BEYOND THE SEA
18th May 2019
Wow! Wow! Wow! James Addison “The Mini Maestro” treated the audience to a spectacular feast of organ music. To see and hear one so young play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B flat and Tocata in D minor with such authority and maturity was amazing – standing ovations showed how well he was received. Other soloist’s included Malcolm Munday who presented a lively version of “Sit Down you’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls. He was joined in the second part by Bass/Baritone Paul Hendriksen for a beautiful rendition of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers Duet. Flute soloist, Csonger Papp gave a lovely portrayal of Yiruma’s “River Flows in You” and added a flute accompaniment to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, by the choir. The nautical/water theme was well represented by “The Seal Lullaby”, “Skye Boat Song”, “Blow the Wind Southerly”, “Sea Fever” and of course the title song “Beyond the Sea”.
ONE BRIGHT STAR
8th December 2018
A Christmas Concert that provides something for everyone is nigh on impossible but with this programme the Aylsham Singers got very close. If a Flute solo from Csonger Papp of Caccini’s most beautiful Ave Maria to a Violin Solo of “Let it Go” from Frozen by our MD Viv Cairns doesn’t offer a wide appeal, what does? Perhaps the French classic “Les Cloches du Hameau” by Brahms to the Beach Boys “Little Saint Nick” or maybe you prefer Rutter’s “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” against Johnny Marks “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or if the 60’s are your thing then Malcolm Munday’s rendition of the “Joystrings” classic “It was on a Starry Night” should have satisfied that requirement. A very varied programme of high standard was a great way to get this Christmas off to a good start.
7th July 2018
A brilliant evening of entertaining and enjoyable music making. The Choir, as usual, presented a varied array of music from the Black Adder and Red Dwarf theme tunes to Franck’s Panis Angelicus with a healthy dose of Gershwin, Rutter, Simon and Garfunkel and Andrew Lloyd Weber thrown into the mix. The audience were well blessed by our guests for the evening; Broadside Barbershop Quartet and Leigh Sharpe. Broadside were absolutely first class and gave finely balanced, excellent renditions of classic Barbershop singing. They made us smile with their repartee and there was not a dry eye after their version of “Shenandoah”. Leigh’s Cornet playing was magical, he played the beautiful “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone which was nicely complimented by the Trumpeter’s Lullaby. In the second half he enlightened the audience about the instruments he plays and then enchanted with the lovely “Carrickfergus”. Leigh also enhanced several of the choirs pieces. All of which led one member of the audience to say “I would have paid £8.00 for any one of the three main elements of the evening”.
The British Heart Foundation was our charity for the evening for which our generous audience contributed £231.00
7th April 2018
Our soloist this evening was Csongor Papp (Flute). Csongor is of Romanian descent but has spent large part of his life in Hungary where he won scholarships to study flute with renown flautists Brigette Buxtorf in France and Maribel Sanjuan in Spain. Truly international, this experienced and accomplished musician now performs and teaches in the UK. His beautiful renditions of Faure’s “Berceuse” and Partita in A Minor (Bach) were a joy to listen to.
Csongor also accompanied our resident tenor soloist, Malcolm Munday in a moving performance of “You Raise me Up”. Malcolm’s second piece was the dark and sinister “Erlkonig” by Schubert. Sung in German with four distinct characters to be portrayed, his abilities were successfully tested to the full. The intense and technically difficult piano accompaniment was very masterfully accomplished by our MD Viv Cairns.
This Spring Concert was a real mix of music; from Mozart to LLoyd Webber, 3 Hungarian Folk Songs to “Beach Boys Medley” and the lovely “Fields of Gold”, we had a ball and our audience loved it.
We were very pleased to have Macmillan Cancer Support as our Charity
MISTLETOE AND WINE
9th December 2017
As usual we had a packed Church for our Christmas Concert which began with Slade’s hit “Merry Christmas Everyone” and included a wide range of carols and music to suit all tastes. There were carols from Canada and Bohemia, Pop Songs, Traditional Songs and Classical Music. From a tenor solo by Malcolm Munday of the aria’s “Comfort Ye” and “Every Valley Shall be Exalted” from Handel’s Messiah to the choir singing Roy Wood’s “I wish it could be Christmas Everyday”. Put “A Winters Tale” and “O Holy Night” in the middle and the evening was both entertaining and moving.
Our special guest was Henriette Poos (Harp), whose beautiful recitals were extremely well received. Henriette is currently studying at the Royal College of Music and we were very fortunate to have a soloist of her calibre.
ACT (Aylsham & District Care Trust) were our charity for the evening.
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
8th July 2017
…. And thank you for our new Musical Director, Viv Cairns! Viv qualified at the Royal Academy of Music and has years of teaching experience in Violin, Cello and Piano. We are very honoured to have her as our leader. Our first concert under Viv’s leadership comprised an eclectic mix of songs from Rhythm of Life to The Lord is my Shepherd and is exactly what our audiences want and enjoy. Viv’s arrangement of the 60’s Western ‘Rawhide’ was particularly well received. Our soloist was one of Viv’s students, SoLee Jung (Violin/Piano) who is currently studying at Aylsham High School. SoLee gave virtuoso performances that belied her years. Three of our own choir members added solos to the programme; Paul Cross (Tenor) “Marrying for Love”, Patrick Butler (Bass) “Kilarney” and Malcolm Munday (Tenor) “Til I Hear You Sing”.
