Concert Spring 2000
- Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
- Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
- Holst: Fugal Overture
- Chilcott: Canticles of Light – Commissioned by Winchester Music Club for its 75th Anniversary
- Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims
- Jane Sherriff – soprano
- Oliver Phillips – alto
- Simon Barwood – tenor
- Julian Smith – bass
Angus Watson, Keith Pusey, Colin Howard and Neil Chippington
Winchester Music Club and Orchestra Elizabeth Russell – leader
The following article, written by Sue Webb then WMC chairman, appeared in the January 2000 edition of ‘In the South’ the newsletter for NFMS South (now Making Music South East). It is reproduced by kind permission of Sue Webb and Making Music. Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music with over 3,000 member groups.
From humble beginnings … Winchester Music Club has grown! The first seeds were sown in 1904 when a group of people gathered regularly in a house near Winchester College to sing for their own pleasure. Later, this group expanded and became known as The Nightjars Madrigal Society and was conducted by Dr Sweeting, Master of Music of Winchester College from 1901-1924.
When Dr Sweeting retired, Sir George Dyson, then Dr Dyson, was appointed Master of Music. The following year, Dr Dyson proposed that The Nightjars should merge with an orchestral group known as Winchester Music Club. The proposal was carried unanimously. The close association with Winchester College has continued unbroken from that day and 1999-2000 is Winchester Music Club’s 75th Season.
The conductor today is Neil Chippington, Head of Academic Music at the College, thus has the link been maintained and Winchester Music Club is a thriving society of some 120 members drawn from the City of Winchester and surrounding towns and villages. Once a year the Club is joined by Winchester College Glee Club and the Quiristers, the successors of the sixteen singing boys who were part of the original foundation by William of Wykeham of Winchester College in 1382. The 75th Anniversary Gala Concert is on 25th March 2000 in Winchester College New Hall and willl include the first performance of a specially written piece by Bob Chilcott, entitled Canticles of Light. The concert of all English music will also include a selection of movements from Dyson’s Canterbury Pilgrims