Past Concerts

Programme 30 June 2012

The Sandham Singers Summer Concert was held at St Mary's Church, Shaw on Saturday 30 June 2012. A varied programme of early music from around 1550 through the 1700s and 1800s and the 20th century, ended with pieces written by Cole Porter, then Van Morrison and Billy Joel, and was much appreciated by all who attended. You can read a review here.


Programme 21 January 2012

The choir entertained old friends and supporters to a Club Night Supper and Song at St. George's Hall, Newbury on Saturday January 21st 2012.

This happy evening was held to continue the choir's support for the Newbury Branch of the MS Society. There was a varied range of songs from Elizabethan times to Twentieth Century, with some individual patter songs and duets; Nicholas Woods and Jill Bolton gave a fine performance of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite arranged for four hands by Rachmaninov.

Next year's Club Night is on Saturday 9th February 2013.


Remembrance programme

Programme 12 November 2011

From the Newsletter of the Newbury Branch of the MS Society:

"Concert in aid of our MS Society Branch ... The talented Sandham Singers organised a Remembrance concert on Saturday 12th November in St Nicolas Church, Newbury, with ticket sales supporting our Branch.

Fauré's magical Requiem was the mainstay of the evening, performed very professionally by the Sandham Singers, and moving readings were read by various choir members. It was a truly magical evening, and it was great to see several of our members and supporters there."

The Newbury Weekly News said:

"Under the sensitive direction of musical director Nicholas Woods the choir gave a very good account of this rather gentle requiem ... fine performance."



Evensong programmeProgramme 22 May 2011

With the kind permission of The Master, Sandham Singers celebrated a full Choral Evensong in the wonderful chapel of Marlborough College. Choir members and guests alike enjoyed this moving service conducted by Canon John Simpson, himself an Old Marlburian, a dedicated musician and long standing friend of the choir from his days at Bristol Cathedral where we have been privileged to sing the weekend’s services on a number of occasions.

Inspired by the opportunity to sing in this beautiful building with its outstanding acoustic, the service began with Barry Ferguson's 'It was on that train' sung as the introit, a moving tribute to Mother Teresa's lifelong commitment to the poor of India. We chose to sing the challenging, but lovely, the Rose 'Responses', Stanford's rousing Magnificat and contrastingly peaceful Nunc Dimitis.

Our chairman, Bill Acworth, gave a short address in praise of FARM-Africa's influential work with rural communities in East Africa, stressing the long term and replicable nature of their many successful projects in that often harsh region.

The enormous generosity of the congregation enabled us to send over £1,100 to a very grateful FARM-Africa.

For the anthem we sang 'Love Divine' by Howard Goodall, accompanied by organist Philip Aspden, who helped the congregation to fill the glorious space with rich sound in the singing of a number of joyous hymns.

To round up the evening, choir members and many of the congregation repaired to the renowned Polly Tearooms, spoiling ourselves to a delicious cream tea! When writing to thank us, the Chaplain was bold enough to invite us to make a repeat visit to which we will be pleased to invite our ever growing band of 'Friends'.


Concert 3

Programme 29 January 2011

St. Joseph's Carol Traditional Flemish Melody

Star Candles Michael Head, Margaret Rose

Love Divine Howard Goodall

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem Herbert Howells

Sunset and evening star Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Love bade me welcome Vaughan Williams

Clare Benediction John Rutter

In Haven Edward Elgar

Le Baylère Traditional French from the Auvergne

Bring Him Home from 'Les Misérables' Claude-Michel Schönberg

For your eyes only Bill Conti, Michael Leeson

Let the river run Carly Simon

Hallelujah Leonard Cohen

The Sandham Singers always entertain with style, making their events memorable and enchanting. This concert was no exception, as they swept away winter blues with music and supper by candlelight.

The St. George's Centre, Wash Common, Newbury was bursting at the seams with an audience of all ages enjoying a varied programme of choral music, and a selection of solos and duets from individual talent within the choir.

The icing on the cake was the result of everyone's generosity to raise substantial funds for the West Berks Community Hospital who rely on charitable donations for the excellent service they provide the Newbury area. From the sale of tickets & programmes, a raffle and extra donations, we were pleased to be able to give the hospital a cheque for over £650 toward the creation of its Therapy Garden as a peaceful space for the rehabilitation of neurological patients.


Programme 18 July 2009

Hanacpachap Cussicuinin Anonymous (early 17th c. Peru)

Te Lucis Ante Terminum Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 1585)

May No Rash Intruder George Frederick Handel (1685 – 1759)

Bogoroditsye Devo Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Hark all ye lovely saints Thomas Weelkes (1576 – 1623)

Round of Three Country Dances Thomas Ravenscroft (1592 – 1635)

Calme des nuits Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)

Down to the River to Pray American folk hymn/African-American spiritual

Silent Noon Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)

It was on that train Barry Ferguson

Water of Tyne Music Michael Neaum, words traditional English folk song

Bring him Home Music Claude-Michel Schoenberg, words by Herbert Kretzmer

Irish Blessing Bob Chilcott (born 1955)

Who is Sylvia George Shearing (born 1919)




Programme 28 Feburary 2009

Dindirin Anonymous (16th century)

Missa Papae Marcelli (Kyrie) Palestrina

Three Ravens Ravenscroft

A Round of Three Country Dances Ravenscroft

Bach à la Swingle arranged by Nicholas Woods

Piano selection played by Nicholas Woods

Verleih uns Frieden Mendelssohn

In Haven Edward Elgar

Magnificat Arvo Pärt

Feel the Spirit John Rutter featuring soloist Charlotte Aspden.
The late David Fanshawe wrote: "A most engaging choir ... Your performance of this work was deeply moving."

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho Steal away I got a robe Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit Deep river When the saints go marching in

Various close harmony arrangements were sung for the encore.