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Stretton Choral Society

Past Concerts

Below is a list of concerts previously performed by the Society (listed backwards in date order). To see information about our current concerts please go to the Current Season page.

May 2017 - Requiem by Mozart and Theresienmesse by J Haydn
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, Leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Chloe Pardoe (mezzo soprano), Ed Harrisson (tenor), Paul Mocroft (baritone)

December 2016 - 'Christmas Sunrise'Gloria by Vivaldi and Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo  - conductor Paul Kelly
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, Leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Kim Cleaton (soprano), Marcia Hall (alto)

May 2016 - A German Requiem by Brahms (sung in English), Insanae et Vanae Curae by Haydn plus excerpts from the Incidental Music to Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn - conductor Paul Kelly
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, Leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Paul Mocroft (baritone); plus
Kim Cleaton (soprano) in the Mendelssohn

December 2015 - Messa di Gloria by Puccini - conductor Paul Kelly
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, Leader David Joyce
Soloists: Ed Harrisson (tenor), Paul Mocroft (baritone).
Part 2 of the concert comprised a selection of Christmas songs and carols.

May 2015 - Messiah by G F Handel (complete work) - conductor
Paul Kelly
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, Leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Chloe Pardoe (mezzo soprano),
Ed Harrisson (tenor), Paul Mocroft (baritone)

December 2014 - Stella Natalis by Karl Jenkins - conductor Paul Kelly
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Kim Cleaton (soprano),
Cecil Hayward (trumpet)
Part 2 of the concert comprised a selection of Christmas songs and carols.

May 2014 - Magnificent Harmony - conductor Paul Kelly
Magnificat by J S Bach
Harmoniemesse by J Haydn
Haffner Symphony K385 by W A Mozart
Orchestra - Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce
Soloists: Sarah Westwood (soprano), Marcia Hall (alto), Ed Harrisson (tenor), Themba Mvula (baritone)

December 2013 - A Sacred Christmas - Conductor: Paul Kelly
A selection of music from the book European Sacred Music, edited by John Rutter.
Locus Iste* by Bruckner
Beatus Vir by Monteverdi
Ave Maria* by Rachmaninoff
Magnificat by Buxtehude
Sancta Maria, mater Dei by Mozart
* sung a capella
Accompaniment by Ensemble Musicale who also played Bach's Suite No 2 for flute (soloist Ruth Hayward) and strings. There were the usual carols for choir and audience in the second half of the concert.

May 2013 - Une Soirée Musicale - conductor Paul Kelly
Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré
Requiem by Fauré
Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile by Gounod
Accompaniment by Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce
Soloists: Jenny Crawford and Kim Cleaton, soprano
Craig Jackson, tenor, and Paul Mocroft, bass

December 2012 - Christmas Gloria - conductor Paul Kelly
Alleluia, Lobet den Herren by Schutz
O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Gloria by John Rutter
plus carols and other Christmas music for choir and audience.
Accompaniment by Random Brass

May 2012 - A Concert for Peace - conductor Paul Kelly
The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
And the Mother did Weep (from Stabat Mater) by Karl Jenkins
Credo in E minor by Vivaldi
Ensemble Musical also played the Allegretto from Palladio for String Orchestra by Karl Jenkins and Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi (soloist David Joyce, violin)

December 2011 - A Royal Christmas - conductor Paul Kelly
Handel's Coronation Anthems (Zadok the Priest, My Heart is Inditing, The King Shall Rejoice and Let Thy Hand be Strengthened) plus carols and other Christmas music for choir and audience

May 2011 - Best of British - conductor David Hart
Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry
Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams
Songs of the Fleet by Stanford
Songs from the Bavarian Highlands by Elgar
Ensemble Musical also played The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth and the Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' by Vaughan Williams

Soloist: Paul Mocroft, baritone
with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce

December 2010 - A Classic Christmas - conductor David Hart
Schubert's Mass in G, Haydn's Te Deum and Mozart's Regina Coeli K108, followed by carols for choir and audience.

Soloists:
Cathy Benson, soprano and Fran Ambrose, baritone
with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce

May 2010 - A Handel Celebration - conductor David Hart
A selection of works by Handel including Zadok the Priest, and extracts from Messiah and Chandos Anthem No. 9. Orchestral works included Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the Flute Minuet and Trumpet Minuet from Water Music

Soloists:
Cathy Benson, soprano
Paul Mocroft, bass
Richard Silk, organ

with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce

December 2009 - Bach at Christmas - conductor David Hart
Extracts from Christmas Oratorio and other music by J S Bach
Christmas carols for choir and audience.

Soloists:
Emma Peaurt, soprano
Harriet Goodwin, mezzo soprano
Nick Drew, tenor
Fran Ambrose, bass

with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce and
Richard Silk (organ and piano)

May 2009 - The Seasons by Haydn - conductor David Hart

Soloists:
Elisabeth Wingfield, soprano
John Bowen, tenor
Stephen Garner, bass

with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce and
Richard Silk (piano)

December 2008 - Christmas Magnificat - conductor David Hart
Magnificat by John Rutter
Christmas carols and other seasonal music.

