Helensburgh Dorian Choir

Past Concert Programmes


"Concerts Favourites", 12th May 2007, Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

This concert was designed to be 'an evening to remember from choral masterpieces to 'The Sound of Music''.

The programme was conducted by Nairn Young and we were delighted to be able to sing with a string orchestra led by Bernard Docherty with Jane Hepworth playing the Harpsichord and Piano.

Programme:

Part 1
Magnificat G. B. Pergolesi
Symphony in Bb Major - string orchestra Wm. Boyce
Chandos Anthem No. 9 ‘O Praise the Lord with One Consent’ - G. F. Handel

Part 2
Ave Verum G. Faure
Linden Lea R. Vaughan-Williams
Aubade - female voices J. Ireland
Suite for Strings - string orchestra J. Rutter
Edelweiss (from ‘The Sound of Music’) - R Rodgers
Two Italian Folk Songs arr. P. Fletcher
Four Songs for Sailors G. Dyson


"Christmas Cheer", 9th December 2006, United Reformed Church, Helensburgh

Conductor: Nairn Young. Piano accompanist: Jane Hepworth. Eight piece brass ensemble. Percussionist: Emma Grace. Hermitage Primary School Choir.

Our programme this year was a miscellany of yuletide music warmed by the rich sounds of our brass ensemble and voices of our choirs.

Programme:

Part 1
Deck the Halls trad. arr. David Willcocks
The First Nowell (communal) trad. arr. David Willcocks
Adam Lay yBounden John Ireland
Up Good Christian Folk and Listen harm. G R Woodward
"London Snow" by Robert Bridges read by Al Reay
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - (communal) trad. arr. David Willcocks
Ricercar del Duodecimo Tuono (brass ensemble) Andrea Gabrieli
When to the Temple Mary Went Johannes Eccard
Ding Dong! Merrily on High harm. Charles Wood
Excerpts from "The Grinch" by Dr Seuss read by Jill Braid
    Hermitage Primary School Choir, led by Catherine Kirk and Ann Carson, singing from 'Songs for Every Christmas' by Mark and Helen Johnson:
Rock Around the Shops
Child in a Manger Born
Unto Us a Child is Born
This Christmas Time
Excerpts from "Harry Potter" by J K Rowling read by Fiona Jackson
In the Bleak Midwinter Harold Darke
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (communal) Felix Mendelssohn

Part 2
O Little Town of Bethlehem (communal) harm. Ralph Vaughan-Williams
My Lord of Marche Paven (brass ensemble) - James Lauder
Galliard (brass ensemble) anon
Hosanna to the Son of David Orlando Gibbons
"The Wise Men Gae Ben" - A Scots Bible read by Archie Waters
Quittez Pasteurs Fr. trad. arr. John Rutter
The Shepherds' Cradle Song Karl Leuner
I Saw Three Ships trad. arr. David Willcocks
"The Guest" by Thomas Ford read by Fran Walker
A Merry Christmas arr. Nairn Young
White Christmas Irving Berlin
Jingle Bells trad. arr. Ray Charles
O Come! all Ye Faithful (communal) arr. David Willcocks


"A Musical Bouquet", 13 May 2006, Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

Our aim in devising this concert was to offer a wide range of music with something to suit everyone's taste – in fact "A Musical Bouquet".
Our soloists Alasdair Young, piano and Alex Baker, baritone both final year students at the Guildhall School of Music, London were first class.
The concert was conducted by Nairn Young and our accompanist was Jane Hepworth.

Programme:

Part 1
Glasgow Highlanders arr. Malcolm G McCallum
Lerchengesang F Mendelssohn
Abschied vom Walde F Mendelssohn
Mice & Men arr. Hugh S Roberton
    Alasdair Young, piano and Alex Baker, baritone:
The Clock Of The Years G Finzi
Lacrymosa - Choir W A Mozart
    Alasdair Young, piano:
Impromptu in Ab Major D935 No.2 F Schubert
April Is In My Mistress' Face - Choir Thomas Morley
Adieu Sweet Amaryllis John Wilbye
A Little Pretty Bonnie Lass John Farmer
    Alasdair Young, piano
Adelaide Op.46 L v Beethoven
Neue Liebe, Neues Leben Op.75 No.2 L v Beethoven
Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Choir arr. Joyce Barthelson

Part 2
The Farmer's Boy – male voices Traditional
Early One Morning arr. N M Young
The Derby Ram arr. E T Sweeting
    Alasdair Young, piano:
Fantasia in D Minor K397 W A Mozart
Aubade – female voices John Ireland
    Alasdair Young, piano and Alex Baker, baritone:
At The River A Copland
I Bought Me A Cat A Copland
The Cachucha - Choir Arthur Sullivan
Waltz Of My Heart Ivor Novello
    Alasdair Young, piano:
Polonaise in A Major Op.40 No.1 The Military F Chopin
Hallelujah Chorus - Choir G F Handel


"Christmas Cheer", December 2005, United Reformed Church, Helensburgh

Conductor: Nairn Young. Piano accompanist: Jane Hepworth. Eight piece brass ensemble. Hermitage Primary School Choir.
The concert went down very well. We played to a full house.

