Past seasons: 2006-2007 Season
In 2006-2007 we returned to our more usual schedule of four concerts, which we were confident would be accessible, challenging and highly enjoyable for both the choir and our audiences.
The first of the season was our Autumn Concert - Saturday 21st October 2006 at the Elliot Hall, Harrow Arts Centre, Hatch End. It was an Opera Gala including very well known pieces from, among others, Porgy & Bess, Fidelio, Boris Godunov and West Side Story. Our soloists were Elizabeth Brice (Soprano), Ian Caley (Tenor) and Christopher Dixon (Baritone). The evening was a brilliant success, with a sell-out audience and a superb atmosphere - assisted in no small measure by the shear professionalism of our soloists. We've decided to nominate Elizabeth Brice for an Oscar for her acting alone in the excerpt from Tosca!!
Our Christmas Celebration concert this season was held on Saturday 16th December at the Speech Room, Harrow School and comprised, as usual, an eclectic mix of traditional and less-traditional carols, London Orphean Brass, audience participation and a celebrity reader - this time the hugely popular children's author Ian Whybrow.
On 19th January a number of our members, led by Simon Williams, participated in a Celebration of the life of Alison Pitt - a long-standing choir member who died towards the end of 2006 at the age of 49 after an extremely brave battle against a lengthy illness. Our tribute to Alison was a performance of How lovely are thy dwellings fair from the German Requiem by Brahms and Hallelujah! from Messiah (Handel).
Our Spring Concert was at Harrow School Speech Room on Saturday 24th March 2007, when the programme included Dewi Sant by Arwel Hughes, I was Glad by Parry, and Handel's Zadok the Priest.
Our soloists were Helen-Jane Howells (soprano), Nicholas Ransley (tenor) and
Damian Thantrey (baritone).
Our Summer Concert was on Saturday 7th July 2007 when we performed John Rutter's Requiem and Mass in D Major by Hummel. The venue was St George's Church, Pinner View and our soloist was Hilary Musgrave (Soprano) who of course also runs our highly successful "Singing For Starters" course.
Later that same month we took this same programme on one of our regular overseas tours - this time to Brittany for 5 days and 3 concerts. Unfortunately Hilary was not able to join us for the tour so instead we invited Cassandra White - a recent graduate of Royal College of Music and a former member of the Harrow School for Young Musicians - and were delighted when she accepted. Thirty five members of the choir, plus a few singing and non-singing guests, took part this year and, if the reactions of the French audiences were anything to go by, it was a huge success. We added Mozart's Laudate Dominum to the programme - just to ensure that Cassie earned her keep - and, using Rennes as our base, we performed on successive nights in Nantes Cathedral and two other beautiful churches in Josselin and Dinan. There was plenty of time for sight-seeing, wining and dining, plus a whole day off - and a warm, sunny one at that - to explore St Malo on the Brittany coast.