Helensburgh Oratorio Choir is a charity registered in Scotland, number: SC003942.

Annual Reports

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Sunday, December 15th, 1930

Helensburgh Parish Church

G F Handel, Messiah

Conductor - Susannah Wapshott

Leader -Justine Watts

Soloists -

Soprano  Sarah Power

        Alto  Katie Grosset

     Tenor  David Lyn

      Bass  Phil Gault

Sunday 19th May 2019, 7:30 pm

Helensburgh Parish Church

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

 

Conductor - Susannah Wapshott

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Justine Watts studied at the Royal Academy of Music London where she led all the orchestras and was one of the only two in her year to receive the Recital Diploma with distinction.

Leader

Justine Watts.

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British mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford studied at the Guildhall School and the National Opera Studio.

Mezzo

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Winner of the 2009 Les Azuriales Opera Trust Prize, Tyler Clarke studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School.

Tenor

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Jeni Bern is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Opera School of the Royal College of Music

Soprano

Jeni Bern

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British Bass-Baritone Dingle Yandell studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Bass

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Euan Kemp is from Kirkintilloch and is a pupil at the Music School of Douglas Academy, where he studies saxophone with and piano.

Treble

Euan Kemp

Sunday 9 December 2018

A Winter Uplifter!

George Shearing: Songs and Sonnets

Carmichael arr. Rutter: Skylark

Will Todd: Mass in Blue

The Will Todd Ensemble

Soprano - Lorna James

Musical Director – Jonathon Swinard

 

Mendelssohn - Elijah

Sunday 15 April, 7:30pm

Helensburgh Parish Church

 

Originally commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, and first performed in 1846, Mendelssohn’s dramatic and emotional oratorio tells the story of the Old Testament prophet and miracle-worker, Elijah.

 

This luscious work has special significance for the Oratorio Choir, as Elijah was the first piece that we ever performed and has not been repeated since 1963!

 

We welcome four acclaimed soloists: international baritone Roland Wood, former Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Elgan Llyr Thomas  (tenor)  and Sioned Gwen Davies (mezzo), and English National Opera Harewood Artist Eleanor Dennis (soprano).

 

The concert also features pupils from Lomond School, Cardross Primary and Arrochar Primary and will be accompanied by orchestral players from Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – led by Justine Watts.

 

TICKETS: £12 (adults); £6 (students); £2 (under 16s)

 

Pre-concert talk with Jonathon Swinard

“Mendelssohn, Miracles, and a Man with a beard”

Helensburgh Parish Church, Small Hall, 6:45pm (£3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 5 November, 1930, Helensburgh Parish Church

Winter Concert: ‘Sound the trumpet, beat the drums

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantata 214, “Tönet ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!” 
Joseph Haydn – Paukenmesse “Mass in time of War” 

 

Justine Watts, Orchestra leader

Justine Watts studied at the Royal Academy of Music London where she lead all the orchestras and was one of the only two in her year to receive the Recital Diploma with distinction. She also lead the YMSO, and the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and was selected to perform the Elgar Concerto with the RAM Symphony Orchestra and the first solo violin in Tippet's Fantasia for double string orchestra with Tippet conducting.

Canadian soprano, Barbara Cole Walton, holds an MMus in Opera (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 2016 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 and was a Finalist in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition. As well as a busy career in Opera and Concert Barbara runs active singing studios in the southside of Glasgow and Helensburgh.

Judy Brown read music at the University of Edinburgh and received her Masters in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  In demand as a soloist and consort singer with a broad range and extensive repertoire, she has been described by Opera Magazine as singing with “steadiness, purity, dignity, and command”.

Robert Forrest, tenor

Robert Forrest is a current post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Douglas and Hilda Simmons Scholarship. He was born and educated in Cambridge, completed his schooling in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and graduated in 2016 with BMus (Hons) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

James Corrigan, bass

Following the completion of a Law Degree at the University of Aberdeen James Corrigan trained in at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since graduating in 2015, James has worked in various projects, including: singing the role of The Husband in the UK premier of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s The Juniper Tree, performing as part of Janice Kerbel’s 2015/2016 Turner Prize entry, Doug, and singing Papageno in a new Scots language translation of The Magic Flute.

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Justine Watts, Orchestra leader

Justine Watts studied at the Royal Academy of Music London where she lead all the orchestras and was one of the only two in her year to receive the Recital Diploma with distinction. She also lead the YMSO, and the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and was selected to perform the Elgar Concerto with the RAM Symphony Orchestra and the first solo violin in Tippet's Fantasia for double string orchestra with Tippet conducting.

