Event: Christmas Concert 2018
Saturday 15th December 2018 at 7:30pm, Harrow School Speech Room
Our Christmas Celebration concert in the historic Speech Room of Harrow School has become something of an institution in Harrow over the past 20 years or so and is a major event in the choir's calendar. As always, we will be performing a wide programme of Christmas music - some familiar and some less so - together with seasonal readings from our Guest Reader. Over the past 5 years our Readers have been James Fox, Alison Steadman, Timothy West, Patricia Hodge and, last year, Edward Fox.
We are delighted that John Sergeant has accepted our invitation to be our Guest Reader this year.
To view or download the concert poster, please click here.
Guest ReaderIt would be a pity if John Sergeant’s career were to be defined by his Paso Doble in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing; his first dance, a waltz, was really charming. There was another memorable occasion in 1990, when Margaret Thatcher appeared behind him as he waited outside the British Embassy in Paris, hoping to hear her reaction after the party leadership contest. He has referred to this as ‘the handbagging moment’ and says it made his career. Both episodes are firmly fixed in the public mind, but of course John Sergeant’s career rests on so much more. He joined the BBC as a radio reporter in 1970, having previously worked as a correspondent for the Liverpool Echo, and covered stories in many countries, including the war in Vietnam and the opening sessions of the European Parliament. He presented the BBC4 programmes Today and The World at One, and was the Chief Political Correspondent of the BBC from 1992 until 2000, when he joined ITN as Political Editor. Retiring from this post in 2002, he has continued to work in television in a wide variety of programmes, Have I Got News For You, The One Show and Countdown among them. A series of documentaries on such varied topics as the photography of Francis Frith, the rail network in India, Britain’s canals and life in Pompeii gives some idea of the extent of his knowledge and interests. The fact that his long involvement in political journalism was preceded by an appearance on Alan Bennett’s 1966 satirical show On The Margin also exemplifies his talent for comedy. Yet he has said that the proudest moment of his career happened before he was a journalist, in Washington in 1963, when he heard Martin Luther King make his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. With experiences such as these behind him, he can draw on humour and wit, but also a deep understanding of life. We are both fortunate and delighted to welcome him this year as Guest Reader for our Christmas Celebration.
BaritoneDominic performed with us in our very successful Awayday concert in Cheltenham in July and we were very pleased when he accepted our invitation to join us again as guest soloist for this concert. Dominic is a recent graduate of the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Alex Ashworth and Audrey Hyland. His studies were generously supported by the The Sainsbury Award and The Karaviotis Scholarship. While at the Academy he appeared in masterclasses with Simon Keenlyside and Dennis O’Neill; he also became a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle and a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach scholar performing in BWV 201 'Phoebus und Pan'. Prior to joining the Royal Academy he studied Classics at the University of Oxford. As a soloist he has performed Brahms’s German Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s St John Passion and the Cantata 'Wachet auf' BWV 140, Handel’s Messiah and Britten’s War Requiem. His roles in opera have included Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Oxford Opera, Exon Singers, Early Music Wells), the eponymous anti-hero in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Oxford Opera), Figaro in The Barber of Seville (New Chamber Opera Studio) and Masetto in Don Giovanni (Westminster Opera Company). In 2017 he appeared in the premieres of two new works - first as Suibhne in Noah Mosley's Mad King Suibhne for Bury Court Opera, and then as Mars in The Art of Venus by Edward Lambert for the Tête à Tête festival. He has also appeared as Don Giovanni and Geppetto (The Adventure of Pinocchio - Dove) in scenes for Royal Academy Opera. He has performed recitals for New Chamber Opera Studio, the Exon Singers Festival and St Cuthbert’s Music Festival. Before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music he sang with the internationally renowned choir of Wells Cathedral, with whom he toured Hong Kong and sang the bass solos in the world premiere of John Joubert’s Missa Wellensis.
Elysian BrassWe are delighted once again to welcome Elysian Brass as our guests this evening. They are a quintet made up of recent graduates from music colleges across the UK, each of whom is forging a career in music, such as studying abroad, teaching and playing freelance. Three years they were so new that they didn't have a photograph to give us. Then two years ago they were just too popular to find the time to have one taken. Last year, we got a bit closer and managed to find one of their instruments But this year.......well, we've kind of given up but here again is a photo of their instruments. So, once again, please pay close attention to the band when they're playing 'cos you'll just have to remember what they look like! Elysian Brass comprises: Mathew Hampton - trumpet Ryan Linham - trumpet Emily Allen - French horn Jane Salmon - trombone Stephen Calow – tuba
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