R. Shepherd
      • And the Glory of the Lord - Messiah ---------- G.F. Handel
A collection was taken for a local charity, the Kings Cross Project - a local charity hosted by our sister church, Trinity Methodist/URC Church, which is dedicated to helping local disadvantaged families.

United Gospel Choir - Rotherham

Then on Sunday afternoon, 21st March, at Trinity Methodist/URC, the United Gospel Choir from Rotherham, under its director Chris Clayton, sang a wide selection of Gospel Songs, some well known, other less so. It was a lively, entertaining and moving occasion and we were told how the choir was founded under the influence and faith of the Director. The occasion finished with a faith tea, when we could mingle with friends old and new.

      • Shackles on my Feet
      • Michael Row the Boat Ashore
      • He's Got the Whole World in His Hand
      • In You
      • Down By the Riverside
      • O Happy Day
      • This Little Light of Mine
      • Hide behind the Mountain
      • Where you There?
      • Every Move I Make
      • Love Can Build a Bridge
      • Down By the River to Pray
      • We Bow Down

The Frodsham and District Choral Society

Finally, on Monday 22nd March, as a finale to our Guild Winter Programme, we were entertained by the Frodsham and District Choral Society with a varied programme entitled, "Do you hear the people sing?" The choir sang music by Handel, Parry, Verdi, a piece commissioned for the 800th anniversary of the Frodsham Charter, entitled "We live here still" and concluded with a medley from "Les Misérables" from which the title for the event was taken. The conductor was Howard Kane and the Accompanist, Robert Woods.

There were three solos by Paul Huntington (tenor) and three by Camille Bradford (mezo-soprano).
      • Zadok the Priest ---------------- Georg Frederic Handel
      • I was Glad ------------------------ Hubert H Parry
      • Anvil Chorus ------------------------ Giuseppe Verdi
      • Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves ----- Guiseppe Verdi
      • Frodsham 800 - We live here still --- M. Baker & A. Rudd
      • Les Misérables - Melody -------------Schonberg & Boublil

    • Tenor solos:

      • La Donna è Mobile ------------------------ Verdi
      • Overhead the Moon is Beaming ------ Romberg
      • A Wandering Minstrel ------------------ Sullivan

    • Mezo-soprano solos:

      • Leise, ganz liese klingt's durch den Raum -- Strauss ------- Softly, quite softly rings through the space
      • Niemand liebt Dich so wie ich -- Lehar ----------------------- Nobody could love you more
      • Ich Liebe dich ---------------------- Grieg - I love you

We are grateful to each of the choirs for three very different, and three very varied performances, and rejoice in the gift of music, and different tastes.

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