From Wesley to Presley

Signpost Wesley to Presley

All Saints Church, Pittville, Cheltenham

3 July 2010

Directed by Philip Colls


Ashley Grote (organ and piano)

2010 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876) and the 75th of Elvis Aaron Presley (1935 – 1977).

These anniversaries inspired the Cappella Singers' Musical Director Philip Colls to compile the following programme of works, which includes choral arrangements of some of Elvis' hits:

  • Three anthems by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 - 1876)
    Praise the lord, O my soul
    - Cast me not away from Thy presence
    - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

  • O clap your hands (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

  • Lord, who has made us for thine own (Gustav Holst)

  • Magnificat in D (George Dyson)

  • Hymn: O thou who camest from above (S S Wesley)

  • Four pieces by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
    Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (from Dichterliebe. Soloist James McKelvey)
    Er, der herrlichste von allen (ladies voices only)
      Two pieces from Vier doppelchörige Gesänge:
    - An die Sterne
      - Ungewisses Licht

  • Aunt Dinah has blowed de horn (from the opera Treemonisha by Scott Joplin)

  • Secret love (Fain and Webster)

  • Wooden Heart (traditional German tune)

  • Love me Tender (Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and Vera Matson)

  • Return to sender (Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott)

  • Leaving on a jet plane (John Denver)

Ashley Grote, Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, accompanied some of the choral pieces and also played two solos




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