Concert held at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate, looking beautiful at night
The first half featured Britten “St Nicolas” with some atmospheric accompaniment by string quartet, piano, organ and percussion and also featuring some young soloists as well as the tenor part ably sung by James Robinson.
The second half included carols for both choir only and choir and audience. (Pictures below taken by Caroline Champney and published with her permission).
A great evening at The Menuhin Hall! The programme featured “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and “Liebeslieder Waltzes” all sung in German (a challenge for some of us!) with piano accompaniment. The soloists were Rebecca Hardwick, soprano, and James Atkinson, bass, with pianists Linda Bridges and Pam Kent.
The following pictures were all taken by John Siviter with kind permission of The Menuhin Hall.
The most recent was a Supper Concert on 9 February, 2019 at the Vera Fletcher Hall, with a performance of ” Trial by Jury”, followed by a fish and chip supper. Several members opted to take on the solo parts whilst the rest of the choir sang the choruses. Many dressed up for the performance as evidenced below. (All photos courtesy Valerie Thompson, except where indicated).
A great time was had by all at the social held on 14 December at St Nicholas’ Church hall in Thames Ditton featuring our now annual mini pantomime. The evening included appearances by an elf, ugly sisters, colourful wigs and hampers!
We chose All Saints church in the heart of Kingston for our latest concert held on 1st December, 2018. The combination of a Christmassy “vibe” in the town centre with its brightly lit selection of restaurants and shops and the popular variety of items on the programme ensured that members of the audience went away feeling that Christmas had arrived early!
The use of a brass ensemble for most of the pieces with solo flute, piano and organ accompanying others also enhanced the enjoyment of the pieces.
Once again, we were fortunate to have a former member of the Royal Choral Society, Julian Rye, in the audience. He has kindly submitted a review of the concert which can be accessed here. Post concert comments indicated that many others in the audience enjoyed this concert. Let’s hope a few new to our concerts feel motivated to come and join us for more – as singers next time, perhaps!
We were encouraged to really stretch ourselves by tackling this beautiful but challenging work. In the end, we had a wonderful concert at St. Andrew’s church in Surbiton on Saturday, June 16th. The unaccompanied singing was split into three sections with our Russian Guest, Irina Walters giving a small talk about the work and the composer during the two breaks.
Below are a few photos audience members kindly took at the concert (mainly before the concert actually started)
One member of the audience, Julian Rye, who has sung with the Royal Choral Society, kindly submitted a review of the concert which can be accessed here. Post concert comments indicated that many others in the audience enjoyed this concert, especially as it was completely different to what we have sung in the past.
Many audience members, including Julian (as you can see from his review) found it difficult to hear Irina during her two talks, so in response to requests, we are reproducing the text here.
We held a wonderful concert at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate on November 25th, 2017. The works included: Handel “Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne”, Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb”, Charpentier “Te Deum” plus some seasonal items. The concert featured soloists: Sophie Gallagher, Soprano; Alex Chance, Alto; Guy Elliott, Tenor and Hugo Herman-Wilson, Bass and the players of Solistes de Musique Ancienne.
A full gallery of pictures from the concert follows (all photos courtesy of Raf Jezierski):