REPERTOIRE

The repertoire built up by the Choir over the years is best represented by performances in the Petersfield Musical Festival and the works performed in the Summer Sing. Since 2010 the Festival works have included: Bach’s B Minor Mass, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and Toward the Unknown Region, Dvorak’s Mass in D, Walton’s Te Deum, Parry’s I was Glad, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Haydn’s The Storm, Handel’s Samson, Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Lambert’s Rio Grande, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,  the Bach St John Passion, and just prior to the first 2020 Lockdown Andrew Carter’s Benedicite and Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection.

For 2021/2022 season the Choir is gathering its forces once again, joining with Alton and Petersfield Choral Societies and The Petersfield Choir to sing in the Petersfield Music Festival.

Thus from September we will be rehearsing for a concert performance next March of Mendelsssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Jonathan Willcock’s In Praise of Singing.

Hymn of Praise – “A joyous work written as a celebration. The original occasion in 1840 was the 400th anniversary of Gutenburg’s invention of printing, but the life-affirming biblical texts and Mendelssohn’s uplifting music are universal, with tuneful approachable choruses expressing the central theme of the piece – The night is departing , the day is approaching.”

In Praise of Singing – “Comprises three contrasting movements, setting text by Longfellow, Whitman, and from the Psalms. We sang his great and glorious Victory some years ago on a singing day in Petersfield with great enjoyment”.

For Christmas this year we plan to sing a selection of carols and seasonal pieces for a traditional concert in the Rogate Village Hall.  Hopefully we may also be performing in a concert at Chawton House near Alton.

Following the Festival we prepare for the Summer Sing, for which the range of works is extensive – and some of the recent programmes are attached. One common feature of all the programmes has been 16th and 17th century British madrigals. A concert in May at Trotton Church is also a possibility.

Summer Concert Programme 24 June 2017

We are actively and continually seeking to expand what is already an extensive repertoire, interspersing our regular rehearsal works with additional compositions, such as those in the Oxford Book of European Sacred Music.