Past Concert: Nelson Mass -St John’s Sharow on 29 February – with Tim Harper

Pre concert advert:

Once again we are joined by Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral. He accompanies us in Haydn’s Nelson Mass and works by Stanford and Wesley. The choir also sings unaccompanied works by Byrd, Monteverdi, Bruckner and Parry.

The concert is conducted by Sam Gardner and starts at 7.30 pm.

Buy tickets for £10 here.

There is an optional supper afterwards. Tickets for that cost £8 and must be ordered in advance by calling 01765 605771.


  • Haec dies – Byrd
  • Laudibus in Sanctis – Byrd
  • Missa in Angustiis “Nelson Mass” – Haydn (omitting Credo)
  • Interval
  • Cantate Domino – Monteverdi
  • Christus factus est – Bruckner
  • My soul, there is a country – Parry
  • For lo I raise up – Stanford
  • Blessed be the God and Father – Wesley

Review of the concert:

“An appreciative audience gathered in this lovely Church to listen to a most interesting programme of Choral Music with organ interludes.

Beginning with the Haec Dies and the Laudibus in Sanctis by William Byrd the singers demonstrated their understanding of the choral music of this period singing with confidence and a pleasing balance across the voices.

This was followed by two pieces for organ played by Tim Harper ( Assistant Director of music at Ripon Cathedral) the first which carried on the theme of Wiliam Byrd with a set of variations –Will yow walke the woods so wylde.  The variations were followed by a very apposite piece by Philip Wilby – The Angel Choir and the Fallen Angel which was inspired by the fallen Angel in the Choir of Ripon Cathedral.  Tim brought to both pieces his unerring sense of musicianship and sensitivity,

The Nelson Mass was performed without the Credo on this occasion and it was interesting to see the solo parts sung with confidence by a number of members of the choir indicating the quality of voices within this ensemble. The choir took advantage of the resonant acoustic in the Church and there was some vibrant and powerful singing in many of the choruses.

In the second half of the programme the choir celebrated choral music from the 16th century onwards. In each of these anthems the Paulinus Singers appeared to be stylistically confident from the first anthem by Monteverdi Cantate Domino which was sung with plenty of  energy and crisp articulation to the final anthem by Samuel Wesley Blessed be the God and Father. This Wesley Anthem is a” tour de force” and the singers rose to the challenge with confidence almost always.

It was good to have Tim Harper’s organ interlude in the second half and to hear the acknowledgement of  March first – St David’s Day – in the Dance for St David by Ron Perrrin former Director  of Music |at Ripon Cathedral and the Vaughan Williams Prelude on the Welsh Hymn tune Rhosymedre.

This was a varied and quite challenging programme sung by a dedicated group of singers and conducted with conviction and understanding by Sam Gardner .   I look forward to the next concert by the Paulinus Singers.

Marilynne Davies”

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