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Full House for Requiem Concert 

Ninety seven members of the Farnham & Bourne Choral Society sang in its Remembrance concert on Saturday 9th November at St. Thomas-in-the Bourne. The church had a capacity audience of 250, ranging in age from the single to the nearly triple figures. Judging by audience comments, the varied first half programme was a particular hit. It opened with Handel’s rousing chorus Zadok the Priest, followed by Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, sensitively conducted by Robin Wells, and played by the 22-piece orchestra led by Sally Dewey. Mendelssohn’s short Prayer for Peace preceded another choral work by Handel. This was an arrangement of Eternal Source of Light Divine, from the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, for solo soprano (beautifully sung by the pure voice of Jenny Sanders) and solo trumpet (played from the organ loft by Will Spencer). Due to its popularity, this item had been included for a second consecutive year.

For the Fallen, a poem set to music by Mark Blatchly for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 1980, was then sung by the choir, perhaps a little muddily (how appropriate!) and immediately followed by the trumpeter’s perfect sounding of The Last Post from within the vestry. At this point there was many a moist eye.

Post interval, Mozart’s Requiem completed the concert. The soloists, Ruth Parr (soprano), Alex Lawrence (contralto), Hugh Hetherington (tenor) and Simon Cakebread (bass) were all proficient in their parts. While it must be said the choir had a wobbly moment or two in the more challenging passages, none was too obvious, and there was great applause at the end of the work.  

I, along with the audience, had a very enjoyable evening. There was a pleasant relaxed atmosphere - the big choir looked good - the red scarves adding to the festive spirit - and Jubilate Brass were a wonderful bonus.

The Choir produced a rich well balanced sound which was such a pleasure to listen to. It was a very interesting programme with some old favourites and some new - Adeste Fideles and Long Time Ago being particularly memorable. The mood changed with "Our Father's heart begotten" with its rather sombre words and six verses. However, it was great fun singing "While Shepherds Watched....." to "Ilkley" - we all enjoyed singing along with that!

The warm receptive audience completed the festive atmosphere, and as I watched people leaving the Church, they mostly had huge smiles on their faces having had a lovely evening listening to evocative Christmas music.


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14 December 2009



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A Christmas Celebration

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Jubilate Brass directed by David Clack
  • Organ: Simon Wyatt

14 November 2009



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A Concert for the Anniversaries of Purcell, Handel, Haydn & Mendelssohn

Handel "Zadok the Priest"

Purcell "Te Deum"

Haydn "Concerto for Organ in G minor"

Haydn "Te Deum in C"

Haydn "Insane et vanae carae"

Purcell "Sound the Trumpet"

Mendelssohn "Prayer for Peace"

Handel "The King Shall Rejoice" (Coronation Anthem No. 4)

Performed in St. Andrew's Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Ruth Parr
  • Contralto: Nora Price
  • Tenor: Simon Cakebread
  • Baritone: Richard Arthur
  • Organ: Stephen Thomson


16 May 2009



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J. S. Bach "Passion of Our Lord, According to St. John

Performed in St. Andrew's Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Evangelist: James Atherton
  • Christus: Benedict Nelson (Generously Supported by the Countess of Munster Trust)
  • Soprano: Hannah Grove Atherton
  • Contralto: Nora Price
  • Baritone: Simon Wilson
  • Cello: Jon Hennessy Brown
  • Organ: Stephen Thomson


20 December 2008



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A Christmas Celebration

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Jubilate Brass directed by David Clack
  • Organist: Simon Wyatt

8 November 2008



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Vivaldi "Gloria"

Vaughan Williams "Suite from the Canata 'Folk Songs of the Four Seasons", "Toward the Unknown Region", "Prelude '49th Parallel", "Linden Lea", "In Windsor Forest"

Elgar “Larghetto from the Serenade for Strings"

"The Old 100th from the Geneva Psalter".

Performed in St. Andrew's Church, Farnham 

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey  
  • Soprano: Ruth Parr
  • Contralto: Nora Price


17 May 2008



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Brahms "Academic Festival Overture" and "A German Requiem"

Vaughan Williams "Five Mystical Songs"

Performed in Farnham Maltings  

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey  
  • Soprano: Laura Mitchell (Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Trust)
  • Baritone: Simon Wilson

15 December 2007



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A Christmas Concert

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Jubilate Brass directed by David Clack
  • Baritone soloist: Richard Arthur
  • Organist:: Simon Wyatt

10 November 2007



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Rutter "Requiem"

Fauré "Requiem" and "Cantique de Jean Racine"

Mark Blatchly "For the Fallen"

Debussy "Two Arabesques"

Performed in St. Andrews Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Soprano: Olympia Hetherington
  • Baritone: Hugh Hetherington
  • Harp: Victoria Davies
  • Organist: Tom Bell

19 May 2007


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Elgar "The Kingdom"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Sarah Redgwick
  • Contralto: Susan Mackenzie Park
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Baritone: Michael Pearce


16 December 2006


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Handel "Messiah"

