Saturday, 7th December 2013 at 7.30 pm St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Macclesﬁeld SK10 1HW
The Magic of Christmas Our popular concert of Christmas
music for choir and orchestra with carols for all
KEMS Choir and Orchestra Jake Phillips leader
Anthony Houghton conductors
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The Magic of Christmas KEMS Choir KEMS Orchestra
Conductors: MOZART BILLINgS Arr. WILBERg TODD CHILCOTT TCHAIKOVSKY
Leader: Jake Phillips
Anthony Houghton Ian Chesworth
Overture: The Magic Flute A Virgin Unspotted It came upon a midnight clear My Lord has come The Sparrows’ Carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Nutcracker Suite
Audience carol Orchestra
I. Miniature Overture II. Characteristic Dances: March; Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Russian Dance - Trepak; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance; Dance of the Reeds III. Waltz of the Flowers
The First Nowell Interval ̶ ̶ BULLARD glory to the Christ Child CHILCOTT O little town of Bethlehem Arr WILBERg Ding dong! merrily on high Unto us is born a Son RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Suite: The Snow Maiden
Audience carol Choir Audience carol Orchestra
I. Introduction II. Dance of the Birds III. Procession IV. Dance of the Clowns
Arr. CHILCOTT Arr. CHILCOTT Arr. BURTON
Away in a Manger Behold that star Away in a manger go tell it on the mountain O come, all ye faithful
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Saturday 7th December 2013 at 7.30 pm St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Macclesfield
The Magic of Christmas
HRISTMAS, the celebration of the birth of Christ, is a magical time of festivity, in both secular and religious traditions, in which music has a central role. Especially in our Northern climes the singing of carols and the telling of fairy tales and magical fantasies alongside the Christmas Story is all part of the familiar pattern, uplifting the spirits and warming the dark, cold evenings. In our concert this evening we hope to strike a chord with a mix of carolling, singing, playing and seasonal musical delights from near and far to resonate the bells of memory and association for this Magical period of the year, lighting it up once again with melody, colour and sparkle.
‘A Virgin unspotted’ is from the canon of American ‘shape-note’ singing and is written by William Billings, himself thought to be the father of American choral music. As is common in this music, the tune is in the tenor and the harmonies seem strangely bare to our twenty-ﬁrst century ears. The rest of the choir programme continues an Anglo-American theme with both new compositions and arrangements of traditional carols. The arrangement we are singing of ‘Ding Dong! merrily on high’ was ﬁrst performed by King’s College Cambridge at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in 2007 and can be heard again this Christmas Eve during the ﬁnal of gareth Malone’s Sing while you Work programme on BBC2. We end with a gospel ﬂavour, with three settings of traditional American carols. Ian Chesworth
Magic Flute Overture (Die Zauberﬂöte), K620 MOZArT Mozart’s Fairy Tale Opera of 1791 was written in the last year of his life while he was also creating the Clarinet Concerto, the Opera Clemenza di Tito and the Requiem. It is a singspiel – an opera that uses spoken as well as sung dialogue. The Overture is an introduction to the mood of what is to follow rather than its story, characters or themes. It opens with three grand ‘Masonic’ chords (listen for the trombones whose sonorous tones add considerable grandeur to these moments) that later interrupt the allegro - in turns expressive, joyous and playful - that pervades the piece. So we hear the music expressing nobility of spirit and the innocence and simple enjoyment of nature. Nutcracker Suite No.1, Op.71a TCHAIKOVSKY Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Ballet is beloved by generations of children and their parents and a permanent part of the Christmas season. Its wonderful tunes and delectable orchestration show oﬀ the instruments in one Magical vignette after another.
Suite: The Snow Maiden rIMSKY-KOrSAKOV Said to be the composer’s favourite work, the four act opera The Snow Maiden is based on a Russian fairy tale depicting the forces of nature and the interaction of mythical characters (Frost, Spring & Wood Sprite), real people and those in between (are they real or mythological - like The Snow Maiden?). The Suite starts with the Opera’s Prologue, an evocation of nature awakening complete with the twittering of birds, and the popular Dance of the Tumblers brings the set to a mercurial and blazing conclusion. Anthony Houghton 4
1. Hark! the herald angels sing Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the new-born king; Peace on earth and mercy mild, god and sinners reconciled: Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies, With the angelic host proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem. Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the new-born King. Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold him come Oﬀspring of a virgin’s womb: Veiled in ﬂesh the godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the new-born King. Hail the heaven-born Prince of peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Ris’n with healing in his wings; Mild he lays his glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the new-born King.
