Past Performances


OCS Summer Concert

Sun, 12 Jun 2022
This summer we again combined with our friends from Horsley Choral Society for our concert "Gloriana" to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The concert featured Haydn's Nelson Mass, Zadok the Priest and Parry's I was Glad, and lighter numbers such as Abba's Dancing Queen.

 

LHMF 2022

Fri, 8 Apr 2022

The 2022 festival took place recently, in a slightly different format to usual, due to the uncertainty over the resumption of choral activities. The opening concert, Handel's Messiah, had been postponed until June 19th, but unfortunately this has now been cancelled. The Festival itself was reduced from its normal three days down to two, with Oxshott participating on the Friday. Competition was limited, and optional, but the afternoon rehearsals and evening concerts took place as usual. Our own Val Beynon presented the prizes on the Friday evening, in recognition of her long tenure as a Leith Hill conductor.

There were two "main" works - Beethoven's Mass in C and Jonathan Willcocks' Song for Mary. In a break with tradition, choirs were allowed to choose their own repertoire in other categories, which was presented as a 20-minute recital. The choice of music had to include a piece by a living composer, an a capella piece, an accompanied piece and two extracts from the main works.

On the Saturday, the main works were Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Bob Cholcott's A Little Jazz Mass.

 

Christmas 2021

Sun, 5 Dec 2021

We sang excerpts from Handel's Messiah, and a selection of Christmas music old and new. Unfortunately there was no interval to be enlivened by the customary wine and hot mince pies and sausage rolls. Despite the audience size being limited by Covid-19 precautions, we managed to raise £410 for our Christmas charity, B@titude, a shop in Leatherhead which, according to its website, "sells second-hand babies (!) and children's clothes", and provides a hub for families to meet in the north Leatherhead area.
 

Christmas 2019

Sat, 14 Dec 2019

Our 2019 Christmas concert, in St Andrew's Church, Oxshott, on Saturday December 14th included J S Bach's Magnificat in D, and a selection of Christmas music old and new. In the interval there was the usual irresistible allure of wine and hot mince pies and sausage rolls.
Our chosen charity this year was Elmbridge Community Link.


 

LHMF 2019

Thu, 11 Apr 2019
The 2019 Festival was Jonathan Willcocks' third as conductor. The festival started with a performance of Bach's St John Passion, on Sunday March 10th at the Dorking Halls. The Festival competition took place over 11th-13th April. Red division (Capel, Epsom, Oxshott and Shalford) sang on Thursday - Hummel's Mass in B-flat Major and Requiem by William Godfree. Blue division (Buckland & Betchworth, Beare Green & Newdigate, Horsley and Leatherhead) sang on Friday, main works Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Travelling Tales by Alan Bullard. Green division (Bookham, Dorking, Holmbury St. Mary and Mickleham) sang on Saturday, main works J S Bach's Magnificat and Haydn's Creation.
 

Christmas 2018

Sat, 15 Dec 2018

Our 2018 Christmas concert in Oxshott was again given to a full house. The featured work was Vivaldi's Gloria, accompanied by Christmas carols for choir and audience, and with the traditional hot mince pies and sausage rolls in the interval. The retiring collection raised over £1,000 for our chosen charity, Surrey Care Trust..


 

Christmas 2017

Sat, 9 Dec 2017

The featured work was Bob Chilcott's Gloria,with soloist Jane Searle.

Carols and other seasonal songs were accompanied on the organ by Matthew Rickard and the Tony Adie Brass Ensemble..

 

Summer 2014

Sat, 14 Jun 2014

On Saturday June 15th, Oxshott Choral Society presented "Eventide", a programme of music for a summer evening, which included Faure's ever-popular Requiem and the Canteen of Jean Racique. We were again joined by singers from Horsley Choral Society, but unusually the concert was not held in St. Andrew's Church Oxshott, our normal venue, because of the church's re-ordering. Instead we performed in the chapel at St. John's School Leatherhead and in spite of the move the concert attracted a large and enthusiastic audience.
 

Christmas 2010

Sat, 11 Dec 2010

In our Christmas concert, entitled "Gloria", we sang John Rutter's Gloria, fittingly, and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Baritone Davis Salmon deputised for the indisposed Geoffrey Horton, Robin Wells accompanied on the organ and piano, and trumpeter Roy Falshaw contributed some fine solo pieces. The audience joined in with some carols and christmas songs after seasonal refreshments. Profits from the evening were donated to The Children's Trust, Tadworth, who provide care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multiple disabilities. Find out more at The Children's Trust website.
 
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