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

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

Choir raises over £3000 for charity in 2013-2014 season

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.

 

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.
Full concert report

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.