Les Baker conducting - Messiah Chorus and Arias from Part 1. David Fouracre, Bass Soloist.
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy ,Four Spanish Carols - At the hour of midnight, Sleep my little Jesus, We'll speak very softly, ‘Christmas in Blue’ -,Angels and Shepherds, A blue Christmas ,No small wonder, Every stone shall cry. Festive Music - Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Johnny Marks (arr Baker)
White Christmas Irving Berlin (arr Baker) Deck the Hall traditional Welsh
|2018||June||Les Baker & Friends - Fundraiser - Songs from The Operettas of WS & Sir Arthur Sullivan|
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) I was glad when they said unto me ,Fantasia upon One Note
Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625) This is the record of John, Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) Psalm 23
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Epistle Sonata in E flat K. 67 ,George Frederick Handel (1685 – 1759) Let thy hand be strengthened ,Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896) Pange lingua ,Mozart Epistle Sonata in C K. 328 ,Bruckner Locus iste ,Mozart Exsultate, jubilate K. 165 ,Franz Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809) Mass No. 7 in B flat 'Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo' ('Kleine Orgelsolomesse') Conducted by Ian Crew.Soloists - Nicola Wilkes - Soprano and Leslie Baker - Tenor
Anon.Edi beo thu,Gibbons Song 34: The Song of Angels Song 46: Christmas Day,Charpentier * Messe de Minuit pour Noël, H.9 (Kyrie – Gloria – Sanctus & Benedictus – Agnus Dei) Charpentier ** 'Noëls sur les instruments' Mozart Ave verum corpus Elgar I sing the birth Lutosławski * Infant, So Tiny ('Dziecina mała'),J. S. Bach Chorale: Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein (sung in English) Trad./Michael Praetorius/Melchior VulpiusA great and mighty wonderJ. S. Bach
Chorale: Wir singen dir in deinem Heer (sung in English),The first Nowell (audience on refrain), O come, all ye faithful ,I n the bleak midwinter (1, 2, instr vs, 5) ,Jingle, bells (audience on refrain) ,Hark! the herald-angels sing ,J oy to the world!
|2017||May||Carl Orff's Carmina Burana,and other Pieces - Conducted by Ian Crew|
|2017||Mar||Les Baker & Friends - Fundraiser - Songs from Merrie England|
Schubert Mass in G No.2,Tippett Spirituals from A Child of Our Time ( Steal Away, Nobody Knows,Go down, Moses and Deep River.Deck the Hall, I saw a maiden, Carol of the Bells, Lullaby my Jesus.
Sleigh Ride - Piano Duet,Michele Banting & Peter Milmer. O Holy Night and VaughanWilliams Fantasia on Christmas Carol.
|2016||May||Haydn's Creation - with Orchestra & Soloists.|
|2015||Dec||Bush – A Christmas Cantata , Ramirez - Navidad Nuestra & some Carols|
|2015||May||Mendelssohn - Elijah|
|2015||Feb||Rodgers and Hammerstein Cream tea concert with the Lunatic Fringe|
|2014||Dec||Christmas Concert - Bach - Christmas Oratorio - excerpts|
|2014||Apr||Spring Concert – Elgar – Give Unto The Lord; Mozart – Laudate Dominum; Mendelssohn – Hear My Prayer; Faure – Requiem; Milmer – Cello Sonata|
|2014||Feb||G&S cream tea concert – Entertainment of popular songs from G&S shows with a cream tea|
|2013||Dec||The Holly and The Ivy – A selection of carols. Extracts from The Messiah; Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 4; Peter Milmer’s Recordare; Adam, Oh Holy Night.|
|2013||May||Music for Monarchs - with supporting orchestra Mozart - Coronation Mass: Handel - Zadock the Priest: Purcell - Four Anthems: Milmer - Song of Solomon|
|2012||Dec||Christmas themed selection of music and carols including excerpts from - Handel's Messiah: In Terra Pax (Finzi): Shepherds Pipe Carol (Rutter): Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (Gardner): The Little Road to Bethlehem (Head)|
|2012||May||Brahms: A German Requiem (sung in English) -Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine - Danse Macabre (piano duet)|
|2011||Dec||Bach: Cantata No. 63 ('Wachet auf') - Charpentier: Christmas Mass|
|2011||Jun||Handel: Acis and Galatea|
|2011||Mar||Haydn: The Seasons|
|2010||Dec||Britten: A Ceremony of Carols - Hymn To The Virgin; Cork: A Suite of Carols; Williams: Fantasia of Carols; Gardner: The Holly & The Ivy; Baker: On Christmas Day|
Schubert: Mass No.5 in A Flat
Mendelssohn: Lauda Sion
Fr.Albert-des-Anges: Messe de la Nativite
|2009||May||An Evening with Sir Edward Elgar Give unto the Lord: Psalm 29 (1914; Ave Maria (1887 revised 1907); Benedictus (1897). Ave Verum; Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands; My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land. As Torrents in Summer: from ‘King Olaf’; The Shower; The Music Makers (1912).|
