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.
Choirs in the Castle 2016
Accompanist Rob Thomas
SCS sings at Coity Castle 2016
The choir enjoys the concert
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.