Programme:

Part 1
Joy to the World Lowell Mason
Once in Royal David's City (communal) H.J. Gauntlett
"Eddi's Service" (AD 687), by R.Kipling read by Fran Walker
All This Time William Walton
There is no Rose John Joubert
Torches John Joubert
Cebell (Brass Ensemble) H. Purcell
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (communal) Arthur Sullivan
"The Maid Servant at the Inn", by Dorothy Parker read by Helen Caldwell
Come to Bethlehem Peter Warlock
Patapan arr. Reginald Jacques
"Seasons Greetings", Anon read by Christine Begg
"Christmas Bells" – a musical play Hermitage Primary School Choir
"One of the Three", By Brian McCabe read by Mary-Jane Selwood
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (communal) Mendelssohn

Part 2
Hahnentanz (Brass Ensemble) M. Praetorius
While Shepherd's Watch (communal) descant/organ arr. David Willcocks
Hodie Christus Natus Est J.P. Sweelinck
"The Shepherds go to the Manger", The King James Bible read by Jill Braid
Christmas Song M. Praetorius
A Great and Mighty Wonder harmonized: M. Praetorius
Psallite M. Praetorius
"A Cold Christmas Day Morning" by Rev. Francis Kilvert read by Stephanie Alexander
Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind R.J.S. Stevens
"The Boy Actor", by Sir Noel Coward read by Pat Robertson
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson
When Santa got stuck up the Chimney Anon
White Christmas I. Berlin
O Come! all Ye Faithful (communal) arr. D. Willcocks


'On Land and Sea' May 2005 Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

In anticipation of warmer months the Choir regaled the audience with an array of musical moments, which set their feet a-tapping and hearts swooning! In the second half, we commemorated the 200th Anniversary of Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar. This was planned to be an appropriate celebration of Helensburgh’s naval connections.
In October 1805, Horatio Nelson attacked Admiral Villeneuve's fleet spurring on his men with a signal that read, "England expects that every man will do his duty". After a musket ball struck him in his shoulder and passed through his lung, breaking his spine, Nelson died - the victor.
Two hundred years after his death, Nelson remains a popular hero enshrined in history by his flagship HMS Victory.
This part of the programme commemorated Nelson’s memory with a fun and vibrant nautical tribute with the audience singing and swaying in celebration during the Finale!

Conductor: Nairn Young. Accompanist: Jane Hepworth.

Programme:

Part 1
Bonnie Dundee arr. H.S. Roberton
A Rosebud By My Early Walk arr. Cedric T. Davie
I'll Ay Ca' In By Yon Toon arr. Kenneth Finlay
    Lomond School Traditional Musicians:
The Youngest Ancient Mariner Phil Cunningham
Smiler Traditional
Her Mantle So Green Traditional
Linden Lea V. Williams. arr. A. Somervell
The Dance E. Elgar
    Lomond School Traditional Musicians:
Marni Swanson of the Grey Coast Andy Thorburn
The Sound of Sleat Donald Mackinnon
An Ataireachd Ard/Eternal Surge of Sea Traditional
The Ale is Dear Traditional
All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded John Bennet
The Silver Swan Orlando Gibbons
Now Is The Month of Maying Thomas Morley
    Lomond School Traditional Musicians:
Ashokan Farewell J. Ungar
Seany's Tune Fred Morrison
Donald Willie And His Dog D. Morrison
Donald Mcleod Traditional
The Heavens Are Telling F.J. Haydn

Part 2
See the Conquering Hero Comes G.F. Handel
Sea Fever – soloist Robert Kirk John Ireland
Swansea Town Gustav Holst
HMS Pinafore-excerpts Gilbert and Sullivan
The Old Superb – soloist Robert Kirk C. V. Stanford
Rule Britannia Thos. Arne. arr. N. M. Young


'White Christmas' December 2004 United Reformed Church, Helensburgh

This was the first really traditional-style Christmas concert we performed. It included many well and lesser-known Christmas songs, a longer work, in this case the Pergolesi Magnificat, community carols and readings by Choir members from Christmas literature. Our intention was to establish a pattern of performance, which our audience knew would be just what they wanted to experience in the days leading up to Christmas. The style (and the pattern) worked a treat and we were delighted with the audience's enthusiasm.

