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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.


DATE

PERFORMANCE DETAILS


01 June 2019


Three Works by Haydn

Theresienmesse

London Symphony No.104

Insanae et Vanae Curae


Performed at Aldridge Theatre, Frensham Heights School


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • F&B Orchestra
  • Catrin Pryce-Jones – Soprano
  • Joanna Harris – Mezzo Soprano
  • Ronald McCusker - Tenor
  • Thomas Humphreys - Baritone


09 March 2019


Elgar & Rutter

Elgar - The Spirit of England

Rutter - Requiem


Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Mary Walker – Soprano
  • Robert Patterson – Organ

Saturday 8 December 2018


Christmas with F&B

Finzi - In Terra Pax

Carols for choir and audience


Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Bourne Brass Ensemble
  • Diana Owen – Piano


Saturday 3 November 2018


Handel -  Israel in Egypt


Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Hazel Neighbour – Soprano
  • Poppy Shotts – Soprano
  • Lauren Young – Mezzo-soprano
  • Joseph Doody – Tenor
  • Alex Jones – Baritone
  • Tom Colwell – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra

19 May 2018


Beethoven  - Mass in C

Mozart  - Kyrie in D Minor

Beethoven  - Symphony No. 1


Performed at Aldridge Theatre, Frensham Heights School


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Mary Walker – Soprano
  • Rachel Falaise – Mezzo-soprano
  • Ben Thapa – Tenor
  • Tom Colwell – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra


Saturday 17 March 2018


American Connections

Gjeilo – Ubi Caritas

Thompson – Frostiana

Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna

Gjeilo – The Ground


Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Robert Patterson – Organ



Saturday 9 December 2017


Christmas with F&B

Bach - Christmas Oratorio (Part 1)

Carols for Choir and Audience


Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Bourne Brass Ensemble
  • James Gough – Organ



Saturday 11 November 2017


Mendelsson - Elijah


Performed at Farnham Maltings


  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Francesca Matta – Soprano
  • Penelope Cousland – Mezzo-soprano
  • Andrew Henley – Tenor
  • Andrew Mahon – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra


20 May 2017



Vivat!

Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Handel - Four Coronation Anthems

Vivaldi - Gloria

Performed at Frensham Heights School

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Mary Walker – Soprano
  • Fiona Joice – Mezzo-soprano
  • F&B Orchestra

18 March 2017



Stainer - The Crucifixion

Vaughn Williams - Five Mystical Songs

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

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • John Findon – Tenor
  • Andrew McTaggart – Baritone
  • Philip Scriven – Organ

10 December 2016



Christmas with F&B

Carols for choir and audience

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

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Bourne Brass Ensemble
  • Simon Wyatt – Organ

2 November 2016



Goodall - Eternal Light

Haydn – Little Organ Mass

Whitacre – The Seal Lullaby

Whitacre – Five Hebrew Love Songs

Goodall – The Lord is My Shepherd

Performed at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, Farnham 

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Catriona Hewitson – Soprano
  • Paul Grant – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra

28 May 2016



Haydn - The Creation

Performed at Farnham Maltings

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Hannah Sandison – Soprano
  • Lawrence Thackeray – Tenor
  • Joseph Kennedy – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra

19 March 2016



Handel - Messiah

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

  • Calum Fraser – Conductor
  • Alison Langer – Soprano
  • Hollie Bingham – Mezzo-soprano
  • Lawrence Thackeray – Tenor
  • Joseph Kennedy – Baritone
  • F&B Orchestra

19 December 2015



Christmas Concert for Choir, Brass and Organ

Carols, readings and 'The Trumpet Shall Sound' from Handel's Messiah

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church

  • Robin Wells - Conductor

Bourne Brass:

  • Will Spencer (Trumpet)
  • Steve Dawes (Trumpet)
  • Lisa Ridgway (Horn)
  • Dave Gale (Trombone)
  • Iain McDonald (Tuba)
  • Simon Wilson (Baritone soloist in 'The Trumpet Shall Sound')
  • Simon Wyatt - Organist

14 November 2015



Gioachino Rossini “Petite Messe Solennelle”

Performed in The Maltings, Farnham

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Alison Langer - Soprano
  • Sally Dodds - Mezzo Soprano
  • Lawrence Thackeray - Tenor
  • Timothy Nelson - Baritone
  • Diana Owen - Pianist
  • Graham Thorp - Organist

9 May 2015



90th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Robin Wells “Psalmody” (first performance)

Charles Villiers Stanford “Songs of the Sea”

Ralph Vaughan Williams “A Sea Symphony”

Performed in The Maltings, Farnham

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Orchestra led by Gillian Wallace
  • Alison Langer - Soprano
  • Simon Wilson - Baritone

