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About the Society

The Princes Risborough Music Society was founded in 1912. Its name was changed to Princes Risborough Choral Society on 1 May 2018. It performs two main classical concerts a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn, which are usually held in local churches. Every eighteen months or so we join up with Marlow Choral Society to perform larger scale works which take place in the Wycombe Swan Theatre. Each summer the Society performs concert versions of popular operettas or light choral pieces for three nights in late June/early July in Longwick Village Hall. A carol concert is usually held in St Mary's Church Princes Risborough just before Christmas. We perform under the musical direction of our conductor Christopher Grant. It is a registered charity and is affiliated to Making Music (The National Federation of Music Societies). Our President is Adrian Thompson the well known tenor and Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music. Practices are held at Princes Risborough School on Tuesday evenings from 7 30pm to 9 30pm in term time with an additional rehearsal in the week before the concert.

We are a friendly society with a membership of about 80. There are no auditions and we are happy to welcome new members who enjoy singing and would like to join this thriving choir.

The present annual subscription is £70.

David Griggs, Chairman
November 2014

History of Concerts

 

2017

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2017 Carmina Burana
Piano Concerto in A-minor - soloist Matthew McCombie
Carl Orff
Grieg
Jun/Jul-2017 The Gypsy Baron
Concert Version
Soloists:
Lindsay Bramley, Helen Clutterbuck, Ken Ebbs, Jon Grave, Ian Henderson, Philip Joslin, Stuart McDermott and Karen Richardson
Johann Strauss II
Mar-2017 A Celebration of Eastertide
Music from Easter Oritario
The Saviour
Soloists:
Ben Smith – Tenor
Hugo Herman-Wilson – Baritone
Organist:
Colin Spinks

J S Bach
W S Lloyd Webber

2016

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2016 Christmas Concert
Nov-2016 Petite Messe Solenelle

Soloists:
Eleanor-Rose Sanderson-Nash - Soprano
Elspeth Marrow - Mezzosoprano
William Wallace - Tenor
Harry Thatcher - Bass
Instrumentalists:
Ian Tindale - Piano
Colin Spinks - Harmonium

Rossini
Jun/Jul-2016 Summer Concert

La Belle Hél&egrène – concert version - soloists: Ian Henderson, Karen Richmond, Alexandra Ferrari, William Harry Branston, Jon Grave and Philip Joslin

Offenbach
Mar-2016 The Grand Duke and Pirates of Penzance

(Narrator – Adrian Thompson; Soloists: Josephine Goddard - Mezzo-Soprano, Kate Coventry - Soprano, Polly Leech - Alto, Adrian Thompson - Tenor, Timothy Connor - Baritone, Nicholas Morton - Baritone)

Gilbert & Sullivan

2015

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2015 Christmas Concert
Nov-2015 Autumn Concert
- Blessed is the man that hath not walked
- I said in the cutting off of my days
- Divertimenti for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon
(Soloists: Alenka Bogataj (flautist), Andres Villalobos (oboist), Elliot Gresty (clarinetist), Kristina Hedley (bassoonist)
- Suite for harp in C major, Op 83
(Soloist: Rosanna Rolton)
- The Sprig of Thyme
 
John Blow
John Blow
Frank Bridge


Benjamin Britten

John Rutter
Jun-2015 Summer Concert

Iolanthe – concert version Soloists: Ian Henderson, John Wood, Tom Humphreys, Bruce Graham, David Menezes, John Mills, Liam Geohegan, Lyndsay Bramley, Serena Kay, Karen Richmond, Helen Clutterbuck

Gilbert and Sullivan
Mar-2015 Spring Concert

O Clap Your Hands
Andante Pathétique (organist: Colin Spinks)
The Crucifixion
(soloists: Gyula Rabb, Huw Montague Rendall)

Sir John Stainer

2014

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2014Christmas Concert
Nov-2014The Music of Amadeus
Coronation Te Deum
introduced by Julian Brockless as Salieri
Ave Verum Corpus
Piano Concerto in D minor K466
soloist: Martin James Bartlett (winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014)
Requiem K626
soloists: Rachael Cox, Timothy Nelson, Gyula Rab & Hannah Sandison

