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 Spring
It was a lover and his lasse – Thomas Morley Summer
Teddy Bears’ picnic – John Bratton Winter
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.