Surrey Hills Spring Concert

The award-winning Surrey Hills Chamber Choir and Surrey Hills Singers invite you to join them at their Spring Concert at St Nicolas Church, Guildford on Sunday 28th April at 7pm.

As always, the choirs are preparing a programme that comprises songs from many musical styles and with songs from Bach to Billy Joel there is something for every musical taste.   All the songs will be presented in the trademark Surrey Hills way which has become so popular with local concert goers that the Christmas concert is always a sellout.   The choirs will sing from memory and engage you in the story of every song.  It’s a cross between choral and theatre so as well as listening to the beautiful music there is plenty to watch.

With the concert so close to Easter, the choirs have chosen to sing a few seasonal songs:  the beautiful and anguished “Vinea mea electa” by Poulenc; the haunting “Drop Slow Tears” by Gibbons; the fast-moving and passionate fugue “Fac ut ardeat” from Stabat Mater by Pergolesi; and the familiar “An Easter Hallelujah” by Cohen which has been re-set with an Easter text.

But this is a small section of the evening.  Also to look forward to are the traditional songs “The Wellerman”, “The Turtle Dove” and “Joshua fit de battle of Jericho”; some Baroque music with “I was glad” by Purcell and the spell-binding arrangement of “Come Sweet Death” by Bach.  Moving to contemporary classical music, two popular American composers are represented with “I will wade out” by Eric Whitacre and “Into the Light” by Richard Burchard.

To contrast these classics, there will be some popular and film music to enjoy:  Sara Bareilles’ song “Kaleidoscope Heart” has been arranged for choir with some entertaining body percussion; whilst two well-known emotional pop ballads – “You raise me up” and “Say something” will bring a tear to the eye; in contrast, the up-beat “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel will get your toe tapping. Lastly, film music is represented with the haunting “Jenny of Oldstones” from the series “A Game of Thrones” and “Let the River Run” from “Working Girl”.

So many wonderful songs to enjoy from two top local choirs, so pop the date in your diary.

Tickets are £14 for adults and £5 for children and will be available to book online from Friday 12th April from

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