Concert History

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An extensive repertoire of music has been performed during the life of the choir. Our programmes traditionally follow an annual pattern of great choral works interspersed with lighter pieces at the Winter and Summer concerts.

Top of the popularity list is the Messiah (of course!) which has been sung 8 times. The beautiful requiems of Verdi and Mozart are close runners up, having been sung 6 times each. However, it is the works of Handel that have been performed most frequently; on no less than 26 occasions.

If anyone can help us fill in the gaps from the earlier years, we would be delighted to hear from you.

2016 Wood: St Mark Passion, Handel: Messiah
2015 Durufle: Requiem, Faure: Requiem, Verdi: Requiem, “Summer Concert” Gilbert & Sullivan, Goodall Eternal Light, Mozart Coronation Mass, “Winter Concert”
2014  Brahms: Requiem, Elgar: Spirit of England, Jenkins: The Armed Man, “Summer Concert” * “Winter Concert”*
2013 Mozart: Requiem, Mendelssohn: Elijah, “Summer Concert” (A Celebration of British & American Song)*, Verdi: Requiem, Winter Concert,* Carols
2012 Shakespeare/Shearing Songs and Sonnets “Workshop” Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine, Requiem, Tippett: Spirituals from A Child of our Time, “Summer Concert” *, ” Winter Concert” *
2011 Haydn: Paukenmesse, & Workshop, Rutter: The Sprig of Thyme, Mozart: Mass in C , Dvorak: Te Deum, Handel: Zadok the Priest, “Come and Sing”*, Wright: A Requiem of Peace, Carter: Benedicite, Handel: Zadok the Priest, Carols, Handel: Messiah
2010 Haydn: Harmonie Messe & Workshop, Creation, “Music for a Summer Evening” Madrigals, Romantic Song Book, “Come and Sing” *, Buxtehude:   Magnificat, Bach: Wachet Auf, Carols
2009 Bach: St John Passion & Workshop, Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Haydn: Little Organ Mass, Durufle: Ubi Caritas, Mendelssohn: O for the Wings of a Dove, Handel: Let the Celestial Concerts all Unite,, Vivaldi: Gloria, Evensong*, Rutter: Magnificat, Mass of the Children, Parry: I was Glad
2008 Mozart: Mass in C, Handel: Passion of Christ, Brockes: Passion & workshop, Bruckner: Mass in F Minor, Elgar: Te Deum & Benedictus, Wood: Hail Gladdening Light, Gardiner: Evening hymn, Brahms: Requiem, Rutter: Feel the Spirit Come and Sing”, Carols incl Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia,
2007 Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle & Workshop, Copland: On Zion’s Walls & Help us O Lord, Durufle: Requiem, Verdi: Requiem, Evensong, Folk Songs / Opera Choruses, Mozart: Coronation Mass, Parry: I was Glad, Vierne: Gloria in Excelsis, Carols
2006 Mozart: Requiem & Workshop, Orff: Carmina Burana, Barnes: Te Deum, Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Carols
2005 Handel: Messiah, Faure: Requiem, Gounoud: Messe Solenelle St Cecilia, Gibbon: Almighty & Everlasting God, Harwood: Oh How Glorious is the Kingdom, Rutter: Sprig of Thyme ” Come and Sing”, Vaughan Williams; Serenade to Music, Five Mystical Songs, Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, Carols
2004 Britten: St Nicolas, Vaughan Williams: Bushes and Briars, Brahms: Requiem, Bruckner: Te Deum, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Carols
2003 Haydn: Te Deum, Mozart: K427, Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Rachmaninov: Vespers, Bach: Motets Nos 1,4, Carols
2002 Victoria: Tenebrae, Stainer: Crucifixion, Elgar: Music Makers Poulenc: Gloria, Rutter: Gloria, Now thank we all, Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise, Christmas Music
2001  Christmas Music, Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, Puccini: Messa di Gloria, Handel: Coronation Anthems, Beethoven Mass in C, Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony, Seranade to Music, Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer, +: Symphony of Psalms
2000 Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Orff: Carmina Burana, Carols, Bach B Minor Mass, Verdi: Requiem
1999 Jongen: Mass in G, Faure: Requiem, Handel: O Praise the Lord, Mozart: Requiem, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, carols
1998 Handel Messiah, Haydn: Missa Brevis, Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Poulenc: Gloria, Durufle: Motets
1997 Brahms: Requiem, Alto Rhapsody, Christmas Fantasia, Verdi: Requiem
1996 Charpentier: Midnight Mass, Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, SaintSaens: Christmas Oratorio, Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, Puccini: Messa di Gloria
1995 Handel: Passion, Monteverdi: Beatus |Vir, Rachmaninov: Vespers,
1994 Carter: Benedicite, Haydn: Heiligmesse, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Durufle: Requiem, Haydn: Creation
1993 Vivaldi/Rutter/Gabrieli: Magnificats
1992 Britten: St Nicolas, Bach: Wachet Auf, Gloria, Verdi: Requiem, Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Haydn: Maria Therese Mass, Dvorak Te Deum, Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
1991 Mozart: Requiem, Solemn Vespers, Bach: St Matthew Passion,
1990 Bruckner: Mass No 2, Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise, Brahms: Requiem, Dvorak Mass in D
1989 Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, Handel: Zadok the Priest, Vaughan Williams Benedicite, Jacob: The New Born King, Bach: Magnificat, Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region, Elgar: Dream of Gerontius
1988 Haydn: Nelson Mass, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Mendelssohn: Elijah,
1987 Mozart: C Minor Mass K427, Poulenc: Gloria, Elgar: Music Makers, Puccini: Messa di Gloria
1986 Bach: Cantata 4, Lambert: The Rio Grande, Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, Poulenc: Gloria, Beethoven Mass in C, Handel: Utrecht Jubilate, Dvorak: Te Deum, Bach: Magnificat
1985 Dyson: Songs of Praise, Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony, Stanford: Songs of the Fleet
1984 Handel: Israel in Egypt, Handel: Messiah,
1983 Mozart: Requiem, Handel: Chandos Anthem, Handel: Harmonie Mass, Beethoven: Mass in C, Britten: St Nicolas,
1982 Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Wilson: The Lamb, Bach: B Minor Mass,
1981 Bach: St Matthew Passion, Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Dyson :Canterbury Pilgrims, Vaughan Williams: Hodie
1980 Handel : Israel in Egypt, Haydn: Harmonie Mass, Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, Parry: Songs of Farewell
1979 Mendelssohn: \St Paul, Bach: St John Passion, Elgar: Music Makers, Walton: Belshazzars Feast
1978  Faure: Requiem, Bach: Jesu Priceless Treasure, Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony, Monteverdi: Magnificat
1977 Mozart: Requiem, Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region, Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, Walton: Coronation Te Deum, Bach: Magnificat, Britten St Nicolas
1976 Elgar: Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis,
1975 Handel: Messiah, Bach: Mass in C, Handel: Chandos Anthem 9,
1974 Bach: Magnificat, Vaughan Williams: Hodie
1973 Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
1972 Handel: Israel in Egypt
1967 Bach: Christmas Oratorio, St John Passion
1966 Handel: Messiah, Brahms: Requiem,
1965 Bach: St Matthew Passion,
1963 Haydn: Creation
1961 Bach: St Matthew Passion
1954 Handel Messiah
1941 Handel: Messiah