Soloist: Sarah Westwood, soprano
with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce and
Richard Silk (organ)

May 2008 - Classical Masterworks - conductor David Hart
Mass in C, Op. 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Requiem, KV626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soloists:
Catherine Benson, soprano
Karen Wise, mezzo soprano
John Bowen, tenor
Stephen Garner, bass

with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce, and
Richard Silk (organ)

December 2007 - Christmas in Vienna - conductor David Hart
Mass in B flat, D324 by Franz Schubert
Orchestral music by Schubert, plus Pizzicato Polka and Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss
Seasonal carols from Austria and England

Soloists:
Jennifer France, soprano
Cathia Lardeau, mezzo soprano
Matthew Moss, tenor
Michael Smythe, baritone

with Ensemble Musicale, leader David Joyce, and
Richard Silk (organ)

May 2007 - Messiah in May - conductor David Hart
G F Handel: Messiah

Soloists:
Sarah Westwood (soprano)
Harriet Goodwin (mezzo-soprano)
John Bowen (tenor)
Paul Mocroft (bass)

with Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce) and
David Goodall (organ)

December 2006 - conductor David Hart
Mozart: Mass in C (KV66) - known as the "Dominicus Mass" plus other orchestral music of the period including extracts from Serenade No 4 (K203) and Three German dances (K605) (including Sleigh Ride).

A variety of Christmas Carols, both old and new, including some old favourites where the audience had the opportunity to join in.

Soloists:
Elizabeth Holland (soprano)
Bridget Kerrison (mezzo-soprano)
Stephen Davis (tenor)
Laurence Cole (bass)

with Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce) and
David Goodall (organ)

May 2006 - conductor David Hart
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce) and organist David Goodall

Soloists:
Elisabeth Wingfield (soprano)
Janet Lancaster (alto)
Robert Forbes (tenor)
Paul Mocroft (bass)

December 2005 - conductor David Hart
Christmas Fantasia - including
J S Bach: Cantata for Advent Sunday (No. 61)
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Corelli: Concerto "per la notte di natale"
Pergolesi: Magnificat
plus a selection of traditional and modern Christmas Carols
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce)

Soloists:
Elizabeth Holland (soprano)
Hayley Grace Hunt (mezzo-soprano)
Stephen Davis (tenor)
Tristan Stocks (baritone)

May 2005 - conductor David Hart
Haydn: Creation
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce)

Soloists:
Catherine Benson (soprano)
Michael Clee (tenor)
Tristan Stocks (bass)

December 2004 - conductor David Hart
Christmas Glory - including:
Vivaldi: Gloria
Pergolesi, Torelli and Vivaldi: Italian Concerto Excerpta
plus a selection of traditional and modern Christmas Carols
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce)

Soloists:
Lorna Cross (soprano)
Joan Longmore (contralto)

May 2004 - conductor David Hart
Mozart in May - including:
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Symphony No 30 in D, "Coronation" Mass in C and Regina Coeli

Soloists:
Catheron Mason (soprano)
Harriet Goodwin (mezzo soprano)
Stephen Cary (tenor)
Paul Mocroft (bass)

December 2003 - conductor David Hart
JS Bach - selected movements from Christmas Oratorio
plus a programme of traditional and modern carols from the Novello Book of Carols accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce)

Soloists:
Cheryl Hockham (soprano)
Judith Carder (mezzo-soprano)
David Corden (tenor)
Laurence Cole (bass)

May 2003 - conductor David Hart
Rutter: Magnificat
CPE Bach: Magnificat
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader David Joyce)

Soloists:
Elizabeth Bruce (soprano)
Joan Longmore (contralto)
Michael Clee (tenor)
Paul Mocroft (bass)

December 2002 - conductor David Hart
Handel: Messiah, Part 1
plus a programme of traditional and modern carols
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale

May 2002 - conductor David Hart
"Harmonious Classics"
C Hubert H Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens (arranged for 4-part chorus and orchestra)
Edward Elgar: Salut d'Amour, for string orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, for baritone solo, choir and orchestra
Josef Haydn: Mass in B flat ("Harmonie" or "Wind-Band" Mass)

Soloists:
Catherine Benson (soprano)
Barbara Hogg (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Clee (tenor)
David Usher (baritone)

December 2001
Christmas carol concert including
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Soloists:
Stephanie Roberts (harp)
Catherine Benson (soprano)

May 2001 "A Classical Spring"
Haydn: Te Deum
Rossini: String Sonata No 1
Mozart: Regina Coeli (K 108)
Beethoven: Mass in C
accompanied by Ensemble Musicale (leader: Villia Harper)

Soloists:
Sarah Westwood (soprano)
Harriet Goodwin (mezzo-soprano)
Derek Lidington (tenor)
Paul Mocroft (bass)