A Classical Concert

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

Saturday 4th June 2016


DRMS Cello group

Giacomo Bassevi Cervetto (c.1682-1783)               Trio no.1 (1744?) first two movements: Adagio & Allegro

Italian virtuoso cellist descended from Bohemian immigrants

Johann Sebastian  Bach (1685-1750)                        Chorale Prelude ‘Vom Himmel hoch’ (‘From Heaven above to earth I come’ text and tune: Martin Luther 1534/9)

He used this melody in his Magnificat, the Christmas Oratorio and in his Orgelbuchlein BWV606

Manning Sherwin (1902-1974)                                    A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (1939)

American composer of theatre and film music who settled in London in 1938

Joseph Lamb (1887-1960)                                             Bohemia Rag (1919)

Irish-American ragtime composer and contemporary of Scott Joplin and James Scott

DRMS Singing for pleasure

        Dona Nobis Pacem                        Anon

        Leaving of Liverpool            arranged Len Young

        Dirty Old Town                          MacCol arranged Coates

        The Rhythm of Life                      Cy Coleman

The Wandering Winds

Linden Lea - Vaughan Williams

Flower Duet - Delibes

Allegro for Flute and Bassoon - Mozart

The Barber of Sherborne - Rossini

Feeling Good - Bricusse/Newley

The Wandering Winds are:

Katy Ashman - Flute and Bassoon

Miles Nipper – Bassoon

Blandford Choral Society

Bobby Shafto - arr. Alec Rowley

Steal Away - Spiritual arr. Scott Stroman

Goodbye, Liza Jane - American Folk

Blandford Choral Society and DRMS Sing for Pleasure

The Blandford Anthem

In my Trouble I call'd upon the Lord, and complained unto my God.

So he heard my Voice.

The Earth trembled and quak'd, the Foundations of the Hills shook and were removed,

because he was wrath.

There went a Smoke out in his Presence and a consuming Fire out of his Mouth,

so that coals were kindled.

The Lord also thunder'd out of Heav'n,

the most Highest gave his Thunder, Hailstones and Coals of Fire.

They prevented me in the Day of my Trouble, but the Lord was my Upholder.

For this Cause will I give Thanks unto Thee, O Lord

And sing Praises unto thy Name.

He brought me forth also into a Place of Liberty because he had a Favour unto me.

For this Cause will I give Thanks unto Thee, O Lord

And sing Praises unto thy Name.

This Anthem was written by the Dorset composer William Knapp, famous for the hymn tune ‘Wareham’, which is still sung in churches today.  In 1738 he included in his A New Sett of Psalm-tunes and Anthems a choral piece using the text of Psalm 18 (‘In my trouble I call’d upon the Lord and complained unto my God’).  The title page explains that ‘this Anthem was composed for the Use of the People of Blandford on the 4th of June, being the Day that Town was destroyed by Fire’ and the words of the text go on to point out that ‘there went a Smoke out in his Presence, and a consuming Fire out of his Mouth, so that Coals were kindled.’  It has not been sung in Blandford in living memory and it is possible that it never has been – past rectors had very strong views on what music could be performed in the church.  It may well be that this performance is the world premiere!

This concert has been part of the 2016 Free Expression Festival.

There will be a retiring collection for the Cupola Fund.