Next Concert: St John’s Sharow on 26 October

Our unaccompanied concert will contrast Bach’s glorious motet, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord all ye nations) with Byrd’s setting of the same text. We will sing sonorous Rachmaninoff and some more familiar favorites.

The programme will include:

  • Blessed is the man – Rachmaninoff
  • Cherubic Hymn – Rachmaninoff
  • Bogoroditse Dyevo – Rachmaninoff
  • Mother of God, here I stand – John Tavener
  • Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden – J S Bach
  • Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles – Byrd
  • Hosanna to the Son of David – Gibbons
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – Wesley
  • Beati quorum via – Stanford
  • Holy is the true light – Harris

The concert will be conducted by Sam Gardner. It starts at 7.30 pm.

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The Bel Canto Singer – choral workshop – 7 September

A unique opportunity to work with an internationally-renowned chorus master, Edward Caswell, on the art of bel-canto singing.

The Paulinus Singers invite you to “The Bel Canto Singer”, a workshop for singers led by Edward Caswell at St John’s Church, Sharow, Ripon HG4 5BJ on Saturday 7th September 2019 (10am – 4pm).

Workshop fee: £20. Places on this workshop are limited, so please book yours now by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bel-canto-singer-a-choral-workshop-tickets-63977211562

‘Bel canto’ simply means beautiful singing and refers to the Italian school of singing which began to develop in around 1600. Essentially it is handful of simple ideas about posture, breathing and singing which can be easily understood and taught, enabling all singers to get the best out of their voices.

Understanding this technique will greatly enhance your contribution to the choirs you sing in and your own level of personal satisfaction.

This workshop will address vocal challenges, such as high notes and long phrases, and specific choral challenges, such as ensemble and intonation, all looked at from the point of view of a choral singer. Participants will be taken through a comprehensive warming up routine and then shown how what is covered in the warm-up relates to specific challenges in standard repertoire works.

Programme

10.00 Registration

10.30-10.55 Warm up: waking up body, mind and voice for optimum performance

10.55-11.20 Why posture is the key to good intonation. Working on If ye love me by Thomas Tallis

11.20-11.35 Break

11.35-12.30 The key to good ensemble and clarity of text. Working on O clap your hands by Orlando Gibbons

12.30-13.45 Lunch. We recommend you bring a packed lunch.

13.45-14.35 How to use challenging words for expressive effect. Working on God so loved the world by John Stainer

14.35-14.50 Break

14.50-15.25 Why singing shouldn’t feel like heavy lifting. Working on Locus iste by Anton Bruckner

15.25-15.45 Sing through and Q & A.

Music will be provided on arrival. If you want to study it in advance, please email singing@stpaulinus.org.uk.

Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Past Concert: St Mary’s Church Richmond on Sat 18 May

The choir’s first visit to Richmond, where we sang glorious choral music with favourites old and new, and also introduced works not heard so often, by composers including Byrd, Lassus, Tallis and Lauridsen.

The programme:

  • Locus Iste – Bruckner 
  • Cantate Domino – Monteverdi 
  • Sicut cervus – Palestrina
  • Tristis est anima mea – Lassus 
  • — Organ Interlude —
  • O magnum mysterium – Victoria 
  • O magnum mysterium – Lauridsen 
  • If ye love me – Tallis 
  • Loquebantur variis linguis – Tallis 
  • Haec dies – Byrd 
  • Sing joyfully – Byrd 
  • —  Interval —
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • Holy is the true light – Harris
  • The Lamb – Tavener 
  • — Organ Interlude —
  • Shenandoah – arr Erb 
  • O waly, waly – Rutter 
  • Bushes and briars – James 
  • Over the Rainbow – Arlen  

Chris Denton, Musical Director at St Mary’s, played the interludes on the church’s fine Harrison organ.

The concert was conducted by Sam Gardner.

Ripon Cathedral – Saturday 16 March 2019

The Paulinus Singers, conducted by Sam Gardner, gave a free 30-minute concert as part of the Sights and Sounds of Ripon.

Beautiful unaccompanied music:

God so loved the world – Stainer

If ye love Me – Tallis

Locus iste – Bruckner

Shenandoah – arranged Erb

The Lamb – Tavener

Cantate Domino – Monteverdi

Past Concert: St John’s Sharow on 23 February

With Tim Harper (Ripon Cathedral) on the organ

Sam Gardner conducts the concert, which starts at 7,30 pm.

