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Guitar Concert 2017 – Article by Mr Wilkinson

On May 9th, The Guitar Group gave their annual Summer Concert in P1. Most of the songs performed were chosen by the girls themselves. Songs by Taylor Swift, Vance Joy, John Legend and Elvis Presley among others were performed. The very able singers were Ella Curry, Thea Ralph and Libby Thornton. Libby joined forces with Erin Grafton, Holly Davidson and guest guitarist Megna Arichandran to perform two songs while all played to support Thea and Ella in their songs. We shouldn't fail to mention Ella Regan who played rhythm guitar for all of the main group songs.  Our thoughts were with Ellie Fitzgerald who was unable to attend due to an unfortunate meeting with a wasp. All songs were enthusiastically received by the audience who most generously donated £48.00 towards funds to buy new equipment.

Joint Choral Concert – SWGS Senior Choir and BWS Choir – Saturday 6th May

Article by Katherine Wise 13D

The evening of 6th May 2017 saw the choirs of Bishop Wordsworth’s and South Wilts Grammar Schools joining together to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other works in Salisbury City Hall. A new venue for us, the City Hall provided glorious acoustics to showcase the talent from both schools.

The concert began with Handel’s Zadok the Priest, accompanied by an invited orchestra. The combined choirs created a powerful and beautiful sound that drew the audience in and prepared them for a wonderful evening of music-making. This was followed by Mozart’s flowing Ave Verum Corpus, John Rutter’s A Gaelic Blessing and For the Beauty of the Earth, all uplifting pieces that resonated around the building. These would not have been possible without Mrs Poppleton, Mr Fay, and the accompanying orchestra’s hard work, and so a massive thank you is absolutely deserved to everyone involved.

After the combined choirs’ introduction, the BWS Choir, accompanied by Mrs Fay, sang five songs, The Green Leaves of Summer by D. Tiomkin, My Evaline arranged by A.E. Hall, The Insect World and Glow Worms by R.R. Bennett, and Every Time I feel the Spirit arranged by P. Lawson. This was a wonderful way to end the first half of the concert, and was met by rapturous applause that encouraged the amazing singing to continue into the second half.

After a short interval, South Wilts A Cappella Choir opened the second half with Verbum Caro Factum Est by H.L. Hassler, followed by And So It Goes by B. Joel and A. Snyder. Their performance ended with It Was a Lover and His Lass by J. Rutter. Despite being the smallest ensemble to perform in the evening, the A Cappella Choir created a stunning sound that filled the City Hall. The South Wilts Senior Choir then sang a collection of show songs, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again by A. Lloyd Webber, When I Grow Up by T. Minchin, featuring an angelic solo by Ella Curry, and Anthem by B. Andersson, T. Rice and B. Ulvaeus, each accompanied by Mrs Timperley. These pieces led perfectly on to the final joint performance of the evening: Vivaldi’s Gloria. The piece featured excellent solos by Kelly Frost, Grant Futcher and Lucy Higson, and a beautiful duet sung by Sophie Madden and Helena Dougherty. The choir and orchestra combined created a wonderful sound, and special thanks must be given to the orchestra for their hard work and dedication to giving a terrific performance. The end of the concert was met with a ‘bravo!’ shouted from a member of the audience – and quite rightly too.

Overall, the concert was a resounding success that would not have been possible without the dedication of Mr Fay and Mrs Poppleton, as well as that of Mrs Fay and Mrs Timperley for their spirited accompaniments. Thank you to Mrs Angel, Mrs McGuiness, Mrs Reeve, Miss Bond and Mr Dutfield for all their hard work helping to organise the excitable choirs and to everyone else who kindly gave us their time to support the concert.

A Cappella Trip to Portsmouth Cathedral 18th April to sing Evensong   Article by Ella Curry 11E

This year, the South Wilts A Cappella Choir was treated to an opportunity to sing Evensong in the beautiful Portsmouth Cathedral. We started the day with a lovely shopping trip in Gunwharf Quays, sampling the wide range of restaurants and shops, before heading off to rehearse in the Cathedral itself. We were greeted warmly by the welcoming staff in Cathedral House, and were soon ready to begin rehearsing.

Clothed in the official black-and-white, we were led through to the Cathedral by the Verger for that evening. After practising processing (and undertaking the complicated task of working out where everyone was sitting), we sang through our repertoire, attracting a small crowd of admiring tourists, much to Mrs Poppleton’s delight! Everything seemed to be going smoothly, and we successfully ended our rehearsal, returning to Cathedral House to wait for the service in the evening.

