2003-2004 Season

Although ostensibly a 'one-concert 'season we actually organised and led a 'Come and Sing Messiah' in the October on behalf of Gifts Hospice in Grantham. This was a small part of a world-wide event called 'Hospices in Harmony' when a concert was given on the same day in venues around the world to raise money and awareness for the hospice movement. All the concerts had a twin concert and ours was related to the Mbarra Hospice in Uganda and messages and greetings were exchanged and read out on the night. It was a very enjoyable and successful evening--the soloists included Helen Winter,soprano and the Choral Society's own Michael Toon, tenor.

The organist was Geoffrey Winter and the conductor was Philip Robinson. All the soloists and musicians very generously gave their services for free. As a result of the evening we were able to give Gifts a cheque for 1016. The Spring concert was a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in St Wulfram's Church, Grantham. We were delighted with the evening; everything appeared to gel with the choir on good form, excellent soloists and a superb orchestra. There was also a good audience in spite of the England v France rugby match on TV! The soloists were:

Mezzo Soprano: Kathleen Wilkinson

Tenor: Mark Curtis

Bass: Christopher Dixon

The semi chorus was provided by St John's Church, Grantham - under the direction of their Choir Master Geoffrey Winter, the orchestra was the English Pro Musica and the conductor was our Musical Director Philip Robinson. Spring Concert: The Society will be giving a performance of Elgar's wonderful oratorio The Dream of Gerontius in St Wulfram's Church on Saturday 27th March at 7.30pm. We have a large orchestra of over 50 instrumentalists for this concert-the English Pro Musica. This is a new excellent professional orchestra founded in 2003 and based in Nottingham to provide music in the East Midlands.

The soloists were:

Mezzo Soprano: Kathleen Wilkinson

Tenor: Mark Curtis

Bass: Christopher Dixon

All of these soloists are very experienced in opera, concert and oratorio; in fact anyone who attended our performance of Bach' St John Passion last year would have noted the memorable performance by Christopher Dixon as Christus.

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