Choral Classics from &
Stage SCREEN BARCLAYS HOUSE CHOIR ST. PETER’S ORCHESTRA
Ashley Duplechien Soprano
Leader: Andrew Foot
Pablo Strong Tenor
JAMES EATON Conductor
St Peter’s Church, Parkstone by kind permission of the PCC
Proudly supported by
‘Stage’ Overture (from Act III of Lohengrin) Habenera (from Carmen) March of the Toreadors (from Carmen) The Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore) Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (from Nabucco) Brindisi (from La Traviata) Masquerade (from Phantom of the Opera) Selections from Chicago Over the bright blue sea (from H.M.S. Pinafore) Modern Major General (from Pirates of Penzance)
Wagner Bizet Bizet Verdi Verdi Verdi Lloyd Webber Kander arr. Ricketts Sullivan Sullivan
Elbow Williams arr. Crocker Goodall Trenet & Lasry Morricone arr. Johnson Jenkins Giacchino/Courage arr. Bocook Gold/Grainger arr Myer
‘Screen’ First Steps (theme from BBC 2012 Olympics) Choral Selections from Schindler’s List Psalm 23 (from The Vicar of Dibley) Beyond the sea (from Finding Nemo) Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission) Adiemus (composed for Delta Airlines TV advert) Symphonic Suite from Star Trek Doctor Who Suite
From the Musical Director... Welcome to St Peter’s for this slightly unusual concert! Over the choir’s 36 year history it has performed many of the great ‘choral works’ of the repertoire, and also many smaller pieces such as those written for liturgical use. This concert is completely new ground for the choir, as I wanted to do something a bit different by exploring a little of the really good choral music from other sources. Hence ‘stage and screen’. The first half of the concert is essentially music from opera, old and new, which has generated a vast amount of choral repertoire. It includes choruses from operas of the Romantic period, through to operetta and modern day musicals. The second half is a rather eclectic mix of music that has become well known through television and cinema. I hope you’ll enjoy this collection of unconventional choral classics. If its not quite to your taste, fear not, normal service will be resumed next term! James Eaton
Texts Habenera (translated from French) Love’s a bird that will not obey, a bird too wild for you to tame; if her pleasure’s to stay away, no use for you to call her name! If you threaten her, she’ll not stay, so try to charm her from her tree; if you chase me I’ll fly away, but if you charm me, then we’ll see. Ah love, sweet love! Love knows no rules and has no home, a gipsy wandering as free as air; and if my fancy starts to roam, then I’m warning you, young man, take care! And if I want you, then ah! beware! When you think love is in your hand she spreads her wings and flies away; no use trying to understand, just let the bird return some day. If she’s there out of reach, just wait: she’ll come and nestle in your lap; try to catch her, you’ll be too late, but try to run, and you’re in her trap. Ah love, sweet love! Love knows no rules and has no home, a gipsy wandering as free as air; and if my fancy starts to roam, then I’m warning you, young man, take care! And if I want you, then ah! beware!
March of the Toreadors (translated from French) Here they come! Here come the Toreros! Here they come! Here come the Toreros! Sunlight shining on their lances! Now they’re passing, raise your sombreros! Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah! the parade advances. In a foursome march the Toreros. Here they come! Here come the Toreros! Look who’s making such a big deal, he’s marching with his nose in the air, the ugly-faed old Alguazil. Be off! Down with the ugly Alguazil! Be off! Yes be off! Here come men so noble in bearing, raise a cheer for the bold Chulos! Bravo! viva! here’s to their daring! Here they come, the bold Chulos! Oh look, the Banderilleros, such strutting airs you can’t help staring! Oh look! what haughty glares, so vain and proud, what shining costumes they are wearing, the jewels dazzle all the crowd! Here they come the Banderilleros! Another quadrilla is coming! The Picadors are here! What handsome men! What a fight they’ll start with their lances when the bull’s released from its pen! The Espada! Escamillo! See the Espada, hero of the fight! He’ll end it all: deadly his steel. He’ll appear when the end is almost in sight; swiftly the final blow he’ll deal! Hail Escamillo! Ah, bravo! Here they come! Here come the Toreros! Sunlight shining on their lances! Now they’re passing, raise your sombreros! Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah! the parade advances. In a foursome march the Toreros. Hail Escamillo! Ah! Bravo! Viva! Bravo! Anvil Chorus (translated from Italian) See how the night mist is lifting its veil and the great vault of heaven above is shining: seems like a widow whose mourning is done, casting off all the black of her sorrow and pining. To work, to work then! Ready? you hammers! Who cheers the gipsy’s days and raises up his spirits? Who? Who? Who cheers the gipsy’s days? You know the answer? A pretty woman! Fill up our glasses! Our arms are strong and hearts are brave again when wine is flowing. Look how the sunbeams shine in the glass where the wine that we drink is so brightly glowing! To work, to work then! Ready? you hammers! Who cheers the gipsy’s days and raises up his spirits? Who? Who? Who cheers the gipsy’s days? You know the answer? A pretty woman! Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (translated from Italian) Dearest homeland, my thoughts fly towards thee; wings of gold bear them on to journey’s ending, where the sweet-scented breezes are blending in the green hills and vales of our land. Ah! to stand by the banks of the Jordan and to see Sion’s
