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Works Performed

Welcome to the Wantage Choral Society online archive. Inevitably, some information has been mislaid over the years: do you have any WCS concert programmes or newspaper cuttings from years gone by which could fill in some of the gaps?

The links in blue below will lead you to old concert posters, programmes and some pictures.

Please click here to browse our poster archive

We have not included:

  • The concerts of Christmas music we have promoted in many Decembers, often collaborating with other local musicians
  • Purely orchestral items, or vocal or instrumental items by our invited soloists
  • Performances in competitive Music Festivals
Concert History
2017 June VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Sea Symphony (with Abingdon & District Musical Society)
April HANDEL: Zadok The Priest; CHARPENTIER: Te Deum; VIVALDI: Gloria
2016 Dec. FAURÉ: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine; PUCCINI: Requiem; Works by Brahms and Mendelssohn
July The American Song Book: Copland, Shearing, Whitacre, Arrangements of Spirituals
April SCHUBERT: Mass No. 3; MOZART: Requiem
2015 Nov. HANDEL: Messiah
June BOB CHILCOTT: Songs and Cries of London; PAUL BURKE: Didcot Haiku (World Premiere)
March ROSSINI: Petite Messe Solennelle
2014 Dec. PURCELL: O Sing Unto The Lord, Bell Anthem, Funeral Sentences; HANDEL: Chandos Anthem No. 9
July VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Songs; COPLAND: Old American Songs; CHILCOTT: Jazz Folk Songs
Apr. VERDI: Requiem (in collaboration with Bicester CS and St. Giles Orchestra)
2013 Dec. BRITTEN: Ceremony of Carols; CHILCOTT: On Christmas Night
June MUSIC FOR A SUMMER EVENING: Madrigals, Part-songs, Jazz arrangements.
Mar. MOZART: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; HAYDN Nelson Mass Poster
2012 Dec. PURCELL: Come Ye Sons Of Art, Dido and Aeneas; HANDEL: Zadok The Priest Poster
July DURUFLÉ: Requiem; MORLEY: Madrigals; CIRO PINSUTI: Part-Songs Poster
Mar. HAYDN: Creation Poster
2011 Nov. CHILCOTT: Little Jazz Mass; Arrangements of classic popular songs Poster
July Come and Sing HANDEL Choruses, Dorchester Abbey, Oxon. Poster
Mar. SAMUEL BORDOLI: Orbs of Light and Shade, Almighty and Everlasting God; PAUL BURKE: Lumen ad Revelationem Gentium; KARL JENKINS: The Armed Man Poster
2010 Dec. BENJAMIN BRITTEN: St. Nicolas; Carols and Christmas music Poster
June JOHN RUTTER: Psalmfest Poster
Mar. BRAHMS: A German Requiem Poster
2009 Nov. PERGOLESI: Magnificat; VIVALDI: Gloria (from memory) Poster
June VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Folk Songs; SCHUBERT: Four Quartets; FAURÉ: Cantique de Jean Racine; Elgar and Sullivan Partsongs Poster
March TIPPETT: A Child Of Our Time
2008 Nov. HUMMEL: Mass in B Minor; PALESTRINA Stabat Mater; VARIOUS Motets Poster
June VARIOUS: Music for a Summer’s Evening Poster Concert Notes
March ELGAR: Dream of Gerontius Poster Concert Notes
2007 Nov. BRITTEN: Rejoice in the Lamb; PARRY: I Was Glad; TAVENER: The Lamb; PÄRT: Beatitudes Poster
June Come and Sing: HANDEL (various works)
March MOZART: Requiem Poster
2006 Dec. PUCCINI: Messa di Gloria; BACH Boxing Day Cantata BWV 40, GABRIELI Hodie Christe Natus Est
July Come and Sing: FAURÉ Requiem, MASSENET: Mélodies, English Partsongs
(Recording) Polyphonic Motets by Giovanni Gabrieli
May May: WALTON: Belshazzar’s Feast (with Abingdon & District MS)
2005 Dec. G.GABRIELI: Vespers of St. Mark; Vespers by other Italian masters Poster
July VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: In Windsor Forest, The Pilgrim’s Journey; Five variants on Dives and Lazarus Poster
Apr. MASCAGNI: Easter Hymn; HAYDN: Te Deum; PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens; VERDI: Anvil Chorus; Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves; Triumphal Scene from Aida: WAGNER: Spinning Chorus.
