A time for music A time for music
Grand Christmas Charity Concert
raising money for good causes
Saturday 21st December, 2019 at 7.45pm
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
82 West Street, Dunstable, LU6 1NY

Luton Concert Orchestra
Musical Director Steve Kent    Leader Lesley Newing

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

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

Master of Ceremonies
Steve Kent

Our Christmas Charity Concert raising money for worthy local causes. Christmas music and carols to sing for all the family. As usual we joined the Vauxhall Male Voice Choir and the Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir, to raise money this year for NOAH Enterprise who offer hope and support to people struggling against homelessness and exclusion.

There was a varied programme of music from the delightfully pure sound of the Girl’s Choir singing John Rutter’s The Lord bless you and keep you and a rousing rendition of Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’ chorus to a sparking selection of Christmas-themed music from the movies. All the usual favourites were included including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh ride and there were plenty of traditional carols which the audience joined in heartily.

Unfortunately Terry Driver, the concert’s regular Master of Ceremonies, was unable to be at the concert so Steve Kent ably took on this role at short notice.

Tickets for the concert were £10 with children under 12 getting in free and the concert proved to be a very enjoyable evening.

Sadly this was Steve Kent’s last performance as Conductor of the Luton Concert Orchestra as he had to step down due to work commitments. We were sorry to see him leave after only 4 years but we wished him the very best for the future. Stephen Bradley, our current first trombonist, has been appointed to take over from Steve for our Spring 2020 concert.

Programme
Carol
Once in Royal David’s City
Luton Concert Orchestra
Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson
Carol
Angels from the realms of glory
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
God’s choir
arr. H.Benton
Mary’s boy child
Hairston arr. P. Driver
Carol
Away in a manger
Dunstable Priory Girls’ Choir
Come Thou redeemer of the Earth
traditional
Midnight
Mark and Helen Johnson
Carol
The First Nowell
Luton Concert Orchestra
A Christmas Festival
Leroy Anderson
Interval
Luton Concert Orchestra
Zadok the priest
Handel arr. Nigek Wicken
Carol
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
Luton Concert Orchestra
Christmas at the movies
arr. Bob Krogstad
Carol
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir
O holy night
Adolphe Adam arr. S. M. Hyslop
Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Handel
Presentation about the work of the NOAH Enterprise
Luton Concert Orchestra and Choirs
Jingle Bells
Pierpont arr. Phillida Driver
Carol
O Come All Ye Faithful
arr. Willcocks

Concert poster