Concerts 2021-2022

Virtual Christmas Celebration
Monday 20th December, 7.30 to 8.30 pm by Zoom
Musical director: Terry Pearce
Accompanist: Rob Thomas

Watch a recording of the concert on YouTube

This free concert via Zoom, watched by some 50-60 people, featured:

  • recordings of the choir made during rehearsals in previous weeks in Steventon Village Hall – one week wearing our Christmas jumpers and another week wearing choir dress
  • recordings of various solo and small group pieces made recently in Steventon Church
Screenshot of Steventon Choral Society recording a piece for the Virtual Christmas Celebration on Monday 21st December 2021 by Zoom

Choir recording in choir dress at Steventon Village Hall

Musical director Terry Pearce opened the concert by introducing the first four pieces:

  1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing – well-known Christmas carol with words by Charles Wesley set by William Hayman Cummings to music by Felix Mendelssohn
  2. Walking in the Air – the hit song by Howard Blake from the animated film The Snowman
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke’s version of this popular carol
  4. Good King Wenceslas – the well-known carol that tells the story of a king and his page on a journey to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (Boxing Day); Howard Feather (tenor) sang the king’s verses and Michelle Jochym (soprano) the page’s
Steventon Choral Society wearing Christmas jumpers record in Steventon Village Hall for the Virtual Christmas Celebration

Choir recording in Steventon Village Hall wearing their Christmas jumpers

Howard introduced the second group of pieces:

  1. Helen Pearce (soprano) singing the Christmas song, I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, first recorded in 1952
  2. Two numbers by the choir – I Only Want to Say and I Don’t Know How to Love Him – from the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  3. A duet by Helen Pearce and Abby Evans (alto) of an arrangement of Pie Jesu
  4. O Holy Night – the choir accompanied Helen Pearce and Howard Feather singing this favourite Christmas carol set to music by Adolphe Adam and thought to be the first song to be played live in a radio broadcast in 1906
Steventon Choral Society records O Holy Night at Steventon Village Hall for the Virtual Christmas Celebration

O Holy Night with Helen Pearce (soprano) and Howard Feather (tenor)

Then it was Helen’s turn to introduce a group of four pieces:

  1. Howard singing his son’s favourite Christmas song, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  2. Luke Le Maitre (tenor) singing the popular carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, in the arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  3. A poem, Imagine Children Looking Up the Chimney, read by Jack Jarvis, a founder member of the Choral Society
  4. The choir singing the 2003 hit, You Raise Me Up, originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden

As the concert moved to its close, Howard introduced two items:

  1. An arrangement of the favourite carol, Silent Night, sung by a ladies quartet of Helen Pearce, Abby Evans, Caroline Miller and Trish Napper
  2. The choir singing an arrangement by Michael Clawson of the traditional carol, The First Noel and the Pachelbel’s Canon
  3. Closing words by the Choral Society chairman, Caroline Miller, including special thanks to Robert Thomas who had accompanied all recorded musical items
  4. God Bless Us Everyone – a rousing song sung by the choir which featured in the Disney animated film A Christmas Carol

Terry ended the concert by thanking the technical team who’d made the virtual concert possible:

  • Howard Feather for putting everything together on Zoom
  • Tom Hartley for controlling the pictures seen on our screens
  • Debbie West for recording and editing the music
  • Her daughter, Tiri, for filming the recordings

Terry also thanked the Vicar of Steventon, Rev. Phil Sutton, for letting us use the parish church for recordings.

The concert ended with the choir singing Terry’s arrangement of the Johnny Mathis hit, When A Child Is Born, accompanied by Terry on the guitar and with Debbie conducting.

Some of the audience for the Virtual Christmas CelebrationCarols on the Green
Thursday 16th December 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Outside Steventon Village Hall

Musical director: Terry Pearce
Accompanist: Rob Thomas

The choir, wrapped up warm, entertained an audience of some 50-60 people with a selection of well-known Christmas carols and songs.

Christmas is Coming
Ding Dong merrily
O Little Town of Bethlehem
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Once in Royal David’s City
Walking in the Air
We Three Kings
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Deck the Hall
God Bless us Everyone
Away in a Manger
Hark the Herald Angels
Good King Wenceslas
Silent Night
O Holy Night
O Come all ye Faithful
We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The Nativity trailer from outside Steventon Church provided a Christmasy feel to the event.