Conductor: Nairn Young. Accompanist: Jane Hepworth.

Programme:

Part1
Fanfare M. Shaw
Once in Royal David's City (communal) H.J.Gauntlett
Sir Christemas W. Mathias
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind, Shakespeare read by Pat Robertson
Green Grow'th the Holly attrib. Henry VIII
Christmas Has Started M. & H. Johnson
The Gift M. & H. Johnson
Please Don’t Bring Me A... M. & H. Johnson
What I Think, John Waters read by Archie Waters
While Shepherds Watched (communal) E.Psalter
O Men from the Fields – ladies chorus A. Cooke
Ecce Novum Gaudium arr. K Elliot
'Twas the Night Before Christmas, C.C.More read by Sue Ashby
This Christmas Time M. & H. Johnson
Child In A Manger M. & H. Johnson
The Christmas Fairy, E. Grummett performed by Sheila Vance
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (communal) Mendelssohn

Part 2
Good King Wenceslas(communal) arr. R. Jacques
The Bells of Waiting Advent Ring, Betjeman read by Anne McKechnie
Magnificat G. B. Pergolesi
The Chorus at Oberammergua, Humbert Wolfe read by Judith McGregor
Away in a Manger arr.D.Willcocks
Christmas Song M.Praetorius
Winter, Tennyson read by Sue Newton
Sans Day Carol arr. J.Rutter
A Christmas Carol, Dickens, excerpt read by Ian Robertson
White Christmas Irvine Berlin
Sleigh Ride L. Anderson
O Come all ye Faithful (communal) arr. D. Willcocks


'Traditional Magic' May 2004 Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

For this concert, our conductor Gordon Gunee’s farewell concert, we chose a broad spectrum of traditional airs and folk songs from around the world – some familiar, some less so. We were fortunate to secure Eleanor Doodey as our soloist. She is originally from Worcester and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. As she lives locally in Arrochar, where she teaches singing and piano, she considers herself a local and made a great contribution to the evening both with her solos and her willingness to join the choir in several of our pieces.
However, top of the bill, this evening was our magician and musical director, Gordon Gunnee, we’ll leave the last word to him:

"As my reign as conductor of the Dorian Choir comes to a timely close, I look back on a period of great enjoyment. I have enjoyed the warm welcome and friendship of the members. The hard work, panic - will it work? - relief when it did. I have tried to introduce a wide variety of music to suit different tastes. Hopefully none of it upset people too much, but we have to try new things to stretch our capabilities. I have introduced soloists, both up and coming and established. Tonight's soloist I am sure will have a long and successful career. We have entered the Glasgow Music Festival twice, and a number of people from the audience and other choirs have commented on how well the Choir has performed this year. I would like to thank everyone for their support, and hope the choir will continue to flourish under its new conductor. All the best for the future..." - Gordon.

Programme:

Part 1
Three Hungarian Folk Songs Matayas Seiber
Pipe the Music! Beat the Drum arr Hugh S Roberton
Caleno Custreme arr Hugh S Roberton
Climb up Chillun, Climb arr Joyce Barthelson
    2 Scottish and 3 Irish traditional songs – soloist: Eleanor Doodey
Spanish Love Dance arr Wagner & Ahrold
Linden Lea Vaughan Williams
Black Sheep arr John Rutter
Battle Hymn Of The Republic arr Peter J Wilousky

Part 2
Johnnie Cope arr Cedric Thorpe Davie
Pick a Bale of Cotton arr. Maurice Gardner
Phil the Fluter’s Ball Percy French
Uist Tramping Song John R Bannerman
3 Scottish traditional songs soloist: Eleanor Doodey
L'il Liza Jane arr. Lyn Murray
I Bought Me A Cat Aaron Copland
In the Wheatfield arr. Bryan Williams
When The Saints Go Marching In arr. John Rutter


'A Cotters Christmas' December 2001 United Reformed Church, Helensburgh

In 2001 we decided to celebrate Christmas rather differently. The main item in our concert was 'A Burns Sequence' by John Gardner which celebrates Scotland's 'unlettered ploughman poet'. Our Conductor, Gordon Gunnee and his son Brian, sang in the World Premier of this work on 12 March 1995 in Glasgow City Hall, with the Strathclyde School’s Chorus and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Bell. We were, therefore, delighted to perform this sequence, particularly in view of its passion and its 18th century dialect!

