Wednesday 12th December: St.Mary's church, Reepham 7:30pm
The choir performed their summer concert in Bawdeswell Village Hall on 28th July.
An audience of over 70 enjoyed music from Bach, Handel and Rutter, as well as a selection of hits from the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The evening raised over £250 for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a charity which offers care and support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families across East Anglia. The funds raised will go towards funding ‘the nook’ a new purpose-built hospice in Norfolk which will replace the existing hospice in Quidenham. The new building will have improved accessibility and flexibility and enable the charity to deliver even better services to more children in the region.
As this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War the Iceni performed a concert of commemoration to all who served during that conflict, in whatever capacity. St.Mary's church in Reepham was a fitting venue for such a concert with the music being intersperssed with readings relevant to the experiences of the people who lived through those harrowing times.
There were two Christmas events this year. The first was a Saturday evening performance at Reepham church which included a solo and a duet as well as readings. The second involved a return to Hunters' Hall the very next afternoon for a less solemn presentation of carols and readings.
This performance, at St.David's church in Thorpe End, had quite a varied content and demonstrated just how versatile the choir can be. In the first half we sang Rutter, Mendelssohn and excerpts from Schubert's mass in G whilst in the second half there were pieces from Bernstein, Gilbert and Sullivan and Wagner on offer. Plus a wonderful rendition of Delibes' 'Flower Duet' from Katy and Jude that was the real icing on the cake.
Our first concert of the year was performed at St.Michael's church in Reepham. Sadly Harry's commitments meant that he had to return to the midlands so James Lilwall has taken up the reigns again. We performed a medley of show songs from across the years from 'Showboat' to 'A Chorus line'.
December found the choir back at Bawdeswell village hall singing a mixture of carols and other well-known Christmas songs in a short concert that was attended by a very plump man all dressed in red! The mince pies and mulled wine at the end were thoroughly appreciated by choir and audience alike!
We sang a Remembrance concert at the Sacred Heart church in North Walsham. The first half of the concert included works that, in different ways, remembered the great sacrifice made by members of the armed services in all recent wars. Many of the composers were veterens of different conflicts. The reportoire included a piece by James D'Angelo, an American who had served in the Vietnam war, and was being performed in the UK for the very first time.
The second half of the concert included works to do with advent celebrating the coming of Christmas.
The choir sang the first half of the opening concert of the Foulsham festival. Our programme on this night was a mixture of show songs and some of the items that we performed at Bawdeswell. The second half of the concert was performed by the solo soprano Sarah Llewellyn. At the end of the concert the choir joined Sarah as we all sang Benjamin Britten's version of the National Anthem (well it was the Queen's official birthday).
We celebrated St.George's day and Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday at the new Bawdeswell village hall (on the 23rd April) with a first half programme of folk songs from around the British Isles. In the second half we performed a rousing programme of hymns and anthems, two of which were performed at the coronation ceremony in 1953. We of course ended the evening with the National Anthem - Benjamin Britten's special version!
We performed our first concert under the directorship of Harry Castle. The venue was St.Michael's Church in Reepham and the theme was 's Wonderful (one of our favourites). This show was similar to the one performed at Cromer church in 2015 but with a couple of added extras, most notably a medley of songs from the musical Les Miserables. The evening was a big success.
The choir had a very successful evening performing Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem, together with orchestra, at the Whinburgh Music Festival on 9th August. This performance was repeated at St.Nicholas church, Blakeney on 10th October but this time with organ accompaniment.
Earlier in the year we performed a 'Sounds of the Shows' concert called s'Wonderful at two separate venues. The first was Cromer Church on 6th June and the second was Hunters Hall, Swanton Morley on 14th June.
The choir performed in two Christmas concerts this December. The first was at Chapel Field Road Methodist church in Norwich and the second was a welcomed return to Hunters Hall in Swanton Morley. In both cases we sang a varied programme which included excerpts from Vivaldi's Gloria, two French carols and a Latin carol from the 14th century.
The choir sang at the Whinburgh Music Festival again. The programme this year comprised a three day event covering a commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, a medley of songs from famous Broadway shows and a classical evening that ended with Fauré's Requiem. For further information and photographs from Whinburgh 2014 please click here.
The six choir members and Christine Dix repeated the World War One commemoration performance at Aylsham Town Hall two weeks after the Whinburgh Music Festival.
The choir had four engagements. On November 30th we sang an "Advent of Christmas" concert at Lyng church. On December 8th we sang a carol concert at Hunters Hall in Swanton Morley. The next event was a carol service at Thuxton Church in the heart of Norfolk. To get there we travelled (along with the congregation) on the Mid-Norfolk railway, singing a selection of carols on the platform before we set off. The final concert was given at Bawdeswell church on 15th December where we shared the stage with the church's accomplished youth choir the Semi-tones.
The choir sang at the Whinburgh Midsummer Music Festival and at Hunters Hall in Swanton Morley. The choir sang a varied programme of works by Mozart and Britten before the interval and a selection of songs from Porter, Gershwin and Percy Grainger, together with a choral selection from My Fair Lady.
The Iceni choir sang a total of three Christmas Concerts at St.Mary's Church, Reepham; St.Peter and St.Paul's Church, Swaffham and All Saint's Church, Bawdeswell.
The choir sang at the Dereham Festival, Caistor Lifeboat Station and St.Margaret's Church in North Walsham.
This Christmas the choir sang a seasonal concert at Bawdeswell Church and a carol service at St.Mary's Church in Reepham.
Bernard Matthews' Funeral Service
The choir were invited to sing at the funeral service of Bernard Matthews in November 2010