Winter Concert 2012

The 2012 Winter Concert took place on the afternoon of Sunday 16th December at St Andrew’s, Surbiton and was enjoyed by a large and appreciative audience.

The concert opened with the string section performing Vivaldi’s virtuosic Concerto in A minor (soloists John Kitchen and Martin Stuart) – a work full of cheerful energy despite its minor key. The woodwind section then gave a spirited performance of Jean Francaix’s four dances from the ballet ‘Les malheurs de Sophie’. After songs from the Singing for Fun Choir conducted by Jess Blake the first half ended with the world premier of “You are old, Father William”, a commissioned work by composer John-Paul Bowman based on Lewis Carroll’s poem of that title. Martin Bloomfield recited the poem before the performance, which enabled the audience to follow the progress of the youth as his cheeky and somewhat disrespectful questions lead to the climax ‘… be off, or I’ll throw you downstairs’, with appropriate sound effects!

After an excellent refreshment break the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Mary Heathcote OBE, gave the background of her chosen charities for which there would be a retiring collection, and was presented with a bouquet by Miranda Gallacher and Molly Bartlett.

A lively rendition of Schubert’s Symphony No 3 followed. The audience gave loud applause for the rousing first movement - after David informed them that Schubert’s contemporary audiences would certainly have applauded at that point! The concert concluded with David conducting the mass playing and singing of God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas and O come all ye faithful.