There was a full house for Questors Choir's well established Christmas concert. The concert started with the Choir processing toward the stage to the sound of a flautist and sopranos singing of the Angel Gabriel. This set the scene for an immensely varied evening of choral music interspersed with pieces by the Aurelian Brass Ensemble and by soloists and small groups of singers. The choir was ably accompanied by Gary Sieling.
The programme ranged from traditional carols like God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen and The First Nowell, to products of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1944) and Winter Wonderland (1934).
Much of the music was well known, though often with new arrangements by musical director Philip Norman - and certainly the way the carol sequences were woven together is typical of the Questors Choir's accomplished director. He also introduced some rarely heard and classic pieces – Great God in Heaven and In Bethlehem City (traditional), and Somervell’s Glory to God.
The concert was dedicated to the late Mark Tompsett, who had been such an active member of Questors choir and other groups.
The day will offer practical help to learn about choral singing, for experienced singers it will be a great way to kick-start the singing year.
Programme and Booking: Existing members will find that the sessions are a great way to kick-start the singing year. We also welcome anyone planning to join a/ our choir and members of other choirs.
A morning for the new or hesitant singer, giving you the opportunity to try out your voice, brush-up the basics of choral singing and discover the singer you really are, During this session, clear-cut, known pieces, with a broad sweep of melody and harmony, will be used as the basis for learning confidence-giving techniques.
A spectacular mixture from Acis and Galatea by Handel to Alexander's Ragtime band kept the large audience well-entertained on a hot summer evening.
Questors Choir will sing a set of well known songs, traditional and modern. Come along and enjoy.
The London Sangerstevne has brought outstanding choral music from around the world to London since 2004. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear choirs from across the UK and Europe - including Questors Choir in the session beginning at 14,30. read more here http://sangerstevne.sharepoint.com/Pages/Participants.aspx
Music Director: Philip Norman Accompanist: Richard Wilkins
Soloists: Hidemi Hatada (Soprano); Matthew Watts (Tenor) and Tim Murphy ( Bass)
The audience enjoyed an evening of lush tunes and expansive harmony.