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Concerts in 1998 - 1999

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Saturday 12th June: 40th Anniversary Gala Concert
Steventon Village Hall
  Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury 

In the first half of this special concert, the choir dressed in costume to present a concert performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury. The performance featured Helen Pearce as the Plaintiff, guest soloist Malcolm Townsend as the Defendant, John Hunt as the Learned Judge, Gerry Brewer as the Counsel for the Plaintiff and Terry Pearce as the Usher. The gentlemen of the jury, bridesmaids and members of the public were played by the chorus. The performance was conducted by guest conductor, Tom Robinson - with guest accompanist, Michael Evans, at the piano.

After the interval and the cutting of the birthday cake, the choir sang a selection of songs and music requested by members from the repertoire built up over the last 40 years - some old, some new. It included part of Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast conducted by Geoffrey Harding, the choral society’s first Musical Director. This was one of the earliest pieces performed by the Society. Long-serving pianist (1960-1979), the late Trixie Lay, was remembered as her great-grandson, Robert Thomas, played a piano solo. The concert ended with a rousing rendition of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Other events in the 1998/99 season:
2nd April Sing-in of John Stainer’s The Crucifixion Abingdon Baptist Church
28th March Faure’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G Steventon Church
20th December Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
(with the church choir)
Steventon Church
16th & 17th December Christmas Concerts Steventon Village Hall
1st November Songs of Praise Abingdon Baptist Church
26th October Songs of Praise Steventon Church
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