Concerts in 2010–2011
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11th June: A Grand Night for Singing
Steventon Village Hall
Conductor: Terry Pearce
Pianist: Robert Thomas
A series of songs from shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein began the concert with Its A Grand Night For Singing from State Fair, Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific and a medley from The King and I. Rebecca Joisce (soprano) continued the songs from the shows theme with I Don't Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar before the choir returned to sing a medley of songs from Les Miserables including solos from Abby Evans (contralto), Helen Pearce (soprano), Rebecca Joisce (soprano) and Terry Pearce (bass). Mo Hunt followed with a humorous poem based on an earring and the Steventon Church Choir performed the anthem, Song of Mary. The first half closed with a debut solo for contralto Caroline Miller singing Harry Belafonte's hit, Scarlet Ribbons, and the choir singing A Sunshine Medley (Over The Rainbow, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows and Singin' In The Rain).
The second half began with a small group of glamorous ladies from the choir reminding everyone that Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, followed by John Hunt regaling some of his favourite anecdotes. Then it was back to Rodgers and Hammerstein with Oh, What A Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma from the choir and I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady sung by Helen Pearce (soprano). The next piece from the choir was something quite different – a quodlibet (music with two melodies) featuring I Believe and Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod. This was followed by a small group, the Steventon Singers, singing Consider Yourself from Oliver and Terry Pearce (bass) singing two old favourites – Bachelor Boy and Michael Row The Boat Ashore. The choir returned to sing two more modern songs, Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton and Annie's Song by John Denver, before the highlight of the second half, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice ended the concert.
Sunday 17th April: Spring Concert
St Michael & All Angels, Steventon
Conductor: Terry Pearce
Organ/keyboard: Michael Evans
Guest cellist: Christine Baugh
The main pieces from this concert of sacred music were William Lloyd Webber's Missa 'Princeps Pacis' and the choral suite from Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man. The choir also sang three anthems by John Rutter (For the Beauty of the Earth, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, and God Be in My Head), an arrangement by Terry Pearce of The Lord is My Shepherd (Crimond) and an arrangement by Michael Evans of the hymn, Holy Spirit, Truth Divine. An arrangement by Terry Pearce of the famous Easter hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, was sung by an octet of Rebecca Joisce, Diana Bowder, Caroline Miller, Frances Brightman, Jack Jarvis, Martin Blogg, George Russell and Terry Pearce. The concert also included a solo by Helen Pearce of the song, How Beautiful (words and music by Twila Paris), accompanied by Terry Pearce (guitar) and Michael Evans (keyboard).
The concert raised £360 for Church funds.
Sunday 19th December: St Michael & All Angels, Steventon
Members of the choral society joined the church choir for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
23rd October: Concert at St Michael & All Angels, Steventon,
to celebrate the centenary of
the church organ
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