2019

On April 19th at 7:30pm in Christ Church Wellington

the Chorale performed a mixture of sacred and secular works as part of a Spring Celebration.

The programme included Requiem from John Rutter’s Requiem, O nata lux from Morten Lauridsen’s  Lux Aeterna
and The Ground from Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass as well as some traditional Easter Hymns.

Secular works included The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, Trade winds arranged by Richard Fox as well as various traditional folk songs.

The programme also included a number of poetry readings.

 

2018

CHRISTMAS 2018

The Chorale’s traditional Christmas concert was replaced with a Family Concert on

Saturday January 19th at 3.00p.m. at Christ Church, Wellington.

The main pieces performed were Bob Chilcott’s The Twelve Days of Christmas and Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz’s
Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo along with traditional carols.

 

 

 

Autumn 2018

November 17th – St Michael’s Church, Madeley

The Chorale teamed up with the Telford Orchestra in a Autumn Reflection.

The concert opened with the Chorale singing John Rutter’s Look at the World followed by the Orchestra performing

orchestral arrangements of movements from the Carmen Suites by Georges Bizet. The Chorale continued with more
reflective pieces, Jeffrey Ames In Remembrance, Richard Farrant’s Call to Remembrance and the tender and
expressive Mother of God by John Tavener.

The second half was entirely given over to Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli (Mass in Time of War)
performed by the Orchestra and Chorale.

Due to a slight hiccup the poem included in the programme wasn’t read but is reproduced here:

Are You Brave Enough to Fight

Are you brave enough to fight ?                                     
Join your Pals, sign up tonight                                       
They’ve already gone to France                                    
Sign up now, don’t miss your chance                            
If you fight with all the rest                                            
They’ll pin medals on your chest                                    
Come Lad, let me ask you whether
You’d have medals or white feather
Let’s go looking for the fight !

Are you brave enough to fight ?
You’re on sentry watch tonight
In the cold and muddy trenches
And you know just what the stench is
Now you’ve finally seen some action
Did it give you satisfaction
For your Pals who now are gone
Cut to pieces one by one
Still you’re brave enough to fight !

Are you brave enough to fight ?  
We go over at first light
One of your Pals hangs on the wire
In the stinking mud and mire
Get your revenge, go kill a Hun
Hate them all for what they’ve done
Never mind the blood and gore
Fix your bayonet, kill some more
Show them we can really fight !

Are you brave enough to fight ?
Hello, here’s a pretty sight
A wounded Hun, wait, just a boy
Once his Mother’s pride and joy
Now he’s crying for his “mutty”
Kill him man, come do your duty
But you hold him where he lies
And in your arms he slowly dies
Down your face the tears are snaking
Stand up man ! Why are you shaking
Aren’t you brave enough to fight ?

 

June 11th – Christ Church, Wellington

 

Summer Concert

New college Chorale ended the current season with a concert in Christ Church on Monday June 11th. Music included favourite pieces from our current repertoire, including O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen and Magnificat by Pachelbel. The Chorale also performed some new pieces appropriate for a summer’s evening and some well chosen poems to complete the miscellany.

We still have several conductors but Andy Slater is taking the leading role with John Soper in support and Bob Wysome contributing at the planning stage.

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April 21st – St Peter’s Church, Edgmond

 

The Friends of St Peter’s Church, Edgmond present the New College Chorale

The chorale performed music by Mozart, Rutter and others as well as lesser known modern composers Bob Chilcott and Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.  Members of the chorale also performed arrangements of Van Morrison’s Moondance and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu.

 

 

 

 

Monday March 10th

Christ Church Wellington

The New College Chorale performed an evening of music with which to say goodbye to the Revd. Alastair Wood who is moving to pastures anew in Wiltshire. The Revd. Alastair Wood reciprocated with a performance of some of his own compositions to the delight of all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Monday 18th December – 7:30pm

 

 

 

Music for Christmas –                                                                  Christ Church, Wellington

 

A mixture of sacred and secular music for Christmas including works by Vaughan Williams, Malcolm Archer, John Rutter, and Morton Lauridsen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 13th November – 7.30pm

In Remembrance – Christ Church, Wellington

A short concert by New College Chorale to revisit the contemplative mood and emotions of Remembrance Day 2017.The programme will include music by Purcell, Vaughan Williams and John Ireland and will also include performances from the Chorale Brass Quartet.

Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection.

Monday 3rd April 2017 – 7.30pm
Music for Passiontide – Christchurch, Wellington
A short, contemplative programme featuring Allegri’s Miserere and Karl Jenkins’ Requiem. The choir will be accompanied by a small orchestra.

Sunday 27th November 2016 – 3pm
Advent Service at St. Peter’s Church, Edgmond

Sunday 18th December 2016 – 3pm
Lessons and Carols Service at Christ Church, Wellington

Monday 19th December 2016 – 7.30pm
An evening of Christmas Music at Christ Church, Wellington

December 2015

New College Chorale at Advent
Sunday 20 December – 3pm
Christ Church, Wellington

The programme takes the traditional form of nine lessons and carols.

This is an unticketed, free event.

New College Chorale Christmas Concert
Monday 21 December – 7.30pm
Centenary Theatre of Wrekin College

Join New College Chorale for our main Christmas concert. ‘Gaudete’ to ‘White Christmas’, from Vivaldi to ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ as well as the first performance outside London of ‘Mr Lear’, an entertainment by Alan Bullard for choir, brass quintet and narrators, based on the nonsense verse of Edward Lear. Tickets (£8 adult/Under 12s free) can be obtained by phoning 01952 242617. The ticket includes interval refreshments.

New College Chorale with Adrian Spillett and Orchestra of the Severn
Saturday 10 May 2014 – 7.30pm
Shrewsbury Abbey

Programme
The major concert of the Chorale’s year took place on May 10th 2014 at Shrewsbury Abbey, where the choir has performed several times previously to great acclaim. The Chorale was accompanied by the Orchestra of the Severn and the guest soloist was Shrewsbury –born Adrian Spillett, winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 1998 and recently appointed Principal Percussionist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Adrian performed the Concerto for Marimba and string orchestra by Brazilian composer, Ney Rosauro, whose unique style of writing combines charming melodies with catchy rhythms and which uses the rich elements of Brazilian folk music to enchanting effect.

The Chorale sang two major works in the concert – Vaughan Williams’s ‘Toward the unknown Region’ and the latest Karl Jenkins choral work, ‘The Peacemakers’, a setting of words of peace from such iconic figures as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa. The concert began with the popular ‘Montagues and Capulets’ movement from Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

December 2013

New College Chorale at Advent
Sunday 01 December – 7.30pm
Christ Church, Wellington

Programme
This took the traditional form of nine lessons and carols and will include choral music by Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, Stanford and Bach.

Tickets
This was an unticketed, free event.

May 2013

New College Chorale Spring Concert
Saturday 18 May – 7.30pm
Christ Church, Wellington

Programme
Vaughan Williams  –  Let all the world in every corner sing
Peter Hurford – Litany to the Holy Spirit
Palestrina  –  Sicut cervus
Monteverdi  –  Beatus vir
John Rutter  –  Requiem

Performers
Choir – New College Chorale
Conductor  – Bob Wysome

December 2012

Christmas Concert with Chamber Orchestra of the Severn
Saturday 22 December – 7.30pm
All Saints Church, Wellington

Programme
The first half includes music by John Rutter, Peter Warlock, Malcolm Archer and Rachmaninov as well as instrumental works by Handel and Vivaldi. The second half features excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Performers
Choir – New College Chorale
Orchestra – Chamber Orchestra of the Severn
Conductor and organ soloist – Bob Wysome
Violin – Peter Lewis
Soprano – Christine Hollis
Tenor – Chris Lansley
Bass – Ken Francis

April

New College Chorale presents Music for Passiontide
Monday 2nd April 2012 – 7pm
Christ Church, Wellington
Admission free

May

New College Chorale with the Shropshire Youth Orchestra
Saturday 19th May 2012 – 7.30pm
Shrewsbury Abbey

Programme
Jenkins: Stabat Mater
Allegri: Miserere
Mussorgsky: Night on a Bare Mountain
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Grieg: The Last Spring

Performers
New College Chorale
Shropshire Youth Orchestra
Martha McClorinan – mezzo soprano
Robert Wysome – conductor
Alan Atkin – conductor