Past Performances
A History of The Oxted and Limpsfield Choral Society

OLCS came into existence in 1973 when the church connection of the former Combined Church Choirs ceased.  The Combined Church Choirs itself started as a result of a thanksgiving service held in the Plaza cinema in 1946, the thanksgiving being of course for the end of war. The Combined Church Choirs was spawned from the previous Oxted and District Choral Society which boasted as its patron a certain Dr R. Vaughan-Williams, O.M., and swelling its ranks was a certain tenor by the name of M. Tippett (Michael Tippett). What illustrious origins! A programme from 1942 has survived and is shown below. OLCS, as such, has been performing works since 1973.

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Throughout its history OLCS has based itself at the Oxted United Reformed Church (formerly more usually known as The Church of the Peace of God). However, due to the configuration of the church, it was found to be difficult to stage concerts at the venue and so for a number of years the actual concerts were held elsewhere (usually at St John’s, Hurst Green and notably between 1991 and 2001). Following the re-ordering and refurbishment of the OURC at the turn of the millennium this arrangement was proved to be no longer the case and so since then OLCS has been able to revert to both rehearsing and performing at its comfortable base.

OLCS Past Performances - Programme Details.

With thanks to Angela Hosp for her help in providing some of this information.

Programme Details from the ‘70’s.

Combined Church Choirs
1971 Bach St Matthew Passion

March ’72 (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Fauré Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria + orchestral pieces (William White conductor)
(Ian le Grice organ)

Oxted and Limpsfield Choral Society (OLCS) formed from the Combined Church Choirs.

May ’73 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. The United Reformed Church.)
Bach Mass in B minor (Roger Gaunt conductor)

Dec ’73 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted URC)
Handel Messiah Parts 1 and 3 + orchestral pieces (Roger Gaunt conductor)
(Nigel Leonard bass)

March ’74 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted URC)
Part 1. Parry Blest Pair of Sirens, Vaughan-Williams Benedicte + piano concerto (Bach) (Roger Gaunt conductor). Part 2 Brahms Requiem (William White conductor)

Dec ’74 Barn Theatre
Bach Christmas Oratorio (William White conductor)
(Nigel Leonard bass)

May ’75 Limpsfield Festival (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Haydn Mass in B flat “Harmoniemesse followed by Old Hundredth Psalm Tune “All people…” (Roger Gaunt conductor)

June ’76 Limpsfield Festival (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Beethoven Mass in C followed by “Christ is made the Sure Foundation” (Roger Gaunt conductor)
(Nigel Leonard bass)

Feb ’77 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bruckner 3 motets – Christus factus est pro nobis obediens, Virga Jesse floruit, Mozart Mass in C “Coronation” (William White conductor)

May ’77 Limpsfield Festival (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Part 1 Britten “National Anthem”, Parry “I was Glad”, Vaughan Williams “O taste and see”, Wesley “Thou wilt keep him”,  Handel “Zadok the Priest” Part 2 Parry “Blest pair of Sirens”, Purcell “Te Deum in D”, Byrd “O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth”, V-W Old Hundredth (William White conductor)
(Richard Stilgoe bass)

Feb ’78 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bach: St Matthew Passion (William White conductor)
(Richard Jenkinson organ)

May ’78 (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Part 1 Schubert: The 23rd Psalm, Boyce: O sing unto the Lord, Jacob: In nominee Jesu. Part 2 Haydn: Mass in B flat –The Maria Theresa Mass (William White conductor)

April ’79 (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Haydn: Creation Parts 1, 2 and nos 28/29 from Part 3. Susannah Whitty conductor)

Programme details from the ‘80’s. Musical Director Michael Burbidge from 1986.

