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A Summer Of Music

2nd of October 2008

What a feast of music, song and dance Chipperfield enjoyed this summer!
On 21 June Chipperfield Choral Society gave their concert Summerfest at St. Pauls Church. Director of Music, Delia Meehan, recently returned from examining music candidates in Hong Kong, accompanied the choir on the oboe in John Rutters Psalmfest, which opened the concert. The performance, which ranged from the tranquil to the thoroughly rhythmic, was conducted by Alan Taylor. Vanessa Bowers (soprano) and Robert Meinardi (tenor) added beautiful solo voices to the piece, with Nicholas King at the organ and Simon Parry playing the clarinet. The concert continued with Vanessa singing solos by Richard Strauss, Mozart and Dring and Robert performing pieces by Rossini and Donizetti and a very humerous rendering of the well-known Neopolitan song O Solo Mio. The choir was conducted by Delia Meehan in a fine performnce of In Windsor Forest by Ralph Vaughan Williams which concluded an enjoyable evening.
The following week we were treated to a stunning Candlelight Concert performed by the Chipperfield String Quartet. From jazz to the baroque, Natalia Bonner, Caroline Bishop, Naomi and Laura Fairhurst thrilled the audience and proved just how exciting a string quartet can sound. John Uff has written a full report of the evening which appeared in last months Chipperfield News.
Just a fortnight later, Morris Men descended on Chipperfield from the West Country to the far North and performed their traditional dances for all to enjoy. As usual, the hosts were the Greensleeves Morris Men and the guests included the Anker, Dolphin and Moulton Morris Men and sides from Bathampton and Wath Upon Dearne. They all performed in local villages and towns all day on the Saturday before returning to Chipperfield. The dancers joined a large congregation on a sunny Sunday morning for the open-air service on The Common and all the Morris sides took part in an extravaganza of music and dancing culminating in the traditional parade from St. Pauls church to The Windmill. What a joy to live in Chipperfield!
Terry Simmonds

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