James conducts the 2014 Come & Sing Day

James conducts the 2014 Come & Sing Day

Date for your diary: Come & Sing Day on Saturday 11 November 2017 will feature Haydn's Nelson Mass conducted by Jonathan Kingston

Details to follow.

Come & Sing Classics for Choir and Organ: Saturday 12 November 2016, Stony Stratford

Music for All @ SMSG warmly invited you to our fourth great Come & Sing day!

See Come & Sing Day 2016 for a description of the event and some photos.

It was a wonderfully varied day under the baton of James Wharton, with Richard Heyes playing the newly restored Willis pipe organ, now tuned to concert pitch with a clear bright, bold sound, and new pipes which add greater tonal range and effect. It offered the chance to revisit, or learn some popular choral classics along with some lesser-known items.

We tackled three centuries of classics for choir and organ, from Handel's Zadok the Priest (1727) through to Sing! (1999, David Willcocks's setting of words to the famous Widor Toccata). We sang in eight parts (I Was Glad by Parry),  in French (Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure) and in unaccompanied Latin (Locus Iste by Bruckner). We lead the audience in a rousing hymn (Vaughan Williams’ setting of Old Hundredth) and saluted the light-hearted organ repertoire with an organ solo from the Wurlitzer era, and I do Like To Be Beside The Seaside for singers. It being Remembrance Weekend, we took time to remember former friends, with Nimrod as an organ solo and Brahms' How lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair.

We sang three items from sheet music that is included in the price. The other five items are all in the wonderful anthology The Greatest Choral Classics (Novello, 2001) – singers needed to bring their own copy or book to hire or buy one from us at an additional fee. Prices for singers included plentiful tea and coffee and delicious cake to power us through the day.

There was an informal one-hour concert performance at 16.30; audience were most welcome.

Prices
Singer tickets £16 (full time students and job seekers £8)
Audience tickets £3 (free for full time students and job seekers)
Music hire ticket Greatest Choral Classics: £2
Music purchase ticket Greatest Choral Classics: £7

Singers who’ve been before will know how inspirational and supportive James Wharton is on the podium (and how great the refreshments are!). Newcomers are most welcome too – you’ll be in for a real treat of a day.

Booking Ahead is essential for all singers; audience can book ahead or pop in on the day. Tickets for singers are available by voice part and section, for example Soprano 1 (higher) or Soprano 2 (lower), etc. This will make sure we have a reasonable balance for 8-part singing.

Registration is from 9.30 am (come a bit earlier if you can), rehearsing in four sessions from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm with breaks to recover and enjoy the cakes, followed by an informal performance at 4:30 pm, finishing by 5.30 pm.

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 www.stonystratford.co.uk

Singers List: We know that many people like to book together, so we've made ticket buying as simple as possible. Nearer the time we will write to everyone who's ordered tickets with information for you to pass on to your attendees, and a quick survey form for you to provide us with names of singers attending.

Further information and queries: If you have any queries, please do contact the Come & Sing team at SMSG on come&sing@musicforallsmsg.org 

All funds raised on the day will go to support the future maintenance of the organ, so that it always sounds as good as it will on this day! We looking forward to making music with you.