2. The ﬁrst Nowell The ﬁrst Nowell, the Angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in ﬁelds as they lay In ﬁelds where they lay keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! They looked up and saw a star Shining in the East beyond them far And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!
And by the light of that same star Three Wise Men came from country far To seek for a King was their intent And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel! Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord That hath made Heaven and earth of nought And with his blood mankind has bought. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel Born is the King of Israel!
3. Unto us is born a Son (All) Unto us is born a son, King of choirs supernal: See on earth his life begun, Of lords the Lord eternal (repeat).
(Ladies) Of his love and mercy mild This the Christmas story: And O that Mary’s gentle Child Might lead us up to glory! (repeat)
(All) Christ, from heav’n descending low, Comes on earth a stranger; Ox and ass their Owner know Be-cradled in the manger (repeat).
(All) O and A and A and O, Cum Cantibus in choro, Let our merry organ go, Benedicamus Domino (repeat).
(gentlemen) This did Herod sore aﬀray, And grievously bewilder, So he gave the word to slay, And slew the little childer(repeat).
4. Away in a Manger Away in a manger, No crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing The baby awakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, Until morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And ﬁt us for heaven To live with Thee there
5. O come, all ye faithful O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the King of Angels: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! god of god, Light of Light, Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Very god, Begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above; glory to god In the highest: O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
And for more Christmas carols Why not join KEMS Concert Band and members of KEMS Choir for ‘Carols in the Stableyard’ at Tatton Park? Sunday, 22nd December 2013 at 3.00 pm (Normal Tatton Park admission charges to the grounds)
Anthony Houghton (conductor)
NTHONY HOUgHTON is Musical Director of KEMS Orchestra and is founder of KEMS Concert Band. He was born in Warrington but brought up in the Lincolnshire countryside near grimsby, where he attended the Choir School and played Clarinet with the Youth Orchestra. After study at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the RNCM) he settled in Manchester working as a freelance Clarinet and Saxophone recitalist, orchestral and session player. He was Principal Clarinet of the Northern Ballet and Manchester Camerata Orchestras for many years and played regularly with the Hallé, BBC, Opera North and other UK orchestras. Anthony is Instrumental Tutor, Chamber Music Organizer and Ensemble Director at the Music Department of Sheﬃeld University; Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher at Manchester grammar School and acts as Adjudicator at music festivals and competitions. He is on the executive of the national symphonic band organization (BASBWE) and, in addition to directing the KEMS Orchestra and Concert Band, is Conductor of the Sheﬃeld University Wind Orchestra with whom he has directed performances in the UK and Europe.
Ian Chesworth (conductor)
URINg another busy year Ian is looking forward to starting two further work-based choirs. Collaborating again with gareth Malone, Ian has just finished filming for the second series of The Choir: Sing While You Work currently being broadcast on BBC2. The Manchester Airport Choir (Sing While You Work, Series 1) continues to have fun and expand under Ian’s directorship, despite the absence of the television cameras, and are constantly in demand; in the lead up to Christmas last year they performed about 20 times including work on local and national TV/Radio. The choir even organised themselves to be up at 5 am to serenade Ian and his wife as they went on honeymoon! Ian has been the Musical Director of the RLPO Supersing Classics programme since 2010. Singers from all over Europe attend Ian’s intensive choral workshops in Dunster, Somerset which are now so popular that he has to run three a year. lan currently conducts a number of musically diverse choirs in the Manchester area as well as being 8
resident MD and singing coach at the Capitol Theatre. He has been a judge of the Amateur Choral Competition since its inception to which choirs travel the length and breadth of the country to take part. In demand as a teacher, lan has expanded his Chorlton private practice to Liverpool where he works with advanced students on a range of repertoire.
Jake Phillips (leader)
ORN in Leicester, Jake started to play the violin at the age of 8. From an early age, orchestral playing formed an important part of his musical life and he entered the Leicestershire Arts system of orchestras and ensembles, leading many of these groups including the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra with whom he toured many areas of Europe. He has performed at many of the large concert halls around the UK including the Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. At the RNCM Jake has played under many eminent conductors including gianandrea Noseda, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Mark Shanahan and garry Walker, and has participated in two tours of Italy playing at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte directed by Roland Boer.
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keMs concert Band conductor: Julia Harding
claritas choir Musical Director: kath ibbotson Programme includes:
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KEMS Orchestra 1st Violins Jake Phillips (leader) Bill Hancock Wanda Johnson Esther Laing Becky Mills Sarah Milward Robert Shaw Helen Smith Kay Thomas 2nd Violins Julia Cazalet David Budgett Roger Dowling Jean Fullwood Ollie gibson Marion grant Hilary Kershaw
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