Whinburgh Festival 2014

The Whinburgh Festival 2014 ran over three nights in late July.

The first night only involved Christine Dix and six members of the choir in a centenary commemoration of the outbreak of World War One. The evening comprised a mixture of stories told by Hugh Lupton, poems read by Helen McDermot and songs of the time sung by the choir members accompanied by Christine. All of which worked together to evoke the way that moods changed over the four-year period from the tub-thumping patriotism at the beginning to the utter despair at the futile loss of life at the end.

Hell and Humour in the Trenches

The men enter singing "Pack Up Your Troubles" and "Tipperary"

Hell and Humour in the Trenches

The men in the 'trenches'

Hugh Lupton and Helen McDermott

Hugh Lupton and
Helen McDermott

The second night was a celebration of some of the more popular musical scores written by the likes of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The show was opened by Jane Mack (who had sung a beautiful rendition of "Roses in Picardy" the night before) and the choir went on to sing exerpts from Showboat, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music, ably accompanied by Roger Rayner. There was also a haunting version of Summertime with the dulcet floating melody provided by Katie Hewson.

Jane Mack

Jane Mack

Iceni choir

The choir preparing to sing

For the third night the choir was joined by Penelope Randall-Davis (Soprano) for a classical evening of works by Gabriel Fauré and Henri Duparc. In the first section Penelope sang a selection of songs from both Fauré and Duparc and after the interval the choir sang the Fauré Requiem with guest appearances from Penelope and Tim Elliott (Bass-baritione).


Penelope Randall-Davis


Tim Elliott

Iceni choir

The choir singing the Requiem