Concert Programme

Orwell Singers 23 June 2018
(DM – All but one on the website www.orwellsingers.co.uk)

The concert is happening on the anniversary of the 24 hour Music Marathon, so part of our programme celebrates the seasons of the passing year, and some anniversaries which have occurred between 2017 and 2018

For the Beauty of the Earth  –  John Rutter

It was a lover and his lasse  –  Thomas Morley

Teddy Bears’ picnic  –  John Bratton

O Magnum Mysterium  –  Victoria
Autumn – also marking the centenary of the end of the First World War

For the Fallen   –  Douglas Guest
(I know you’ll all say the seasons are in the wrong order, but the music works best like that!)

Three Hungarian Folksongs – Matyas Seiber
This will be preceded by the poems spoken in a very dramatic manner by various members of the choir – to highlight how crazy the text is!!

Here, there and everywhere  –  Lennon and McCartney
Paul McCartney was 75 in 2017, and it’s 60 years since Lennon and McCartney first met.

Over the Rainbow –  Harold Arlen
Judy Garland first recorded it 80 years ago

We beseech thee  –  Stephen Schwartz
Schwartz born in 1948 – 70 this year

Turn Back, O Man  –  Gustav Holst
First performed in Thaxted church in 1917. Holst organised the earliest Thaxted festivals in 1916, 1917 and 1918

Jerusalem Hubert  –  Parry
Sung by massed women for the first time at a suffrage meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in 1918. 2018 is the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act giving some women the right to vote.

The Water is Wide  –  arr. Stephen Porter

When the Saints go marching in   –  arr. Rutter