There, we were met with a lovely surprise – the ladies of the House had prepared a truly British afternoon tea for us! Newly energised from our feast of cakes, fruit bread and biscuits, along with the essential warming cups of tea, we were ready for the service.

We started the evening with a beautifully gentle psalm, followed by the magnificent Smith responses and the exquisitely poignant Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, in which our voices blended and climbed, soaring to fill the whole cathedral. We climaxed our moving performance with our anthem, Verbum Caro Factum Est, a joyful piece in which the men and girls both had their moments to shine. To finish, the whole congregation stood up and joined us in heart-warming unison for the hymn It Is a Thing Most Wonderful – Mrs Poppleton’s personal favourite!

After a wonderfully rewarding and highly successful evening, tired but elated, we gathered our belongings and set off back home. Such a wonderful experience is never possible without the help and support of many, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the multitude of amazing individuals who helped us to share this fantastic day.

Thank you so much to the wonderful men who never fail to add that extra oomph to the choir, and to all the girls for their great commitment and enthusiasm. As always, huge thanks and admiration for Mr Fay’s spectacular organ playing, assisted by the never-tiring Mrs Fay, and to Mrs Reynolds for making the trip possible. Most of all, of course, thank you to Mrs Poppleton for her unfailing support and devotion to this wonderful choir, and for never giving up on trying to make us all smile!

Instrumental Concert – 14th March

Review by Eleanor Macready 13F

On Tuesday 14th March instrumentalists and singers of South Wilts put on yet another fantastic performance.

The Spring Concert began with two wonderfully played pieces from the Senior Orchestra, Marche Slave and Waltz of the Flowers - both by P. Tchaikovsky, and immediately after the interval, two captivating performances by the Chamber Orchestra: Mozart’s ‘Allegro Assai from Divertimento in B flat’ and W. Ryden’s arrangement of H. Arlen’s ‘Over the Rainbow’. As well as this we heard from a variety of other instrumental groups, including the Guitar Group’s version of ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ by Weiss, Creatore and Perett and Taylor Swift’s ‘Mean’ with marvellous vocal solos from Ella Curry and Thea Ralph. In addition to this, we had some excellent performances from the Junior Choir with Rutter’s ‘Look at the World’ and Adele’s ‘Hello’, Training Orchestra’s ‘The Spirit of Adventure’ from Up by Giacchino and the Wind Band’s excellent renditions of ‘The Bare Necessities’ by Gilkyson, the soundtrack from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Powell and finishing with ‘Aladdin’ by Menken. We were also treated to some lovely duets and trios from pianists Ella Reeve and Tom Reeve playing Debussy’s ‘En Bateau’, vocalists Kelly Frost and Hazel Cutler singing Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’ and flautists Sarah Francis, Bethan Oliver and Ailsa McWilliam’s performance of J.B. de Boismortier’s ‘Allemande’. As well as this, the Year 13 A-level Singers performed a stunning version of Stanford’s ‘Heraclitus’. The concert also consisted of a range of solo performances, including Katherine Wise’s superb ‘Lucky To Be Me’ trumpet piece by Bernstein, harpist Marni Lai’s elegantly played ‘Sonatina in C’ by M.Clementi, violinist Morgan Eldridge’s beautiful ‘Siciliene’ by M.T. von Paradis and Anna Feest’s exquisitely played piano performance of Gershwin’s ‘The Man I Love’. Overall, the concert was a huge success but that wouldn’t have been possible without the help from Mrs Poppleton, instrumental and teaching staff, music captains, sixth form helpers and the FOSW.

Chamber Orchestra performance in the  Pro Corda Music Festival  by  Morgan Eldridge 11A

On Friday 3rd February South Wilts Chamber Orchestra was fortunate enough to take part in the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival at Godolphin School. 

It was a pleasure to perform in front of a highly knowledgeable adjudicator who gave us excellent advice and several ways to improve our playing – both individually and as an ensemble. Chamber Orchestra performed Corelli’s Concerto No.8, a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting piece that the whole ensemble has grown a great liking for.

Although it was a competition, the adjudicator and audience were very welcoming and the morning had a sense of working together rather than competing. The advice we were given has improved the communication, liveliness and technique of the group as well as building our performance ability.

Thank you to Pro Corda for providing this opportunity and Godolphin School for hosting the event. Finally, we would like to thank Mr Parsons for his continual hard work and providing such beneficial and wonderful experiences for the Chamber Orchestra.

Concert at St. Martin’s Church 21st January – Article by Imogen Copp 13D

On 21st January, A Cappella brought Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B flat and Fauré’s Requiem into the beautiful setting of St Martin’s Church. The night began with the girls of A Cappella singing works by Franck, Billy Joel (arr. Snyder) and Rutter with Mrs Timperley accompanying. This was followed by the Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Mr Parsons, playing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor which came to life in the acoustics of the church. The audience was then treated to a rousing performance of the Missa Brevis, complete with organ and orchestra. The tone and expression created by the choir and soloists was exquisite; the soloists included Ryan Nevill, Bede Beswick, Imogen Copp, Miriam Endersby, Juliette Littlewood, Lucy Higson, Ellie Macready and Hazel Cutler. After a short interval, the choir made up for the lack of heating in the church with a very heart-warming performance of Fauré’s Requiem, including Kelly Frost’s stunning rendition of Pie Jesu and Julian Poppleton’s beautiful baritone solos. I speak on behalf of the whole of A Cappella when I say a huge thank you to Mrs Poppleton, the A Cappella Trust and Friends of A Cappella, Mrs Sherburn, the instrumentalists and all who made this event a great success.

Carol Service – 13th December

We are privileged once again to have our carol service in the wonderful setting of Salisbury Cathedral. The girls from our three choirs, joined by the men who sing for A Cappella, have worked extremely hard to prepare a beautiful service of readings, prayers and music.

School Concert – 22nd November – Review by Anna Feest 13I

The November concert is always a much anticipated event among the musical students of South Wilts, and this year certainly did not disappoint.  The inexhaustible efforts of the Music Department and weekly rehearsals were finally displayed in a spectacular eruption of pieces on 22nd November 2016.  Starting with Senior Orchestra’s regal rendition of Walton’s Crown Imperial and Guitar Group’s Let Me Down Easy and All of Me, the evening continued with the full extent of South Wilts’ capabilities.  From the younger students in Junior Choir and Training Orchestra, just beginning their musical careers in South Wilts, to the Chamber Orchestra and Senior Choir, including a Year 13 solo, any spectator would have been blown away by the variety and near-professionalism that South Wilts has to offer by way of Music.  After an interval including refreshments very kindly provided by the Friends the concert began again as Senior Orchestra outdid themselves with Take Five and Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. A Cappella’s outstanding voices matched the sweet tones of Flute Ensemble’s Big Spender, as did solos in Senior Choir from Ella Curry and Miriam Endersby. When I Grow Up from the West End show Matilda the Musical set the nostalgic tone that Wind Band topped off with their splendid renditions.  The Queen classic Don’t Stop Me Now, along with Take on Me and of course The Incredibles brought the night to a close at the very highest point possible.  Many thanks for such a brilliant evening must go to all who helped beforehand and during the concert. We thank especially Mr Dutfield, Mr Parsons and  Mr Wilkinson for their ensembles. We are very grateful to Mrs McGuiness, Mrs Poppleton and Mrs Timperley, as without them we would have no hope in producing such fantastic music with so much enjoyment.

Junior Choir Sings at the Friends of SWGS/BWS Christmas Fair – 19th November

Junior Choir were on fire at the Christmas Fair! They sang beautifully and created an early Christmas atmosphere. We are grateful for all supporters of the choir and their contributions to ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.                       Mrs Timperley

Carol Service – 13th December

We are privileged once again to have our carol service in the wonderful setting of Salisbury Cathedral. The girls from our three choirs, joined by the men who sing for A Cappella, have worked extremely hard to prepare a beautiful service of readings, prayers and music.

A Cappella Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral – 18th October- Review by Sarah Francis 11N

On Tuesday 18th October, South Wilts A Cappella Choir were fortunate enough to be invited to sing in the beautiful setting of Salisbury Cathedral to take part in their Eucharistic service. As always, it was such a pleasure to sing in the Cathedral and for the congregation inside such a historic and wonderful building. The Cathedral never fails to make us feel welcome and the clergy always do their best to make us feel part of the Cathedral’s history. The choir always remains respectful of the true meaning of the service and it is a privilege to be part of something so special.

A Cappella sang a collection of hymns and various movements from Mozart’s Missa Brevis in Bb: Kyrie Eleison, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Sanctus, Benedictus and Angus Dei. The anthem ‘Strengthen ye the weak hands’ was sung at the time of healing, which was a particularly moving movement of the service and was executed beautifully by the choir.

We’d like to thank the wonderful and talented soloists for their hard work and dedication leading up to the service and congratulate them for singing so wonderfully. Thank you very much to Mrs Fay for accompanying us in the rehearsals and to Mr Halls for playing the organ on the day.

Finally, we want to thank Mrs Poppleton, who through her hard work, always brings A Cappella together so brilliantly and makes these opportunities possible. It is always such a pleasure to work with her and her dedication to both us and our music helps us to grow better as a choir. The service was thoroughly enjoyable and an honour to be a part of.

SWGS Chamber Orchestra Music For Youth 

At 8 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday 10th February, a group of bleary-eyed musicians with a collection of violins, violas and ‘cellos set off to Richard Taunton College in Southampton. Upon arriving, we were shown to a (somewhat cold) warm-up room where, for the next 40 minutes, we did some last-minute playing of our pieces before going on stage. The unmistakable sounds of a jazz band echoing through the corridors did help to ease the pre-performance tension. Walking into any concert hall to give a recital, either solo or as an ensemble, is always extremely nerve-wracking – not to mention an unfamiliar venue with an audience of complete strangers including a panel of judges! I’m very proud to be a part of a group that handled it with such professionalism and all our hard work preparing ‘Andante Festivo’ by Jean Sibelius and ‘Sarabande’ by Camille Saint-Saëns paid off. The feedback we received was extremely positive (despite forgetting to introduce ourselves and our pieces) and all the girls should be very pleased with themselves for playing as a ‘real chamber group’. It was also very humbling to see how music had brought together such a diverse group of people, ranging from a choir of disabled teenagers singing a very impressive ‘Queen’ medley to a primary school’s bongo arrangement of ‘Uptown Funk’. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hard work of our coach, Mr. Parsons! A big thank you also goes out to Mrs. McGuinness who was our Number One Fan for the day. 

A Cappella Evensong – Salisbury Cathedral – Wednesday, 2nd April

 

On the afternoon of 2nd April A Cappella had the opportunity to sing Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral. After an afternoon rehearsal, we were all able to flock to the café for a break before the service itself began at 5.15pm. We sang a wide variety of music, including an excerpt from Victoria’s Lamentations – Sabbto Sancto, the beauty of which had previously been very well received in our January concert, Howells’ wonderful Gloucester Service and Shephard’s Responses – an exciting change from the responses that the choir is used to. The music throughout the service was vibrant and enchanting, adding perfectly to the atmosphere of such an intimate service. The service itself was very inspiring, and it was the perfect opportunity to turn to religion in the beautiful setting of Salisbury Cathedral in the company of others doing the same. Each member of the congregation and choir alike was able to enjoy forty five minutes of worship in the inspiring cathedral, aided by the stunning music that was so attentively sung by A Cappella. The return of some former members of A Cappella was also exciting, as many of the older members of the choir remembered the days that they were there. Also, in order to emphasise the hard work and musicianship of the choir, Mrs Poppleton was approached by the chairman of the magazine ‘Cathedral Music’ – a further outcome of the effort that everyone had put into the service.  A great thank you is owed to Mr Fay for playing the organ throughout the service. After a lot of hard work from the entire choir, it was a great honour to contribute to the worship and sing such beautiful music in the stunning setting of Salisbury Cathedral.

 Charlotte Bateman 12PJW

 

 

Joint Choral Concert – May 3rd 2014 – Salisbury Cathedral – given by SWGS Senior Choir and BWS Choir 

Salisbury Cathedral provided an atmospheric setting for our annual Joint Choral Concert with the choirs of South Wilts and Bishop’s collaborating to put on a truly amazing musical evening. 

A Cappella began the programme with O Salutaris by A. Caplét and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square  by M. Shrewin, both sung beautifully and sensitively. South Wilts Senior Choir then joined them on stage to sing a selection of songs from the girls’ repertoire, including a rousing rendition of a Medley from the musical Les Misérables. All pieces were superbly executed with Libby Poppleton’s conducting and Helen Timperley’s accompanying.

The boys’ choir sang a range of pieces, including Vois sur ton chemin, with Alex Duly on the violin, and the A Level Singers moving rendition of You raise me up arr. B Graham and R.Lovland under the baton of Steve Abbott and to Chris Fay’s sensitive accompaniment. 

The second half of the concert was filled with excerpts from G.F. Handel’s Messiah, ranging from the dramatic Surely he hath borne our grief,  to the light hearted All we like sheep have gone astray and ending with the glorious Amen chorus, where the final “Amen” of the concert was sung with impressive gusto. Without a doubt, the highlight of the concert was the choir’s incredible and powerful rendition of the  Hallelujah chorus; the emotion of this piece was shared by the audience, who shot out of their seats to revel in the splendour of the chorus. The solos from Helena Wynn, Anita Monserrat, Isobel Finlay, Elizabeth Davison, Emma Francis, Charlotte Bateman and Morley Beswick were sung with a maturity and energy that blew the audience away. The combined forces were rewarded by the audience showing their appreciation in a standing ovation at the conclusion of this magnificent evening.

It was a wonderful experience for those singing Messiah for the first time, as well as for those who had performed it many times before. 

A huge thank you goes out to all the Music staff of both schools (including MrsSherburn working her magic behind the scenes) and the fantastic orchestra who so generously gave up their time to perform with us and made it a concert to remember.

 (Alice Brearey 13JAC)

 

Guitar Ensemble Concert – May 6th

On Tuesday 6th May the Guitar Group held their annual concert in P1. The guitar group members are: Beth Rothwell, Isobel Finlay, Ellie Fitzgerald, Katie Nicholls, Charley Nicholls and Ella Curry. Also taking part were Georgia Clarke and Annabel Salisbury on vocals. They played ten pieces in total which was followed by one encore. 

Special mention should go to Beth as it was her last concert with the group after seven years’ faithful service. She was given her chance to show her guitar skills on 'Wipeout', which she played at top speed and 'Whiskey In The Jar', which has a very challenging lead guitar solo. Isobel Finlay showed she could sing too in 'Hey Mr. Tambourine Man', which is a feat of memorisation as it is a long song. She also played a very good solo in 'Sleepwalk.' 

A new type of performance for the guitar group was a vocal trio in "I'll be Back" , a less well known Beatles song. The singers here were Georgia Clarke, Annabel Salisbury and, making her first vocal appearance with the group, Ellie Fitzgerald.  Considering they had little chance to practise together before the concert, they gave a creditable performance. Katie Nicholls also made a Guitar Group first by playing ukulele in 'I'm Yours', while her sister Charley gave the group a solid foundation by playing the bass guitar in most of the songs. Ella Curry and Charley Nicholls are the newest group members and played an indispensable part in all of the pieces. 

A good time was had by all, and the audience showed their appreciation by giving a generous collection of £105.00 towards an electric guitar for the group. 

Next year will be the last year for Georgia and Annabel, as well as Isobel, so we are already looking out for some new singers to join the Guitar Group. Fancy your chances?

Concert at St. Martin’s Church 24th January – Article by Lily Fowler 13B

On Saturday 24th January, the South Wilts A Cappella Choir, directed by Mrs Poppleton, had the wonderful opportunity of singing in St Martin’s Church as part of a delightful evening concert.

The night began with the choir singing a beautifully haunting rendition of Górecki’s ‘Totus Tuus’, with the first chord stunning the audience into awed silence. This was the perfect way to set the tone and standard for what was to come during the rest of the evening. This motet was followed by a contrasting performance of Sibelius’s ‘Andante Festivo’ by the dedicated and highly-skilled SWGS Chamber Orchestra; the players demonstrating their strong talent as string players. Then, the invited orchestra and choir came together to perform Lauridsen’s ‘Lux aeterna’ – an exquisitely harmonised work that, while remaining modern, has many subtle musical references that harked back to the past.

After the interval, the girls of the choir carried on the evening’s Marian theme by singing Holst’s 8-part ‘Ave Maria’ – a challenging unaccompanied piece gloriously executed by the group’s members. This was followed by a similarly Romantic piece from the Chamber Orchestra: ‘Sarabande for Strings in E major’ composed by Saint-Saëns, once again allowing the group to show off their dexterity when it came to these complex ensemble pieces. Finally, to end the evening on a high point, the invited orchestra and choir once again combined to perform Bach’s ‘Magnificat in D major’ – another challenging work that not only allowed the choir and orchestra to shine, but also a number of soloists, all of whom sang incredibly well, adding subtle nuances to the music that made it so enjoyable for all present in the church.

As always with the A Cappella Choir’s concerts, the evening was a joy to behold, due to the combination of fantastic music, dedicated performers and the angelic setting of St Martin’s Church. We would like to thank Mrs Poppleton for being an endlessly enthusiastic and supportive director throughout the preparation for this concert, as well as the invited orchestra for their generosity in terms of time and expertise. Thank you also to all those who have donated towards the A Cappella Trust; your support helped greatly to stage this performance. We would also like to thank all those who contributed to this performance in any way, as all of these people’s skills combined made the evening a great success.

‘Mass in Blue’ –  Review by Tegan Eldridge

The A Cappella Concert on Saturday 25th January truly was a wonderful example of the musical talent South Wilts has to offer. Having prepared for months, the members of A Cappella Choir were excited to be able to perform such an engaging and innovative programme, the evening certainly proving to be the musical highlight of the year for many.

The audience was eased into the concert by an exquisite performance of Victoria’s ‘Lamentations – Sabbato Sancto.’ Beautiful lines and purity of sound combined with the stunning setting of St. Martins’ Church created a sensitive performance that was appreciated by all. To follow on, the ebullient style of ‘Verbum caro factum est’ by Hassler provided an excellent contrast and embodied the true capability of the choir.

The Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Parsons, were profound and mature in their approach to Grieg’s ‘Two Elegiac Melodies’, and their expressive performance resonated amongst an appreciative audience. This was followed by several movements of Corelli’s ‘Concerto Grosso Op. 6. No. 4’ – played with a vivacity that sounded fresh off the page.

To add to the wide repertoire for the evening, A Cappella delivered to the audience an elegant performance of Bruckner’s ‘Locus Iste’, the atmospheric splendour of the work echoing around the church. Following this, Rachmaninov’s ‘Bogoroditse Devo’ was captivating and expressive, reinvigorating the calm transience of song prevalent at the beginning of the evening. To continue the journey through musical history, Caplet’s ‘O Salutaris Hostia’ and Skempton’s ‘Adam lay y-bounden’ were both delivered impressively, with as much musical finesse as the pieces that preceded it – a demonstration of the musical talents of A Cappella under the direction of Libby Poppleton.

‘Mass in Blue’ was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, serving as a true testament to the virtuosic composer Will Todd and his jazz ensemble, including the wonderfully talented soloist, Bethany Halliday.

Despite the complexity, the innovative blend of jazz and blues proved a perfect match to the solid choral writing, creating a compelling and unique piece. This became more consuming as it progressed, with each movement showcasing the work’s soaring melodies, driving rhythms and rich harmonies, creating a captivating allure throughout the church. The remarkable setting of a mass, performed with the assured confidence of all the musicians and singers involved, was a truly splendid experience.

Where silence would usually be expected between movements, the church rang with applause, with a standing ovation succeeding the performances.

 The professionalism of Will Todd and his jazz group was unparalleled; fitting effortlessly into a choir that they had never accompanied they still maintained an air of excellence and demonstrated impressive musical flair. Credit must go to Libby Poppleton for once again conducting and creating a successful and highly enjoyable concert, and Helen Timperley also deserves a special mention for her vital role in the months prior to the performance.

Overall it was an incredible evening, and an experience shared that will be remembered by all.

A Cappella Evensong – The Queen’s College, Oxford – 19th October 2013

Last Saturday, South Wilts A Cappella Choir, led by Mrs Poppleton, had the opportunity to sing Evensong in the beautiful Chapel of the Queen’s College, Oxford.

After arriving in Oxford, we were allowed free time to explore the town and make the most of the shopping opportunities, before a short rehearsal followed by refreshments. In the intimate service, we sang works such as Bruckner’s ‘Locus Iste’ and Hassler’s ‘Verbum Caro Factum Est’ to a full congregation. The choir was joined by several past members of A Cappella who are now Choral Scholars and students at the university. It was lovely to see them again and to find out how life at university is.

Overall, we had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and would like to thank Mr Fay for playing the organ for us as well as Philip Corp for organising the trip so efficiently and Mrs Poppleton for her enthusiasm and continuous dedication to our choir. Thank you to Mrs Timperley for her accompanying us during our rehearsals.

Helena Wynn and Rebekah Ingle


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