There was a full house for Questors Choir's celebration of 200 years of American music at St Martin's Church in West Acton. This Questors Choir Summer Concert coincided with the bicentenary of American President John Quincy Adams time living in Ealing. The programme included spirituals, the first American classical works by John K Payne and Horatio W Parker, and then Jazz, musicals, country and of course rock'n roll. The audience would have known most of the music, but might not have been familiar with the earlier classic and religious pieces. Of course, good old John Quincy Adams would have loved them
The Choir sang: I feel pretty; Kyrie from Mass in D; Come where my love lies dreaming; Joshua fit the battle of Jericho ; My Lord! What a Morning; Listen to the lambs; When I see an elephant fly; Sixteen tons; Hora Novissima; Ain’t misbehavin’; Are you lonesome tonight?; Jailhouse Rock. Questors ensemble offered the shapenote Anthem from Revelation, The Way We Were and Lipstick on Your Collar; and there were solo items from choir members. Pictures: Simon Bishop
Little Ealing History Group – An American President in Ealing – www.littleealinghistorygroup.org.uk
The main event of each Sangerstevne is the Festival on the Saturday afternoon and evening. A series of concerts will be held in St Matthew's Church, North Common Road, Ealing W5 2QA. Read more about the Festival at http://www.pnms.co.uk/sangerstevne/english/english_2015.html
There was a full house for Questors Choir's well established Christmas concert. The concert started with the Choir processing toward the stage to the sound of a flautist and sopranos singing of the Angel Gabriel. This set the scene for an immensely varied evening of choral music interspersed with pieces by the Aurelian Brass Ensemble and by soloists and small groups of singers. The choir was ably accompanied by Gary Sieling.
The programme ranged from traditional carols like God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen and The First Nowell, to products of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1944) and Winter Wonderland (1934).
Much of the music was well known, though often with new arrangements by musical director Philip Norman - and certainly the way the carol sequences were woven together is typical of the Questors Choir's accomplished director. He also introduced some rarely heard and classic pieces – Great God in Heaven and In Bethlehem City (traditional), and Somervell’s Glory to God.
The concert was dedicated to the late Mark Tompsett, who had been such an active member of Questors choir and other groups.
The day will offer practical help to learn about choral singing, for experienced singers it will be a great way to kick-start the singing year.