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Past seasons: 2002-2003 Season

Saturday 16th November 2002 - Autumn Concert The season began with our Autumn Concert which this year was a relatively informal evening at St George’s Church, Pinner View, Harrow. The concert comprised a number of sacred works, including the early 18th century Magnificat by Pergolesi. The choral highlight was, however, William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, a beautiful example of early polyphonic music from the late 16th Century. Music of this type is usually sung by small choral groups but on this occasion it was performed unaccompanied by the whole choir. We also sang another short, unaccompanied piece by Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus, and one by Thomas Tallis from the same era - If Ye Love Me. There were also some organ recitals by our Accompanist, Bernard Barker. It was a challenging evening for the choir, but a rewarding and highly enjoyable experience both for the performers and the audience.

Saturday 21st December 2002 - Christmas Celebration Our Christmas Celebration was once again held at the traditional venue of the Speech Room of Harrow School, a venue popular with both choir and audience. As usual, the evening was a sell-out and the programme included readings from our very own (and formerly an announcer on BBC Radio 3) Peter Barker who very ably stepped into the breach following the unfortunate withdrawal of Bob Holness. The musical programme was very interesting and varied, including some extracts from our recent CD of Christmas Music Cum Cantibus in Choro. Contact us for details.

Saturday 29th March 2003 - Spring Concert This year we once again participated in the Three Choirs Concert - an event which is now traditionally held every three or four years involving the combined efforts of Harrow Choral Society, Harrow Philharmonic Choir and Stanmore Choral Society. The occasion brought together an exceptionally large number of voices for the performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. The venue was Brent Town Hall, one of the few local venues able to accommodate a choir and audience of the size attracted by this joint event. We were very grateful to John Wyatt, of the Harrow Philharmonic Choir, who was our Musical Director for the evening and also for the few weeks of joint rehearsals leading up to the concert itself. It's Simon's turn next time!.

Saturday 12th July 2003 - Summer Concert The centre-piece of this year's concert was Poulenc’s exciting Gloria, a piece which the choir initially began rehearsing about three years ago but which was never performed due to other commitments. Other pieces included Haydn's Missa Brevis St Joannis de Deo and Faure's highly atmospheric Pavane. Bernard performed some enchanting organ pieces, as well as the stirring, and perspiration inducing, Toccata accompaniment to Sir David Willcox's Sing! Our soloist was the wonderful Hilary Musgrave. Because of our close association with Hilary, through her leadership of Singing for Starters, it's important to remind ourselves from time to time what an absolutely beautiful voice Hilary has, and she was the highlight of the concert. As well as performing the soprano solos in our rendition of the Poulenc Gloria and the Haydn Mass, Hilary also sang with us the lovely Laudate Dominum by Mozart.

Saturday 26th July 2003 - Summer Away-day For our Away-day this year we went first to Bibury in the Cotswolds for lunch, with its beautiful gardens and trout farm (no prizes for guessing the main course!) and then on the short distance to Burford where we rehearsed, and then later sang to a good-sized audience, in the Church of St John the Baptist. The programme was the same as that of the Summer Concert except that the absence of a top-quality organ precluded a repeat of Bernard's solos - though we refused to forego the spectacle, both visual and aural, of his magnificent Toccata!! Instead of the organ solos the choir performed once again, very successfully, the unaccompanied and challenging Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd. For this concert we were delighted to welcome as our soprano soloist Denise Leigh whom many may remember as this year's winner of Channel 4's Operatunity. Her performance and the clarity and beauty of her voice were truly memorable and, anyone who missed it please note, we will be very proud indeed to welcome her again as our soloist for our forthcoming Autumn concert where the main work will be the Mozart Requiem.