Alresford Community Choir
Alresford Community Choir

A Carol for Everyone

Saturday 8th December 2018
 

“A Carol for Everyone” – the Alresford Community Choir’s concert on December 8th – was certainly that – all tickets were sold and the church was full!

The concert began with an excellent, unaccompanied and ambitious rendering of “Bogoroditsye Dyevo” (Ave Maria”) sung in Church Slavonic.  

This was followed by a medley of some popular and some lesser known carols, wholeheartedly accompanied by the congregation.  Perhaps the most poignant of the carols was the first verse of “Silent Night”, sung in German as a solo, off stage, bringing to mind the ending of the First World War one hundred years ago.  A cracking arrangement of “Jingle Bells” was enough to shut out any chance of a Bah Humbug Scrooge this Christmas!

A triumphant finale was achieved with “O Come All Ye Faithful” followed by the choir and a soloist with “O Holy Night”.

Congratulations and thanks to the conductor, the pianist, the soloists and the whole choir for a most enjoyable and appreciated performance.

By Gillie Baerselman

Spirit of Summer
Saturday 7th July 2018

 

The audience at St. John’s Church, Alresford, were treated to a programme full of the enthusiasm we have come to expect from Alresford Community Choir, despite the sweltering heat on the evening of 7th July. The programme opened with a selection of British folk songs from John Rutter’s song-cycle, “The Sprig of Thyme”.  The individual songs were well characterised. Crisp cross-rhythms in “The Keel Row” contrasted with the lyrical “Afton Water”, and Naomi Neville’s solo line in “The Cuckoo” really did have a bird-like quality. This choir benefits from a strong bass and tenor section, which was showcased in their mellow rendition of “Down by the Sally Gardens”.
Choir accompanist Kate Jones played two piano solos from Claude Debussy’s other-worldly Suite Bergamasque, including the ethereal Clair de Lune. 
The choir particularly shone in their a cappella version of the English folk song “Bushes and Briars” featuring the clear soprano voice of Rosie Lees singing the part of the lovelorn maiden.
There was a dramatic change of atmosphere in the second half when we were transported across the Atlantic with a varied array of spirituals, again arranged by John Rutter. The choir, with Naomi Neville’s haunting solos, conjured an evocative atmosphere in “Steal Away”, “Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child” and “Deep River”, contrasting with the raucous climax to the set of “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Kate Jones complemented the American theme with her spirited George Gershwin piano solos “Love Walked In” and “I Got Rhythm”.
The concert concluded with a moving tribute to several recently deceased members in a heartfelt rendition of “You Raise Me Up”, a fitting ending to an uplifting evening of choral singing, directed by Keith Clark and his deputy, Connor Judd.
by K. Turk

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We are rehearsing hard so that our next performance, A Carol for Everyone will be a festive treat!  We'd love to see you in the audience.

Alresford Watercress Festival 2018

A View From the Inside
 

Alresford Community Choir loves to perform and performing at the Alresford Watercress Festival is just little bit special.  If at midday you had made your way through the Morris jingling, ice-cream slurping, salad clutching crowds from Broad Street, you may have found yourself in the cool bustle of St John’s Church.  There we had assembled ourselves in the chancel (staging-free, for this was an informal concert), straining slightly to find an adequate view of our dedicated conductor, Keith.

 

Accompanied by piano enchantress Kate, our repertoire was composed of popular pieces from erstwhile concerts...which were somewhat fuzzy in our minds, our primary focus being July’s sensation, Spirit of Summer. Fearing failing memories, we somewhat tentatively launched into Burt Bacharach’s, Close to You, our reticence quickly dissipating as the familiar harmonies began to return.  We swayed blissfully through the ‘echoing rocks’ of My Wheel and I, written by the choir’s exceptional Honorary President, Alexander Lestrange, arriving at some recent favourites from Vivaldi’s Gloria, which we sent resonating through the church with fervour.

 

By this time, our animated conductor, arms flailing commandingly, was aglow. With secretive gestures only a choir could decode, he commented on our progress; a wide, fleeting grin reminded us to sing brightly, a covert thumbs up praised us, a momentary stare prompted us to watch.

 

It is a pleasure to see audiences come alive to familiar songs such as Dancing Queen and Thank you for the Music, but you may have also noticed some choir members unable to resist, merrily jigging along with you.  We were in our element as we launched into a medley encapsulating the glory of West Side Story, complete with dodgy Puerto Rican accents, ardent declarations for ‘Maria’, whoops and cheers.

 

The choir has recently lost three Basses who are remembered with huge affection, so How Lovely are Thy Dwellings and You Raise Me Up were sung in their precious memories.  These are emotional pieces and the choir sung them with passion, ending our concert on a more thoughtful, poignant note.

 

You may have seen us wiggling our numb toes and massaging our aching legs whilst you applauded enthusiastically, but have no doubt that we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The skies were blue, Alresford was abuzz with life and we had just sung our hearts out.  If along the way the Tenors had missed an entry, no-one was worried, for this was Alresford Watercress Festival...and as we all know, performing at the Alresford Watercress Festival is just a little bit special.  

Vivaldi, Gloria and Schubert, Mass in G

 

Saturday, 24th March 2018

 

Alresford Community Choir presented yet another passionate concert, performing the great choral masterpieces with exuberance.

 

We were proud to sing with four superb soloists, Rebecca Priddle, Naomi Neville, Andrew Hayman and Toby Armstrong in a concert that showcased the talent and professionalism of everyone involved.

Amy Turk

 

We were lucky to welcome one of our regular guest performers, harpist, arranger and composer Amy Turk, who played two mesmorising pieces, Stand by Me and Africa. 
To listen to Amy through her YouTube channel, please follow this link.

Rehearsals and Concerts 2019

 

 

Autumn

2019

 

 

Monday 23rd September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

Saturday 28th September

(Rehearsal at 4.30pm)

 7.30pm

Beaulieu Abbey Church

Palace Lane, Beaulieu

SO42 7YG

 

 

Monday 30th September

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

Saturday 5th October

(Rehearsal at 4.30pm)

 7.30pm

St Cross Hospital Church

St Cross Road, Winchester

SO23 9SD

 

 

Monday 7th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 14th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 21st October

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 28th October

Full Choir 7.30pm

(TBC - Half Term!)

 

 

Monday 4th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 11th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 18th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 25th November

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 2nd December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

CAROLS and CRUMPETS

Friday 6th December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

Monday 9th December

Full Choir 7.30pm

 

 

CONCERT

A CAROL FOR EVERYONE

Saturday 14th December

7.30pm

St John the Baptist Church

New Alresford

 

 

 

 

 

All rehearsals and workshops are held in 

St John's Church 

New Alresford

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We will be delighted to meet you and will give you a very warm welcome!

 

 

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