|2008||Oct||Training Day with Mark Deller|
|2008||May||Haydn: The Creation|
|2007||Dec||Rutter’s Requiem and other works|
|2007||May||Rossini: Petite Messe Solonelle|
|2006||Dec||Ramirez: Navidad Nuestra (New Birth); Four Spanish folk songs – arr.Baker; Haydn: Nelson Mass (1798)|
|2006||May||Mozart: Regina Coeli; Coronation Mass; Little Masonic Cantata; Solemn Vespers.|
|2005||Dec||Bach: Christmas Oratorio; Hymns and Carols for all to sing|
|2005||Jul||Concert – Crispian Steele-Perkins (Society President)|
|2005||Apr||Handel: Judas Maccabaeus|
|2005||Feb||Training Day with Andrew Daldorph|
|2004||May||The Glory of Henry Purcell: A Concert of works by Purcell incl. Ode on St Cecilia’s Day (1692)|
|2004||Feb||Dvorak: Stabat Mater|
|2003||Oct||Training Day with Nigel Perrin|
|2003||Jun||Faure: Requiem Gounod – St Cecilia Mass|
|2003||Apr||Bach: St John Passion (Combined performance with Axminster & District Choral Society)|
|2002||Dec||A Concert of Christmas Music – incl. A Christmas Cantata by Geoffrey Bush|
|2002||May||Handel – Messiah|
|2001||Dec||Vivaldi: Gloria; Works inspired by William Shakespeare incl. Agincourt by George Dyson|
|2001||Concert – Crispian Steel-Perkins (Society President)|
|2001||Jun||Brahms: A German Requiem and The Song of Destiny|
|2000||Dec||Haydn: Maria Theresa Mass; Finzi: In Terra Pax|
|1999||Dec||Bach: Christmas Oratorio|
|1999||Jun||Mendelssohn – Elijah – FIRST CONCERT|
Peter Milmer is a GP, working in Somerset, He started his musical training as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral under David Hill, From there he moved to Charterhouse school as a music Scholar, before completing his Medical Training in Cardiff, where he conducted a chamber choir and Orchestra.Peter has performed,composed and conducted from an early age - his 'Requiem' was performed in Exeter Cathedral, to much critical and popular acclaim.<< New text box >>
December 2016 - Final concert with Dr Peter Milmer as the Musical Director
December 2014 - Bach - Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, 14th December saw a well-filled ''Gateway'' with a lively and effective performance by Seaton Choral Society of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. In charge was Seaton Choral Society's conductor, Peter Milmer, who directed with authority, with tempi always appropriate, catching the varying moods of the pieces.
The opening drum-beats ushered in the choir's invitation to greet the birth of Jesus with gladness. It was a compelling start, even though the tiny, valiant group of strings sounded somewhat out of scale with timpani and trumpets.
The Evangelist, who recounts the bible story, was Leslie Baker. He has a real understanding of this role and he sang it convincingly. He was accompanied sensitively and excellently throughout by Michael Dawson (cello) and Michele Banting (harpsichord). Leslie's role ranged from the recitatives to an impressive virtuoso performance with the flute in ''Happy Shepherds''.
David Fouracre's ''Mighty Lord'', with trumpet obbligato, and with his commanding voice and presence, had the required stature and regal energy.
It was good to have Kate Baker, Karen Curnock and Nicholas Arrow, members of the society, singing some of the arias.
The choir, obviously very well-prepared, kept up their standard from beginning to end. One or two of the choruses are a test of stamina; in particular, ''Glory to God'', where we often hear signs of exhaustion in the last few bars. Not so here, with the finish as vibrant as the opening. There were some lovely resonant chords in a number of the chorales, tunes which would be known to Bach's listeners.
The hall itself is pleasing and welcoming, but the singers had to cope with a great deal of fabric on and around the stage. This militates against the resonances required in the building, and which Bach's church in Leipzig certainly had and still has. Everyone rose above this difficulty, and after 65 years of intimate acquaintance with this work, it was good to know that the magic is still there.
A successful Sunday afternoon concert, well supported and with soloists from the Society - Susie Milmer, Leslie Baker and Kate Baker. A selection of the familiar and not so familiar music for Christmas that introduced our audience to some of the less well known carols. Supported by Michele Banting on the keyboard, Anna Cockroft and Holly Chapman - violins, Alex Annis - viola, Ruth Lass - cello and Leslie Baker - clarinet. The audience went home suitably warmed and primed for the Christmas Festivities on a bleak winter afternoon!
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