New season underway

Our 55th season is now well underway with the AGM and one full rehearsal behind us. Subscriptions have gone up slightly to £48 for the year and we’ve been given the dates of concerts right through to the Voices for Hospices Concert next October. We’ve looked at a variety of music already – mainly new pieces for next summer and a Bach piece for Christmas. The music for the concert next spring will be Mozart’s Requiem which the musical director is keen to start rehearing soon, once the copies arrive from the library, before moving to learn some new Christmas carols and songs.

One Voice – summer concert 2014

Tickets have gone on sale for our summer concerts on Thursday 5 June and Saturday 7 June at 7.30pm in Steventon Village Hall. The title of the concerts, ‘One Voice’, comes from a new piece of music we’re learning – an arrangement of the Barry Manilow hit song released in 1979. The audience will enjoy (we hope) an evening of light classics, showtunes and modern popular songs. The tickets cost £8 each (including interval drink) with pre-concert drinks available from 7pm. You can buy a ticket by phoning 01235 834015 or 01235 848292, or by going to Steventon Post Office. Poster



Spring concerts raise £790

On top of the £460 raised for the piano fund at St Mary’s Church, Streatley, with our concert there on 5 April, the treasurer told us last week at the rehearsal that she’d sent £330 from the choral society to St Michael & All Angels Church at Steventon towards their funds from the concert there on 13 April – a good result all round. Now lots of music to learn for the summer concerts which are only a month or so away.

Spring concerts 2014

Both spring concerts went pretty well. The programme’s two main works, Schubert’s Mass in G and the choral suite from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Arm, being supplemented by three anthems by John Rutter, The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s Creation and two pieces sung by a small  group. Good results for the two venues in terms of fund-raising.  The concert at St Mary’s Church Streatley last weekend raised £460 towards their piano fund – the plan is to top up a recent bequest to buy a grand piano for the church to enhance the concerts there. No news yet of course of the amount raised for St Michael & All Angels at Steventon from last night’s Palm Sunday concert but audience numbers suggest a reasonable boost to their funds.  The full concert report available on the website soon.

Tickets now on sale for April concerts

Tickets went on sale last week for our two concerts in April when we will be singing Schubert’s Mass in G and the Choral Suite from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

The first concert is on 5 April at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Streatley, in aid of the piano fund.  Tickets are £10 (£8.50 for concessions – over 60s and under 18s) including refreshments. They’re available from or Inspiration, 1 The Arcade, High Street, Goring. Poster

The second concert is on 13 April at 7pm in St Michael and All Angels, Steventon, in aid of the church. Tickets for this concert are £7 (under 12s free) including refreshments. They’ll be available on the  door or can be obtained in advance from Trish Napper on 01235 848292 or Caroline Miller on 01235 834015.  Poster

Both concerts are free for under 12s.


Christmas concert raises over £500 for ARCh Oxfordshire

Good news at the rehearsal last Thursday. The choral society has donated £523 to Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire – the proceeds of the Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th December.  So with the £1447 given to Sobell House, Oxford, from the Voices for Hospices concert in October that’s almost £2000 we’ve raised for charity so far this season.

Annual dinner 2014

This year’s dinner is on February 28th at the Lakeside Restaurant at Millet’s Farm Centre on the way to Kingston Bagpuize – a new venue for Steventon Choral Society. The committee enjoyed some market research before choosing where we should go this year. This year we’re getting a glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival before the three-course meal with coffee or tea afterwards. It’s usually a good evening and a chance to chat. As always a choice of four options for each course – most of which sound delicious!

First rehearsal of 2014

First rehearsal of 2014 on Thursday so we made a start on the music for the spring concerts in April. As ever we’re singing choral music for these concerts and this year it’s Schubert’s Mass in G and the choral suite from Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man. It’s three years since we sang the Armed Man so most of the choir have sung it before but there are some tricky moments and contrasts that will need quite a lot of practice. It’s apparently ten years since SCS last sang the Schubert, though it seems longer and I for one didn’t remember too much of the Kyrie Eleison we began with. Giving in the Christmas music and signing out the library copies for the Schubert and Karl Jenkins took some time so the rehearsal was late starting. We didn’t do that much singing either because, as it was the first time back, we stopped for coffee and tea – this only happens twice a year or so as a treat! And we had a Surprise Santa raffle for the regular monthly raffle with lots of prizes (plenty of unwanted Christmas it seems this year). Still a gentle way back in to singing among all the coughs and colds. Back to serious work next week.