St Saviour’s
Christmas Gala Concert

 

Thursday 19th December
at 7.30pm

 

An evening of Christmas Songs, Music, Carols and Reflection.

PROGRAMME

Welcome

 

Introduction

 

O come, all ye faithful                                                                             ALL

18th century, translated Frederick Oakeley

 

Angels from the realms of glory   Malcolm Archer                                 Choir and organ

 

Sans day carol   Trad. Arr Rutter                                                            Choir and organ

 

Reading: A Christmas Letter   unknown soldier from World War I         Gail Brundle

 

O little town of Bethlehem   Phillips Brooks                                           ALL

 

The Angels’ Carol   John Rutter                                                            Choir and piano

 

A Christmas Fanfare   arranged Nigel G. Simmons                              Band

Santa Claus-trophobia   arranged Sandy Smith

 

It came upon the midnight clear  Edmund Sears                                  ALL

 

Infant Holy   Traditional Basque Carol Arr. Willcocks                            Choir

 

Esta Noche John Rutter                                                                        Choir, soloist, violin and piano
(Piano: Paul Frisby, Soprano: Rebecca Anstey, Violin: Colin Hughes)

 

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,                                                     ALL

Words: v1&2 unknown v3 J T McFarland

Arr.: Stephen Burtonwood

 

You are the new day   John David.                                                       Renaissance Singers

Deck the hall with bows of holly   Trad

 

O come divine Messiah Howard Helvey                                               Choir and organ

 

Reading: A Yorkshire Nativity Gervais Finn                                          Gail Brundle

 

The First Noel, the Angels did say William B. Sandys                         ALL

 

Christmas Lullaby  John Rutter                                                           Choir and organ

 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas                                                 Solo: Rebecca Anstey (Mezzo)

Words Ralph Blane, music Hugh Martin.

 

Winter Wonderland   Felix Bernard                                                       Organ

 

Jingle Bells  Pierpoint (arranged Willcocks)                                         Choir, piano and organ

 

Hark, the herald-angels sing  Charles Wesley                                     ALL

 

A Christmas prayer and blessing

 

We wish you a merry Christmas                                                           Choir

 

Band to play Christmas music on exit…

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Rebecca Anstey

Rebecca achieved a Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance and Opera at Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tuition of Christine Cairns.  Whilst at the Conservatoire she won a Kathleen Ferrier Trust award and a Music Sound Fund award.  Rebecca has performed with Grange Park Opera among other touring opera companies, playing roles such as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.  As a soloist, she has performed in many major works including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John’s Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with a number of choral societies. These include Seaford, Shrewsbury, Hailsham and Norwich, The Royal College of Organists, The Royal Free Singers, Derby Cathedral Choir and the Choir of St John’s.  Rebecca now spends most of her time singing, teaching and giving vocal workshops to choral societies.

 

Gail Brundle

Gail Brundle has been a teacher for over 25 years with a passion for English and Drama.  She was Head of English at Bede’s prep school for several years and is now Head of Drama at Yately manor school in Hampshire.

 

 

Paul Frisby

Paul is a tenor soloist and performs with the Renaissance Singers.  Known to many as a doctor in the town.  Paul has an interesting background. He studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London having turned down a choral Scholarship at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.  Not only a great singer, he is also a fine pianist as you will hear this evening.

 

Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes Colin trained at Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied the Violin.  Whilst there he was awarded scholarships for both piano and organ and developed an interest in accompanying.  He has performed in major venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Glyndebourne.  He grew up in North London and held positions as Choirmaster and Organist at a number of churches, as well as playing in orchestras and chamber groups, giving solo recitals, conducting choral societies and drumming for a rock band. Since moving to Eastbourne, Colin has become well known and respected as a teacher, accompanist and performer.

 

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass, originally formed as the Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band in 1922 and the Village Reading Room in Glynde was its bandroom for almost 80 years.  An invitation from Lewes Town Council, led to the Band relocating to the All Saints Arts Centre in 2002.  Recent engagements include appearances at various venues including Hever Castle and at Eastbourne’s 1812 nights.  In addition to a busy calendar, the band competes in the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association and in 2006 gained a place at the National Brass Band Finals in Harrogate.  In 2013 LGB Brass were crowned Third Section National Champions of Great Britain. The musical achievements made by the band are largely due to the Musical Director, Ian Stewart, who has developed the Band’s skills using his wealth of experience and knowledge.

The Renaissance Singers

The Renaissance Singers, one of Eastbourne’s most popular local musical Groups, was founded over 40 years ago by Reginald Bertin and have established a loyal following enabling them to raise funds for a wide range of local charities as well as singing for private functions.  They currently sing under the leadership of Paul Collins who stepped in after the sad death of Shirley Barrell earlier this year. They specialise in unaccompanied singing and aim to produce a pure blend of sound.  They have developed a diverse repertoire including motets, madrigals, spirituals and folk songs and specifically seasonal material.  The singers’ enthusiasm and enjoyment during their performances is evident and they consistently inspire a warm response from audiences.

 

Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart began playing trombone at school when he was 11.  He was became a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall.  Ian has been a member of Horsham Borough Band and is currently a member of Friary Guildford, giving many years of membership to each.

 

After school, Ian spent 22 years in the army music service, first as a bandsman in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets. In 1985, he completed the army Bandmaster’s course and was appointed Bandmaster to the Queen’s Own Hussars. His final appointment was as School Bandmaster at Kneller Hall.

 

Ian became Musical Director of LGB Brass in 1999 and has conducted the band on concert tours to France, Germany and Hungary, as well as all their regular venues in Eastbourne and Lewes. 

 

In his spare time, Ian likes trains and plays trombone.