Tickets available on the door for £10. Optional after-concert supper costs £8.

Programme to include:

  • Locus Iste – Bruckner
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • If ye love me – Tallis
  • Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei – Purcell
  • Interlude
  • Rejoice in the Lamb – Britten
  • Interval
  • Shenandoah
  • The Lamb – Tavener
  • The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar
  • Interlude
  • If ye love me – Philip Wilby
  • How lovely are thy dwellings – Brahms
  • Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré

Past Concert: Saturday 27 October at St John’s Church, Sharow

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Tickets will be available at the door (£10 with under-19s admitted free), for this unaccompanied concert which starts at 7.30 pm.

The concert features four beautiful motets by Francis Poulenc.

The Quatre Motets pour un temps de Noel  are of a gentle nature, both musically and thematically. They are light in texture and exude a sense of joyful serenity. Poulenc began these short motets for four-part mixed chorus in November 1951, completing them the following May. They reflect Poulenc’s love of religious paintings and architecture through subtle musical/visual imagery. The composer often studied religious art, and he kept a picture of a Romanesque cathedral bathed in sunlight on his mantelpiece. The first motet, O magnum mysterium (O great mystery), announces the coming of the Baby Jesus, and praises the Virgin Mary; it superimposes a crystalline soprano melody over the hushed accompaniment of the lower three voices. Quem vidistis pastores dicite (Shepherds, tell whom you saw), the second motet, takes its text from the Christmas Matins service. As a “choros Angelorum” (chorus of angels), the soprano, alto, and tenor play off the bass voice extensively in this painstaking word-by-word setting. A fortissimo unison on the word “Dicite” (tell!) heightens the theatricality of the scene.  Videntes stellam (Seeing a Star), the third motet, also makes extensive use of the upper three voices alone to create an airy, suitably celestial texture. The textual entrance of the Magi and their gifts of gold and myrrh ushers in a more complex chromatic texture. The final motet, Hodie, Christus natus est (Today, Christ is Born), is the most exuberant.

The programme will be:

  • Bogoroditse Dyevo – Rachmaninov
  • Dostoino est – Tchaikovsky
  • Khvalite imya Gospodne – Tchaikovsky
  • Four motets for the season of Christmas – Poulenc
  • Interlude – played by Helen Proudley (piano)
  • Super flumina Babylonis – Palestrina
  • If ye love me – Tallis
  • Hosanna to the Son of David – Gibbons
  • Laudibus in Sanctis – Byrd
  • Interval
  • Locus iste – Bruckner
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • Beati quorum via – Stanford
  • The Lamb – Tavener
  • Interlude – played by Helen Proudley (piano)
  • Shenandoah
  • Linden Lea – Vaughan Williams
  • Haste on my joys – Finzi
  • My spirit sang all day – Finzi

The conductor is Sam Gardner.

 

 

Past Concert: Serenade for Summer – Masham on 12 May 2018

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The programme will include:

  • O radiant dawn – James MacMillan
  • The Lamb – John Tavener
  • If ye love Me – Tallis
  • O magnum mysterium – Victoria
  • Ave verum – Byrd
  • Sicut cervus – Palestrina
  • Ipsa vivere – Tarik O’Regan
  • My promise – Richard Allain
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • Locus iste – Bruckner
  • Haste on my joys – Finzi
  • My spirit sang all day – Finzi
  • Abendlied – Rheinberger
  • Shenandoah
  • And so it goes – Billy Joel
  • Blue Moon
  • Summertime

The concert is to raise funds for the Marie Collins Foundation, which is based in Masham, but works across the UK to enable children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation on-line to recover and live safe, fulfilling lives.

Past Concert: Sharow on 24 February 2018

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We welcome back Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral. As always, our concert includes both well-loved favourites and works heard less often. Tim accompanies the choir in some pieces and will also got the chance to show us how the organ performs in two solo interludes.

The programme will include:

  • Praise our Lord, all ye gentiles – Byrd
  • Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom – Tomkins
  • Glorious and powerful God – Gibbons
  • And I saw a new heaven – Bainton
  • The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar
  • For lo, I raise up – Stanford
  • The Turtle Dove – Vaughan Williams
  • Lay a Garland – Pearsall
  • The Blue Bird – Stanford
  • The Lord is my Shepherd – Howard Goodall
  • If ye love me – Philip Wilby
  • The Word made flesh – Philip Wilby
  • Locus iste – Bruckner
  • Abendlied – Rheinberger
  • Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure

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