Family Christmas Concert

christmas-2016-posterMonday 12th December 2016, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Woking (map)

Woking’s Epworth Choir performed its annual Family Christmas Carol Concert at Christ Church, Woking on Monday 12th December 2016.  They were joined by St Andrew’s School Choir.

The concert was held in aid of LinkAble, a Woking-based charity serving those with learning disabilities in the local community. Since 1989, LinkAble has been helping people with learning disabilities by providing children, young people and adults with a range of sporting, social and leisure activities in and around the community that would otherwise be unavailable.

This much-loved annual carol concert conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, included uplifting carols and Christmas music to celebrate the festive season.  Michael said recently: ‘I am really pleased that the choir is supporting such a worthy organisation in LinkAble, and excited that St Andrew’s School choir could join us.

Gloria!

Gloria! concert posterSaturday 29th October 2016
7.45pm
St Dunstan’s Church, Woking (map)

The programme featured the well-known work: Schubert Mass in G which is the most popular of six masses by the composer and was written in just under a week when he was 18!  The concert also featured ‘The Vivaldi Gloria’, which was composed by Vivaldi in around 1715.  Now hugely popular, it was, in fact, little known until the late 1920s with the first modern performance in 1939.

The Epworth Choir, which was established over 50 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities.  For this concert, the choir will be raising funds for Transform Housing and Support which provides housing and support for more than 1000 homeless and vulnerable people each year in Surrey, Sutton and Wokingham.

For Queen and Country

For Queen and CountrySaturday 23rd April 2016
7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford [Map]

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, Epworth Choir held a concert featuring music for choir, brass and organ. The programme featured many well-known pieces such as Zadok the PriestI Was Glad and Coronation Anthems.

The Epworth Choir, which was established over 50 years ago, has a long tradition of supporting local charities. For this concert, the choir raised funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, which provides vital support and end of life care across West Surrey and North East Hampshire to patients and families affected by cancer or other serious progressive illness.

The choir’s Musical Director, Michael Waldron, said recently “Our Queen has broken two records.  She’s our longest lived and our longest reigning monarch.  With her 90th birthday this year, we wanted to celebrate by holding a concert with music fit for a queen!”

Family Christmas Concert 2015

Family Christmas 2015Saturday 12th December 2015
7.30pm
HG Wells Centre, Woking

Woking’s Epworth Choir performed its annual Family Christmas Carol Concert at the HG Wells Centre, Woking on Saturday 12th December 2015.

This year’s Concert, conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, included the usual mix of carols old and new and there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to celebrate the festive season with the ever-popular audience carols.  Laurence Williams, baritone sand a solo and two young brass players, Adam Stockbridge and Sam Kinrade also joined us.

We were delighted to support the York Road Project at this concert and are very pleased that Andrew Hall, the well-known actor and director  represented the charity at the event.

The much-anticipated annual carol concert was, as usual, a joyous occasion of seasonal music that perfectly captured the true spirit of the festive season.

 

All Creatures Great and Small

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On Saturday 18 October 2015, Woking’s Epworth Choir gave a concert at St Dunstan’s RC Church in Woking. The music was based on the theme All Creatures Great and Small – a celebration of nature in music. The choice of repertoire was varied and entertaining and was very enjoyable both for the audience and the performers.

The choir began with a selection of Old English Madrigals telling of animals and birds in stories and song. The choir members sang with beautiful tone and excellent diction and the audience were very appreciative.

The concert was conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, and featured the soloists Augusta Hebbert, Jessica Dandy, Stephen Mills and Laurence Williams. They each sang individual solos which were warmly applauded. All four singers are young, very talented and the audience really enjoyed their performances.

They also sang the solo roles in the choir’s main work in the second half – Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C (“Sparrow Mass:), KV 220. This particular mass is not often sung in concerts and many of the audience members commented how much they enjoyed hearing it.

The choir also sang a variety of pieces by modern composers (Bob Chilcott, John Rutter and John Tavener) and the beautiful singing of all choir members showed off their ability to embrace a wide range of repertoire.

Our visiting instrumentalists were also young and very talented. We were delighted to welcome back organist Jeremy Cole who played JS Bach’s Pastorale F Major BMV 590 and once again impressed the audience with his skill. The Keats Quartet joined us for the first time and gave a beautiful rendition of Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major (“The Lark”).

Jeremy and the Keats Quartet also accompanied the choir for some of the pieces and we all enjoyed performing together.

The concert supported the vital work of the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices and a retiring collection raised over £365 for the Charity.

Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

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Cantique de Jean Racine
Pavane

Woking’s Epworth Choir presented a ‘Celebration of French Music’ with works by Gabriel Fauré at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford on Saturday 18th April 2015. The concert, conducted by Epworth Choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron also featured Gemma Summerfield, Mezzo SopranoLaurence Williams, BaritoneJeremy Cole, Organ and the Orchestra of the Pinnacle Ensemble.

