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Wincanton Choral Society's Winter Concert 2013

Tuesday 26 November 2013, 18:55
By Jane Jones

Wincanton Choral Society group photo

The Wincanton Choral Society is performing at Wincanton Sports Centre on the evening of Sunday 8th December, and is offering a thrilling evening's entertainment. This year the 100+ choir will be singing beautiful and seasonal works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, carols, Negro Spirituals and a ravishing 20-minute piece by Ariel Ramirez with guitar, strings and percussion accompaniment.

The first half begins with three short but delightful Motets by Elgar. This will be followed by the five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams. These songs mix serenity and drama with true English beauty. Then follows the Navidad Nuestra ("our Christmas") by Ariel Ramirez from the Argentine - in many ways the high point of the evening, the music is exciting with its Latin American rhythms, haunting melodies and flowing with the tenor of the gauchos and the warm airs of Buenos Aires.

The second half of the performance will begin with Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' which is based on four well known carols and provides intricate and heart-warming choral lines. The rest of the programme contains Christmas Carols and Spiritual Music from the deep South of the United States. As always the audience will be have a chance to participate in some familiar numbers.

Alongside the Choir and its Musical Director Simon Twiselton will be soloists Paul Badley (Tenor) and Tom Hunt (baritone). Instrumentalists Jacqueline Bevan (piano), a string quintet led by Edward Burns, guitarist Richard Hill and percussionists led by Dan Priest will provide an array of colours to enhance the singing.

The performance begins at 7.30pm.

A bar will be open for wine and soft drinks both before the performance and during the interval.

Tickets will be available at the door on the night at £15.00. Seating is limited and early booking is recommended.

Wincanton Choral Society Christmas Concert 2013 poster


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