Music and Choir in the Benefice


The music and choir play a large part in the life of the church in the Benefice. Each church has an organ which is played for services wherever possible. Some of the Churches have their own choir and there is a Benefice choir made up of singers from across the Benefice who sing at a number of services across the Benefice throughout the year. They sing at the Carol Service at each of the four churches. 

"Music in the Brickhills" was formed in 2007 when a group of local musicians and singers put on a magnificent performance in Great Brickhill church of Handel's Messiah, with all the proceeds going to a charity. September 2012 saw the sixth annual performance, held for the first time in All Saints church, Leighton Buzzard. A series of other concerts are performed throughout the year at all the churches within the Benefice.

New singers are always welcome either for the Church Choir or for the concerts. Anyone interested should contact either:-

     Robin Dawson   01525 261425    robin.rosie@zen.co.uk          
     Jerry Breslin      01908 582952    jerrybreslin@hotmail.com



SOME PAST MUSIC IN THE BRICKHILLS EVENTS:

2011:-


(1)  Mozart Requiem Concert, Sunday 8th May 

At All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard at 7.30pm. 

Programme includes:-  Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Purcell, Holberg Suite, Greig


(2)  Mozart Gran Partita plus Kaznowski String Quartet, Saturday 21st May 

At Great Brickhill Church at 7.30pm.


(3)  Nielsen Wind Quintet plus Kaznowski String Quartet, Sunday 12th June

At Little Brickhill Church at 7.30pm.


(4)  Handel Messiah 2011, Sunday 25th September

At Great Brickhill Church at 7.30pm.

To download a PDF file for more information on "Music in the Brickhills" events, click on the relevant link below:-

     General Information       Programme of Concerts       Mozart Requiem Flyer
 

OTHER CONCERTS IN 2011:

On Saturday 18th June in St Lukes Chrurch, Stoke Hammond at 7.00pm.  Members of the choir from All Saints Church, leighton Buzzard, directed by John Wearmouth.  Refreshments available.
Tickets £8 (concessions £5) or on the dooor £10 (concessions £7)

For a PD file of the poster with full details:-  Click Here



2010:-

(1)  May Concert

The first of this year’s “Music in the Brickhills” concerts was performed in St Mary’s Church, Great Brickhill on Sunday 9th May. The £1374 proceeds from the concert were split equally between the St Francis Society (MK) and St Mary’s Church.

The performance started at 7.30pm and included:

  • Allegri Miserere Mei
  • Rutter's Gloria
  • Bach Whitsun Cantata BWV172
  • Bach's orchestral suite number 2 in B minor
  • Two anthems by Thomas Tallis to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his birth.

The Bach pieces were given with full baroque orchestral accompaniment. The Rutter piece was performed in the version for Organ, Brass and Percussion – with lots of fireworks!


(2)  Messiah 2010

Now in its fourth year and after raising over £20,000 for local charities, the talented local singers and musicians will be performing Handel's greatest oratorio again. All proceeds will go to Willen Hospice. Please come and join us:
   
       St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Brickhill  -  Sunday 3rd October at 7.30pm

Tickets: £10.00 (£7.50 Concessions) available on the door or from:

Jerry Breslin:       01908 582952       jerrybreslin@hotmail.com
Robin Dawson:    01525 261425       robin.rosie@zen.co.uk

REPORT:

On 3rd October in the church, under the direction of Jerry Breslin, the Brickhills Choir and a local orchestra gave their fourth annual performance ofHandel’s ‘Messiah’.  It was a truly inspiring occasion and was very well supported. The exact figure of how much was raised is not yet known, but it will certainly be excess of £4100, which will make a splendid donation to Willen Hospice.

Thanks go to all those involved in making this a very special evening – the musicians, the soloists and the choir - with special thanks to Robin Dawson for all his help, and to Jerry Breslin for masterminding the event.