'Though of peasant origin, Robert Burns was a very cultured man: vastly well read and with a knowledge of foreign languages, maths and music. He cut a striking figure amongst Edinburgh’s elite. The poems in the Sequence contain some of the many activities which inspired him in his short life: his religious conviction (in the hymns -1 & 8), his penchant for writing new works to traditional Scottish melodies (in 2 & 7); his delight in both romantic love (in 3 & 4); philandering (5); and his not infrequent use of High English rather than the 'Lallans' with which he is usually associated (1,2 & 8)'.

(exerts taken from the composer's note "A Burns Sequence" by John Gardner, Oxford University Press 1995).

In addition, we included a number of Christmas Carols in the concert, which would have been sung around the time of Burns. There were also some well-known and some less well-known arrangements.

Jane Hepworth accompanied the concert throughout.

Programme:

Part 1
Once in Royal David's City (communal) Mann
Unto Us Is Born a Son arr. Willcocks
Away in a Manger arr. Willcocks
A Burns Sequence: Prayer under the Pressure of Violent Anguish Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: Raging Fortune Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: My Luve is like a Red, Red Rose Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: Will ye go to the Indies, my Mary? Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: O Whistle an' I'll come to you Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: Ca' the Yowes of the Knowes Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: McPherson's Farewell Vocal Score: Gardner
A Burns Sequence: Paraphrase of the First Psalm Vocal Score: Gardner
O Come All Ye Faithful (communal) arr. Willcocks

Part 2
O Little Town of Bethlehem (communal) arr. Williams
Up! Good Christen Folk, And Listen arr. Woodward
A Great And Mighty Wonder Praetorius
The Cloths of Heaven – soloist Chris Wallace T Dunhill
Every Day is Ladies Day with Me arr. Herbert
Whence is that Goodly Fragrance arr. Kitson
Out of Your Sleep arr. Bennett
Deck the Hall arr Willcocks
Who May Abide:The Messiah – soloist Brian Gunnee Handel
On the Street Where you Live– soloist Brian Gunnee Lerner & Loewe
Silent Night (in German) Gruber
Mary Had A Baby arr. Sargent
De Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy arr. Sargent
A Merry Christmas arr. Warrell
Hark the Herald Angels Sing (communal) Mendelssohn


'Fifty years Of Song' 8th May 1999 Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

The Choir's 50th Anniversary Concert was 'a bit of a do', to say the least!
To start with, it covered a kaleidoscope of music through the decades since the Choir was formed, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Former members of the Choir returned to sing at this very special event. We included a song, ‘All In An April Evening’, arranged by our founder, James McTaggart. Four former Conductors, Walter Blair, Bill Kean, Ronnie Walker and David Finlay were invited to conduct a piece of music each. And one of them, Ronnie Walker, was commissioned to write a short suite for the 1990s section. He entitled it ‘Here’s Tae Us! Wha’a Like Us?’ It consists of three Scottish folk songs of protest with a touch of humour. As if that were not enough, former Choir member, Lorna Anderson, now an international singer, returned to sing two solo spots, and a duet with our compere for the evening, local baritone Robert Kirk. Our resident conductor, Alan Craig, effortlessly guided us through the years, and the full house and performers had what can only be described as ‘a ball’. Afterwards we all partied. It was indeed, a night to remember.

Programme:

Part 1
Scotland The Brave arr. Marion McClurg
All In An April Evenin' arr. James McTaggart
    1940s
Some Enchanted Evening Rogers & Hammerstein
Oklahoma Selection Rogers & Hammerstein
Durisdeer Lorna Anderson
O, Whistle And I'll Come Tae Ye, My Lad Lorna Anderson
Lochaber Lorna Anderson
The Laird o' Cockpen Lorna Anderson
    1950s
I Could Have Danced All Night Lerner & Loewe
April Love Sammy Fain
Sixteen Going On Seventeen Rogers & Hammerstein
    1960s
When I'm Sixty-Four Lennon & McCartney
Close To You Burt Bacharach
California Dreaming John Phillips arr Milt Rogers
Rhythm Of Life Cy Coleman arr Richard Barnes

Part 2
    1970s
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing B Backer, B Davis, R Cook, R Greenaway arr Milt Rogers
Sound Of Silence Paul Simon
The Kindly Voice Of Mother Nature Mozart
A Brown Bird Singing Haydn Wood
Bird Of Love Divine Haydn Wood
    1980s
Love Changes Everything Andrew Lloyd Webber arr Ed Lojeski
Rum Tum Tugger – solo: Anton Fosh Andrew Lloyd Webber
Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber arr Ed Lojeski
    1990s
Here's Tae Us! Wha'a Like Us? arr Ronald Walker
Pease Bros Again Enoch Kent
Sons of Glencoe Trad
Rap, Tap, Tap Matt McGinn
When the Saints go Marching In arr John Rutter


Repertoire

Click Here for a list of the main works and songs we have sung over the years.