Christ Church Summer Concert – Sunday 10th July 2011

Posted on July 10, 2011

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The church was as packed as the programme for our Summer Concert. Franck’s Panis Angelicus was first of the thirty two pieces, beautifully delivered by the Junior Choir accompanied by David Hinitt. This was followed by contributions from members of both choirs as well as talented parishioners. We couldn’t keep the Juniors away, who returned later with Bless The Lord and How can I keep from Singing? by Andrew Carter.

Rachel Brown, Flautist

A strong woodwind contingent coloured the first half of the programme, with Alexandra Rogers playing Cicilienne en Rondeau (Michel Pignolet de Monteclair) and Lauren Somerville, Emma Somerville, Sophie Dennis and Adam Oakley performing EBGBs (Sarah Watts) on recorder.  World-renowned flautist Rachel Brown gave us Allemande from Partita in A Minor BWV 1013 (J.S.Bach) on the Baroque Flute and returned in the second half with Florence Butterfield on piano for Morceau de Concert op.62 (Faure).

Imogen Morris, Ming Xiu, Kat Gourd, Florence Butterfield, David Hinitt, Liz Hill and Harvey Brink all entertained us on the piano with accomplished performances both individually and, in the case of David and Liz, with four hands on one instrument. Special mention must be made of Tom Hill’s breathtaking Fantasie Impromtu op. 66 (Chopin).

The choir brought the first part of the concert to a close with songs by Willan, Whitacre and Stanford in addition to The Lily; a beautiful new composition by long-time friend of the choir and acclaimed clarinettist David Morris, who we were pleased to count among our number.

After Cream Teas at the interval, Katie Allen, Rhiannon Humphreys, Florence Butterfield, Tom Hill and Alexander Harper performed ‘Spring Carol’ from A Ceremony of Carols(Britten) and The Lark in the Clear Air (Trad. Arr. P. Thorne). Florence and Rhiannon both made a number of other excellent contributions, including Rhiannon’s performance on violoncello of Bach’s Menuet I & II from Suite No 1 BWV 1007 and Florrie’s Elegie op. 126 (Cecile Chaminade) which concluded with her own special variation in honour of her father’s birthday!

Alison St Denis (Soprano) and Liz Hill (Contralto)

With such a strong choral tradition at Christ Church the diversity of sung performances was perhaps not surprising. These bridged the centuries, from Alison St Denis and Liz Hill’s excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Claire Edward’s performance of The Shepherd’s Song (Elgar), to the beautiful Over the Rainbow by Evie Stone and Alexander Harper’s powerful church-filling a capella performance of a Hebrew Folk Song Ha-shi-ve-nu. A be-stooled Clive Woodhouse performed Lost by Michael Buble before proceedings were rounded off by three finger-clicking Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare arranged by George Shearing, sung by the Choir with Harvey Brink providing accompaniment – and improvisations – on Jazz Piano. There was just time for a change of costume before Evensong.

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