A Salieri

W A Mozart
W A Mozart

W A Mozart
Jun-2014The Merry Widow - Concert VersionFranz Lehár
Mar-2014The Glory of Baroque
Cantata 196
Pasalm 117
Missa Brevis in F major

J S Bach
G P Telemann
F J Haydn

2013

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2013Christmas ConcertVarious
Nov-2013Christmas Oratorio and Five Mystical SongsSaint-Saëns and Vaughan Williams
June-2013Patience - concert performanceGilbert and Sullivan
Mar-2013RequiemVerdi

2012

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2012Christmas ConcertVarious
Nov-2012Centenary Concert - Music Makers & Feel the SpiritElgar & Rutter
Jun-2012Concert version of Oklahoma!Rodgers & Hammerstein
Mar-2012Royal Jubilee Concert – Mass in CMozart

2011

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2011Christmas Concert - an enjoyable miscellany of traditional and less-well-known carolsVarious
Nov-2011Handel's Messiah (Goossens) - joint concert with Marlow Choral SocietyHandel
July - 2011Concert version of The GondoliersGilbert and Sullivan
Mar-2011Afternoon concert followed by teaVivaldi's Kyrie, Gloria and Cred

2010

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2010Christmas Concert 
Nov-2010Messa di GloriaPuccini
Nov-2010Excerpts from Operas and AriasDonizetti, Rossini, Verdi
Jul-2010Merrie EnglandEdward German
Mar-2010The Armed ManJenkins
Mar-2010Ave VerumMozart
Mar-2010Beatus VirMonteverdi
Mar-2010The Heavens are Telling (Creation)Haydn
Mar-2010Piano ConcertoGrieg

2009

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2009Little Organ MassHaydn
Nov-2009RequiemFauré
Nov-2009Cantique de Jean RacineFauré
Mar-2009Motet: Der Gerechte kommt umKuhnau/Bach
Mar-2009Settings of the Passion ChoraleBach
Mar-2009Cantatas 109 and 134Bach
Mar-2009Concerto for Horn, Two Oboes, Strings and ContinuoHoffman

2008

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2008ElijahMendelssohn
Apr-2008Stabat MaterRossini
Apr-2008Cello Concerto No 2 in D MajHaydn
Apr-2008Te Deum KV141Mozart
Apr-2008Overture - Don GiovanniMozart

2007

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2007GloriaVivaldi
Dec-2007Oboe concerto in D Maj Op 92Albinoni
Dec-2007Trumpet Concerto in DTelemann
Dec-2007KyrieVivaldi
Dec-2007Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 8Corelli
Mar-2007Carmina BuranaOrff
Mar-2007Dona Nobis PacemFanshawe
Mar-2007Cello Concerto in E MinElgar

2006

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2006CreationHaydn
Mar-2006Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat MajMozart
Mar-2006Overture to The ImpresarioMozart
Mar-2006Mass in C minMozart
Mar-2006Ave VerumMozart

2005

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2005Swan Prom
May-2005The Armed ManJenkins
May-2005Te DeumHaydn
May-2005Violin ConcertoBrahms

2004

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2004Stabat MaterDvorak
Mar-2004St Matthew PassionBach

2003

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2003Negro SpiritualsTippett
Nov-2003African SanctusFanshawe
Apr-2003CredoVivaldi
Apr-2003RequiemMozart
Apr-2003Concerto No 3 in E Flat for HornMozart
Apr-2003Adagio in G MinAlbinoni

2002

DateTitleComposer
Nov-2002Fantasia of British Sea SongsWood
Nov-2002Dream of OlwenWilliams
Nov-2002March "Crown Imperial"Walton
Nov-2002Rejoice in the Lord AlwayRedford
Nov-2002JerusalemParry
Nov-2002Blessed Pair of SirensParry
Nov-2002Zadok the PriestHandel
Nov-2002Merrie England ("O peacful England" and "Long Live Elizabeth")German
Nov-2002Sea PicturesElgar
Nov-2002March "Pomp and Circumstance No 1"Elgar
Nov-2002Warsaw ConcertoAddinsell
Mar-2002Overture - La Forza del DestinoVerdi
Mar-2002RequiemLloyd Webber
Mar-2002Concerto for Cello in E MinElgar
Mar-2002Te DeumDvorak

