What’s On

Thursday, 5th November: Annual Bonfire Night  – CANCELLED

Barbara Brewer, Chair of the Village Hall Committee writes: “Due to constantly changing Government Guidelines, social distancing rules and no food allowed, the Village Hall Committee together with the Sports & Recreation Centre Committee have decided, very reluctantly and regrettably, to cancel this year’s Bonfire Night. This recommendation and decision was made after much debate and a heavy heart given the tradition of the event and the importance to the Village. ” 

Saturdays, November 21st & December 12th: Compact Concerts

The Recotr, Revd Marcus Green writes: “With a long winter ahead of us, we are beginning a series of small concerts in church. The rules allow us (as of mid-October) to do this because we are a COVID-secure venue, with a maximum audience of around 30 people. The concerts will be just under an hour in length, with no interval. It is the colder part of the year – so do wrap up when coming. We hope the music will also warm our hearts…

“On November 21st at 8.00pm we will have a Concert for St Cecilia (patron saint of music) with Cassandra Wright, a wonderful young singer, and her accompanist Elli Welsh, focussing on the gift of music and the composers Britten, Handel and Purcell. Cassandra and Elli are very talented young Australian musicians studying in London.

“Then on December 12th at both 6.00pm and 8.00pm (just decide which time suits you) we have the Aston Singers, a group of excellent local-ish singers directed by Nicholas Cleobury, getting us in the festive mood: A Choral Christmas will be an evening of glorious seasonal music. ”

Sunday, 22nd November: SACS Autumn Beethoven Concert – POSTPONED

Steeple Aston Choral Society will not be able to present it’s Autumn Happy Birthday Beethoven Concert on Sunday, 22nd November as planned. Members hope they will be able to recreate a Beethoven plus 1 concert in March in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary on 28 December.

They were planning a very special autumn concert featuring guest musician, Dr. Paul Whittaker OBE. He is a profoundly deaf pianist and organist who ‘signs’ music. (He signed Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder at the Barbican Beethoven Weekend recently.)

The concert was to include choir numbers (Hallelujah from The Mount of OlivesCreation Hymn etc.) organ and trumpet solos; tenor and soprano solos; a piano trio; a piano duet and an adaptation of the Pathetique sonata for Power of Voice Silent Moments.

The concert was to end with the SACS accompanist, composer and friend of Paul Whittaker, Paul Herrington’s Gloria, written for choirorgan, trumpet, violin and cello. It was written especially for SACS to be signed by Paul Whittaker.

Horticultural Society’s AGM 

The AGM of the Steeple Aston and Middle Aston Horticultural Society will now be held by Zoom on Wednesday 25th November 2020 at 7.30 pm. If you would like to attend (virtually), or have suggestions for items for discussion, please contact any committee member, message us through our Facebook page or email Mary White on maryw39@aol.com .

We had hoped to have our AGM on 21 October in the Village Hall but sadly this will not now be possible. We have postponed it to give anyone interested plenty of time to contact us for the necessary Zoom link.

All are welcome!