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Sunday 11th December 2011 - 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 David Everett - Alto Gareth Jones - Tenor Neil Cullum - Bass Conducted by

James Grocott

An Evening of Christmas Music with Carols for all


St Peter's Parkstone Rector

Canon Nigel LLoyd

In association with Barclays Bank

Marking the retirement of James Grocott as Musical Director


Fanfare - Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Martin Shaw

Audience Carol ( No.9)

O come, all ye faithful

arr. Willcocks


Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child Wat t ’ sCr adl eSong Mar y ’ sLul l aby

Kenneth Leighton Bryan Kelly John Rutter


A Christmas Festival

Leroy Anderson

Audience Carol ( No.8)

It came upon the Midnight Clear

arr. Sullivan

Vocal Solo Sarah Rickett In the bleak midwinter Vocal Quartet Ding Dong! Merrily on high Choir

Audience Carol ( No.17)

Colin Mawby arr. Charles Wood

The Rose The Christ-child Every Stone Shall Cry

Will Todd

Unto us is born a Son

arr. Willcocks

Tribute to Dow Whitehead introduced by James Grocott INTERVAL Audience Carol (No.4)

God rest you merry, gentlemen

arr. Willcocks


Lullay my liking Myn Lyking Little Road to Bethlehem The holly and the ivy

Gustav Holst Richard Terry Michael Head Walford Davies

Audience Carol (No.5)

Good King Wenceslas

arr. Willcocks

Vocal Solo Sarah Rickett The first mercy Quartet Silent Night Choir

Peter Warlock arr. Marsh

Down in yon forest Gabr i el ’ smes sage Sans Day Carol

John Rutter


Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson


The Coming of our King The Twelve Days of Christmas A Merry Little Christmas

John Rutter Goff Richards

Audience Carol (No.6)

Hark! the herald angels sing Tribute to James Grocott

Mendelssohn desc. Willcocks

James (Jim) Grocott Toni ghtsee’ st hef i nalconc er tconduct edbyJamesGr ocot tour musical director for almost 35 years. As a young man, Jim played the tuba and the clarinet and studied the piano at the Royal College of Music. Working in London for Barclays, he joined the Barclays Bank Choir (London). He moved to Poole in 1976 and became a member of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. In 1977 he took over as musical director of Barclays House Choir which had been formed six months previously with a small number of members. Over time, the number in the choir grew, with a maximum membership of 70. Originally the choir gave informal concerts within the then Barclays International on Wimborne Road in Poole town centre. Barclays House Choir is now the only choral group associated with Barclays PLC. At first, the choir's members were people who worked for the bank, but gradually, membership was extended to others who wanted to sing in a friendly & relaxed choir. Today, the choir performs all its c oncer t satSt .Pet er ' sChur ch,t oni ght ’ svenue,havi nghel di t sf i r st concert there in 1989. Jim also sings with the Orlando Singers and continues to be a member of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta choir. He is always ready to help friends if another bass is needed. He also acts as bass soloist for many groups and events. Over the years Jim has built up our resident orchestra and many of t oni ght ’ spl ayer shav eper f or medatmanyofJi m’ sl edconcer t s. Weshoul dal s oment i onJi m’ swi f eMar gar etwhohasser vedt he choir as librarian for many years. Although Margaret has not sung for a few years, she is still an integral part of the choir family. As Jim and Margaret both retire from their positions we would publically pay tribute to them both and assure them they will be sorely missed. Barclays House Choir will never be quite the same again.

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

Barclays House Choir Sopranos Christine Arnold Deborah Cooke Juliet Dodarell Thelma Doody Sylvia Elkins

Anne Hitchcoe Jo Hollis Jo Hooper Judith Lancaster Margaret Lewis

Mary Norrish Marian Pearce Sarah Rickett Pam Spencer Hilary Spillard

Marian Starkey Sally Stedman Sue Verrall Joan Willis Jenny Wright

Maureen Clark Daphne Earl Sally Elliot Marion Fuge Jill Goreham

Joan Hawkins Beryl Lenham Isobel McConville Hazel Potter Julie Prentice

Michelle Smyth Vickie Thomas Evelyn Wade Hilary Warner Marion White

Tenors Tony Benson Adrian Butement

Dave Cooke Keith Hollis

Gareth Jones Adrian Purkiss

Paul Thomas

Basses Roy Birch Tony Gatward

Ted Greenway Tony Hartle

Dick Keslake Noel Skerman

David Spracklen Peter Winter

Altos Pat Baker Gillian Blake Isabel Broom Pam Brown Peggy Brown Joy Chiari

Barclays House Choir 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 50 members drawn from many occupations. Under the musical direction of James Grocott, who has led the choir for the last 35 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. 2011 saw a first for the choir when in February they welcomed a mixed choir from Poole's twin town of Cherbourg and made a return trip to France. Thi sconcer ti st hef i nal oneunderJi m’ sdi r ect i on.Fr om Januar yt hechoi rwi l l bel edbyJamesEat on and our first concert will take place in this Church on Saturday 26th May and will have a Royal Jubilee theme. Most of the choir's concerts also involve the 30 strong St Peter's Orchestra, whose support is always very much appreciated. If you wish to discuss any aspect relating to the choir please speak to David Cooke (Chairman), Sylvia Elkins (Secretary), or Adrian Purkiss (Treasurer)

2011 Christmas Concert  

Barclays House Choir Christmas Concert 2011 Programme

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