Variations Ensemble Vocal

Easter Concert 2011


Entente Cordiale



L’Eglise at Saint Astier (April 2011)

La Collégiale, Ribérac (April 2011)



John Jenkins

Musical Director, Variations Vocal Ensemble:
Alison Chew

Clementine Lovell (soprano)
Joanne Merry (mezzo soprano)
Russel Painter (tenor)
Daniel Roddick (baritone)

Outline for Easter Concert 2011 'Entente Cordiale'

Part I

1. Choir - 'I was Glad' - Parry

2. Orchestral item (to be finalised) 'Occasional Oratorio' -Handel

3. Soprano Solo & Choir- Dido's Lament 'When I am laid in earth' - Purcell ( Dido & Aeneas )
& following chorus; 'With drooping wings you Cupids come'

4. Choir - 'Zadok the priest' - Coronation Anthem - Handel

5 Soprano Solo-orchestra & Trumpet 'Let the Bright Seraphim' -Handel (Samson)

6. Choir - 'Blest Pair of Sirens' - Parry

Part 2; French Opera Programme
Bizet items

1. Orchestra - Overture to 'Carmen'

2. Extracts from CARMEN;
- 'Habanera'- Mezzo Soprano & Chorus
- Toreador song 'Votre Toast'- (Escamillo -Baritone & Men's Chorus)
- Solo Tenor- 'La Fleur qui tu m'avais jetée'
- 'March of the Toreadors' ('Les voici, voici la quadrille')

3. Duet (Tenor & Baritone) 'Au Fond de Temple Saint'

4. Gounod;
'Soldiers Chorus' from 'Faust'

5. 'Offenbach;
Duo de la Mouche' from Orpheus in the Underworld ( Soprano & Baritone)

6. Chorus - 'Barcarolle' from des Contes d'Hoffmann

7. Mascagni
- Chorus & Soprano solo 'Easter Hymn' from 'Cavalleria Rusticana'


Richard Layton
Leader of thé orchestra

Michel Aladjem
Elise Chouquet
Beryl Jago
Nigel Keatley
Adrian Taylor
Rachel Vincent
Caroline van de Watering

Hilary Hopwood
Elizabeth Lindsay-Rea
Nicolas Priestley

David Harris
Malcolm Henderson
Mikaela Howard

Polly Falvey

Philippe Lemoine Christine Sharratt

Vincent Lacou PierreSavinaud

Laurent Beltran
Claudie Dejoie

Michel Dufreix
Cyril Triballau
Olivier Viseux

French horn
Philippe Choquet David Meyer Kay Salomon Tom Salomon

Nathalie Dufreix
Jean-Paul Moncoucut

Helen Charrier
Sophie Chouquet

Helen Charrier

TimbaleJean Bourdoncle

Léo Chateauvieux

Muriel Buffière


Jan Adams
Alison Chew
Monique Courmont
Emmanuelle Doyen
Carmel du Plessis
Peggy Little
Sheila Marshall
Eve Palmer
Helene Puhl
Joyce Reeves
Teresa Rekowska
Annora Tiley
Valerie Wareham
Tricia West
Dorothy White

Anne-Marie Arnoult
Debbie de Beer
Francine Couloume
Judy Doyie
Tracy Faulkner
Andrea Frazer-Outen
Ingrid Lowe
Jane Macpherson
Joanne Merry
Sue Palfreyman
Jacky Raeburn

Ken Brackenbury
Gérard Chatillon
Philippe Green
Jamie Henderson
Neville Palmer
Iain Saville
lan de le Vingne
lain Watt

Roger Adams
Jean Luc Ballet
Richard Clarke
Paul Faulkner
Ian Grocott
Graham Howard
George Macpherson
Keith Nicholson
Reg Reeves
Cedric Slinn
Jean-Marie Valantin



Chère Veronica, je tiens à te dire que j'ai passé encore une fois, un excellent moment à la fois musical et amical. J'attends avec impatience le prochain concert! Jouer avec Variations et sous la direction de John est vraiment un grand plaisir. Bravo et merci pour tout ce travail! Un seul regret... cela ne dure pas assez longtemps... (smile!) A très bientôt et très amicalement Philippe Lemoine

It was as always a huge pleasure to perform with Variations. The choir are sounding fantastic, and a great sound from the orchestra led brilliantly by John. Congratulations especially to Alison and to Veronica for making it such a resounding success. Very sorry not to make the Sunday lunch and concert. Hope to see you all again next time! With love to all, Clem xxx (Clementine Lovell - Soprano)

just to reiterate Clems words..... It was a great pleasure to be asked back to sing with the choir. I can't believe what difference the sound you are making from 12 months previous! keep up the good work guys, and see you again soon........ I Hope! love Russell aka one pearl fisher! (Russel Painter - Tenor) And from the other pearl fisher.... Likewise, a real pleasure to sing with you all once again. Thank you for making us so welcome. And congratulations for all your success. Similarly, very much looking to the next one! Love, Dan (Daniel Roddick - Baritone)

Dear all, A very big thank you to you all for the very kind welcome and encouragement which you gave to me - it could have been daunting but it really wasn't. This is such a supportive and friendly choir - so many members came to speak to us during the course of rehearsals and were so helpful - it was a delight to be part of the performance and it would be a great pleasure to perform with you again. Our daughters came to the St Astier concert and were very impressed and positive about the quality of the performances. We felt we couldn't abandon them on their last day in France and were so sorry to miss the lunch but we return to England with very happy memories. A bientot! Jo Merry (Mezzo Soprano) xx