2001

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2001Arias from Figaro and Cosi fan TuttiMozart
Dec-2001Nelson MassHaydn
Dec-2001Zadok the PriestHandel
Dec-2001Chandos Anthem No 9Handel
May-2001Toward the Unknown RegionVaughan Williams
May-2001Sea SympnonyVaughan Williams
May-2001Piano ConcertoGrieg
May-2001Overture "Ruslan and Ludmilla"Glinka

2000

DateTitleComposer
Dec-2000Organ ConcertoPoulenc
Dec-2000GloriaPoulenc
Dec-2000St Cecilia MassGounod
Dec-2000PavaneFauré
Mar-2000Acis and GalateaHandel

'90s

DateTitleComposer
Nov-99RequiemVerdi
Mar-99Cello ConcertoSchumann
Mar-99Te DeumHaydn
Mar-99Mass in C MinBeethoven
Dec-98Christmas OratorioBach
Mar-98Opera Gala
Dec-97MessiahHandel
Mar-97Rosamunde OvertureSchubert
Mar-97Mass in G MajSchubert
Mar-97Messa di GloriaPuccini
Mar-971st Carmen SuiteBizet
Nov-96ElijahMendelssohn
Mar-96Stabat MaterRossini
Mar-96Little Organ MassHaydn
Mar-96Concerto for CelloBoccherini
Nov-95Double Violin ConcertoBach
Nov-95CantatasBach
Mar-95Overture to "Barber of Seville"Rossini
Mar-95Piano Concerto No 2Rachmaninov
Mar-95Carmina BuranaOrff
Nov-94Purcell Suite from AbdelazarPurcell
Nov-94Dido and AeneasPurcell
Nov-94Suite in D MajHandel
Nov-94Queen of Sheba OvertureHandel
Nov-94Coronation AnthemsHandel
Mar-94Wesendonck LiederWagner
Mar-94Prelude to Act 1 of The MastersingersWagner
Mar-94Blessed Pair of SirensParry
Mar-94The Music MakersElgar
Nov-93RequiemVerdi
Mar-93CreationHaydn
Nov-92GloriaRutter
Nov-92St NicholasBritten
Nov-92Serenade for Tenor and StringsBritten
Mar-92St John PassionBach
Nov-91Symphony No 1 in E FlatMozart
Nov-91Requiem MassMozart
Nov-91Overture to "The Impresario"Mozart
Nov-91Horn Concerto N0 4 in E FlatMozart
Nov-91Ave VerumMozart
Mar-91Horn Concerto No 2Strauss
Mar-91GloriaPoulenc
Mar-91RequiemFauré
Nov-90MagnificatVivaldi
Nov-90Four SeaonsVivaldi
Nov-90Chamber MassVivaldi
Mar-90Symphony No 5Schubert
Mar-90Overture from "Don Giovanni"Mozart
Mar-90Mass in C MinMozart
Mar-90Ave VerumMozart
Mar-90Insanae et Vanae CuraeHaydn

