A time for music A time for music
Grand Christmas Charity Concert
with guests
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir and Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Saturday 15th December, 2018 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 13th 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 £16,500 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 few years ago.

The recipient charity selected for the concert was the East Anglican Air Ambulance. Following their launch in 2000, this essential service has been flying and saving the lives of people in East Anglia, which covers the local area. This life-saving medical service relies solely on charity donations.

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

Once in Royal David’s City
Luton Concert Orchestra
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
O Holy Night
arr. S. M. Hyslop
J. Leavitt
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Believe (from The Polar Express)
arr. Rebecca Cole
A Christmas Blessing
Philip Stopfold
The First Nowell
Luton Concert Orchestra
A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
arr. Willcocks
Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
This Little Babe (from A Ceremony of Carols)
Benjamin Britten
The Lord Bless You and Keep You
John Rutter
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Luton Concert Orchestra
A Most Wonderful Christmas
various arr. Robert Sheldon
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
trad. arr. Phillida Driver
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Presentation about the work of the East Anglican Air Ambulance
Luton Concert Orchestra and Choirs
arr. Phillida Driver
O Come All Ye Faithful
arr. Willcocks