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Our Summer Concert 2015

 

Twyford Singers took its audience on a whistle stop musical tour through the concert halls, cathedrals, theatres and streets of Europe at their Summer Concert at the end of June. They visited France, Spain and Germany but also further afield to Russia and Norway. Martin Lorenz, a Russian speaker was very impressed with Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Devo.

 

There was a mixture of choir pieces and soloists, the soloist all being members of the choir. The opening Gloria (Vivaldi) got the concert off to an energetic start.  The first half was focussed on sacred and folk influenced music the highlights of which were Dvorak’s “Goin’ home”, Scubert’s Ave Maria (sung by sops and altos) and Rachmaninov “Borgorodiste” which was sung unaccompanied. The second half was much lighter in tone and included much music from operas and musicals. The opening piece – Polostivian Dances (Borodin) was sung with conviction, and the Anvil Chorus had real character. The tenors and basses had a chance to shine in Granada and the whole choir enjoyed singing O Sole Mio.     

Danny  Walsh accompanied himself on guitar to give an entertaining rendition of La Mer.

 

 

 

 

One audience member said they were really impressed by the quality and variety of singing.  One of their highlights was the Rossini Due Gatti performed by Helen Styles and Sue Thomas.  

 

 

Another audience member "particularly appreciated the light-hearted pieces in the second half" - "Katie Styles rose to the occasion beautifully and had obviously been well trained" in her rendition of Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables

 

Perhaps the concert was best summed up by Mary Elliott who said the concert was "exactly her cup of tea.  A really good mix of music with the sacred items not being too serious and paired with good songs and some very entertaining items."

 

The choir resumed rehearsals in September so if you would like to join them please come along to Twyford United Reformed Church at 7.45pm on any Tuesday or contact the secretary by clicking on :-  

secretary@twyford-singers.org.uk

 

The Twyford Singers’ Christmas Concert will include Christmas songs to recognise the 60th birthday of Bob Chilcott and 70th birthday of John Rutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Concert Programme

Vivaldi Gloria

Vivaldi Laudamus Te

Fauré Tantum Ergo

Au Clair de la Lune

River Wisla

Sibelius  Be Still my Soul

Dvorak   Goin' Home

Brahms  Gypsy Dances     

Mozart   Priests' Chorus

Schubert     Psalm 23

Rachmaninov     Bogoro  

Borodin    Polotsvian dances

Verdi   Chorus of Hebrew Slaves

Verdi    Anvil Chorus

Grieg     Solveig's Song

Weill    Mack the Knife

Trenet     La Mer

Lara    Granada

di Capua    O Sole Mio

Rossini     Due Gatti

Boublil et al    Bring him Home

Boublil et al   Castle on a Cloud

Boublil et al    Do You Hear