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Fantasia On Christmas


Sun 9 Dec 2012, 2:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Upper Hutt Baptist Church, 1 Milton St, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: boycekarenj

Two Upper Hutt Choirs combine to perform a delightful concert of Christmas Music on Sunday 9 December. The Hutt Valley Singers and Major Minors Children’s choir have been working with Musical Director Joanne Roelofs preparing their contributions. Each choir has a selection of songs and there are combined pieces where approximately sixty choristers creating a warm and full sound. Joanne has selected a variety of music including audience participation carols, an American spiritual, Band Aid’s Do they Know it’s Christmas (a favourite), Jingle Bell Rock, and Star Child as well as some surprises!

The Hutt Valley Singer's major piece is Fantasia on Christmas Carols by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams written and first performed exactly 100 years ago.The piece consists of English folk carols interposed with well known carols. Originally for solo Baritone, Choir and Orchestra, The Hutt Valley Singers present their interpretation with Baritone soloist Justin Pearce, choir and piano played by Karen Boyce.

Other pieces include the southern hemisphere premiere of On a Gentle Winter’s Night written in 2001 by rising English composer Alison Wrenn and The Shepherd’s Chorus from Amahl and the Night Visitors by 20th century Italian Composer Cian Carlo Menotti.

The Major Minors Children’s choir formed this year are looking forward to performing with the adult choir again. The children’s choir currently has twenty members aged 4-11 .“Many of the children have solos in this concert. Their sound and confidence is developing each week and they are doing brilliantly. They are a delight to work with. Amongst the choirs are two families where there is a grandparent singing in the same concert as their grandchild – this is wonderful. Both families love having the dual involvement. The two choirs have worked very hard this year with lots of performing and are looking forward to coming together again to sing” says Joanne.