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.

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

The Holly and the Ivy – Christmas 2012

Our annual Festive Concert for 2012

Glossop Parish Church, 15 December 2012

We had our first concert at Glossop Parish Church – great thanks to them for inviting us and hosting.

When: Saturday 15 December 2012, 7.30pm

Where:  Glossop Parish Church, Church Lane South, SK13 7RU

What:  Beautiful festive songs to move you and get eveyone in the festive spirit!

Clips from the concerts to be posted just as soon as poss!


Stretford Folk, 9th June 2012

an evening of traditional song
traditional song at St Matthew’s, Stretford

This was a lovely evening of traditional song at St Matthew’s, Stretford – and thanks to them for hosting and welcoming us into the church.

After the fresh air and hills at Edale we brought some of the same songs to Stretford St Matthew’s Church, on 9th June, 7.30pm.  The 19th century church is a beautiful space for song, and our a cappella harmonies filled it up with folk song from around the world.

We got some fantastic feedback – and we’d love to sing there again some time soon!

Music for Christmas 2011

Music for Christmas

Singing by the War Memorial

We were at Manchester Christmas Markets on Sunday 11th December, between 4 – 6pm, to raise money for Christies Hospital and the Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area. Setting up by the War Memorial we gathered quite a crowd, particularly in the early part of the set – in total we raised £250 for our charities!

When: Sunday 11th December, 4 – 6pm

Where:  St Anne’s Square, Manchester, next to the War Memorial.

What:  Lovely carol singing, in aid of Christies Hospital and the Autistic Society.

Chorley Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival

Full of the Christmas Spirit we were ready for our concert at Chorley Methodist Church on 17th December, 19.30pm. As part of their Christmas Tree Festival we performed a range of traditional carols and modern songs, with some solos and audience participation!! The church makes a spectacular setting with all their trees lit and magical atmosphere for enjoying the real Christmas spirit.

When: Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm

Where:  Chorley Methodist Church, Gillibrand Walks, Chorley, PR7 2EZ

What:  Music for Christmas, as part of the Christmas Tree Festival

Ding Dong Merrily on High, 16th cent French, harm. Wood

Vamos Pastorcitos, Trad. Puerta Rican

Winter Wonderland, F. Bernard, arr. Smith

Deck the Hall, Welsh trad. arr. Willcocks

Coventry Carol, 16th cent. English

Gaudete, 16th cent. Finnish / Swedish

Joy to the World, Lowell Mason, arr. Rutter