Preparations are underway for Harrow Choral Society’s Christmas Concert which takes place on Saturday 16th December in the Speech Room of Harrow School. “Our Christmas Concert makes a great start to the festive season,” said Chairman Peter Miller “and it’s always a pleasure to sing in the Speech Room with its unique atmosphere and historic associations.”
Actor Edward Fox, well-known for his film roles in The Day of the Jackal and The Go Between and in the TV series Edward and Mrs Simpson, will give seasonal readings during the concert and nominate a charity to receive the proceeds of the retiring collection. As an Old Harrovian he is very familiar with the splendid surroundings of the Speech Room and mentioned that, as a pupil, he was in the audience when Winston Churchill once addressed the school! The choir is also looking forward to welcoming two other very special guests: the Mayor of Harrow and composer Cecilia McDowall, whose piece A Winter’s Night they will be singing.
As well as traditional carols and music, the programme will feature less familiar works by Peter Warlock and Guy Woolfenden as well as Cecilia McDowall. The conductor is Simon Williams and the choir will be accompanied on the organ by Bernard Barker and also by the superb Elysian Brass. “We’re also delighted that a choir from Hatch End High School will be our guest performers this year, and there’ll be plenty of opportunity for the audience to participate too,” said Peter Miller.
The choir recently rounded off a triumphant 80th season with a tour of The Netherlands where they sang a programme of music by Tallis, Byrd, Pachelbel and Bach to capacity audiences in and around Amsterdam. To hear them perform, visit the website and follow the link to the Netherlands Tour from the home page. And of course, if you feel inspired to be part of it all, Harrow Choral Society is always pleased to welcome new members. Contact Jill Mans on 020 8248 7625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org*