Steventon Choral Society’s Diamond Jubilee Year continued with a Mendelssohn Evening on Palm Sunday, April 14th. The choir sang two anthems, excerpts from Hymn and Praise and excerpts from Elijah for a small but appreciative audience at St Michael & All Angels Church in Steventon. Joining soloists from the choir was guest soloist, Leslie Macleod Miller. Proceeds from the concert were given to the Church for its fabric fund.
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A Mendelssohn Evening in Steventon Parish Church
Please join us in 2019 as we celebrate 60 years of Steventon Choral Society
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|Sunday 14th April 2019
||Palm Sunday Concert
|Thursday 6th June and Saturday 8th June 2019
||Diamond Jubilee Gala Concerts
|Saturday 28th September 2019
||Voices for Hospices Concert
|Thursday 14th and Saturday 19th December 2019
Choir members in 1981 … and in 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.
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 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
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. The full concert report available on the website soon.
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.