Last concert


The concert featured music from leading Baroque, Renaissance and Reformation composers. The main work performed was Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi 1678 - 1741.


The Gloria manuscript was not discovered until the late 1920s, when it was found among some Vivaldi manuscripts and a version was first performed in 1939 in Siena.


The other items included If Ye Love Me by

Thomas Tallis; 

O Quam Gloriosum by T. L. de Victoria;

Ruht Wohl and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J S Bach; 

Ave Verum Corpus by W A Mozart; 

Zadok The Priest by G F Handel.


The excellent soloists were soprano Helen Lacey and mezzo-soprano Helena Cook


Helen Lacey


Helena Cook

In November 2018, we recalled the armistice of 1918. 


The Armistice was signed in a railway carriage belonging to the Allied Supreme Commander Marshal Foch, at 5:12 am on November 11th, with a ceasefire at 11am.


The Armed Man, was written to commemorate the millenium and is dedicated to victims of the recently ended Kosovo crisis. Karl Jenkins uses various inspirations for the text, including the Muslim call to prayer, the 16th century French folk song L’Homme armé, ancient religious texts and the Latin Mass tradition. It charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It shows the horrors that war brings and ends with hope for peace.



The concert finished with the Last Post played by Steven Drury, a former soldier of the Royal Artillery Band, followed by a minute’s silence and then the emotive For the Fallen, with words by Laurence Binyon. This includes the classic words:


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.




Gabriel Fauré - Requiem Georges Bizet - Te Deum   John Rutter - Requiem Andrew Carter - Bendicite
Requiem of Peace - Andrew Wright Verdi - Requiem Antonio Vivaldi - Gloria William Walton - Balshazzar’s Feast
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana Haydn - Nelson Mass Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms
Puccini - Missa di Gloria Bizet - Carmen Berlioz- Te Deum Handel - Messiah
Mozart - Ave Maria Corpus;   Voyagers Chorus from Idomeneo;   Laudate Dominum from Solemn Vespers;   Requiem
Patriotic and traditional songs in the style of the Last Night of the Proms
Gilbert and Sullivan and Beach Boys hits 


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