Music from the British Isles 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Guildford - Saturday 5th March 2016

Music from the British Isles by Hubert Parry, Charles Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams was the theme of this year’s concert sung by the Association Choir at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford on Saturday 5th March 2016.  Interestingly, Vaughan Williams was a pupil of both Parry and Stanford during his time at the Royal College of Music and a selection of their pieces formed the first half of the concert.  

Former Director of Music, Geoffrey Field, who has conducted the Association Choir in half the concerts since the Choir was first formed in 2004, conducted the first two works before passing the baton to the current Director, Matthew Greenfield. Both ‘I was glad’ and ‘Blest pair of sirens’ by Parry have featured at coronations and recent royal weddings, and the Choir sung them both with gusto.  We were honoured that Ian and Kate Russell, relatives of Hubert Parry, could attend the Concert to hear the performance.  The three anthems by Stanford: ‘For lo, I raise up’, ‘How beauteous are their feet’ and ‘Ye choirs of New Jerusalem’ delighted the audience, many of whom were parents supporting their daughters in the Senior and Middle Chamber Choirs.  Organ scholar, Imogen Morgan played with great aplomb that belied her years and she was given a much deserved ovation.

After the interval, Camerata, the school’s outstanding string orchestra played the familiar Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, a suite of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms.  Silja Loya rehearsed and conducted the orchestra, confidently led by 6th Former Joanna Phillips. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the choir then sang the five songs that make up Vaughan Williams’ ‘In Windsor Forest’ based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ building to an uplifting conclusion which was much appreciated by the audience.

The retiring collection was in aid of the School’s own Chapel Fund to refurbish the Chapel organ and restore the stained glass in the Chapel windows.  Association Prefects, Ursula Goldsmith and Hayley Foster, explained the need for support and the powerful role the Chapel plays at the very heart and soul of St Catherine’s.  Just over £1000 was raised towards a target of £150,000, which is close to being met

See below some of our photos from the concert.  The full collection can be seen here where you can view and order.  To gain access please contact the Association Office -  

Association Choir March 2016