Join us for another great
Come & Sing Day 2019
conducted by Jonathan Kingston

Saturday 9 November 2019 9.15 am - 5.30pm; informal concert 4.30pm

James conducts the singers with Richard at the organ

2016 Come & Sing Day

Under the lively direction of Jonathan Kingston we’ll learn and perform two Festival Canticles: Haydn’s majestic C Major Te Deum, and Benjamin Britten’s ebullient Jubilate. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ beautifully colourful setting of ‘Toward the Unknown Region’, with accompaniment on the Father Willis pipe organ, completes the programme.



Music for All @ SMSG warmly invites singers to our seventh great Come & Sing! day here at St Mary & St Giles Church in Stony Stratford, conducted for the third year running by Jonathan Kingston.

Joseph Haydn’s Te Deum in C major No. 2 was written for SATB chorus and organ, with no need for soloists. It was commissioned by the Empress Marie Thérèse, who was a great admirer of Haydn’s music. It is one continuous piece in three parts: Allegro, Adagio and Allegro moderato and is a joy to sing.

‘Toward the Unknown Region’ was the first major choral piece composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1906 and is warm and inspirational music.

Benjamin Britten’s buoyant Jubilate Deo in C major was composed in 1961 at the request of the Duke of Edinburgh for St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Singer tickets £19 (concession £9 for full time students and job seekers) - tickets include score hire and tea/coffee and cake throughout the day.

Audience tickets £3 (concession free for full time students and job seekers).

Refreshments Tea/coffee will be available in the Parish Hall in the morning, and again in the afternoon with cake (including gluten-free option). Singers are welcome to bring a packed lunch and stay and eat it in the Parish Hall. Alternatively there are many shops, cafes and pubs in Stony Stratford.

Parking There is plentiful free parking in Stony Stratford - click here for a map.

Location: The church has wheelchair access and facilities. Stony Stratford has plenty of good shops, plus cafes and pubs to pop out to at lunchtime or afterwards, and lots of free parking areas around the town

Conductor and Organist: Jonathan Kingston (conductor) is Director of Music at St Mary & St Giles (from September 2017) and well-known as a lively and entertaining event leader. He has previously been deputy organist at Ely Cathedral and assistant Director of Music at Stowe School, Bromsgrove, and The Kings School Ely.  He performs with leading orchestras and is a senior examiner with ABRSM and RSM.

For singers who have already booked (or are planning to come) here are some quick reminders about the day itself:

  • Registration STARTS at 9.15am so that you will have time to register and have a tea/coffee and catch-up chat with old friends if you wish. Please enter through The Parish Hall door (so that we can keep the heat in the church!) and please don’t come earlier than 9.15!
  • Singing STARTS at 10am, so if you wish you can arrive just in time to sign in and find a seat.
  • Seats will be labelled by voice part, with the music on each seat, avoiding those with poor sight lines.
  • Dress code is informal; wear layers and warm, comfortable footwear for standing on stone floors to sing. Bring a cushion if you wish.
  • At lunchtime there are plenty of places to pop out to in Stony Stratford – or you are welcome to stay and eat a packed lunch in The Parish Hall.  There’ll be tea/coffee at this break in The Parish hall for you to help yourself.
  • In the morning and afternoon breaks tea/coffee and cake (including gluten free and dairy free options) will be available in the Church.

Further information and queries: If you have any queries, please do contact the Come & Sing team.

Lesley Salter, Kath Hindley and Anna Page
Come & Sing! Co-organisers