The memorable performance of Gabriel Fauré’s enduring Requiem by the choir and orchestra was enhanced by the glorious singing of Gemma Summerfield, who stood in for Amy Lyddon at very short notice. The audience also very much appreciated Laurence Williams’ interpretation of three songs by Maurice Ravel and the Duruflé/Vierne organ solos performed in virtuoso style by Jeremy Cole. The choir’s performance of Cantique de Jean Racine and Pavanne completed a most enjoyable evening in celebration of French music.

The Concert raised £442 in support of the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s ‘Detecting Women’s Cancers’ Charity Appeal.

Family Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert 2014Woking’s Epworth Choir performed their annual Family Christmas Carol Concerts at the HG Wells Centre, Woking on Saturday 13th December 2014. The Matinee Concert supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Evening Concert was in Aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

This year’s Concerts, conducted by the choir’s Music Director, Michael Waldron, included the usual mix of carols old and new and there was plenty of opportunity for everyone to celebrate the festive season with the ever-popular audience carols.

Ballet dancersThe Epworth Choir were delighted to welcome to the Matinee Concert the young dancers of the Susan Robinson School of Ballet who have been well known to Epworth Choir audiences for many years. As usual they performed an exciting programme which created a truly magical Family Christmas atmosphere.

Royal Marines BandThe Epworth Choir were also delighted that the  Royal Marines Association Concert Band were, once again, the Guest Artistes at the Evening Concert. The Band, conducted by Major (Retd) AJ Smallwood, MA(Dist) PGDip(Adv) BMus(Hons) LRSM RM treated the enthusiastic audience to a programme of well known favourites and, with the Choir, led the singing of the audience carols. The evening ended with rapturous applause and everyone singing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’

Epworth Choir are pleased to announce that the two Retiring Collections together, raised a total of £921 for the Charities.

Songs and Sonnets

Songs and SonnetsWoking’s Epworth Choir presented ‘Songs and Sonnets’ featuring well-known Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets set to music by George Shearing and Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town at the H G Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking, on Saturday 18th October 2014.

The Concert included Readings from Shakespeare by Sarah Gobran, a member of the Guildford Shakespeare Company. The Concert was the debut of Epworth Choir’s new Music Director, Michael Waldron and was accompanied at the piano by Laurence Williams and Cameron Michael WaldronRichardson-Eames. The Evening’s Performance was a Celebration of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Birthday and the Concert, which was well received by an enthusiastic audience, proved to be a fitting tribute to the Bard !

A Retiring Collection raised £441 for Parkinsons UK.

Concert to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D Day

D-Day ConcertWoking’s Epworth Choir performed a Concert to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D Day at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday 7th June. Among the large audience were the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr and Mrs Branagan, The Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, Cllr and Mrs Elms, four Chelsea Pensioners, D Day Veteran, Mr Renny Henrikson and WW II Veteran, Mr Ron Pearce ISM, County Treasurer for the Royal British Legion, Surrey.

The Concert, conducted by Matthew Willis, featured moving performances by the Epworth Choir and The Salomon Orchestra, of Vaughan-William’s, Serenade to Music and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, with soloists from the choir. Guest Artiste, Helena Dix, gave a memorable performance of Strauss, The Four Last Songs and The Salomon Orchestra received huge applause for Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. The programme of music had been selected to reflect the importance of the 70th Anniversary of D Day and was a fitting tribute to the occasion.

The Concert supported the vital work of the Royal British Legion, Surrey and a Retiring Collection raised over £850 for the Charity.

D-Day Concert - Solo

Audience Comments

‘A most Enjoyable Evening.’
‘The Choir was superb, culminating in a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew – an enormous challenge which they conquered with ease.’
‘The Guest soprano, Helena Dix was a sheer delight to listen to.’
‘Overall, a masterful performance by the Choir’s Music Director, Matthew Willis.’

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Epworth Choir Events during 2014 include a concert at the HG Wells Centre, Woking, on Sat 18th October and the Choir’s Annual Charity Carol Concerts on Sat 13th Dec which will feature a return visit to Woking of the Royal Marine Concert Band at the evening performance.

Epworth Choir always welcome new members – please tel 01483 756670 or email  secretary.epworth@gmail.com

An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein

An Evening of Rodgers and HammersteinWoking’s Epworth Choir presented ‘An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ – a selection of Popular Choruses and Solos, at the H G Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking, on Saturday 1st March. The Concert was conducted by Matthew Willis and accompanied at the piano by Michael Waldron. The audience were entertained by the Choir who sang choruses from Rodgers & Hammerstein’ including South Pacific, Oklahoma, Carousel, The King & I, and The Sound of Music! with solos sung by members of the Choir. This proved to be the perfect opportunity to stroll down Broadway and enjoy an evening at the Shows!

The Concert supported the vital work of the local branch of The National Autistic Society and the Retiring Collection raised over £500 for the Charity.