Feb ’80 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Monteverdi: Beatus Vir (Psalm 112), Brahms: Requiem (William White conductor) (includes Ginnie Stone soprano, Ian Stone tenor, Richard Jenkinson organ)

June ’80 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (shortened concert version), Bruckner: Te Deum (William White conductor)

Jan ’81 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Handel: Messiah Parts 1, 2 and 3 (omitting nos. 36 and 52) (William White conductor)

Feb ’82 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Vaughan-Williams: Benedicite, Beethoven: Mass in C (William White conductor)

April ’82 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Vivaldi: Gloria, Fauré: Requiem (William White conductor)

July ’82 (Arundel Castle)
Franck: Choral no. 3 in A minor, Beethoven: Mass in C (William White conductor)

Feb ’83 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bach: St Matthew Passion nos. 29, 41, 61 and 66 omitted. (William White conductor)

May ’83 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bruckner: Te Deum, Haydn: Mass in B flat Maria Theresa Mass (William White conductor)

July ’83 (Arundel Castle)
Bruckner: Te Deum, Haydn: Mass in B flat Maria Theresa Mass (William White conductor)

Dec ’83 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Handel: Messiah Parts 1, 2 and 3 (omitting nos. 36 and 52) (William White conductor)

March ’84 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Purcell: Te Deum, Beethoven: Fantasia for piano, orchestra and choir, Mozart: Requiem. (William White conductor)

Dec ’84 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Elgar: National Anthem, Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Haydn: Mass in B flat “Harmoniemesse (William White / Anthony Leach conductors – WW to retire after nearly 40 years service)

April ’85 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Mendelssohn: Elijah (Anthony Leach conductor)

Dec ’85 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
St Mary’s Church, Oxted 9th centenary (Noncentenary?) / Tercentenary of the birth of Bach and Handel.
Handel: Coronation Anthems, Gruber Stille Nacht (choristers of Rokeby School, Kingston upon Thames), Bach: baritone solo cantata Ich Habe genung, Bach: Cantata No. 140 ‘Sleepers wake’. (Anthony Leach conductor)

March ’86 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Mascagni: Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana, Williamson: Procession of Palms, Mozart: Mass in C major. (Anthony Leach conductor)

May ’86 Limpsfield Festival (St Peter’s Limpsfield)
Parry: I was glad, Wesley: Thou wilt keep him, Bach: choral prelude Valet Will Ich Dir Geben, Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, Mascagni: Easter Hymn, Brahms: How lovely are thy dwellings fair, Ye now have sorrow, Wood: O thou central orb, Mozart: Laudate Dominum, Handel: Zadok the Priest (Anthony Leach conductor)
(John Tolley Membership Secretary – Rodney House, High Street, Limpsfield. Tel Oxted 2776!!)

Nov ’86 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Brahms: German Requiem (Michael Burbidge conductor)

May ’87 (St John’s Church, Caterham Valley)
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Michael Burbidge conductor)

Nov ’87 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Purcell: O sing unto the Lord a new song, Vaughan-Williams: Serenade to Music, Brahms: Songs of Love, Bernstein: Chichester Psalms. (Michael Burbidge conductor)

March ’88 Woldingham School
Orff: Carmina Burana Scratch Choral Workshop

June ’88 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Vivaldi: Gloria, Fauré: Requiem, (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(William White remains Conductor Emeritus and Mr R.A.J. Porter dies – long standing patron and president of the Society-  concert sung in his memory)

Feb ’89 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bruckner: Te Deum, Beethoven: Mass in C (Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’89 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Bach: Magnificat, Haydn: Mass in D minor ‘The Nelson Mass’ (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(Repeated at Edenbridge Parish Church 1st July 1989)

July ’89 (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, W1)
Thanksgiving mass for the life of Lindsey D. Pankey. Haydn: Mass in D minor ‘The Nelson Mass’ (Michael Burbidge conductor)

Programme details from the ‘90’s. Musical Director Michael Burbidge.

Feb ’90 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Mozart: Ave Verum, Mozart: Requiem (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(Also performed at Edenbridge Parish Church (St Peter and St Paul), Ian le Grice organ)

May ’90 Woldingham School
Verdi: Requiem Scratch Choral Workshop (Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’90 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Haydn: Mass in B flat ‘Maria Theresa Mass’, Telemann: Psalm 117, Stanford: Motets 1 to 3. (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(Ian le Grice organ)

Dec ’90 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Brahms: Requiem (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(sung in German)

Dec ’90 (Church of the Peace of God, Oxted. URC)
Carols for Christmas (Michael Burbidge organist and conductor)

April ’91 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Mozart: Ave Verum, Mozart: Missa in C – Trinitas Mass (Michael Burbidge conductor)
(Bicentenary of the death of Mozart)

