Join the Surrey Hills choirs for two festive concerts of songs and carols this Christmas time.
The Surrey Hills choirs are presenting two concerts this December, each with their own distinct character. The first concert on Saturday 8th December, 6pm, at Cranleigh Village Hall is a family friendly event for everyone! All are welcome! Featuring performers from age 6-60 from all four of the Surrey Hills Choirs: Training Choir, Young Voices, Singers and Chamber Choir – the concert will be diverse and entertaining from start to finish.
The programme will include performances from each choir as well as joint items to produce an amazing “wall of sound”. The little ones from the Training Choir will perform the humorous “If I only had a brain” from The Wizard of Oz, whilst the Young Voices will entertain with a Mary Poppins medley, the 2017 hit song “Havana” and the very popular “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. The very talented “Mum’s” choir, the Surrey Hills Singers, are likely to move you to tears with the beautiful Disneyesque “Seal Lullaby” by popular contemporary composer Eric Whitacre and get you bopping in your seats with “Mercy” by Duffy. Finally our experienced and award winning choir, the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir, will perform three wonderful songs on a star theme. The mesmerising “Stars” by Esenvalds, unusually accompanied by the sound of twinkling stars played on wine glasses; the majestic “Christus est Stella” (Christ is the morning star) by local composer Will Todd; and Kate Rusby’s gorgeous ballad “Underneath the stars”. To top this, the concert will open with all choirs singing a popular song, “The Greatest Show”.
Starting with the song “Christmas time”, the second section of the concert will take you into the festive season. Interspersed with traditional audience carols, the choirs will perform Christmas favourites like “Nazareth” from the film The Nativity, “Welcome Baby Jesus” from the musical Angel Express, John Rutter’s beautiful “Christmas Lullaby”, Britten’s much-loved “A Hymn to the Virgin” and the delightful traditional “Ding Dong merrily on high”.
If you prefer a more sophisticated concert, then join the adult choirs for the Candlelit Concert on Sunday 9th December at 8pm in the magnificent setting of St Nicolas Church, Guildford. In addition to the songs sung on Saturday, the two choirs will sing “Sing we now of Christmas”, Harold Darke’s version of “In the bleak midwinter”, Alexander L’Estrange’s “Epiphany Carol” and the very festive “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” – a cycle of traditional carols arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams with baritone soloist Mike Winterbotham. Great care has been given to each song to give the audience different visual and aural experiences of the performances.
Tickets for Saturday: £12 Adults and £3 for children (16 and under). (Family ticket of 5 adults for £50 are available on request).
Tickets for Sunday: Adults £12 and £5 for children 16 and under. Tickets for both concerts include programme, wine and refreshments and are available to purchase online at
www.surreyhills-choirs.co.uk until 9pm the night before the performance.