Canadian soprano, Barbara Cole Walton, holds an MMus in Opera (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 2016 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 and was a Finalist in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition. As well as a busy career in Opera and Concert Barbara runs active singing studios in the southside of Glasgow and Helensburgh.

Judy Brown read music at the University of Edinburgh and received her Masters in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  In demand as a soloist and consort singer with a broad range and extensive repertoire, she has been described by Opera Magazine as singing with “steadiness, purity, dignity, and command”.

Robert Forrest, tenor

Robert Forrest is a current post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Douglas and Hilda Simmons Scholarship. He was born and educated in Cambridge, completed his schooling in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and graduated in 2016 with BMus (Hons) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

James Corrigan, bass

Following the completion of a Law Degree at the University of Aberdeen James Corrigan trained in at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since graduating in 2015, James has worked in various projects, including: singing the role of The Husband in the UK premier of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s The Juniper Tree, performing as part of Janice Kerbel’s 2015/2016 Turner Prize entry, Doug, and singing Papageno in a new Scots language translation of The Magic Flute.

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Justine Watts, Orchestra leader

Justine Watts studied at the Royal Academy of Music London where she lead all the orchestras and was one of the only two in her year to receive the Recital Diploma with distinction. She also lead the YMSO, and the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and was selected to perform the Elgar Concerto with the RAM Symphony Orchestra and the first solo violin in Tippet's Fantasia for double string orchestra with Tippet conducting.

Canadian soprano, Barbara Cole Walton, holds an MMus in Opera (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 2016 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30 and was a Finalist in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition. As well as a busy career in Opera and Concert Barbara runs active singing studios in the southside of Glasgow and Helensburgh.

Judy Brown read music at the University of Edinburgh and received her Masters in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  In demand as a soloist and consort singer with a broad range and extensive repertoire, she has been described by Opera Magazine as singing with “steadiness, purity, dignity, and command”.

Robert Forrest, tenor

Robert Forrest is a current post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Douglas and Hilda Simmons Scholarship. He was born and educated in Cambridge, completed his schooling in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and graduated in 2016 with BMus (Hons) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

James Corrigan, bass

Following the completion of a Law Degree at the University of Aberdeen James Corrigan trained in at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since graduating in 2015, James has worked in various projects, including: singing the role of The Husband in the UK premier of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s The Juniper Tree, performing as part of Janice Kerbel’s 2015/2016 Turner Prize entry, Doug, and singing Papageno in a new Scots language translation of The Magic Flute.

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Conductor Jonathon Swinard

Leoncavallo: Bell Chorus from Pagliacci

Verdi: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco

Mascagni, Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana

Puccini: Messe de Gloria

Sunday, April 23rd 7:30 pm

Helensburgh Parish Church.

Tickets: £12 adults, £6 children.

Available from Scandinavian Shop, Church office and at the door

Soloists

We are very fortunate to have three excellent young soloists performing with us.

Big Saturday Sing

Our Big Saturday Sing was held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 10:30 - 18:00, in the Helensburgh Parish Church.

As superb day was had by all.  The free concert was very well attended.  A retiral collection in favour of Alzheimer Scotland collected a total of £860.

On Tuesday January 31st at the choir's scheduled rehearsal our Chairman Alicia Tindal and our Music Director Jonathon Swinard presented a cheque for £1000 to Bronwyn O'Riordan of the local Alzheimer association.

 

Performance at 17:00

in aid of Alzheimer Scotland

 

Come and Sing some of the world's favourite choruses, including:

HandelZadok the Priest

VerdiChorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco)

BizetHabenera (Carmen)

Plus - Choruses by Mozart and Purcell

 

HOC Member (no music) £10

Singer (includes music) £12

Student / full time education £5

Sioned Gwen Davies (Mezzo)

Sioned Gwen is from Colwyn Bay, North Wales. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she gained a MMus degree and in 2012 completed her post graduate studies on their Opera Course.

Sioned will be representing Wales in Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 after winning the Welsh Singer Competition 2016 in St. David's Hall Cardiff on the 25th May.

Christopher Turner (Tenor)

Born in Birmingham, Christopher Turner read Music at the University of Hull, furthering his studies with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the National Opera Studio, where he was sponsored by the Scottish Endowment Trust and The Friends of Covent Garden. 

David Stout (Baritone)

A former Head Chorister of Westminster Abbey, David Stout studied Zoology at Durham University, sang with the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge University and studied Opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolf Piernay, where he was recipient of the Principal’s Prize.