2004 Dec. HANDEL: Messiah Review
July JEROME KERN: Showboat (concert version) Poster
March MOZART: Coronation Mass K317; Passiontide Cantata K42 Poster
2003 Dec. BACH: Christmas Oratario
July MENDELSSOHN: Hymn of Praise; MOZART: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; PURCELL: Welcome to All the Pleasures Poster
Spring BACH: St John Passion
2002 Dec. HANDEL: Christmas Music from Messiah; Carols and Christmas music
Nov. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No 1 “Sea Symphony” (with Abingdon & District MS)
June GILBERT & SULLIVAN: Yeomen of the Guard
March BRAHMS: German Requiem, Alto Rhapsody
2001 Nov. BRAHMS: German Requiem (with Abingdon & District MS)
June OFFENBACH: Orpheus in the Underworld Poster
Mar. BEETHOVEN: Mass in C Major; BRAHMS: Nanie, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny); HANDEL: Foundling Hospital Anthem, Anthem on the Peace; HAYDN: Harmoniemesse
2000 Dec. BACH: Cantata 140, Sleepers Wake; PERGOLESI: Magnificat; VIVALDI: Gloria
July GILBERT & SULLIVAN: HMS Pinafore Poster
Apr. BACH: Mass in B Minor
1999 Dec. GEOFFREY BUSH: Christmas Cantata; Carols
July STANFORD: Songs of the Fleet; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Mystical Songs, In Windsor Forest Poster
June Evening of music in aid of the Kosovo Appeal
March DVORAK: Mass in D; ROSSINI: Stabat Mater Poster
1998 Dec. HAYDN: The Seasons Poster
June FLANDERS/HOROWITZ: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo; GILBERT & SULLIVAN: Trial By Jury Poster
March BACH: St Matthew Passion Poster
1997 Dec. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Oct. HANDEL: Messiah
July SLADE: Salad Days
April HANDEL: Judas Maccabaeus Poster
1996 Dec. HAYDN: Nelson Mass; PURCELL: Come Ye Sons of Art
July PUCCINI: Messa Di Gloria
March MENDELSSOHN: Elijah (with Didcot CS)
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1995 Dec. ROSSINI: Petite Messe Solennelle
July FAURÉ: Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine, Pavane
Apr. HANDEL: Messiah
1994 Dec. MOZART: Coronation Mass; BACH: Cantata 140 (Sleepers Wake), Cantata 161 (Come Redeemer); HANDEL: The King shall Rejoice
June GIBBS: The Highwayman; ELGAR: Songs from the Bavarian Highlands, As Torrents in Summer;
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Dark Eyed Sailor, Linden Lea, Just As The Tide; DYSON: The Seekers, Reveille
Mar. HAYDN: Creation (with Didcot CS)
1993 Dec. BACH: Lobet den Herrn, Christmas Oratorio (excerpts); HANDEL: Zadok the Priest; HOLST: Christmas Day; Carols
July BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasia; PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens Poster
Spring ELGAR: Dream of Gerontius
1992 Dec. MOZART: Vesperae Sollennes de Confessore, Requiem
July COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Death of Minnehaha; STANFORD: The Revenge
April BACH: St John Passion
1991 Dec. BRUCKNER: Motets; SCHUBERT: Mass in Ab
July FAURÉ: Cantique de Jean Racine; PURCELL: Five Songs;
May BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem; GODDARD: At the Year’s Spring
1990 Dec. BRITTEN: A Hymn to the Virgin; HANDEL: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened; HAYDN: St Cecilia Mass;
June HOROWITZ: Summer Sunday; DIACK: Nursery Rhymes
April MENDELSSOHN: Elijah
1989 Dec. BACH: Magnificat in D; HANDEL: Zadok the Priest; SCHUTZ: The Christmas Story Poster
July 40th Anniversary Choral Evensong: STANFORD: Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Psalm 150; WOOD: O Thou, the Central Orb
June VERDI: Requiem (with massed Oxfordshire choirs)
May WAGNER: Parsifal Act 1; BERLIOZ: Te Deum (with Abingdon CS)
March North Berks. Festival: BRUCKNER: Locus Iste; GEOFFREY BUSH Christmas Cantata plus (???)