Jan ’92 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Unrehearsed Messiah - Handel(Michael Burbidge conductor, Ian le Grice organ, Barbara O’Neill Mezzo, Graham Dinnage Bass)

Jan ’92 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green) - OLCS and Orchestra
Handel – Chandos Anthem No. 8, Telemann: Viola Concerto,  Haydn: Paukenmesse
(Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’92 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Coronation Mass K317 – Mozart, Organ Fantasia on a fugue in G-minor – JS Bach, Puccini: Messa di Gloria (Michael Burbidge conductor, Ian le Grice organ)

Jan ‘93 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, Duruflé: Requiem (Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’93 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
First Half Students from Woldingham School – Messager – Solo de Concours, Montreuil – Premier Amour, Romance, Brahms – Sonata in E flat, South American folksongs – Perfidia, Cenizas al Viento, Naderman – sonata no. 2, Watkins – Firedance, The Saxophone Quartet, Popular Songs – Georgia on my mind, Autumn leaves, Way down yonder in New Orleans.
Second Half OLCS English folksongs – Scarborough Fair, Bobby Shaftoe, Saint Saens – Calme des Nuits, Les Fleurs at Les Arbres, American folksongs – Shenandoah, Shortnin’ Bread, Pick a bale of Cotton. (Michael Burbidge conductor)

Jan ’94 (Venue? St Peter’s?)
Parry – I was Glad, Three Harp pieces (Nadermann Sonata No. 2 (1st movement), Tournier – Prelude, Renie – Au Bord du Ruisseau), Five 16th century songs by the Lord Rodney Singers (St Peter’s Madrigal Group) – Henry VIII Pastime and Good Company, Dowland Fine Knacks for Ladies, Catalan Song – Dindirin Din, Arcadelt – Margot Labourez les Vignes, Passereau – Il est Bel et Bon.
Rutter – Requiem (Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’94 (Venue?)
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, Vivaldi: Gloria, Fauré: requiem. (Michael Burbidge conductor)

Jan ’95 (Venue?)
Handel: Messiah with Orchestra (Michael Burbidge conductor)

 June ’95 (Venue?)
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusick, Handel: Organ Concerto Op 4 No 6, Mozart: Requiem. (Michael Burbidge conductor)

Jan ’96 (Venue?)
With Stoke Brunswick Prep School choir. Elgar – Serenade for Strings, Brahms - Lovesong Waltzes, Britten – St Nicholas. (Michael Burbidge conductor)

June ’96 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
English Music  Parry – I was glad, Vaughan-Williams – Three Shakepeare Songs (Full fathom Five, The Cloud Capp’d Towers, Over Hill Over Dale), Ireland – Greater Love Hath No Man, Runswick – arrangement of three English folksongs (She moved through the fair, Scarborough Fair, Bobby Shaftoe), Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on the Old 104th Psalm Tune, Vaughan-Williams prelude on Rhosymedr (an R V-W hymn tune), Vaughan-Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem (Michael Burbidge conductor, Sandra Graham  soprano, Graham Dinnage bass, Douglas Hewitt piano, Richard Jenkinson  organ)

Jan ’97 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Carmina Burana. Michael Burbidge conducting with OLCS, Choir of Hazelwood School (Choirmaster Michael Barlow), Lindsay Gowers soprano, James Huw Jefferies counter tenor, Graham Dinnage bass, Doug Hewitt and Kenneth Day piano duo. This concert received an excellent review in the Surrey Mirror.

June ’97 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle. Horowitz / Flanders: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo. Anne-Marie Keaney soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, James Drummond Nelson tenor, Graham Dinnage bass, Doug Hewitt piano,  Ian Le Grice organ, James Drummie percussion.

Jan ’98 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Mendelssohn: Elijah. Sandra Graham soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, James Nelson tenor, Graham Dinnage bass (Elijah), Ian Le Grice organ. Joanna Cordell, Philippa Calligari, Zoe Zambakides as angels.

June ’98
Duruflé: Requiem ?

Oct ’98
Rutter: Psalmfest. Haydn: Theresa Mass. Lindsay Gowers soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, Niall Morris tenor, Graham Dinnage bass, Ian Le Grice organ.

