Deck the Hall

Deck the hall - 6 December

Monday 6 December 2021 at 8pm
Essex Church, Notting Hill

Kensington Singers conducted by Hannah Brine
Jonathan Williams pianist

For the safety of all audience and choir members, please wear a face covering unless you are medically exempt and keep your distance from anyone not in your household if possible. Audience capacity has been reduced compared to previous years so there should be plenty of room to space out. Please ensure your phone and any other electronic devices are switched to silent. Enjoy the concert!


Programme

Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson arr. Benny Lee, lyrics by Mitchell Parish

Deck the Hall Traditional Welsh

Heartwood From The Lost Words Spell Songs arr. Colin Douglas

If ye love me Thomas Tallis

Love Came Down at Christmas John Rutter

Music for a While Henry Purcell, lyrics by John Dryden, continuo adapted from W. F. Long
Sung by Sebastian Michael

The Gloucestershire Wassail Traditional arr. John Battley

In The Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst, lyrics by Christina Rossetti

Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

We Wish You A Merry Christmas 

1. We wish you a merry Christmas
we wish you a merry Christmas
we wish you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year!
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year.

2. Now bring us some figgy pudding
now bring us some figgy pudding
now bring us some figgy pudding
and bring some out here.
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year.

3. For we all like figgy pudding;
we all like figgy pudding;
we all like figgy pudding;
so bring some out here!
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year.

4. And we won’t go until we’ve got some;
we won’t go until we’ve got some;
and we won’t go until we’ve got some
so bring some out here!
Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin
We wish you a merry Christmas
and a happy New Year!

A few words about the charity we are supporting, Glass Door

The Twelve Days of Christmas arr. John Rutter 


Kensington Singers

Kensington Singers is a non-auditioned, mixed voice choir formed by Hannah Brine in 2011. We have performed across London, including at the Southbank Centre, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We have performed with groups such as London Contemporary Voices and Capital Chorus. Ladies from our choir were lucky enough to perform at the Royal Albert Hall with Gary Barlow and the cast of his musical, Girls, based on the Calendar Girls true story, as the opening act for the 2017 Olivier Awards. In 2016 they joined the cast of the Girls to perform at the Royal Variety Show. In 2019 we were honoured to take part in the BBC Proms performance of in the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams, and in 2020 we graced the Barbican stage, together with the LSO orchestra and a massed choir to perform Andre Thomas’ Symphonic Gospel Spirit. Our spring term starts on Monday January 17th and new members are always welcome.  


Hannah Brine

Originally from Leicester, Hannah conducts Finsbury Park Singers, Kensington Singers, Victoria Park Singers and the ITV office choir. She coached the choir for, and sang with, Gary Barlow for his 2016 Royal Variety performance and his 2017 Olivier Awards, for which he was the opening act, and also performed with Gary on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Her session credits include Disney, Upstart Crow and various dance releases. She has taught at Mountview Theatre Academy of Performing Arts, as well as studying on the Estill Voice Model Certified Master Teacher programme with Anne Marie Speed. She has an LRSM distinction in choral conducting and in 2015 was named a BBC Unsung Hero for her work with choirs.

Hannah launches her EP A Piece of My Heart at The Pheasantry, Chelsea on January 21st. Her work over lockdown has seen her tracks feature on new British radio soap opera Greenborne, starring John Altman (Eastenders’ Nasty Nick Cotton). She can also be found composing for choirs. Her piece Winter Lark, written during the 2020 pandemic which was turned into a virtual choir released, was premiered on Scala Radio, and Ray of Sunlight was recently performed by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery Youth Choir. 

Hannah founded Kensington Singers in 2011, and after 11 joyful years as their leader, she hands over to the esteemed Roseanna Skikum, from January 2022. hannahbrine.co.uk 


Jonathan Williams – pianist

Jonathan Williams read music at the University of Cambridge, receiving a BA (Hons) and MPhil, before going to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  Since then, he has worked as an actor, singer and musical director for numerous productions in the West End, the UK and Europe.  He has been a musical director for the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked on its recent productions of The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Oppenheimer, Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote and The Alchemist.  Jonathan also works regularly for the education departments of the Royal Opera, Wigmore Hall and English National Opera, providing workshops for children, students and families. 


Acknowledgements

A huge thanks to all the singers involved in tonight’s concert for their hard work. An especially big thank you goes to the team of volunteers from the choir who have helped make this event possible. 

Thanks to the staff at Essex Church and to you, our lovely audience, for supporting us.


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