Performed in St. Andrew's Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Diana Gilchrist
  • Contralto: Nora Price
  • Tenor: Edward Lee
  • Baritone: Simon Wilson
  • Organ: Steven Thomson
  • Trumpet: William Spencer


11 November 2006


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A Mozart Celebration:

Missa Brevis in C, K.220 "Sparrow Mass" with Epistle Sonatas in C (K.278, K.328 and K.338)

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K.339 with Sonata in D, K.144

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Raquel Luis
  • Mezzo Soprano: Melanie Lang
  • Tenor: Edward Lee
  • Baritone: Matthew Sprange
  • Organ: Steven Thomson


20 May 2006


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Verdi "Requiem"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Jennifer Smith
  • Mezzo Soprano: Elizabeth Sikora
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Bass: Andrew Slater

17 December 2005


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Christmas Concert

A programme of Christmas music & carols for choir and audience

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Diana Vivian
  • Baritone: James Harrison

12 November 2005


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Handel and Bach

Handel "Zadok the Priest"

Handel "Let Thy Hand be Strengthened"

Bach "Suite No. 3 in D"

Handel "My Heart is Inditing"

Haydn "Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis Deo"

Handel "The King Shall Rejoice"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Diana Vivian
  • Organ: Steven Thomson



14 May 2005


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Thomas Wood "March 'Six Bells'"

Stanford "Songs of the Fleet"

Vaughan Williams "A Sea Symphony"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Jennifer Smith
  • Baritone: Michael Pearce

1 December 2004



A Christmas Concert

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham

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13 November 2004


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Emmanuel Chabrier "March Joyeuse"

Poulenc "Gloria'"

Parry "Blest Pair of Sirens"

Elgar "Queen Alexandra's Memorial Ode"

Elgar "Spirit of England"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Sarah Redgwick

15 May 2004


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J. S. Bach " The Passion of Our Lord According to St. Matthew"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Evangelist: Hugh Hetherington
  • Christus: Stephen Holloway
  • Soprano: Sarah Redgwick
  • Contralto: Anna Wall
  • Bass: David Stout
  • Organ & Harpsichord: Stephen Thomson
  • Cello: Jayne Spenser



20 December 2003


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Handel " The Messiah"

  •  Conducted by Simon Wyatt
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Kate Royal
  • Contralto: Christina Dongas
  • Tenor: Ben Thapa
  • Bass: Simon Wilson
  • Trumpet: Jeremy Clack
  • Harpsichord: Stephen Thomson
  • Cello: Anne Emmerson



8 November 2003


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Handel "Zadok the Priest"

Mozart "Exsultate Jubilate"

Mozart "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

Haydn "Harmoniemesse"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Susanna Andersson
  • Contralto: Christina Dongas
  • Tenor: Ben Thapa
  • Baritone: David Stout

17 May 2003


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Elgar "The Light of Life"

Parry "Blest Pair of Sirens"

Vaughan Williams "Serenade to Music"

Finzi "For St. Cecilia"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Sarah Redgwick
  • Mezzo Soprano: Susan Mackenzie-Park
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Bass: Michael Pearce

14 December 2002


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Christmas Concert

A programme of Christmas music & carols for choir and audience

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Baritone: Edward Lee
  • Organ: Simon Wyatt


9 November 2002


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Beethoven "Overture - Coriolanus"

Mendelssohn "Prayer for Peace"

Blatchly "For the Fallen"

Strauss "Horn Concerto No. 1, Opus 11"

Beethoven "Mass in C"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen
  • Mezzo Soprano: Shola Hector
  • Baritone: David Stuart
  • Bass: Johan Tötterström


18 May 2002


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Handel "Judas Maccabæus

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Margaret Crossland
  • Counter Tenor: Richard Stevens
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Bass: Michael Pearce


8 December 2001


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Finzi "In Terra Pax"

Parry "Ode on the Nativity"

Rutter "Magnificat"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey  
  • Soprano: Jacquelyn Fugelle
  • Baritone: William Townend

19 May 2001


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Bach "Mass in B Minor"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Claire Booth
  • Mezzo Soprano: Gudrun Olafsdottir
  • Tenor: Joshua Ellicott
  • Bass: Christopher Dixon

16 December 2000



A Christmas Concert

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham

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11 November 2000



Mozart "Requiem Mass"

Blatchley "For the Fallen"

Elgar "Serenade for Strings"

Mendelssohn "Prayer for Peace"

Wells "Festive Te Deum"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings with The Farnborough Singers

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey  
  • Soprano: Camilla Roberts
  • Mezzo Soprano: Rachel Lloyd
  • Tenor: Andrew Rees
  • Bass: Joao Fernandez


19 May 2000



75th Anniversary Gala Concert

Robin Wells "Festival Te Deum"
(Commissioned to celebrate jointly the Millenium and the Society's 75th birthday)

Vaughan Williams "Five Mystical Songs"

Walton "Belshazzar's Feast"

Performed in The Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Baritone: Michael Pearce