Jan ’99 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Scratch Messiah

April ’99 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Beethoven: Mass in C. A selection of English and American Folk Songs: She moved through the fair, Scarborough Fair, Shenandoah, The streets of Laredo, Shortnin’ Bread / Pick a bale of cotton. Michael Burbidge conducting ‘The Oxted Choir!’, Sandra Graham soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, Nigel Whitnall tenor, Graham Dinnage bass, Ian Le Grice organ.

Dec ’99 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols. The Star of Bethlehem – a selection of carols, musical pieces and readings. For the Britten Michael Burbidge conducting The Combined Choirs of OLCS and HGS, Southern Concert Brass conducted by Michael Barlow, The Star of Bethlehem conducted by Michael Barlow, Michael Burbidge on organ. Jane Fish soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, Michael Barlow tenor, Michael Burbidge bass. Southern Concert Brass. Alison Martin harp.

A new millennium. Programme details 2000 – 2009. Musical Director Michael Burbidge.

Jan 2000 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Scratch Messiah

June ’00 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Haydn: Nelson Mass. Vierne: Ḗtoile du soir. Fauré: Requiem. Lindsay Gowers soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, Robert Watson tenor, Graham Dinnage bass, Nigel McClintock organ.

Feb ’01 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Tavener: The Lamb. Elgar: The Music Makers. Eleanor Kirk soprano, Barbara O’Neill contralto, Julia Dallosso contralto, Peter Thomas tenor, Sandy Byers bass, Ian Le Grice organ.

May ’01 (St John’s Church, Hurst Green)
The Italian Experience: Choral Music from the second half of the Nineteenth Century. Part 1 – Verdi Hebrew Slaves / Anvil Chorus, Donizetti Polacca (piano duet), Mascagni Easter Hymn, Verdi Confutatis / Triumphal Scene from Aida. Part 2 Puccini: Messa Di Gloria. Michael Burbidge and Michael Barlow conducting the combined choirs for Part 1 and Part 2 respectively. Ronald Bawtree tenor, Darwell Charlton baritone, Graham Dinnage bass, Richard Jenkinson piano/organ.

Dec ’01 (Church of the Peace of God / Oxted United Reformed Church - OURC)
‘December Sounds Exciting’. Dyson: Four Songs for Sailors. Shenandoah, Shortnin’ Bread, Bruckner: Locus Iste, Elgar: Ave Verum Corpus, Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus,Handel: For unto us a son is born. Schubert: Der Tanz, She moved through the fair, The streets of Laredo, Torches, Berlioz: The shepherd’s farewell, Handel: Hallelujah Chorus.

March ’02 (OURC)
‘United Sounds Exciting’. Brahms: How Lovely Are All Thy Dwellings, Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer, Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, Mozart: Porgi, Amor from The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini: La Canonzette di Doretta from La Rondine. Ridout: Canticle of the Rose-Earth-Spirit, Howells: Psalm Prelude Set 1, No 2, Elgar: Imperial March, Poulenc: Gloria. Sarah Moule soprano, Nigel McClintock organ.

June ’02 (OURC)
‘Summer Sounds Exciting’. Rutter: Gloria. Nigel McClintock organ.

Dec ’02 (OURC)
‘Nativity Sounds Exciting’. Mozart: Sanctus (from the Requiem); Bach: Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring; Berlioz: Shepherd’s’ Farewell; Bach: Christmas Oratorio; Britten: Christ’s Nativity. With carols. Julia Dallosso mezzo-soprano. Nigel McClintock organ.

Jan ’03 (OURC)
Unrehearsed Messiah.

March ’03 (OURC)
‘European Sounds Exciting’. Bruckner: Locus Iste; Franck: Panis Angelicus; Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden; Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo; Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Bach: Magnificat in D-major. Nigel McClintock organ.

Dec ’03 (OURC)
‘The Lighter Side of Christmas’. Sarah Moule soprano. Harriet Stevens trumpet. Rutter: Home is a special kind of feeling, Three American Folksongs; Bach: Aria from Cantata 51; Poulenc: Les Chemin de l’amour; Gounod: Je veux vivre; Handel: And the Glory of the Lord, Pastoral Symphony, Hallelujah Chorus (All Messiah); with carols.

Jan ’04 (OURC)
Unrehearsed choruses (Messiah).

