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.
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)
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?
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.
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!
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.