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Cheque presented to Sobell House

The magnificent sum of £1153.18 was raised for Sobell House Hospice at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford at our recent Voices for Hospices 2019 concert in Steventon Village Hall on Saturday 28th September.  Read the concert report

The choir presented a ‘big’ cheque to Sobell House ambassador, Jo Lennon, at its rehearsal in Steventon Village Hall on Thursday 6 February.

Read the article about the concert in the Sobell House newsletter

Photo from Steventon Choral Society's concert for Sobell House Hospice used in the Sobell House newsletter

Helen Pearce conducts while the choir accompanies musical director Terry Pearce in singing ‘When Britain Ruled the Waves’ from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta ‘Iolanthe’

Christmas concert raises over £500 for charity

The Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December raised the wonderful sum of £573 for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. This small UK charity based near Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire trains dogs to alert deaf people to sounds, as well as helping them to leave loneliness behind. Choir member, Sharron Jenkinson, told the audience and choir about the charity’s work. She also introduced everyone to Riley, the 11-week old hearing dog puppy she and husband George have just started training and the slightly older Troy, currently being trained by another choir member, Jane Sutton and her husband Phil.

Riley and Troy, with their trainers, at the Steventon Choral Society Christmas Concert on 14 December 2019

Riley and Troy, with their trainers, at the Steventon Choral Society Christmas Concert on 14 December 2019

Voices for Hospices Concert 2019

Logo of Sir Michael Sobell House HospiceThe concert in Steventon Village Hall in Oxfordshire on Saturday 28th September was given in support of Sobell House Hospice in Oxford as part of World Hospices and Palliative Care Day 2019. Over £1100 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorship of those singing, the raffle, bar sales and donations.

Steventon Choral Society is proud of its long association with Sobell House – Jo Lennon, an ambassador for Sobell House, attended the concert and spoke about its work and future plans.

Steventon Choral Society - Voices for Hospices Concert September 2019

Spring Concert 2019 – A Mendelssohn Evening

Steventon Choral Society’s Diamond Jubilee Year continued with a Mendelssohn Evening  on Palm Sunday, April 14th. The choir sang two anthems, excerpts from Hymn and Praise and excerpts from Elijah for a small but appreciative audience at St Michael & All Angels Church in Steventon. Joining soloists from the choir was guest soloist, Leslie Macleod Miller. Proceeds of £200 from the concert were given to the Church for its fabric fund.
Read the full concert report

A Mendelssohn Evening in Steventon Parish Church

 

SCS celebrates its Diamond Jubilee in 2019

Please join us in 2019 as we celebrate 60 years of Steventon Choral SocietySCS Diamond Jubilee logo

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More details will follow as they become available

Sunday 14th  April 2019 Palm Sunday Concert
Thursday 6th June and Saturday 8th June 2019 Diamond Jubilee Gala Concerts
Saturday 28th September 2019 Voices for Hospices Concert
Thursday 14th and Saturday 19th December 2019 Christmas Concerts

Steventon Choral Society in 1981Choir members in 1981 … and in 2017

Steventon Choral Society in 2017

Steventon Choral Society sings at Choirs in the Castle 2017

After last year being the first English choir to perform at the Choirs in the Castle charity concert at Coity Castle near Bridgend in south Wales, Steventon Choral Society was very pleased to asked back again in 2017. This year the event was on Saturday 3 June – another fine day though a little breezy. The choir, accompanied by Rob Thomas and directed by Terry Pearce, sang a short programme of musical hits including:

  • You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Consider Yourself from Oliver! by Lionel Bart
  • Dance The Cachucha from The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Down To the River To Pray – an arrangement of a traditional American song

As well as Steventon Choral Society, the lineup featured Any One Aloud, Ynysowen Male Choir (Aberfan), Tenovus Choir, Cor Melblon Abercynon, Rechoir and the South Wales Male Choir.

Photos by Jamie Beeken

Singing at Choirs in the Castle 2016

SCS sings at Sobell House Lights of Love 2016

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Sobell House. The annual Lights of Love event was held on Saturday 10th December. For the second year running Steventon Choral Society was invited to lead the carol singing, the singing of ‘We Will Always Remember You’ (the song composed  specially for Sobell House) and to sing two pieces – ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ and ‘Christmas Blessing’. The heavy rain meant that the choir was forced to sing inside the entrance to the Churchill Hospital rather than outside with the many people who came along to remember and to see the ‘switch on’ of the Lights of Love Tree covered in lights in memory of loved ones.

Oxford Mail news item and photos

Steventon Choral Society sings at Choirs in the Castle 2016

Steventon Choral Society was the first English choir to perform at the annual Choirs in the Castle charity concert at Coity Castle near Bridgend in south Wales. This year’s event, held on Saturday 4 June, raised over £4,000 for Y Bont, a Bridgend-based charity which supports families with disabled children.

The choir, accompanied by Rob Thomas and directed by Terry Pearce, sang a short programme of musical hits:

  • Oklahoma from Oklahoma by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music by by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Black Hills of Dakota from Calamity Jane by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight (‘Wimoweh’) from The Lion King by Solomon Linda, George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
  • Consider Yourself from Oliver! by Lionel Bart

The audience was very warm and welcoming, and clapped along with the livelier numbers.

As well as Steventon Choral Society, the lineup featured Tenovus Choir, Maternal Harmony, Bois Geotre Hen A’r Cylch, Cantorion Ceoty, Rechoir and the South Wales Male Choir.

Photos by Tom Hartley, Richard Harrison and Jamie Beeken