Our third concert of the 53rd Season at St Mary’s Church, Old Basing on Saturday 13th November 2021. We were invited to perform this concert by Robert Jackson, a long-serving member of Reading Phoenix Choir who was Chair of the choir about six years ago.
The choir also made a recording during the afternoon rehearsal
Our programme is:
1st Half Walk on - Libera Nos Alleluia Ascendit Deus O Sacrum Convivium (C2) Weep, weep mine eyes (C1) Justorum Animae (C3) Nunc Dimittis O Oriens Os Justi Bogoroditse Djevo Tebye Poyem Coelos Ascendit Hodie
2nd Half Gold Leaves Gold and Spices Even When he is Silent Wide Open Spaces The Music of Stillness Let it shine Bridge Over Troubled Water Danny Boy The Bare Necessities Walk off - God be in my Head
Concert at St John's Church, Old Coulsdon
Sat, 23 Oct 2021
The first full concert of our 53rd Season at St John’s Church was on Saturday 23rd October 2021.
We were delighted that ex-Phoenicians Paul and Nicy Roberts invited us to perform in their church once again and shared the concert with us by performing a few songs.
1st Half Walk on - Libera Nos Alleluia – Ascendit Deus Nunc Dimittis Paul & Nicy Even When he is Silent Coelos Ascendid Hodie
2nd Half Wide Open Spaces The Music of Stillness Gold and Spices O Oriens Paul & Nicy Bridge Over Troubled Water The Bare Necessities Walk off - God be in my Head
It was a special day for the choir when for the first time since March 2019, we were able to perform a concert in public!
The format of the concert was a bit different from normal in that it was held in the morning and we sang in our red choir polo shirts rather than formal dress.. It was a deliberately informal concert to get us back in to the swing of performing to an audience.
It was also the first time we sang together 'in close formation' instead of socially distanced and it was a fantastic feeling. As our audience comprised quite a few families and children, Chris told lively stories about the pieces to make them more engaging for young ears.
The powers that be at the Abbey Baptist Church in Reading provided us this message about the concert "It was an enjoyable event and the conductor was so good with engaging with the children"