A time for music A time for music
Grand Christmas Charity Concert
with guests
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir and Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Saturday 16th December, 2017 at 7.45pm
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
82 West Street, Dunstable, LU6 1NY

Luton Concert Orchestra
Musical Director Steve Kent    Leader Robert Kendrick

Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
Musical Director Phillida Driver    Assistant Musical Directors David Goodge, Helen Wingate    
James Banville

Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Musical Director Gemma Palmer    Accompanist James Banville

Master of Ceremonies
Terry Driver

This was the 12th year that the Luton Concert Orchestra and Vauxhall Male Voice Choir have got together to present a Christmas festival of music and song. Since the inception of these traditional Yuletide concerts, over £15,000 has been raised for local charities. The concert was as usual designed for all the family – young and old – and comprised a wide selection of Christmas music, songs and carols both traditional and new. As always there were popular carols for the audience to sing.

There was a warm welcome again to the Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir who sang a delightful selection of mainly sacred Christmas music, and of course the Vauxhall Male Voice Choir entertained the audience with music ranging from Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah to popular Christmas songs. The singing was contrasted by some light seasonal music from the Luton Concert Orchestra which, together with the audience carols, provided a very varied evening of Christmas music.

The Master of Ceremonies for the concert was Terry Driver, well-known in the area as a musical director and instrumentalist, not least as the musical director of the Luton Concert Orchestra until a couple of years ago.

The recipient charity selected for the concert was Kids in Action, a Dunstable-based charity that provides support and social opportunities for children and adults with special needs. The Charity’s aim is to make a positive difference to each individual, encouraging their participation in social activities, in a safe, non-judgemental environment as many experience isolation and loneliness.

Tickets were £10 with children under 12 getting in free.

Once in Royal David’s City
Luton Concert Orchestra
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson
Good King Wenceslas
Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
No Room At The Inn (Exeter Carol)
D. A. Connett, arr. Barry Rose
Donkey Carol
W. H. Parry
The First Nowell
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
Christmastime (Llanfair)
R. Williams arr. M. Thomas
Mary’s Boy Child
Jester Hairston arr. Phillida Driver
Luton Concert Orchestra
A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
arr. Willcocks
Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Angels’ Carol
John Rutter
All I Want For Christmas
Mariah Carey, arr. Gemma Palmer
The Holly And The Ivy
Luton Concert Orchestra
A Most Wonderful Christmas
various arr. Robert Sheldon
Little Donkey
Eric Boswell, arr. Phillida Driver
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
O Holy Night
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Presentation about the work of ‘Kids in Action’
Luton Concert Orchestra and Choirs
Walking In The Air
Howard Blake, arr. Phillida Driver
O Come All Ye Faithful
arr. Willcocks