LOCAL EVENTS FOR 2023
23 September: Harrow Choral Society: Open workshop: The choir welcomes all singers to a special choral workshop, led by Music Director and professional baritone Sam Evans. Sam will work on a selection of tuneful pieces on the theme of ‘Songs of the British Isles’ including traditional Scottish, Welsh and Irish songs and jazz-inspired settings of Shakespeare’s Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing. Venue: St Alban’s Church, North Harrow HA2 7PF at 10am – 3pm. Tickets: £5 for members, £10 for non-members. Music will be provided on the day, along with coffee or tea and light refreshments. For further details visit www.harrowchoral.org.uk or call 07794 253463.
25 September: Harrow Public Transport Users’ Association: AGM and meeting at Harrow Baptist Church Hall, College Road, Harrow (Turn right on leaving the Bus Station exit of Harrow-on-the-Hill Station). 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
30 September: Bentley Priory: The Bentley Priory Chronicles – a new show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Bentley Priory. Timing: 11am and 2pm. Tickets £10 from www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/chronicles. Call 020 8950 5526 for more information.
5 October: Hatch End Horticultural Society. Talk at Baptist Church, 8pm: William Reid from the Commonwealth Graves Commission on Gardening the World. For more info, visit www.hehs.co.uk.
7 October: Bentley Priory: The Bentley Priory Chronicles – a new show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Bentley Priory. Timing: 11am and 2pm. Tickets £10 from www.bentleypriorymuseum.org.uk/chronicles. Call 020 8950 5526 for more information.
21 October: Harrow Choral Society. Autumn Concert – Songs of the Spirit – at 5.30-6.30pm at St Alban’s Church, The Ridgeway, North Harrow.HA2 7PF. The 80-strong choir will sing a selection of tuneful pieces on the theme of Songs of the British Isles including traditional Scottish, Welsh and Irish songs and jazz-inspired settings of Shakespeare’s Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing under the baton of Music Director Sam Evans www.samevansmusic.net
Scotland is well-represented in two folksong arrangements by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ca’the Yowes to the Knowes and Alister McAlpine’s Lament as well as Beethoven’s jaunty setting of Robert Burns’s Auld Lang Syne. There’s also an arrangement of Westering Home. An arrangement of The Ash Grove by contemporary composer Jeremy Rawson takes us to Wales, while Ireland is represented by Danny Boy. Completing the tour, we travel to England with Gustav Holst’s I Love My Love and In Praise of Neptune. In a more modern idiom American jazz pianist and composer George Shearing has given a fresh feel to some of Shakespeare’s most famous poems and lyrics in his Songs and Sonnets.
Tickets are £12, under 18s are £2. For more info and to book, visit www.harrowchoral.org.uk or call 07794 253463. Programme to be advised.
Alongside his conducting role Sam enjoys a high-profile career as a baritone soloist and has sung with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir for 20 years. The Monteverdi Choir was chosen to perform in Westminster Abbey before the Coronation service on 6th May. Sam made national headlines in March when he successfully campaigned to prevent the BBC disbanding its world-famous chamber choir, the BBC Singers. Sam’s contribution to music-making in this country was recognised this year when he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
23 October: Hatch End Horticultural Society. Garden visit to RHS Wisley, depart 9am. For more info, visit www.hehs.co.uk.
11 November: Hatch End Horticultural Society. Quiz Supper, Scout HQ, 7pm for 7.15 pm. For more info, visit www.hehs.co.uk.
16 December: Harrow Choral Society. A Christmas Celebration at Harrow School Speech Room, HA1 3HP. Tim Bentinck (David Archer in the BBC’s The Archers) will be the Guest Reader. For more information, visit www.harrowchoral.org.
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