Saturday 4th December 2021

Wendy Nugent (Digital Piano)
+ Joy Naylor (Soprano)

Christmas is coming …….!

A celebration of the Season in words and music performed by Wendy Nugent (Digital Piano) and Joy Naylor (Soprano). A mix of instrumental music, readings and songs, with maybe even a carol for us all to sing.

Here is a PDF of the Poster for this Concert (click to VIEW or right click to SAVE). Please feel free to print and display the poster to help publicise this concert. 

(updated 25th November)

J.S.Bach: My Heart ever faithful
(from Cantata ‘God so loved the world’)
Marcell arr. J.S.Bach: Adagio
(from Concerto in D Minor) [Piano Solo]
Anon: An old Carol (15th Century text)
Dunhill: To the Queen of Heaven (16th Century text)
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso op. 14 [Piano Solo]
Anon: The Night before Christmas (a pastiche)
Four Songs
Rose/Head: The little Road to Bethlehem
Poston: The Dormouse’s Carol
Blunt/Warlock: The first Mercy
Bullett/Thiman: Madonna and Child
Christmas Recipes
Dumont/Bernstein: Plum Pudding
Anon: The everlasting Turkey
Carol (with Audience participation)
Norwich: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Chilcott: The Time of Snow
Betjeman: Christmas
Coates: Deck the Halls (trad. Welsh carol) a la Mozart [Piano Solo]
Anon: A Christmas Tradition
Daiches/Roe: On the 12th day of Christmas – I screamed !!
Mayerl: Sweet William [Piano Solo]
3  ‘Tributes’ to the ‘mature’ Soprano!!
Shakespeare/Dring: Crabbed Age and Youth
Betjeman/Dring: Song of a Nightclub Proprietress
Froom/Roe: Diva’s Lament
and finally
Rutter: Candlelight Carol [Piano Solo]
Pola/Wyle: It’s the most wonderful Time of the Year!

You may not recognise their names, but they have both performed for us before. Joy Naylor performed “Carnival of the Animals” with James Willshire and Phillipa Harrison (and is also our concert manager). Wendy Nugent has appeared several times as half of Dolby and Hughes (4 hands 1 piano).

Brief Report “on the night”

A very popular concert with over 50 people present. The concert was a lovely mix of piano pieces, songs, and seasonal verses. There were a couple of small changes of running order. The first (“Anon: The Night before Christmas (a pastiche)” moved to before “Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso op. 14 [Piano Solo]”) was accidental. The second (starting the second half with “Betjeman: Christmas”) was deliberate to achieve a better balance. Finally there was a humorous encore of “Let it Snow” with new words about the current pandemic.

The highlights of the whole concert were:

  • Wendy’s second piece (Marcell/Bach: Adagio) which went down a storm.
  • Joy’s “Norwich: The Twelve Days of Christmas” where the audience sang the carol and Joy told us, after each verse, of the lady’s letters to her lover  which started with much appreciation and finished with a desperate plea to stop all these gifts “or else”.
For more information about Dolby & Hughes visit their own web-site (in a new window), by clicking HERE
For more information about Joy Naylor visit her own web-site (in a new window), by clicking HERE
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