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A Musical Midsummer Treat 25th June 2022

English Choral Music

On 25th June at ST MARK’S CHURCH, ST MARK’S HILL, SURBITON KT6 4LS, (Changed from the St Andrew’s venue) starting at 7.45pm, Kingston Choral Society will present a Celebration of English Choral Music spanning over a century.

The audience will be treated to a musical box of delights, ranging from stirring anthems by Elgar, Wood, Balfour Gardiner and Jonathan Dove and featuring Parry’s I was Glad (chosen in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee), before moving into the secular realm with Cecilia McDowall’s exuberant A Fancy of Folksongs and the delightful And Since to Look at Things in Bloom.

KCS commissioned this lovely cycle of five songs from our former Musical Director Graham Ross (now Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge) in 2013. Its charming melodies celebrate the beauty of nature and the ebb and flow of life through the changing seasons, with lyrics by poets including A E Houseman, Tennyson and Ben Jonson.

The choir will be accompanied on piano and organ by Gavin Roberts and conducted by Andrew Griffiths, who has recently returned from a tour of the United States with his early music vocal ensemble, the highly acclaimed Stile Antico.

Venue:  ST MARK’S CHURCH, ST MARK’S HIL, SURBITON KT6 4LS, starting at 7.45pm

Date: Saturday 25 June, 7.45pm.  Doors open 6.45pm.  Open rehearsal 2.30pm


Balfour Gardiner: Te Lucis
Elgar: The Spirit of the Lord
Wood: O Thou the Central Orb
Dove: Seek him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Parry: I was Glad
Graham Ross: And since to look at things in bloom
Cecilia McDowall: A Fancy of Folksongs

Choir: Kingston Choral Society

Piano and Organ: Gavin Roberts

Conductor: Andrew Griffiths

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