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Sunday 14th December 2008 - 6:30pm Barclays House Choir Musical Director Chairman web site email

James Grocott Dave Cooke


The St Peter's Orchestra Leader Andrew Foot and

David Beeby - Organ Sarah Rickett - Soprano Neil Cullum - Bass Conducted by

James Grocott at

St Peter's, Parkstone, Poole Rector

Canon Nigel LLoyd

web site

In association with Barclays Bank Arts Council

Evening of Christmas Music with Carols for all


A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson

Audience Carol ( No.10)

O come, O come, Emmanuel

arr. David Willcocks

(Please feel free to stand during the singing of the audience carols)


Adam lay Ybounden A Boy was born in Bethlehem Lullay my Liking

Boris Ord Benjamin Britten Gustav Holst

Audience Carol ( No.8)

It came upon a midnight clear

arr. Sullivan


Three Christmas pieces by Will Todd The Christ-child The Rose Every Stone Shall Cry

Choir and Orchestra

Messiah excerpts: Overture And the glory of the Lord Rejoice greatly (Soloist Sarah Rickett) Pastoral Symphony There were shepherds abiding in the field And lo, the angel said unto them And suddenly there was with the angel Glory to God For unto us a child is born


Audience Carol ( No.17)

Unto us is born a Son

arr. David Willcocks

INTERVAL Audience Carol (No.4)

God rest you merry, gentlemen

arr. David Willcocks


Fantasia on Christmas Carols Soloist - Neil Cullum

R. Vaughan Williams

Audience Carol (No.5)

Good King Wenceslas

arr. David Willcocks

Soprano Solo

In the bleak mid-winter Soloist - Sarah Rickett

Colin Mawby


Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson


Three Christmas pieces by John Rutter Star Carol Down in yon Forest Jesus Child


Jingle Bells

arr. David Willcocks

Audience Carol (No.6)

Hark! the herald angels sing

Mendelssohn descant. Willcocks

This concert is given by kind permission of the Rector and churchwardens

British composer Will Todd (b. 1970) is well known for his diverse catalogue of works including the opera The Blackened Man; oratorios The Burning Road and St Cuthbert; concertos for violin, trumpet and saxophone; and particularly his works for choir, ranging from the large scale Mass in Blue to smaller works suitable for inclusion in liturgical settings. Over the past decade, Will has collaborated with various librettists and his music has been performed to great critical and audience acclaim in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has worked with the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, the Hallé Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia Chorus, WNO and the Roy alOper aHouse.Toni ght ’ spi eceshav e beenr ecor dedbyt he Vasar iSi nger sonSi gnum Cl assi cs,t oget herwi t h“ Massi nBl ue” . Wi l l Todd’ sRequi em wi l l r ecei v ei t ’ sf i r stper f or mancei n2009.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in 1872 in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. He was educated at Charterhouse School, then Trinity College, Cambridge. Later he was a pupil of Stanford and Parry at the Royal College of Music after which he studied with Max Bruch in Berlin and Maurice Ravel in Paris. At the turn of the century he was among the very first to travel into the countryside to collect folk-songs and carols from singers, notating them for future generations to enjoy. As musical editor of The English Hymnal he composed several hymns that are now world-wide favourites (For all the Saints, Come down O love Divine). Later he also helped to edit The Oxford Book of Carols, with similar success.

George Frederick Handel (23 February 1685 –Saturday, 14 April 1759) was a German-born Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios and concerti grossi. Born as Georg Friedrich Händel in Halle, he spent most of his adult life in England, becoming a subject of the British crown on 22 January 1727. His most famous works are Messiah, an oratorio set to texts from the King James Bible; Water Music; and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Strongly influenced by the techniques of the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the English composer Henry Purcell, his music was known to many significant composers who came after him, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Barclays House Choir Sopranos Jill Bickley Deborah Cooke Thelma Doody Margaret Dore Margaret Dreosti Sylvia Elkins Ann Hitchcoe Jo Hooper Marilyn Jones Trish Jubb Mary Norrish Altos Pat Baker Pauline Bickerton Gillian Blake Isabel Broom Pam Brown Joy Chiari Daphne Earl Molly Edwards Sally Elliot Marion Fuge Jill Goreham Tenors Tony Benson Dave Cooke Eric Lenham Roger Owen Adrian Purkiss Paul Thomas

Accompanist Christine Taylor

Marian Pearce Sarah Rickett Hilary Spillard Marian Starkey Sally Stedman Sue Verrall Bridget Whitehead Joan Willis Brenda Woodham Nina Woods Jenny Wright

Joan Hawkins Beryl Lenham Isabel McConville Nita Parke Hazel Potter Michelle Smyth Vickie Thomas Evelyn Wade Hilary Warner Margot Wilson

Basses Roy Birch Neil Cullum Geoff Dale Tony Gatward Ted Greenway Tony Hartle Graham Hawkins Dick Keslake Noel Skerman David Spracklen Peter Winter

Barclays House Choir, originally named Barclays House Sports and Social Club Musical Society, was founded following the completion of the new Head Office of Barclays International in Poole, Dorset. The first rehearsal was held on 5 October 1976, when ten singers met to rehearse for a planned Christmas Concert. Numbers grew and 21 finally took part in the concert held in Barclays House. Since that time membership has widened and now consists of about 70 members drawn from many occupations. Under the musical direction of James (Jim) Grocott, who has led the choir for the last 30 years, the group has performed many of the major choral works including Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Vivaldi's Gloria and Brahms's Requiem, as well as more modern compositions such as Rutter's Magnificat. Most of the choir's concerts also involve the 35 strong St Peter's Orchestra, whose support is always very much appreciated. The choir receives the financial support of the Barclays Bank Arts Council, and all concerts are given with their support. If you wish to discuss any aspect relating to the choir, please speak to James Grocott (Musical Director) or Dave Cooke (Chairman).

2008 BHC Christmas Concert Programme  

Barclays House Choir - Poole (UK) - 2008 Christmas Concert Programme (Copyright BHC 2009)

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