Adrian conducts the New English Singers

Adrian conducts the New English Singers

Adrian Boynton and the New English Singers gave a marvelous concert of mainly unaccompanied songs from different eras on Saturday 26th September in St Mary and St Giles Church.  The audience, though small (England playing in the Rugby World cup match that night might have had something to do with it) was very appreciative.  Three wonderful guest soloists playing Oboe, French Horn and Piano added to the feast of inspiring harmonies.

The programme:

New English Singers - Madrigals of 15th & 16th centuries

  • Prenez sur moi (Ockeghem)
  • Il est bel et bon (Passereu)
  • Il bianco e dolce cigno (Arcadelt)
  • Though Amarylis dance in green (Byrd)
  • Crudel, perche mi fuggi (Monteverdi)
  • All Creatures now are merry minded (Bennet)

Andrew Gray, Oboe

  • Concerto in D minor - Adagio, Presto (Marcello)

Moritz Grimm, French Horn

  • Lied, Op 28 (Sinigaglia)

New English Singers (soloists Cathy Hampton, Michael Keep, Gill Boynton, Clive Roberts, Catherine Warren)

  • Hymn to St Cecilia (Britten)

John Fisher, Piano

  • Barcarolle, Op 60 (Chopin)

New English Singers - Three Brazilian Songs (soloists Michael Keep, Catherine Warren)

  • Duerme Negrito - Sleep little dark one (Yupanqui)
  • Mata del Anima Sola - tree of the lonely soul (Estevez)
  • Muie Rendera - Hey, Lacemaker woman (Fonseca)

Interval with refreshments

New English Singers - English Part songs

  • Foresters sound the cheerful horn (Bishop)
  • To Daffodils (Darke)
  • Come and live with me (Bennet)

Andrew Gray, Oboe

  • Concerto in Eb - Maestoso - Larghetto Cantabile - Allegro alla polonese (Bellini)

John Fisher, Piano

  • Nocturne in the Left Hand, Op 9 No 2 (Scriabin)

New English Singers - two songs

  • Sleep (Whitacre)
  • Joshua fit di battle of Jericho (Lang)

Moritz Grimm, French Horn

  • Hunter's Moon (Vinter)

New English Singers - final selection from 1930s/1940s

  • Night and Day
  • I'm beginning to see the light (with piano)

The programme notes helpfully included all the words of the poem by W H Auden of the Hymn to St Cecilia.

I would like to thank Adrian Boynton, the New English Singers, John Fisher, Moritz Grimm and Andrew Gray for the wonderful evening of music and for the front of house team lead by Peter Eales who made sure everything went smoothly.  We raised £96 for the organ project.

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