1988 Dec. GEOFFREY BUSH Christmas Cantata; FINZI: In Terra Pax; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
June BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes; SEIBER: 3 Yugoslav Folk Songs; KODALY: The Music Makers (An Ode)
March HANDEL: Chandos Anthem No 9; MOZART: Mass in C Minor Poster
1987 Nov. DURUFLÉ: Requiem; FAURÉ: Cantique de Jean Racine
June BYRD: Heyho to the Greenwood Tree; BYRD: Would you know my Celia’s Charms; CARTER: Two for the price of one; HOLST: I Love my Love; MORLEY: Fire, Fire; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Turtle Dove
May BEETHOVEN: Mass in D (Missa Solemnis)
1986 Dec. BACH: Christmas Oratorio
June FLANDERS/HOROWITZ: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo; GENEE: Italian Salad; HAMMERSLEY: Magnificat
Mar. BRITTEN: Hymn to St Cecilia; BRUCKNER: Mass in E Minor, Ecce Sacerdos
1985 Nov. HANDEL: Utrecht Te Deum; PERGOLESI: Magnificat; VIVALDI Gloria
June ELGAR: As Torrents in Summer, Feasting I Watch, My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land; STANFORD: The Blue Bird; SULLIVAN: The Long Day Closes; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Oxford Elegy, On Wenlock Edge
May VERDI: Requiem (with Abingdon Musical Society)
1984 Dec. HANDEL: Messiah
July TOCH: Geographical Fugue; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: 5 English Folk Songs; Madrigals
Apr. BACH: Mass in B Minor
1983 Nov. DVORAK: Mass in D; FAURÉ: Requiem
June COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast; DYSON: Three Songs of Courage, The Seekers and Reveille
May BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 9 (Choral); DVORAK: Te Deum
Feb. MENDELSSOHN: Elijah
1982 Nov. BRITTEN: Ceremony of Carols; MOZART: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; PURCELL: Welcome to All the Pleasures
Summer BRITTEN: Gloriana Dances; ELGAR: As Torrents in Summer; PURCELL: Welcome to All the Pleasures; ROWLEY: Sailors Garland; Madrigals and Spirituals
Spring BACH: St Matthew Passion
??? HANDEL: Messiah
1981 Nov. ROSSINI: Petite Messe Solennelle
June SEIBER: 3 Hungarian Folk Songs; MOERAN: Spring, The Sweet Spring, Battle of Jericho, Griping Griefs, Little David
May PYKE: Time and Tide; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 1 “Sea Symphony” (with Abingdon MS)
Mar. HANDEL: Come and Sing “Messiah”
1980 Nov. HANDEL: Samson
??? GIBBS: HANDEL: Israel in Egypt; PALESTRINA Stabat Mater
June GIBBS: The Highwayman; BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes
??? BACH: Singet den Herrn, Das ist meine freude; Der Geist Helft (with Abingdon MS; at Wantage and Merton College)
Feb. HAYDN: Come and Sing “Creation”
1979 ??? HANDEL: Come and Sing “Messiah”; HAYDN: Nelson Mass; PURCELL: Te Deum in C; VERDI: Requiem
Spring BRAHMS: German Requiem (with Abingdon &D MS)
1978 Nov. HANDEL: Alexander’s Feast
June BACH: Peasant Cantata; GERMAN: Merry England
Feb. BRITTEN: Rejoice in the Lamb; MOZART: Mass in C Minor
1977 May MENDELSSOHN: Elijah (with Abingdon MS; in Wantage and Abingdon)
Mar. BACH: Cantata 140 (Sleepers Wake); FAURÉ: Requiem
1976 Nov. HAYDN: Creation
