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.
The choir waits to sing
Ready to start
The choir in action
Terry waits too
Photos by Jamie Beeken
Singing at Choirs in the Castle 2016
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Sobell House. The annual Lights of Love event was held on Satruday 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 Churchhill 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
Tickets are now on sale for your Spring Concert on Sunday 20 March at 7pm at St Michael & All Angels Church in Steventon. Tickets cost £7 (under 12s free) and are available from 01235 848292 or 01235 834015 or from Steventon Post Office.
The programme features Mozart’s Coronation Mass, excerpts from The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins and Requiem Aeternam by Edward Elgar.
Musical director: Terry Pearce
Organist: Robert Thomas
Soprano soloist: Helen Pearce
Contralto soloist: Abby Evans
Tenor soloist: Howard Feather
Bass soloist: Leslie Macleod-Miller
The last of the sponsorship money is now in. The treasurer tells us the Voices for Hospices concert in October raised an amazing £2050 for Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford. Everyone has been very generous and we’re thrilled to be able to give them such a large amount.
Report of the concert
Christmas is only 10 weeks away now and it’s just over a month to Steventon Choral Society’s Christmas coffee morning on Saturday 21 November. It’s being held in the Millennium Room at Steventon Village Hall from 10.30 until 12.30.
There’s tea & coffee, cakes & biscuits, a Christmas raffle and a Bring & Buy stall. Lots of Christmas goodies to get you in the mood ahead of our Christmas concerts on 16 and 18 December,
Help us raise lots of money for Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford which was established in 1976 to care for people suffering with a life threatening illness, and for their families.
Steventon Choral Society’s concert, ‘A Gala Evening’, in Steventon Village Hall at 7.30pm on 10 October 2015 is one of a series of events to mark World Hospice & Palliative Care Day.
Tickets are now on sale, price £10 (including interval refreshments) either on the door, from Steventon Post Office or call 01235 848292 or 01235 834015.
Do come along to support this very worthwhile cause.
Tickets are now available for our two summer concerts in June. This year’s concerts are called ‘Songs for a Summer Evening’ and are on Thursday 4 June and Saturday 8 June 2015 at 7.30pm in Steventon Village Hall, Steventon, Oxfordshire. Tickets are £8 including interval refreshments (accompanied children under 14 free) available from 01235 848292 or 01235 834015 or Steventon Post Office. There’s a pre-concert bar from 7pm.
Good news – we raised £731 from our second Christmas concert towards a defibrillator for Steventon. This is almost three-quarters of the cost so hopefully it won’t be long before one is installed in the village. Thanks to everyone who came to support our fund-raising efforts.
Steventon Choral Society’s Christmas coffee morning is open to everyone. It’s on Saturday 22nd November from 10.30 to 12.30 in the Millennium Room at Steventon Village Hall. They’ll be tea & coffee (of course) but cakes and biscuits to buy, a Christmas raffle and a bring & buy stall. We look forward to seeing you there.
Last season Steventon Choral Society supported four charitable causes with donations to:
The grand total raised was £3142 – well done to everyone who took part in a concert or came to one of our fund-raising concerts.