A SPRING ROMANCE
1st April 2017
An evening of romantic music that captured the essence of Tennyson who said, “In Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”. We were very grateful to Janet Kelsey, our MD for the evening, for stepping in to lead us for this concert. She was ably assisted on the Piano by Jim Laird and Viv Cairns on Violin. Completing our line up were soloists James Boyd (Guitar) and Evie Anderson (Mezzo Soprano/Cello) who really made the evening special. It was amazing to hear James talk about his love of nature and how it’s sounds were reflected in his music. If you closed your eyes you could hear the rippling water and feel the long grass brush your legs, magical. Evie and James also combined to enhance some choir pieces and give a beautiful duet of Dowland’s ‘Come Again’. Evie’s rendition of Cole Porter’s ‘So in Love’ truly encapsulated the mood of the evening. Finally Evie joined with choir member Malcolm Munday in the heart rending “All I ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.
THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM
10th December 2016
A thought provoking collection of carols old and new, interspersed with readings and poems from various choir members. Jayne May Sysum (Soprano) was our guest soloist and is always an absolute joy to watch and listen to. The highlight has to be her rendition of Ave Maria, which was delightful. From the choir members, Janette Davidson (Soprano) gave a sensitive touch to her solo in Surely this Night and Malcolm Munday (Tenor) captured the eerie nature of Geoff’s arrangement in his solo at the start of Come to Bethlehem. Malcolm also sang The Little Road to Bethlehem.
This concert was tinged with sadness as our MD of seven years Geoff Davidson, together with his lovely wife Janette, was leaving us for his homeland of Scotland.
Our Charity for the evening was LUPUS UK
A GARDEN OF MUSICAL DELIGHTS
9th July 2016
Another successful concert! We tiptoed through the tulips to an English country garden. With music from Gilbert and Sullivan, Gabriel Faure, Ivor Novello, George Butterworth and Lionel Bart – to name but a few.
Our guests for the evening were the brilliant Evie Anderson (Mezzo Soprano) and Keith Hobday (Violin). Choir members Paul Cross, Patrick Butler and Malcolm Munday presented a comical rendition of Laurel and Hardy’s, “On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine”.
Programme donations were made for “Support Cambodia”
FAIRY TALES, MAGIC & MYSTERY
2nd April 2016
This concert fully lived up to its title with songs like the Witches Chorus from Macbeth to The Wizard of Oz or Chorus of the Ancestors and When the Night Wind Howls from Ruddigore to songs from Snow White. Our soloists for the night where Suzanne Robertson, Nia Howe and Janette Davidson. Notable performances came from Suzanne’s magnificent rendition of Mozart’s Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute and Nia’s delightful version of Defying Gravity from Wicked.
Money was raised for Musical Keys a Norwich based charity committed to making music accessible to people all ages and disabilities.
A BEWTIFUL NORFOLK CHRISTMAS
12th December 2015
Over 220 people filled the church for this sell-out concert. Guest Keith Skipper told the Christmas Story in Norfolk dialect – very different and very amusing!
The choir were also joined by Peter Thompson (Treble) and once again by singer Sarah Browne.
Donations for the programmes totalling £300 were in aid of Diabetes UK.
Review comments included : “a veritable cornucopia of treats….” “an impressive range of music….” “A very creditable rendering of Morten Lauridsen’s, Sure On This Shining Night and should be particularly congratulated for being prepared to tackle more challenging music such as this.” “Malcolm Munday gave a very authentic, confident performance of The Postman’s Lament – an absolute joy.” “a wonderful evening”…. “such a successful community event.”
A MUSICAL JOURNEY!
27th June 2015
We travelled around Europe, stopping off at countries along the way for some traditional music and song.
Guest Tenor Andrew Inglis.
Violinist Keith Hobday
Donations for the programmes and our summer social together with matched funding from NatWest Bank and Aviva meant we were able to present a cheque for £1,020.00 in aid of the ‘SQUIRRELS’ Respite Care Facility in Aylsham.
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A DAME!
11th April 2015
A wonderful concert in praise of women!
Guest Soprano Jayne May-Sysum
Donations for the programmes to E.A.C.H.
A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS NIGHT
11th December 2014
A brilliant, sell-out concert with the choir in Victorian costume.
Guest singers Sarah Browne and Genevieve Plunkett, Readings from Amanda and Peter Howell. Brilliant performance from Nick Byrd as Scrooge and Santa. ‘O Holy Night’ sung beautifully by Janette Davidson.
Donations for the programmes to Parkinsons UK.
A LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE
5th April 2014
Another very successful concert which almost sold out. The choir was joined by The Chanot Ensemble – a string quartet under the leadership of Jeremy Ard, soloists Sarah-Jane Stephen, Sarah Browne, John McInnes and Andrew Ingles.
The songs and music of the sea and ships included,
Excerpts from The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore
A medley of sea songs
Sloop John B
and the encore – Sailin’
All money given for programmes (£250) was donated to the RNLI
CLASSIC SONGS FROM STAGE & SCREEN
A sell out concert!
Featuring soloists: Sarah Browne, Janette Davidson and John McInnes
Medleys from Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, Mack and Mabel
Songs by Ivor Novello
People Will Say We’re In Love
Dance A Cachucca
SONGS FOR AN ENGLISH SUMMER
A Country Folk Song Medley
Plus of course – John of Gaunt!
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