woeful desolation! O dear land, once the joy of our nation, now forever lost by fate’s cruel hand. Golden harps of the prophets and seers of old, why to silently hang on the willows? Lift your voice, stir our hearts, let the story be told of the times now so long gone and past. O Jerusalem, blessed city, when will grief and lamenting be over?Let our song rise to thee, great Jehovah; hear the voice of thy people at last. Brindisi (translated from Italian) Let’s drink to the pleasures of youth and happiness, filled with delight and with rapture; for life is fleeting, so let us capture the moments of joy and bliss. Let’s drink to all the trembling hearts that love awakes to passion; there’s one who rules in her fashion no other heart than this. Let’s drink, for with wine all the joys of love more delightful will grow with each kiss. With you I could spend my life in a whirlwind of joy and laughter; live for each moment and not for hereafter, drink of the cup while you may. Rejoice in love’s sweet happiness, a flower to keep and cherish; for soon its blossom will perish, its beauty fade away. Rejoice, hear the voice of love: ‘come toe me’ it seems to say. Ah! Rejoice, for tonight we’ll make merry with wine; all around there’ll be laughter and singing; in paradise swiftly the hours go winging, and thus we shall greet the new day. Our life was made for pleasure, if love brings in no confusion, don’t talk of mere illusion. Fate holds me in its sway. Ah! Rejoice, for tonight we’ll make merry with wine; all around there’ll be laughter and singing; in paradise swiftly the hours go winging, and thus we shall greet the new day. Choral Selections from Schindler’s List (translated from Hebrew) Oh, the fire burns while the hours turn and the embers glow. And the rabbi teaches all the little ones what they need to know. See now little ones, remember little ones, don’t forget, now please: say it once and say it over once again all your A B Cs.The olive threes that stand in silence upon the hills of time, to hear the voices of the city as bells of evening chime. The Shofar sounding from the temple to call the world to prayer, the shepherd pauses in the valley and peace is everywhere. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, forever young, forever old, my heart will sing your songs of glory, Jerusalem.
Ashley Duplechien ﹣ Soprano Ashley is a second year post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies voice Anne Howells & Ian Ledingham. She is in demand as a soprano soloist, with performances including Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Trinity Orchestra, and work with the Yorke Trust (a charity involved in community music education). Ashley is originally from Louisianna, USA.
Pablo Strong ﹣ Tenor Pablo is in his second year on the postgraduate vocal course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies with Ryland Davies and Audrey Hyland. He was previously a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk at St John’s College Choir in Cambridge where he performed as a soloist in concerts and recordings. Pablo also had a successful career as a treble soloist (2001-2003), performing, broadcasting and recording with eminent conductors including Thierry Fischer, Leonard Slatkin and Sir Colin Davis. He has extensive experience on the stage and hopes to pursue a career on both the operatic stage as well as the concert platform.
James Eaton ﹣ Conductor James has held posts as Assistant Organist at Romsey Abbey, Leeds Parish Church, Rochester Cathedral and Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral. He holds a degree in music and is also a qualified teacher. He has toured extensively as an accompanist and soloist, has been broadcast on BBC radio and television, and performed for Her Majesty The Queen. James works as a freelance musician, teaching, giving recitals, and holding the post of Director of Music at St Michael and All Angels Church, Southampton. He succeeded Jim Grocott as Musical Director of the Barclays House Choir in January 2012.
About the Choir Barclays House Choir was founded in 1976, with ten founder members who all worked for the bank. Under the direction of James Grocott, who would be Musical Director for some 35 years, the choirâ€™s membership grew steadily and was extended to others outside of the bank who wanted to sing in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Today, the choir is a combined workplace and community choir open to all, having performed many major works and worked with soloists including Kate Royal, Gareth Malone and cellist Natalie Clein, all of whom are now in great international demand. The choir continues to receive generous financial support from Barclays PLC, to whom we are immensely grateful. We are always keen to hear from potential new members. We pride ourselves on running a happy and friendly choir, so we look forward to being able to welcome you. Further information about joining the choir is available on our website. Soprano Christine Arnold Debbie Cooke Sylvia Elkins Ann Hitchcoe Jo Hollis Jo Hooper Marilyn Jones Sarah King Judith Lancaster Margaret Lewis Mary Norrish Marian Pearce Kate Richards Pam Spencer Hilary Spillard Marian Starkey Sally Stedman Sally Tagg Sue Verrall Sue Whitney
Alto Pat Baker Gillian Blake Isabel Broom Pam Brown Rona Cave Jill Goreham Joan Hawkins Isabel McConville Heather Morgan Olwen Reeve Vickie Thomas Evelyn Wade Hilary Warner Marian White Yvonne Young
Tenor Tony Benson Adrian Butement Dave Cooke Keith Hollis Bass Ted Greenway Tony Hartle Dick Keslake Noel Skerman David Spracklen Rehearsal Accompanist Louise Dukes
BARCLAYS HOUSE CHOIR ST. PETERâ€™S ORCHESTRA JAMES EATON
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and
Carols for Choir & Audience SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER, 7.30PM Advanced booking recommended
Barclays House Choir Spring Concert 2013 Programme