Concert Archive 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Members' Area

 © Farnham & Bourne Choral Society    I   Registered Charity No. 288900   I   Website designed & built by Waving Moose Communications  




“What a lovely evening, the choir performed beautifully and it was very moving…”


About the Choir>>

2024 Programme>>



General Enquiries


T: 01252 790422

Home About Us Programme Rehearsals Join Us! Support Us Farnham Sinfonia Contact


Current Programme

Full House for Requiem Concert 

Ninety seven members of the Farnham & Bourne Choral Society sang in its Remembrance concert on Saturday 9th November at St. Thomas-in-the Bourne. The church had a capacity audience of 250, ranging in age from the single to the nearly triple figures. Judging by audience comments, the varied first half programme was a particular hit. It opened with Handel’s rousing chorus Zadok the Priest, followed by Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, sensitively conducted by Robin Wells, and played by the 22-piece orchestra led by Sally Dewey. Mendelssohn’s short Prayer for Peace preceded another choral work by Handel. This was an arrangement of Eternal Source of Light Divine, from the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, for solo soprano (beautifully sung by the pure voice of Jenny Sanders) and solo trumpet (played from the organ loft by Will Spencer). Due to its popularity, this item had been included for a second consecutive year.

For the Fallen, a poem set to music by Mark Blatchly for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in 1980, was then sung by the choir, perhaps a little muddily (how appropriate!) and immediately followed by the trumpeter’s perfect sounding of The Last Post from within the vestry. At this point there was many a moist eye.

Post interval, Mozart’s Requiem completed the concert. The soloists, Ruth Parr (soprano), Alex Lawrence (contralto), Hugh Hetherington (tenor) and Simon Cakebread (bass) were all proficient in their parts. While it must be said the choir had a wobbly moment or two in the more challenging passages, none was too obvious, and there was great applause at the end of the work.  

I, along with the audience, had a very enjoyable evening. There was a pleasant relaxed atmosphere - the big choir looked good - the red scarves adding to the festive spirit - and Jubilate Brass were a wonderful bonus.

The Choir produced a rich well balanced sound which was such a pleasure to listen to. It was a very interesting programme with some old favourites and some new - Adeste Fideles and Long Time Ago being particularly memorable. The mood changed with "Our Father's heart begotten" with its rather sombre words and six verses. However, it was great fun singing "While Shepherds Watched....." to "Ilkley" - we all enjoyed singing along with that!

The warm receptive audience completed the festive atmosphere, and as I watched people leaving the Church, they mostly had huge smiles on their faces having had a lovely evening listening to evocative Christmas music.




Brahms "Requiem"


Faure "Requiem"

Vaughan Williams "Dona Nobis Pacem"

Coleridge Taylor "Hiawatha"

Haydn "Nelson Mass"

Schutz "Christmas Story"


Bach "St. John Passion"

Durufle "Requiem"

Elgar "Psalm 29"


Elgar "The Kingdom"

Verdi "Aida"


Mendelssohn "St. Paul"

Haydn "The Creation"


Mozart "Mass in C minor"

Finzi "In Terra Pax"

Vaughan Williams "Fantasy on a Christmas Carol"


Verdi "Requiem"

Bach "Christmas Oratorio"


Vaughan Williams "A Sea Symphony"

Vaughan Williams "Five Mystical Songs"

Handel "The Messiah"


Elgar "The Dream of Gerontius"

Monteverdi "Beatus Vir"

Vivaldi "Magnificat"

Bruckner "Three Graduals"

Bach "Thou Guide of Israel"


Mendelssohn "Elijah"

Britten "Rejoice in the Lamb"

Handel "Coronation Anthems"