June ’04 (OURC)
‘A summer Selection’. Sarah Moule soprano. Julia Dallosso mezzo-soprano. Sarah Cobbey oboe. Yvette Madden cello. Nigel McClintock organ. Rutter: Requiem. Vivaldi: Gloria. With Hakim: Tanto ergo from Agape; Handel: Angels ever bright and fair (from Theodora); Villa-Lobos: Cantata from Bachianas Brasilleras no. 5; Bellini: Eccomi in lieta vesta (from I Montecchi e I Capuletti); Gounod: Je veux vivre (from Romeo et Juliette).

Dec ’04 (OURC)  
‘Sounds of Christmas’. Sarah Moule soprano. Graham Dinnage baritone. Graham Wright trumpet. Nigel McClintock organ.

Jan ’05 (OURC)
Unrehearsed Messiah

March ’05 (OURC)
Workshop – Fauré’s Requiem and other works.

June ’05 (OURC)
‘Haydn meets Verdi’. Haydn: Little Organ Mass; Mozart: Exultate Jubilate; Verdi:Opera Choruses. Sarah Moule soprano. Andrew Morris tenor. Nigel McClintock organ.

Dec ’05 (OURC)
Rutter: Psalmfest with carols. Sarah Moule soprano. Andrew Morris tenor. Nigel McClintock organ. With Woodwind ensemble.

Jan ’06 (OURC)
Unrehearsed Messiah

June ’06 (OURC)
‘Summer Sounds’. A summer medley in a lighter vein followed by Chilcott: Jubilate; Howells: Anglican anthems (Magnificat and Nunc Demittis); Mozart:Coronation Mass. Sarah-Jane Dale soprano. Janet Shell mezzo-soprano. Andrew Morris tenor. Peter Grevatt baritone. Nigel McClintock organ.

Dec ’06 (OURC)
‘A Christmas Confection’. Various from Encores for Choirs followed by Bruckner: Locus Iste; Elgar: Ave Verum; Stainer: God so loved the World; various Christmas arrangements for choir, with carols. Nigel McClintock organ.

Jan ’07 (OURC)
Unrehearsed Messiah

April ’07 (Palm Sunday - OURC)
‘Music for Passiontide’. Sweelinck: Laudate Dominum; Stravinsky: Ave Maria; Bruckner: Locus Iste; Stainer: The Crucifixion. Andrew Morris tenor. Jerry Blumire baritone. Nigel McClintock organ.

June ’07 (OURC)
Jenkins: The Armed Man (preceded by Chilcott: Irish Blessing; Elgar: Ave Verum; Stainer: God so loved the World). Julia Dallosso mezzo-soprano. Julie Groves flute. Yvette Madden cello. Graham Wright trumpet; Neil Thomas trumpet; Douglas Hewitt piano; Michael Baker percussion; Stephen Whitaker percussion; Nigel McClintock organ.

Dec ’07 (OURC)
‘A Christmas Confection’. Handel: Coronation Anthems; Tavener: The Lamb; Brahms: How Lovely Are All Thy Dwellings; Handel: For Unto Us A Child Is Born; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Nigel McClintock organ.

Jan ’08 (OURC)
Messiah workshop.

June ’08 (OURC)
‘Summer Sounds’.  Mendelssohn: Hear my Prayer; Schubert: Mass in Ab Major (excerpts); Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe; Schubert: a setting of Psalm 23; Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No. 3 in A; Rutter: Magnificat. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Ian Le Grice organ.

Dec ’08 (OURC)
Christmas Concert ‘Carols plus!’. Handel: Zadok the Priest; Purcell: Te Deum Laudamus; Four Songs from America, Jingle Bells; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Gerard Brooks organ.

April ’09 (OURC)
Stainer: The Crucifixion. Andrew Morris tenor. Jerry Blumire baritone. Gerard Brooks organ.

June ’09 (OURC)
Summer Concert. Holst: Five Part-songs; Quilter: Go Lovely Rose; Vaughan Williams: The Water Mill; Widor: Finale from Symphonie no. 2; Puccini: Messa di Gloria. Oliver Johnstone tenor. Frederick Long bass-baritone. Gerard Brooks piano / organ.

December ’09 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Mozart: Te Deum; Goodall: The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23); Chilcott: Jubilate; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Helen Bruce soprano. Gerard Brooks organ.

