Trunch Concerts 2019
Candlelit Christmas Concert
Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic one-act opera “Trial By Jury”
Saturday 7th December 2019, 7.30pm, St Botolph Church
Southrepps Chorale is a community choir founded by Musical director, Stephen Richards, in 2011. He is a well-known Norfolk musician, B.Mus. LGSM. After a career in music publishing, Stephen is active in music making as a conductor of choirs and music theatre and as a performer and teacher of clarinet and saxophone.
Southrepps is famous for its own music festival each summer and the Chorale takes part each year, joined by professional soloists. In 2012 Southrepps Chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan; 2013 was music from Broadway and the West End; 2014 was madrigals and the jazz cantata Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo. In August 2015 Faure’s Requiem was coupled with choral’s first commission as they gave the world premiere of The Nightingale by Norfolk-based composer Geoff Cummings-Knight. The Summer 2016 programme saluted William Shakespeare in the 400th anniversary of his demise, including Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing, West Side Story by Bernstein and Double Trouble by John Williams (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban). 2017 featured the stirring and enormously popular extended work by Karl Jenkins The Armed Man coupled with a beautiful cycle of spirituals Feel The Spirit by John Rutter.
Southrepps Chorale maintains a close relationship with the beautiful church of St. James Southrepps and performs as a church choir in some key village events such as Remembrance Sunday and an annual Carol Service.
Trial by Jury (music by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W. S. Gilbert) was first produced on 25 March 1875, at London’s Royalty Theatre. The story concerns a “breach of promise of marriage” lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of lighthearted satire. Critics and audiences praised how well Sullivan’s witty and good-humoured music complemented Gilbert’s satire. The success of Trial by Jury launched the famous series of 13 collaborative works between Gilbert and Sullivan that came to be known as the Savoy Operas. According to the theatre scholar Kurt Gänzl, it is “probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time”
The TRUNCH CONCERTS at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch and St Nicholas Church, Swafield, enter their 22nd season this year.
All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to restoration and conservation projects for the churches of Trunch, Swafield and Bradfield. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £30,000 towards these projects.
Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for TRUNCH CONCERTS.
Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website.
The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.
Since 2014 St Nicholas Swafield has come under the auspices of St Botolph’s Church, Trunch.
Your support for the concerts and events helps to keep St Botolph’s standing.
One of Norfolk’s finest churches, it is a uniquely beautiful building both for worship and music-making.
In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting.
In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired.
The historic 1808 Wm Gray organ was restored in 2011.
In 2014 winter cloakroom facilities were installed.
The concerts at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, enter their 21st season this year. The quality of performances is now very high indeed, increasingly attracting audience from beyond the local vicinity.
All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to St Botolph’s Church restoration projects. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £20,000 towards these projects. Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for publicity.
Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website. The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.
Admission to all concerts by programme, available at the door. Prices £12.00 (£10 concessions) unless otherwise stated. All concert proceeds will be donated to St. Botolph’s Church restoration and maintenance projects.
The proceeds from the concerts go to restoration projects at St Botolph’s, one of Norfolk’s finest churches. Musicians give their services very generously in the knowledge of that they too are contributing to the upkeep of this spiritual, architectural and acoustic gem.
In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting. In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired. In 2011 the historic organ was restored ( read about Trunch organ restoration) . Cloakroom facilities were installed in 2014.
St Botolph’s Chancel: You can download the very interesting and detailed document “A history of the Chancel” which was written by the late Anne Horsefield in 2009 to satisfy a requirement of English Heritage.