Saturday, 29th June, 2013 at 7:30pm, St James' Church Muswell Hill, London N10

Introduction from Murray Hipkin, Musical Director. (Please note this concert has already taken place.)

If we had been able to look into a crystal ball, I think perhaps we might not have risked calling our next concert “Summertime”. Still, the weather may yet improve as we prepare for the final concert of what has been an exceptional season.

As the perfect antidote to the intensity of Oscar Wilde, the solemnity of Mozart and the technical challenges of Bach, and in a new departure for the choir, we are delighted to invite you to a concert of music designed for a relaxing summer evening.

The first part, entitled “Music for a while” is a potpourri of classical favourites including Fauré’s ravishing Cantique de Jean Racine, a selection from Five Negro Spirituals by Michael Tippett and works by Elgar, Délibes and Purcell. It ends with the world première of a piece written especially for this concert by one of our basses, David Loxley-Blount. A setting of the traditional Yorkshire folksong Holmfirth, this promises to be a very special occasion for this prize-winning young composer and a treat for the audience.

The second half is called “Anything Goes” and is a whistle-stop tour through the history of the classic American Musical. With favourite solos, duets and choral arrangements from composers such as Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and George Gershwin, shows such as Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, Sunday in the Park with George and Candide as well as a medley of songs made famous by Judy Garland (and a free drink included in the price of your ticket), pleasure is guaranteed.

Our two exceptionally versatile soloists are Sophie-Louise Dann (see excerpts from her one-woman show here) and Jeremy Finch White. Both have just returned from Paris where they have been appearing in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Classically trained, but more often to be found on the West End stage than in the concert hall, they will both be bringing a large helping of show business magic to Muswell Hill.

I do hope that you will be able to join us.

Murray Hipkin