'80s

DateTitleComposer
Nov-89Toward the Unknown RegionVaughan Williams
Nov-89Sea SympnonyVaughan Williams
Nov-89Sea PicturesElgar
Mar-89Te DeumHaydn
Mar-89RequiemDonizetti
Mar-89Piano Concerto No 3Beethoven
Nov-88Te DeumDvorak
Nov-88RequiemDuruflé
Nov-88Double Concerto in A MinBrahms
Mar-88Beatus VirgineVivaldi
Mar-88Dixit DominusHandel
Mar-88Double ConcertoBach
Nov-87Dream of GerontiousElgar
Mar-87RequiemLloyd Webber
Mar-87For the FallenElgar
Mar-87Eight English DancesArnold
Nov-86Petite Messe SolenelleRossini
Nov-862nd Suite for 2 PianosRachmaninov
Nov-86Liebeslieder WaltzesBrahms
Feb-86Requiem mass in D MinMozart
Feb-86Regina CoeliMozart
Feb-86Concerto for Flute No 2 in D MajMozart
Nov-85Kyrie and Gloria in D MajVivaldi
Nov-85GloriaVivaldi
Nov-85Come Ye Sons of ArtPurcell
Nov-85Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D MinBach
Mar-85SamsonHandel
Dec-84Te DeumVerdi
Dec-84Overture to "Barber of Seveille"Rossini
Dec-84Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat MajMozart
Mar-84The Rio GrandeLambert
Mar-84Te DeumBruckner
Mar-84Jeux D'EnfantsBizet
Mar-84Concerto No 5 in E FlatBeethoven
Jan-84Three Tenor Arias
Jan-84Messa di GloriaPuccini
Jan-84Rejoice in the LambBritten
Mar-83Concerto for Clarinet in A MajMozart
Mar-83Ave VerumMozart
Mar-83Mass in B Flat Maj (Maria Theresa)Haydn
Mar-83In Sanae et Vanae CuraeHaydn
Mar-83Zadok the PriestHandel
Jan-83RequiemVerdi
Dec-82RequiemVerdi
Mar-82Stabat MaterRossini
Mar-82Mass in C MinMozart
Mar-82Horn ConcertoMozart
Nov-81Concerto for Violin in E MajBach
Nov-81Cantata 195 "Wedding Cantata"Bach
Nov-81Cantata 191 "Gloria in Excelsis Deo"Bach
May-81ElijahMendelssohn
1980Te DeumStanford
1980MessiahHandel
1980RequiemFauré
198029th PsalmElgar
1980Peasant CantataBach

'70s

DateTitleComposer
1979Nelson MassHaydn
1979Music MakersElgar
1979Alto RhapsodyBrahms
1978Te DeumElgar
1978RequiemDuruflé
1977RequiemMozart
1977German RequiemBrahms
1976Fantasia on Christmas CarolsVaughan Williams
1976GloriaPoulenc
1976RequiemFauré
1976Mass in CBeethoven
Apr-76Carmina BuranaOrff
Nov-75Mass in Time of WarHaydn
Nov-75Te DeumHandel
Apr-75Mass in C MinMozart
Apr-75Te DeumDvorak
Apr-75Zadok the PriestHandel
Dec-74Christmas OratorioBach
Mar-74Te DeumBerlioz
1973ElijahMendelssohn
1973Te DeumBruckner
1973Mass in CBeethoven
Dec-72Christmas CantataBush
Dec-72Rejoice in the LambBritten
Dec-72MagnificatBach
Mar-72Music MakersElgar
Mar-72GloriaVivaldi
Mar-72Water MusicHandel
Dec-71Zadok the PriestHandel
Dec-71German RequiemBrahms
Mar-71Hiawatha's Wedding FeastColeridge-Taylor
Mar-71German DancesDemantius
Mar-71For St CeceliaFinzi
Mar-71Chacony in G MinorPurcell
1970Fantasia on Christmas CarolsVaughan Williams
1970RequiemMozart
1970MessiahHandel

'60s

DateTitleComposer
1969Stabat MaterRossini
1969RequiemFauré
196929th PsalmElgar
1968Lenten CantataHandel
1968Christmas OratorioBach
1967Coronation MassMozart
1967KyrieMendelssohn
1967Peasant CantataBach
1966GloriaVivaldi
1966Mass in GSchubert
1966Spring (Seasons)Haydn
1966A Boy was BornBritten
1966MagnificatBach
1965RequiemFauré
1964NativityThiman
1963MessiahHandel
1963St John PassionBach
1962Bavarian HighlandsElgar
1962Lieberslieder WaltzesBrahms
1961MessiahHandel
1960RequiemFauré

'50s & older

DateTitleComposer
1956Christmas OratorioBach
1948MessiahHandel
1947Judas MaccabeusHandel
1945MessiahHandel
1931RedemptionGounod
Nov-14HiawathaColeridge-Taylor
May-14Play - "Dearest Mama"
Feb-14The May QueenSterndale Bennett
Dec-13MessiahHandel
Apr-13Madrigals and Glees
Apr-13The Last PostStanford
19-Nov-12Society founded
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