to see the programme - Hitchin Thespians

hitchinthespians.org.uk

to see the programme - Hitchin Thespians

HITCHIN THESPIANS

Present

Musical Director Ian Kennedy

Accompanist Robert Day

Saturday 29th August 2009


Handel

. Mozart

. Weber

. Schubert

. Mendelssohn

. Sullivan

. R. Strauss

. Barnby

. Bratton

. Arlen

. Gershwin

. Cole Porter

. Vaughan Williams

. Tippett

. Whitworth

. Nicholas

. Jason Robert Brown

. Boublil & Schoenberg

Lloyd Webber


ABOUT TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME:

This entire programme has been compiled via workshop sessions at Woodside during

the past seven weeks. The project was geared towards encouraging, helping …and

challenging… all participating singers to develop not only their own understanding and

talent but also an appreciation of the varying musical and artistic demands of a wide

range of repertoire. The emphasis throughout has been on the enjoyment of singing,

whether as soloist or in ensemble. This is a workshop concert and as such it was never

geared towards a memorised, thoroughly rehearsed or fully-staged concert production.

Singers who took part in the solo workshops in early August (where the tutors were

Roderick Earle and myself) were encouraged to think and work on technical and

interpretative aspects and ALL made considerable progress in these solo sessions.

However, performing to a live audience is another thing altogether - and tonight’s

informal concert will hopefully allow the soloists to meet and conquer that challenge

and add to their solo experience.

The choral workshops have included musical material selected to provide a wide variety

of repertoire, in terms of mood, period, style….as well as difficulty….and it is great

credit to the choir members that they have achieved as much as they have with such a

limited amount of rehearsal time. Whilst some of the pieces are no doubt familiar to the

ear, tonight’s choral arrangements are not, and the choir members are to be

congratulated on tackling the harmonic, rhythmic, stylistic and verbal challenges with

good humour and quiet determination.

I am sure that I speak on behalf of Roderick Earle when I say that, whilst the solo

workshops involved a deal of hard work, they were both highly enjoyable and

productive. The choral sessions have been equally rewarding and enjoyable. I hope that

those who have taken part will be encouraged to continue to develop their own singing

and, should a similar project be planned at some future date, that those who have sung

this time will spread the word to other singers who may also be interested. Hitchin

Thespians has a good choral nucleus which should be encouraged and built on.

My personal thanks go to all who have taken part for their enthusiasm and commitment

and especially to Lucy Miller-White and Sue Osbourn for dealing with the bulk of the

organisation for the workshop sessions.

We all hope you will enjoy this evening’s informal “workshop concert.”

Ian Kennedy.

(Vocal tutor and choral director)


PART ONE

MEMORY (Cats)

Kat Males – Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

(The Phantom of the Opera)

SUMMERTIME (Porgy and Bess)

(Soloist – Lucy Miller-White)

Ellen Ward – Where’er You Walk (Semele)

Nicola Niles – Alleluia (Exultate Jubilate)

THE MERMAID

Jane Homer – Gretchen am Spinnrade

Lucy Miller-White – Zueignung

I WOULD THAT MY LOVE WERE WHISPERED

THE TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC

Lloyd Webber

Lloyd Webber

Gershwin

Handel

Mozart

Whitworth

Schubert

R. Strauss

Mendelssohn

Bratton

Melanie Plowman & Charlie Langford – Sun and Moon

(Miss Saigon)

Boublil & Schoenberg

ZADOK THE PRIEST

Handel

INTERVAL


PART TWO

SWEET AND LOW

Melanie Plowman - Kommt’ ein schlanker Bursch gegangen

(Der Freischutz)

Barnby

Weber

BRING HIM HOME (Les Miserables)

Charlie Langford - It’s Hard To Speak My Heart

(Parade)

THREE SHAKESPEARE SONGS

1. Full fathom five

2. The cloud-capped towers

3. Over hill, over dale

Lilian Dixon – The Usherette’s Blues

STEAL AWAY (A Child of our Time)

(Soloists - Jane Homer & Charlie Langford)

Boublil & Schoenberg

Jason Robert Brown

Vaughan Williams

Nicholas

Tippett

Lucy Miller-White & Melanie Plowman - Sull’aria

(The Marriage of Figaro)

THE LONG DAY CLOSES

Lucy Miller-White - The Tale of the Oyster

OVER THE RAINBOW (The Wizard of Oz)

Mozart

Sullivan

Cole Porter

Arlen


THE CHOIR

Sopranos: Jean Austin, Claire Bailes, Sarah Bailes, Gwenda Beech,

Beverley Bungay, Viv Hamilton, Geraldine Hiorns, ,Jane Homer, Kat Males,

AnnaMaria Macchi, Lucy Miller-White, Nicola Niles, Susan Osbourn,

Ann Peacock, Melanie Plowman, Eileen Smith, Sheila Soothill, Pat Staff,

Nicole Thomas, Jane Tunesi, Lindsey Waghorn, Marian Wood.

Altos: Lilian Dixon, Pauline Gimson, Judith Harrison, Jan Nash, Julia Skinner,

Viv Tadman, Ellen Ward, Rosamunde Ward.

Tenors: Jamie Brown, Andrew Carmichael, Andy Johnson, Charles Langford, Howard

Roberts, Mark Savage, David Smith, Jonathan Smith.

Basses: John Beal, Eddie Cullum, John Edwards, Trevor Hiorns, Jack Lardent, Nick

Morgan, Bryan Summers.

Additional Accompaniment: John Edwards

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Choral Manager

Concert Manager

Box Office Managers

Front Of House

Publicity & Programme Editor

Lighting

Sheila Soothill

Andy Johnson

Nick & Nicky Morgan

Lesley Greasley & Jenny Wilson

Susan Osbourn

Alan Bailes & Richard Cobb


FUTURE PRODUCTIONS

Fiddler On The Roof

5 th to 10 th October 2009

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Christmas At Woodside 2009

10 th to 12 th December

Woodside Hall, Hitchin

Gordon Craig Theatre Box Office

08700 131030

Hitchin Thespians Box Office Managers

Nick and Nicky Morgan 43 Bessemer Close, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1AG

01462 641575 email: boxoffice@hitchinthespians.org.uk

Woodside Hall Bookings

For details contact Ann Crook

01462 434181 email: whbookings@hitchinthespians.org.uk

Contact the Secretary

01462 458803 email: secretary@hitchinthespians.org.uk

Visit our Website at: www.hitchinthespians.org.uk

Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association

Winners of the NODA Best Regional Production Award for

1997, 1999 & 2004

HITCHIN THESPIANS is a Registered Charity, Number 1005332

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines