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Winchester and County Music Festival 2018 – Romsey Concert

Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30pm
Romsey Abbey
by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: Graham Kidd

Soloists: TBA

Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Sarisbury Choral Society, Winchester City Festival Choir

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

John Rutter – Mass of the Children
Haydn – Mass in Time of War

Mass of the Children is a non-liturgical Missa brevis, with the traditional Latin and Greek Mass text interwoven with several English poems. It consists of five movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Finale (Dona nobis pacem).

The Finale uses additional text from the Agnus Dei which was not used in the preceding movement, as well as two prayer adaptations by Rutter and a poem by Bishop Thomas Ken (An Evening Hymn). Another of Ken’s poems was incorporated into the Kyrie (A Morning Hymn), and a poem by William Blake (The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience) is interwoven with the Agnus Dei.

Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War) is a setting of the mass by Joseph Haydn. Known also as the Paukenmesse due to the dramatic use of timpani, it is one of the most popular of his fourteen mass settings. The autographed manuscript contains the title “Missa in tempore belli” in Haydn’s handwriting.

Tickets: £22, £16 and £12 (half price for those in full time education) available through WCMF choirs or online at

Sarisbury Choral Society – Celebrating Christmas 2017

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Saturday 2nd December 2017, 7.00pm

St. Paul’s Church, Sarisbury Green

Conductor: Graham Kidd

An evening of old and new Christmas music, including extracts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and carols for choir and audience. Please note the early start time of 7.00pm!

Tickets: £6, available on the door or from Sarisbury Choral Society members.


Southampton Choral Society – East meets West

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Saturday 28th October 2017, 7.30pm

St James’ Church, West End

To include works by Rachmaninov, Whitacre and Tavener.

Conductor – Peter Gambie

Tickets: £12, Concessions £10, Family £24 (max. 2 adults and 2 children under 16), Students £5
Contact 023 8073 3653 or visit

Lee and Sarisbury Choral Societies – Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Saturday 7th October 2017, 7.00pm

Holy Trinity Church, Gosport

Lee Choral Society and Sarisbury Choral Society will be joining together to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Conducted by Richard Dewland
Guest Organist – Andrew Cleary
With string quintet

Tickets – £10
Available from LCS members or by calling 02393 113534

Come and Sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Saturday 23rd September 2017

St James’ Church, West End

Rehearsal: 4.15 – 5.30pm, Performance: 6.30pm

Sarisbury Choral Society invites you to come and sing excerpts from Mendelssohn’s much loved oratorio, ‘Elijah’.

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Accompanied by orchestra

Singers will need to pay £3 on the day to hire a copy of the music.
Refreshments will be available in the hall between the rehearsal and performance.

All non-singers are welcome to come and listen to the performance! Entry is free.

For further information, please contact the Friends of St James’ Church at


Bella Armonia’s Summer Tour 2017

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The members of ‘Bella Armonia’ are teaming up again for a ‘summer tour’ featuring solos and ensembles from a range of classical music styles. Our theme this summer is dance music!

Fiona Thompson (flute)
Fiona Jones (oboe / cor anglais)
Sandy Thompson (violin)
Sophie Aynsley (piano / violin)
Graham Kidd (piano)

Our first performance takes place on Friday 4th August at St. James’ Church, West End, Southampton SO30 3LT commencing at 7:30, admission is £5, which includes a glass of wine in the interval.

The second performance is on Saturday 5th August at St. John’s Church, Rownhams SO16 8AH commencing at 7:30. This concert is free, with a retiring collection. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

Our final performance takes place on Sunday 6th August at St. Michael’s Church, Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AD commencing at 3pm. This will be a slightly shorter programme, lasting about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. This concert is also free, with a retiring collection.

The three performances promise to be good events and we would love to see you at one of these concerts if you can make them. Feel free to bring a friend too!