Stokesley and District Choral Society enjoyed another
successful season in 2017/18, and now looks forward to next year. In April, we
presented Rutter’s Requiem, together with a selection of beautiful Mozart
pieces – Splendente Te, Deus, Ave Verum Corpus, and his lovely Coronation Mass.
Suitably challenging and enjoyable for the choir to perform and much
appreciated by the audience.
This concert also marked the final one for our wonderful
accompanist, Trevor Blease, who is moving to pastures new. He will be sorely
missed, our new accompanist will
join us for a very different programme of music which we will perform in
Stokesley Methodist Church on Saturday November 17th: “Tuneful
Twosomes – a journey through musical theatre” from Gilbert & Sullivan,
through Rodgers & Hammerstein, to contemporary pieces from the likes of
Lloyd Webber and Rice. It promises to be a lively and fun concert!
Further dates for the diary: Saturday December 15th
is our annual Festival of Christmas music at Stokesley Parish Church – always a
joyful occasion. On April 27th 2019, we are presenting a very
special concert jointly with the Angrove Singers and Vox choir in Stockton
Parish Church. The main item will be Brahms’ Requiem, together with Vivaldi’s
Gloria and Zadok the Priest (Handel).
We welcome members old and new – our first rehearsal is on
Monday September 3rd at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Stokesley at 7.30
pm. Ability to sight read is an advantage but not essential, as we can provide
support and rehearsal aids. We do not hold auditions!
|December 2017 - Review of the year|
has been a great year for Stokesley and District Choral Society. Spring
saw us perform Haydn’s Creation with a large orchestra in Stokesley
Methodist Church, and what a fantastic event this was (for both
audience and choir!). For some choir members, this was their first
experience of singing a major classical work, and the feedback we
received was that it was thoroughly enjoyable.|
In November we
presented a lighter programme, “A Night at the Movies” which did
exactly what it said on the tin. The music ranged from Back to the
Future to West Side Story, and the choir had a great time learning some
new and different repertoire. The concert also included some stunning
orchestral playing, not least a moving cello solo (Memoirs of a Geisha)
by our multitalented musical director, Jeremy Harbottle.
most recent concert was our annual Celebration of Christmas, with the
Christmas Strings, and on this occasion we were joined by young singers
from the Crash Bang Wallop Theatre Company. Again, a great time was had by all,
and we raised a record-breaking £522 for Zoe’s place and Yatton House.
start rehearsals on Monday 8th January for our next concert, which
includes Mozart’s beautiful Coronation Mass, and Rutter’s moving
Requiem, two contrasting pieces which the choir is looking forward to
learning. The concert is on Saturday 21st April 2018 at Stokesley
Methodist Church. As always, we welcome new singers. Anyone interested
is invited to come to a rehearsal for a “taster” session, at St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stokesely at 7.30 pm.
|Our 45th anniversary season sees us welcome our new accompanist, Trevor Blease.|
|December 13th 2014: Review of the Festival of Christmas Music - Darlington & Stockton Times|
joyous evocation of the spirit of Christmas was manifest at Stokesley
Parish Church on the evening of Saturday 13th December when Stokesley
and District Choral Society presented their ‘Festival of Christmas
Music’. The Society were joined by ‘The Christmas Strings (plus
percussion and bass guitar)’, Pianist Alison Gill and a junior choir
from Roseberry Primary School Great Ayton. MD and Conductor was
programme had great variety, content and balance. This was much
appreciated by the audience, who participated themselves joining in
with six classic carols. Highlights were perhaps: a rousing
traditional English Carol ‘The Boars Head’; reminders of childhood
Christmases from the junior choir; Vivaldi’s first movement from his
violin concerto ‘Winter’ by the Christmas Strings, Soloist Clare Gale
and Rutter’s ‘Carol of the Magi’ which included a beautiful cello solo
from Penny Ferguson.
before the interval a charity collection was made on behalf of Yatton
House (helping local folks with physical or learning difficulties) and
‘Zoe’s Place’ (a local Baby Hospice and Respite Centre, providing
specialist nursing care for infants and much needed respite care for
the parents and carers). £428 was raised which will be divided
equally between them.
|November 2014 - Review of the 'Opera through the Ages' concert - Darlington & Stockton Times |
8th November saw Stokesley and District Choral Society, Conducted and
directed by Jeremy Harbottle, present their autumn concert ‘Opera
Through The Ages’ at Stokesley Methodist Church. Joining the
Society were Alison Gill, piano soloist and accompanist; Rohan Hill
Soprano Soloist and Dominic Barberi, bass baritone soloist.
(Dominic was recently awarded his MMus Perf with Distinction from the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). |
exciting and entertaining programme thrilled the audience with diverse
works ranging across two centuries - from Purcell’s ‘Dido and
Aeneas’ to Schonberg and Boublil’s ‘Les Miserables’.
Highlights were perhaps Dominic and Jeremy’s baritone and tenor
duet, ‘Au Font du Temple Saint’ from the Pearl Fishers by Bizet; Alison
Gill’s virtuoso performance of ‘Granados’ by El Pelele; the bass and
soprano duet ‘Bess you is my woman now’ from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
and great choruses including Verdi’s ‘Anvil Chorus’ from La Traviata,
Puccini’s ‘Humming Chorus’ from Madame Butterfly and Wagner’s
‘Pilgrim's Chorus’ from Tannhauser,
concert was brought to a rousing conclusion with chorus, tenor and
soprano duet singing ‘Brindisi’ (the (drinking song) from La Traviata
by Verdi. The audience was very appreciative of what had been a
most entertaining evening.
|March 2014 - A big 'Thank You'|
children of Roseberry Community Primary School Choir in Great Ayton
were thanked this week by Stokesley and District Choral Society for
their contribution to another very successful ‘Festival of Christmas
Music’ which was held at Stokesley Parish Church on Saturday 14th
December 2013. Bob Baker, Chairman of the Society, presented a cheque
for £120 to be spent on music resources. Alison Collins, leader
of Roseberry’s Choir, received the cheque and said that the concert was
a fantastic opportunity for the children to sing alongside the adults
and to hear a live orchestra.|