June BIZET: Carmen
1975 Nov. ROSSINI: Petite Messe Solennelle
May HANDEL: 9th Chandos Anthem; MONTEVERDI: Beatus Vir; PERGOLESI: Magnificat; VIVALDI: Gloria
1974 Dec. HANDEL: The King Shall Rejoice; MOZART: Requiem
May BERLIOZ: Grande Messe des Morts (at Dorchester Abbey; with various choirs)
Mar. BACH: St Matthew Passion
1973 Dec. HANDEL: Messiah
Oct. MENDELSSOHN: Elijah
May STANFORD: Songs of the Fleet; COLERIDGE TAYLOR: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Mar. BACH: St. Matthew Passion
1972 Nov. HANDEL: Samson
May FAURÉ: Requiem; VIVALDI: Gloria
Mar. BACH: St Matthew Passion
1971 Nov. PURCELL: King Arthur
July GIBBS: The Highwayman; other choral works
March BACH: St Matthew Passion (with St. Mary’s School Choir)
1970 Nov. BACH: Christmas Oratorio Parts I and II; Part Songs
Apr. HANDEL: Acis & Galatea
1969 BACH: Peasant Cantata; PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens; ??? Ave Maria; MOZART: Ave Verum Corpus; MASCAGNI: Easter Hymn; COLERIDGE TAYLOR: Hiawatha Part I (overall, a time of turmoil for WCS)
1968 BACH: Jesu, Priceless Treasure; HAYDN: Harmoniemesse (May; with Abingdon MS; at Wantage and Abingdon)
1967 HANDEL: Israel in Egypt
1966 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No 1 “Sea Symphony”
1965 Nov. HANDEL: Messiah
May Various Choral Works
1964 ??? BALFE: Bohemian Girl
July HAYDN: Distraught with Care and Anguish; VIVALDI: Gloria; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Hundredth Psalm; WEBER: Jubilee Cantata
1963 Dec. BACH:Magnificat; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Christmas Carols
July PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Towards The Unknown Region; GIBBS: The Highwayman
1962 KODALY: Matia Pictures; MOERAN: Griping Griefs, Little David, Spring, The Sweet Spring, Battle of Jericho; STANFORD: Songs of the Fleet; VERDI Requiem (November)
1961 Nov. BRAHMS: German Requiem (at Wantage and Didcot)
May HANDEL: Judas Maccabaeus
1960 Nov. CONSTANT LAMBERT: Rio Grande; MENDELSSOHN: Hymn of Praise; JACOB: Highways
June BIZET: Carmen
1959 FAURÉ: Requiem; LE FLEMING: Five Psalms
1958 Oct. BRAHMS: Song of Destiny; HANDEL: Acis & Galatea; Three Partsongs
May BACH: Mass in B minor (with Abingdon MS; in Abingdon and Wantage)
1957 HANDEL: Messiah (February)
1956 BACH: Jesu Priceless Treasure; BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes; MOZART: Requiem; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: In Windsor Forest
1955 May BACH: St Matthew Passion (with Abingdon Musical Society: one performance in Abingdon, one in Wantage)
??? Programme of Part Songs
1954 GERMAN: Tom Jones; MENDELSSOHN: Elijah
1953 Dec. BACH: Christmas Oratorio
??? Coronation Music: Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II
1952 BORODIN: Prince Igor Choral Dances; COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast; Concert of Church music (May)
1951 Dec. HAYDN: Creation
??? GERMAN: Merry England
1950 HANDEL: Messiah; DUNHILL: Early One Morning
1949 July Evensong in Tewkesbury Abbey
Apr. STAINER: Crucifixion
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