Alison Smart Fisher writes:
Jephtha is one of Handel’s finest oratorios, and the story it tells is one which explores the deepest feelings of human love, piety, and sacrifice. Handel captures exactly the mood of every twist and turn of the plot, enhancing Thomas Morrell’s libretto to bring each character and situation, each moment, to colourful life. Written toward the end of his life, and at the end of his long and fruitful composing career,
Jephtha presents us with real people in real-life situations, expressing real emotions.
A Royal Progress
A delightful evening of songs and poetry from around the United Kingdom
Concert for Peace
Choir Director: Caitlin Downie ( unfortunately Caitlin was isolating on the concert day, Alison stepping into the task at the last minute)
Conducted by Alison Smart Fisher (many thanks)
Winter 8 December 2019 Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Soloists: Samantha Hay, Soprano
Niamh Kelly, Alto
Jon English, Tenor
Pauls Putnins, Bass
Orchestra: Kings Sinfonietta
Our successful concert was conducted by Peter Adams not Robin Osterley who withdrew for personal reasons.
Sunday 19 March,
Winter Concert 2017
Sunday 11 December 2016
Samson by GF Handel
Alyth Choral Society with The Alyth Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Robin Osterley
Chorus Master Vivienne Bellos MBE
Solists: Sarah Brown soprano
Katie Hainbach mezzo-soprano
Tom Morss tenor
Pauls Punins Baritone
Summer Concert 2016
Tuesday 5 July 2016 7.30pm
Schubert & Friends
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes
Schubert Cantata Mirjams Siegesgesang
Vaughan Williams Five English Folk Songs
Eric Thiman Songs of the Sailors and the Sea
With piano solos TBA
Conductor Robin Osterley
Spring Concert 2016
Sunday 13 March 2016 5.00pm
Bob Chilcott’s Song’s and Cries of London Town
Works by Julian Dawes and Kelvin Thomson.
ACS with the Alyth Children’s Chorus
Conductor Vivienne Bellos
please note the early start time for this concert 5.00pm
Winter Concert 2015 Alyth Choral Society,conducted by Robin Osterley with
the Alyth Chamber Orchestra, leader Mark Messenger.
Kelvin Thomson organ continuo.
Carrie-Ann Williams soprano
Andrew Dickinson tenor
Pauls Putnins baritone
Summer Concert 2015
Performed at Stephens House in The Bothy Gardens
Solists from the choir and Mark Nathan
Early Summer Concert 2015
Alyth Choral Society were conducted by Robin Osterley and accompanied by :
Harriet Adie harp, Henry Fynn percussion, Kelvin Thomson organ/piano, Lior Solomons-Wise treble,
for a performance of:
Aesop’s Fables by Bob Chilcott
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Spring concert 2015
Alyth Choral Society joining with The ACS Children’s Choir and Alyth Chamber Choir to perform:
May the Lord bless you and keep you by Ronald Corp
Job’s Lament an oratorio by Peter Webb
Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Joseph Horowitz, libretto by Michael Flanders
I believe in springtime by John Rutter
Lakol Z’man by Ben Steinberg
I am dark but lovely by Srul Irving Glick
Raphael Lang will play Britten’s Cello Suite No.1, Opus 72
Soloists were Robin Osterley and Cantor Cheryl Wunch.
The Conductor was Vivienne Bellos and the accompanist Kelvin Thomson.
GF Handel: Esther
Coronation Anthem, Let thy hand be stregthened
Conducted by Music Director Robin Osterley
Soloists: Helen Withers soprano, Nathan Vale tenor, Mark Chaundy tenor, Christopher Foster bass
Kelvin Thomson Piano/continuo
Alyth Chamber Orchestra leader Mark Messenger
Alyth Choral Society chorus master Vivienne Bellos
Summer 2014 interfaith concert:
Conductors: Vivienne Bellos and Kelvin Thomson
Pianists: Kelvin Thomson and Wyn Hyland
Handel: Let thy hand be strengthened
Schubert: Lebeneslust and Der Tanz
Dawes: Psalm 140
Sullivan: The Great Oak Tree
and together with the choir of St John’s
Mendelssohn: Blessed are the men who fear Him
Thomson: Shower, O Heavens
Vaughan Williams: O how amiable
Spring concert 2014: Handel, Elgar and others
Conductor Vivienne Bellos
Piano: Kelvin Thomson
Elgar: As Torrents in Summer
Sullivan: The Long Day Closes
Bishop: Home Sweet Home
Parry: I was Glad
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Mendelssohn: choruses from Elijah
Three settings of Psalm 23, Adonai Roi, by Lewandowski, Rideout and Peter R Webb
The performance of Psalm 23, Adonai Roi, was its premiere and we were delighted that its composer,Peter Webb, was present.
Spring 2014 Paris concert tour April
The above programme with
Itai Daniel: Al Naharot Bavel (for two choirs, sung with L’Ensemble Choral Copernic)
December 2013 :
Six Moravian Songs Antonín Dvořák, arranged by Leoš Janáček for mixed choir and piano,
Shirat Hayam Julian Dawes, world première.
Scored for chorus, solo cello and chamber ensemble.
March 2013: Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Conducted by musical director Michael Etherton,
the choir gave a much praised performance to a full house,
with the Alyth Chamber Orchestra,
leader Mark Messenger, and Malcolm Cottle, organ continuo.
April 2012: Fromental Halévy’s La Juive
Michael Etherton conducted a performance of extracts from the opera La Juive, given by the choir and soloists, accompanied by Timothy End, piano.
The soloists were Melinda Hughes soprano,
Eliot Alderman tenor, Robert Davis tenor, Reuben Thomas bass.
July 2012: Diamond Jubilation
The choir sang works by Handel, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Parry, Purcell and Stanford, accompanied by Timothy End (piano) and conducted by Michael Etherton.
Soprano Vivienne Bellos sang pieces by Walton and Boyce, accompanied by Simona Budd, piano .
Choir members Laura Rosefield and Natalie Coury, together with Vivienne Bellos and the choir, sang ‘Harm’s Our Delight’ from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
December 2012 : Chanukah Festival of Light
together with The Alyth Youth Singers
ACS with Michael Etherton before Handel’s Israel in Egypt 2011
The following is just a sample of the Society’s performances of major choral works over the past 25 years. There are usually three concerts a year, one of which is with full orchestra.
- Haydn Creation
- Haydn The Seasons
- Mendelssohn Elijah
- Thomas Linley The Song of Moses
- Brahms Requiem
- Schubert Song of Miriam
- Bernstein Chichester Psalms
- Handel Judas Maccabaeus, Samson, Semele, Israel in Egypt, Belshazzar, Saul and Solomon
- Ronald Corp Adonai Echad
- Julian Dawes Death of Moses, Ruth and also settings of psalms written for the ACS
- Opera choruses