13 December 2014



Christmas Celebration

Carols, readings and highlights from Handel's "The Messiah"

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Simon Wyatt - Organist

Bourne Brass:

  • Will Spencer (Trumpet)
  •  and Steve Dawes (Trumpet)
  • Lisa Ridgway (Horn)
  • Dave Gale (Trombone)
  • Iain McDonald (Tuba)
  • Simon Cakebread: (Baritone soloist in "The Trumpet Shall Sound"  from Handel's "The Messiah")

8 November 2014



Gabriel Fauré "Requiem"

Karl Jenkins "The Armed Man" (A Mass for Peace)

Performed in St. Thomas-on-The Bourne Church

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Jennifer Sanders (Soprano)
  • Nora Price (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Richard Arthur (Baritone)
  • Muezzin: Hafiz Hashmi
  • Philip Scriven - Organist

10 May 2014



Last Night of the Proms Concert

Hubert Parry "Blest Pair of Sirens"

Edward Elgar "Coronation Ode"

Constant Lambert "Rio Grande"

Arthur Sullivan "Pineapple Poll Suite"

Thomas Arne "Rule Britannia"

Hubert Parry "Jerusalem"

Performed in the Farnham Maltings

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Alison Langer - Soprano
  • Marta Fontanals-Simmons - Contralto
  • Lawrence Thackeray - Tenor
  • Josep-Ramon Olivé - Baritone
  • Diana Owen - Piano Soloist

14 December 2013



Carols by Candlelight

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

  • Robin Wells - Conductor
  • Jubilate Brass directed by David Clack
  • Simon Wyatt - Organist

9 November 2013



Mozart "Requiem"

Handel “Zadok the Priest”

Mozart “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

Mendelssohn “Prayer for Peace”

Handel “Eternal Source of Light”

Blatchly “For the Fallen”

The Last Post

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

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Sopranos: Ruth Parr and Jennifer Sanders
  • Contralto: Alex Lawrence
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Baritone: Simon Cakebread
  • Trumpet: William Spencer

11 May 2013



Edward Elgar  “The Dream of Gerontius”

Performed in Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Contralto: Susan Mackenzie-Park - The Angel
  • Tenor: James Atherton - Gerontius
  • Baritone: Hugh Hetherington - The Priest

15 December 2012



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

10 November 2012



Joseph Haydn “Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo (The Little Organ Mass)”

Maurice Duruflé  “Requiem”

Handel (arranged by Chris O'Hara) “Eternal Source of Light Divine”

Jeremiah Clarke “Suite for Trumpet and Organ”

Mark Blatchly “For the Fallen (arranged for SATB by Robin Wells)”

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

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Soprano: Jenny Sanders
  • Baritone: Simon Cakebread
  • Trumpet: William Spencer
  • Organist - Philip Scriven

19 May 2012


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Giacomo Puccini “Messa di Gloria”

Giuseppe Verdi “Four Sacred Pieces”

Performed in Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington 
  • Baritone: Simon Wilson

17 December 2011


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Bach "Christmas Oratorio"

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

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Jenny Sanders
  • Counter-tenor: Daniel Keating-Roberts
  • Tenor: Hugh Hetherington
  • Bass: Simon Wilson

21 May 2011


A copy of this programme is available

A Gala Concert of English Music

Hubert Parry "Blest Pair of Sirens"

Ralph Vaughan Williams "English Folksong Suite"

Edward Elgar "The Music Makers"

Arthur Sullivan "Overture - Yeoman of the Guard"

Robin Wells "A Festive Te Deum"

William Walton "Crown Imperial"

Thomas Arne "Rule Britannia"

Hubert Parry "Jerusalem"

Performed in Farnham Maltings

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Mezzo Soprano: Susan Mackenzie-Park

12 March 2011


(Postponed from 18th December 2010 when the concert was cancelled due to snow)

A copy of this programme is available


Handel "Messiah"

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

  • Conducted by: Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Hannah Grove Atherton
  • Contralto: Sioned Gwen Davies
  • Tenor: Clement Hetherington
  • Baritone: Simon Wilson

13 November 2010


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Gabriel Fauré "Requiem"

Karl Jenkins "The Armed Man"

Performed in St. Andrew's Parish Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey
  • Soprano: Jennifer Sanders
  • Mezzo Soprano: Nora Price
  • Baritone: Mark Nathan
  • Muezzin in The Armed Man: Manvinder Rattan
  • Philip Scriven - Organist

15 May 2010


A copy of this programme is available


Mendelssohn "Elijah"

Performed in St. Andrew's Parish Church, Farnham

  • Conducted by Robin Wells
  • Orchestra led by Sally Dewey