And so it goes…

And So It Goes…

We had a lovely programme of song at Fords Lane Evangelical Church, from sacred to the secular, including the Billy Joel above, a cycle of five lenten motets from Czech composer, Tučapský and much more.

I love it when you hear music and you feel yourself responding with your emotions

When: Saturday 28th March 2015, 7.30pm

Where:  Fords Lane Evangelical Church, Bramhall SK7 1DQ

What:  Sacred to secular, light to some more substantial work.

And so it goes

Upcoming Events

Sing me a Song at St Matthew’s

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We have a lovely programme of song from sacred to the secular, including the Canzonetta above, some light summer madrigals and much more.

 When: Thursday 11th June 2015, 8pm

Where:  St Matthew’s Church, Church Walk, Stretford, M32 8HF

What:  Sacred to secular, light to some more substantial work.

Tickets: FREE!!

A Summer Serenade at St Paul’s Church, Compstall

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More of our lovely programme of song from sacred to the secular, including the Canzonetta above, some light summer madrigals and much more.

 When: Saturday 11th July 2015, 7.30pm

Where:  St Paul’s Church, Compstall, SK6 5HU

What:  Sacred to secular, light to some more substantial work.

Tickets: £7 available on the door

Welcome Yule! 2014

PrintWelcome Yule!

Thankyou for a warm welcome in the middle of winter from Christ Church in Didsbury.  It’s every choral singer’s favourite time of year and we loved sharing some lesser known festive material, along with many of the well-loved traditional carols.

 

When: Saturday 20th December 2014, 7.30pm

Where:  Christ Church, Darley Avenue, Didsbury M20 2ZD

What:  Lots of Christmas favourites and some surprises too.

 

AMong the leaves so green-O!

St Pauls On 28th June 2014 we sang in the beautiful setting of the newly-refurbished St Paul’s Church, Withington.  We gave a lovely programme ranging from madrigals by Bennett and Gibbons, to folk songs from England and abroad and some sacred motets by Stanford and Byrd – and another chance to hear the breath-taking work by Tavener, The Temple of the Veil.

 

When: Saturday 28th June 2014, 7.30pm

Where:  St Paul’s Church. Wilmslow, Withington, M20 4AW

What:  Songs on a nature-theme, from across the centuries and around the globe.

Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions and in advance from St Paul’s Church or on 07881 905 459)

Choir tour to Cornwall!

st materianaWe received a brilliant welcome by local choir, Cadon, and sang a joint concert, with some shared numbers.

“Some of my favourite music, sung very well indeed!”

Marcus Alleyne, Conductor of Cadon Choir

It was lovely to share some new repertoire and reflect on how another choir does things – Cadon were singing pieces written for them, which they thrived on.

When: Saturday 31st May 2014, 7.30pm

Where:  St Materiana Church, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0DL

What:  Songs on a nature-theme, from across the centuries and around the globe.

 

And the next day we sang a Hassler mass at St Symphorian’s Church, in nearby Forrabury, before retiring to the Wellington Arms for Sunday lunch!

Among the leaves so green – in New Mills

Springbank Arts CentreOur return trip to the newly-restored Springbank Arts Centre in New Mills was a lovely welcome and the gig proved to be a special one with a few spine-tingling moments – Thanks New Mills!

“Britain has got talent – and tonight it’s here in New Mills!”

Very kind words from Philip Kendall of Springbank Arts

Our programme ranged from madrigals by Bennett and Gibbons, to folk songs from England and abroad and some sacred motets by Stanford and Byrd.  Watch this space for some clips…

When: Saturday 26th April 2014, 7.30pm

Where:  Springbank Arts Centre, Springbank, New Mills, SK22 4BH

What:  Songs on a nature-theme, from across the centuries and around the globe.

 

 

 

The Holly & The Ivy

Christmas music for early Advent.  We had a lovely evening singing some familiar and some less familiar Christmas work to start advent.  Following the sad news of John Tavener’s death it was a lovely opportunity to perform four of his works for choir – which we had already programmed back in October.  The works are fine examples of his constant search to record “a music that exists already in the cosmos… the uncreated music of God.”  And what better way to find a connection with the spiritual importance of Christmas?

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When: Saturday 7th Dcember 2013, 7.30pm

Where:  St Matthew’s Church, Chester Road, Stretford, M32 8HF

What:  Lovely advent carols, plus some special treats from John Tavener.

Summer Song

Summer SongWe loved our outing to Buxton Fringe Festival – performing an enchanting programme from around the world. With songs from a range of traditions, from sacred to secular, madrigals and folk songs – we got a lovely review from the Festival Reviewer.  Thankyou!

I’ve walked past St Mary’s thousands of times over the last 20-odd years and have never been inside so I have to thank Manchester-based choir Duodecimo for this calming experience after a long day on Buxton Carnival.

Duodecimo is 16 strong (9 female voices and 7 male) and has a well-balanced sound that is quietly managed by musical director Richard McHale. The programme presented to us was apparently typical of the choir’s repertoire; the first half was a mixture of sacred and secular ‘early music’ while in the second half the focus was on music composed or collected in the twentieth century.

About 20 pieces were played or sung altogether and with such a wide-ranging programme there were bound to be some selections that caught the ear more than others. St Mary’s has a high roof and the acoustic seemed to me better to suit the slower, more layered pieces. So, for example, from the early, sacred pieces Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” was particularly good. [During the interval I did ask Richard McHale about his chosen tempo for Monteverdi’s “Cantate Domino” and he explained that the melody was originally a dance and at a slightly faster tempo it would be familiar and recognisable to less-educated worshippers].

From the early madrigals – including pieces by Tomkins, Morley and Desprez – it was the less-familiar Luca Marenzio’s “Scaldava il sol” that stood out.

After the interval we moved on about 400 years and began with Stanford’s “The blue bird” and Elgar’s “As torrents in summer” – both sung with sensitivity and grace by the full choir. A brief selection of folk-song pieces was prefaced by a duo rendition of Peter Bellamy’s setting of Kipling’s “Oak and Ash and Thorn” – an unanticipated pleasure. “Bushes and Briars” (collected in Essex by Ralph Vaughan Williams) also sounded fine.

The choir concluded with a brief excursion into American popular song – “Let’s Do It”, “Tea for Two” and “I Got Rhythm”.

Other solos heard in the course of the evening included two twentieth century French pieces: Gaubert’s “Madrigal” for flute and Poulenc’s Improvisation “Hommage a Edith Piaf”. For both pieces Richard McHale had to cope with a church piano that has a slightly harsher sound than he would have liked. Even so we had music-making that was sensitive and thoughtful.

Duodecimo gave us an enjoyable and full evening and I hope to hear them again in Buxton.

Keith Savage

When: Saturday 13th July 2013, 7.30pm

Where:  St Mary’s Church, Dale Road, Buxton, SK17 6HH

What:  Mixed programme.

Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions, £4 children), available on the door or from Buxton Opera House Box Office, 01298 72190

Music for Passiontide

passionposter 3Our passiontide concert at St Michael’s Church, Flixton, was our best yet – the programme played to all our strengths and the audience were in for a treat!

When: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 7.30pm

Where:  St Michael’s Church, Church Road, Flixton, M41 6HR

What:  The Faure Requiem and Caldara’s Stabat Mater, amongst other beautiful songs.

Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions), available on the door