Programme details 2010 on.  Musical Director Michael Burbidge.

March ’10 (Palm Sunday - OURC)
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle. Sarah Moule soprano. Alice De Ville mezzo-soprano. Daniel Joy tenor. Edmund Connolly bass. Hilary Dilnot piano. Michael Hodges organ.

June ’10 (OURC)
‘Songs of Sea and Homeland’. Dyson: Four Songs for Sailors; followed by sets of arrangements of English pastoral and traditional song. Gerard Brooks piano / organ.

Dec ’10 (OURC)
Intended programme Christmas Concert. Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Britten: Ceremony of Carols. (Concert cancelled owing to snow).

May ’11 Special Anniversary Concert - Michael Burbidge 25 years - held at St John’s, Hurst Green.
Vivaldi: Gloria. Mozart: Requiem. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Muriel Kwint mezzo-soprano. Alex Pidgen tenor. Edmund Connolly bass. With orchestra. Ian le Grice organ continuo.

Dec ’11 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Britten: Ceremony of Carols; Bach: Largo from Violin Sonata no. 3 and Siciliano from Violin Sonata no. 1 both arranged for harp by Ellis/Martin; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Tobias Chessera treble. Alison Martin harp. Mike Baker percussion. Gerard Brooks organ.

April ’12 (Palm Sunday - OURC)
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine; Franck: Panis Angelicus; Malotte: The Lord’s Prayer; Head: Psalm 21; Grieg: Ave maris stella; Mozart: Ave verum corpus; Fauré: Requiem. Elizabeth Skinner soprano. Leo Sellick baritone. Richard Jenkinson organ.

June ’12 (OURC)
‘Jubilate! A Summer Celebration!’ – celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee and hosting the Olympics! Handel: The King Shall Rejoice; Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art; Parry: I was glad; Dyson: Four Songs for Sailors; Gilbert & Sullivan: “Pirates” and “Pinafore” – a medley; Glover-Kind: I do like to be beside the seaside: Coleridge-Taylor: Impromptu no. 3: Arne: Rule Britannia!; Parry: Jerusalem; Elgar: Land of Hope and Glory; The National Anthem. Gerard Brooks organ.

Dec ’12 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Bach: Sleepers Wake!; Haydn: Little Organ Mass; Chilcott: On Christmas Night; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Gerard Brooks organ.

May ’13 (OURC)
Spring Concert. Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass; Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate; Bruckner: three motets; Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe; Rutter: Requiem. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Fiona Gillett cello; Hilary Dilnot piano. Richard Jenkinson organ.

June ’13 (OURC)
Summer Scratch! One day workshop and concert. Rutter: Sprig of Thyme.

Dec ’13 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols: Puccini: Messa di Gloria; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Michael Butchard tenor. Leo Sellick baritone. Gerard Brooks organ.

Feb ’14 (OURC)
Scratch Messiah.

June ’14 (OURC)
Summer Concert - ‘A Mid-summer Musical Feast’. A programme arranged in sets of madrigals, folk songs, ballads, light opera, opera choruses and musicals. Douglas Hewitt piano.

Dec ’14 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Rutter: Magnificat; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Gerard Brooks organ.

March ’15 (OURC)
Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Julie Groves flute. Graham Wright trumpet. George Boote trumpet. Avis Stark cello. Hilary Dilnot piano. Graham Dare percussion. Nigel Shipway percussion. Gerard Brooks organ.

June ’15 (OURC)
‘A Summer Prom!’ – A feast of English song with a dash of Pomp and Circumstance! Gerard Brooks piano / organ.

Dec ’15 (OURC)
Christmas Concert. Handel: Dettingen Te Deum; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols. Gerard Brooks organ.

March ’16 (Palm Sunday - OURC)
Stainer: The Crucifixion. Workshop with extended choir. Paul Curievici tenor. Benedict Nelson bass. Gerard Brooks organ.

June ‘16
Brahms: Requiem. Lindsay Gowers soprano. Graham Dinnage bass. Howard Dyers piano. Doug Hewitt piano.

Dec ‘16
Christmas Concert. Vivaldi: Gloria; followed by a selection of choir and choir with audience carols.  

June ‘17
Summer Concert. A Fest of Summer Song! A medley of lighter music, from Gershwin to Fauré.

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