Recital by the Marenzio Singers with Ian Ray, 1pm, Tuesday 11 December 2018: ‘Deck the Halls’

Join us at 1pm on Tuesday 11th December 2018 for a recital by the Marenzio Singers with Ian Ray (Hon. Borough Organist). Free entry, retiring collection.

Noel SuissëLouis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Lumen ad revelationum gentiumWilliam Byrd (1543-1623)

O Nata lux Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

O beatum et sacrosantum diemPeter Philips (1561-1628)

La NativitéJean Langlais (1907-1991)

Out of your sleepRichard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)

Puer NobisRichard Rodney Bennett

Glory to the Christ Child Alan Bullard (b.1947)

Christmas ScherzoJune Nixon (b.1942)

The world has waited long Alan Bullard

A Heavenly SongCecilia McDowall (b.1951)

FalantididaJenny McLeod (b.1941)

Gabriel’s messagetrad Basque carol

Deck the Halltrad Welsh carol arr. David Willcocks

Jingle, bellsJ Pierpoint (1822-1893) arr. David Willcocks

Have yourself a merry little ChristmasHugh Martin and Ralph Blane arr Peter Gritton

This concert is supported by Allan and Elizabeth Blundell

The MARENZIO SINGERS (sopranos Emma Bishton and Lesley Gunfield, alto Janet Bullard, tenor Andrew Spencer, bass Paul Torrington) are an established vocal quintet with repertoire ranging from the 16th century to the present day, including first performances of commissioned works. They are delighted to be joining Ian Ray in today’s recital.

IAN RAY was appointed as Colchester’s Honorary Borough Organist in 1988 which involves him presiding at the Moot Hall Organ for the annual Mayor-Making ceremony and the Oyster Feast as well as playing for a variety of miscellaneous cultural, social and official civic events. Born in Hendon, North London, his family moved to nearby Dedham where he was educated at Dedham C of E Primary School and later in Colchester at the Gilberd School on North Hill. He gained his FRCO as a young man studying with Douglas Mews and Douglas Hawkridge and soon became well known in East Anglia as an organist, conductor, singing coach and pianist, regularly performing in various concert series in Hertford, Harlow, Chelmsford, Long Melford and Ipswich as well as presenting recitals in various London churches and directing choral performances further afield in Prague, Rheims, Rouen, Wetzlar and Snape Maltings.

Ian has devoted much of his life to teaching, retiring in 2011 after a distinguished career of 40 years as a lecturer in music at Colchester Institute where he directed the choirs and opera groups and had responsibility for singing studies. Since 1969 he has been Director of Music at Lion Walk Church where he runs a popular lunchtime concert series. His passionate commitment to stimulating the musical life of Colchester is further evidenced by his work since 1976 as conductor of the town’s Choral Society and the Colchester SInfonia, in which role he has been responsible for bringing a large number of eminent singers and instrumentalists to perform the major choral works as well as commissioning new compositions. In October 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of his services to music in Colchester and the surrounding area. Future plans include regular work as a free-lance voice coach, organist, conductor, accompanist and pianist, making a recording of the Moot Hall Organ and when not involved in music-making or family affairs, pursuing his interest in English Literature and walking holidays.