Elijah (May 2011)
It was with great pleasure that the choir was able to join forces once again with Blackburn Symphony Orchestra to perform this much loved work in Blackburn Cathedral. It was great to have both a full turn out of choir members and what was almost certainly the best attendance for this kind of concert in many years. The event was beautifully staged with memorable performances by excellent soloists and the inclusion of the Cathedral girls’ choir as angelic voices was a masterstroke. Well done James! The playing of the orchestra was much admired also and with such strong support the choir rose to a high standard of performance much commented on by many members of the audience. We were delighted and relieved that the sad experience of our cancelled Messiah had not impinged on our loyal attendees, and hope that this memorable concert did much to make amends.
Dinner at “La Scala” (February 2011)
In February about 40 members went to “La Scala” Italian restaurant for the second time in two years to enjoy a most enjoyable meal. Thanks must go to Sheila Simpson and Sue Parkinson for organising the event.
Cancelled Messiah (December 2010)
For the first time in its history, the Society was obliged, with great regret and sadness to cancel the 2010 performance of the Messiah. This was done for safety reasons. The severe weather conditions meant that there was considerable risk that audience and participants may have found themselves stranded overnight, or involved in an accident as so many people had long distances to travel. The Committee would like to extend its sincere apologies to all those who were disappointed, especially those we were unable to contact beforehand.
A Christmas Cracker (December 2010)
The Society’s first experiment to offer a new style Christmas words and music concert was deemed by audience and choir alike to be a great success. Given the hard frost, the starry night and the candle lit ambiance of Samlesbury Hall on 7th December with it’s roaring log fire it could hardly fail to be anything else. So popular did it prove to be that for the first time ever, the society actually sold all its tickets!Blessed Benedicite! (November 2010)
Our Autumn concert at Westholme School was a great success, due in part to the fabulous contribution of the combined forces of two sets of very young but very well trained voices, Salesbury Primary School choir and the “Lantern Voices”, both conducted by Gill Fourie. Their delightful rendition of “Badgers and Hedgehogs”, “Butterflies and Moths” and “Grandmas and Grandads” from Carter’s Benedicite brought a real dose of musical sunshine to the evening and maybe even a moist eye or two amongst our admiring audience. This work, coupled with the jazzy rhythms and haunting elegies of Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals made for a most memorable evening, distinguished also by three exceptionally fine solo piano pieces performed by our very own accompanist and assistant conductor, Joy Fielding. We look forward to repeating the collaboration in the not too distant future.
Dr James Eastham – Messiah Dedication (September 2010)
In recognition of Dr Eastham’s outstanding service to music and to the Society, this year’s performance of Handel’s Messiah will be dedicated to him on Saturday 18th December.