Andover Choral Society and Lucknow Band join forces in Andover. Excerpt from Programme note.
"Our Christmas concert 2000 brought together the singers of Choral Society and the musicians of the Lucknow Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division for a memorable evening of Brass and Voices. The concert was widely acclaimed as one of the best we have ever presented.
The only flaw in the proceedings was that we underestimated the number of people who wanted to see and hear the performance and this year we are learning from our mistake.
So it is that when the Choral Society and the Band join forces once again this year, 2 performances will be given. The first will be on Friday 30th November 2001, the second on the following evening, Saturday I December. Both performances will be given in St. Mary’s Church Andover and will start each evening at 7.3Opm.
The Lucknow Band will once again be under the baton of Captain Tim Cooper and will play a number of pieces, amongst which will be the Introduction and Allegro from the Ballet Suite ‘The Gods Go A-Beg-ging’, by Handel, arranged by Sir Thomas Beecham; and Grainger’s ‘Tune from County Derry’. Afficionados of the Band will not be surprised if ‘God Bless the Prince of Wales’ slips into the programme also!
The Choral Society for its part will sing a varied selection. As usual David Holland will conduct the singers and this time their programme will include (amongst others) Ave Maria, by Bruckner; Beatus Vir by Monteverdi, Hail, Noble Hall (the march from Tanhauser) by Wagner, and a medley from Les Miserables, the famous musical show by Claude-Michel Schonberg. This very varied programme has been designed to include something to satisfy all tastes!
Oh, and by the way - even though this year the concert is not, strictly speaking, a Christmas Concert, the audience will still be encouraged to join in with the choir in singing ‘Lo! He comes, with clouds descending’; so you are encouraged to bring your voices with you.."
"This was another quality performance which Aurelia and I thoroughly enjoyed. We particularly enjoyed the performance of "She sails away" - written by Richard Holland, the son of David Holland, the Society's conductor. Our congratulations to all who took part."