Forthcoming Concerts and the Leith Hill Musical Festival
Dorking Choral Society is currently preparing for the Festival (Division III) contest on Thursday 9 April. The music includes Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Garden of Proserpine, Rutter’s Hark All Ye Heavenly Choirs (specially composed to mark the twentieth year of Brian Kay’s conductorship of the Festival), The Blue Bird, as well as a madrigal and men’s and women’s songs. The large combined choirs for the evening will make a wonderful sound (or else- if Brian Kay has his usual way) and this splendid offering will be accompanied by what will be only the second performance with orchestra of a beautiful work by Ralph Vaughan Williams which was only published in the last two
years. RVW wrote The Garden of Proserpine in his early years but never published it.
DCS then goes on to prepare for their summer concert ‘Crossing the Atlantic’ an evening of English and American choral music. This will be at St James’s Church Abinger on Saturday 13 June 2015 at 7 pm and is followed by a ‘bring your own picnic’ and all are welcome. It is also the day of St James’s summer fair with stalls and sideshows and entertainment, so why not make an afternoon of it for a really fun day.
On Saturday 10 October 2015 from 11am to 5pm at the United Reform Church, West Street Dorking, DCS is hosting a ‘Come and Sing’ as part of the MVDC Arts Alive Festival. All are welcome to come along and enjoy learning and singing John Rutter’s wonderful ‘Feel the Spirit’ with their talented conductor Hilary Campbell.
The winter concert will be Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms on Saturday 14 November 2015. Further details will be published later in the year.
Then at St Joseph’s Church, Dorking RH4 3DL, the Society with the choir of St Joseph’s Primary School will celebrate their Christmas Concert on Saturday 19 December at 7.30pm. A very popular event especially with the mulled wine and mince pies to follow.