AGM postponed and Rehearsal cancelled tonight!


  1. The AGM will now be at 6.30pm next week.
  2. Rehearsal next week will be 7.15 warm-up for prompt 7.30 start as usual.
  3. Because we have lost some time, Sam asks you to scan your copy of Britten Hymn to St Cecilia whilst watching this clip:   Please!
I am sorry about having to cancel, but people have had to drop out because of the atrocious conditions on the roads.
See you next week!

Vocal Workshop open to all: the Science of Perfect Sound 15th September 2012

The St Paulinus Singers offer a warm welcome to come and take part in a workshop led by David Howard, vocal technique consultant on television programmes such as Hidden Talent and The Voice.

 This workshop will improve your basic technique, give you the tools to protect your voice and help you find out the reasons why your choir goes out of tune and how to solve the problem.

How to register: To register your place at this event, please email Sam Gardner on It would be helpful if you could provide a very short overview of your current singing activities, including which part you currently sing, so we can pitch (pun intended) the workshop at an appropriate level for the delegates.

Venue: Wavell Junior School, Wavell Road, Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, DL9 3BJ

Cost: £15 per person (£10 for members of St Paulinus Singers), payable on the day + something to share for lunch

Session 1 – The vocal instrument

  • the power source – Breathing: Posture and breathing are basic to achieving a healthy vocal output and the three ways of breathing will be described and worked on.
  • the sound source – When we sing we engage the vocal folds in the larynx. Its function will be described with reference to models and sounds.
  • the sound modifiers – To set up different sounds when we sing or speak we change the shape of our mouths and throat and may make use of the nose also. Together these are known as the vocal tract and the acoustic changes that are brought about will be explored with reference to models.

Refreshment break

Session 2: Acoustics of the singing voice

The acoustic output from the voice will be shown using real-time displays that enable the main elements of sound that are used in hearing to be demonstrated and tracked in practice during singing.

Key elements of choral singing

  • Breathing and long lines
  • Vowels
  • Consonants

Bring and Share Lunch – including an opportunity to see if you have what it takes to become an opera singer by taking the tests you saw on Channel 4’s “Hidden Talents” programme

Session 3: Key elements of choral singing

Practical exercises for each will be worked through, always with reference to the vocal instrument itself.

  • Pitch, tuning and intonation
  • Performance matters
  • Ensemble singing

4.00pm Finish

Biography – Professor David Howard

David is the Head of the Department of Electronics at the University of York. His research focuses on the analysis and synthesis of singing, music and speech, tuning and pitch drift in unaccompanied (a capella) singing; the effect of singing training particularly on boy and girl choristers, the acoustics of singing in different styles and ‘ring’ and ‘tingle’ in the singing voice.

David engages frequently with the media and was made an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow specifically tasked with engaging the public with science, engineering and technology. You may have seen him on programmes such as BBC4’s Castrato, Voice and Channel 4’s Hidden Talent Show.

David has published a number of books and book chapters relating to his teaching and research. He writes apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch mainly in the area of sound and music and he conducts a local choir, Vale of York Voices, which sings Evensong approximately monthly in York Minster.

Concert: Saturday 19 May at 7.00pm St James Church Clapham North Yorkshire LA2 8EB

Songs of Springtime

A concert in aid of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The programme included:


  • Now is the month of maying
  • April is in my mistress’ face
  • The silver swan

Part-songs by Vaughan Williams and Parry

  • The Turtle Dove
  • There is an old belief
  • My soul, there is a country

A song-cycle by Lauridsen

  • Les chansons des roses

Flower Songs – Britten

Light-hearted arrangements

  • Calme de Nuit – Saint-Saens
  • Nachtlied – Reger
  • Shenandoah
  • Country Gardens
  • Take it from Figure O – Mozart arranged by Ben Parry
  • Orpheus in the Underground – Offenbach arranged by Cantabile

A map of Clapham may be found here.


Concert: St John Baptist, Bishop Monkton HG3 3QZ – Saturday 25 February at 7.30 pm

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The programme will include:

  • Durufle – Requiem
  • Franck – Panis Angelicus
  • Mozart – Jubilate
and a lighter side including Stranger in Paradise and Country Gardens.
With Georgina Wells – harp,  Hillary Cornwell – oboist, and Daniel Justin – organ
The concert will be conducted by Sam Gardner and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available at the door.
A map may be found here.

8 October 2011 at St Mark’s Church Harrogate

What sweeter musicke …

  • Motets by Lassus – Videntes stellam, Surgens Jesus, Surrexit Pastor
  • Vivaldi Gloria
  • Songs of Farewell by Parry – I know my soul hath power, My Soul, there is a country, Never weather-beaten sail, There is an old belief
  • Light-hearted conclusion – I do like to be beside the seaside, Name that tune, Teddy bears’ picnic
with Andrew Passmore (organ) and Sam Gardner (conductor).
This concert was in aid of the Neema Crafts Project.  Neema Crafts Centre was founded in 2003 by the Diocese of Ruaha, to provide handicrafts training and much-needed employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the Iringa region of Tanzania, and to change negative attitudes towards them in local society. There’s a great stigma attached to having a disability in Tanzania, and the centre provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home, unable to support themselves and their families. Neema is place of creativity, compassion and hope where lives are transformed everyday. The centre also includes a physiotherapy unit for disabled children, an award winning cafe entirely staffed by deaf people, a welcoming guest house which is the first in the world to be run by people with disabilities, a conference room and internet cafe.

Saturday 25th June: Songs and Strawberries – Leake Church YO7 4BN

Leake Church is the lonely looking church which you may have driven past at speed on the A19.  But at one time  the lovely church of St. Mary the Virgin was the centre of a thriving and populous village.  A map can be found here.

The programme included:

  • The Heavens are telling – from The Creation  ……Haydn
  • Beati Quorum Via …….Stanford
  • Justorum Animae ….    Stanford
  • Locus Iste   ……               Bruckner
  • Christus Factus Est   …. Bruckner
  • The Lord is my shepherd (the “Vicar of Dibley” theme)   .. Howard Goodall
  • Jesu, joy of man’s desiring     …. JS Bach
  • Ave Verum Corpus  …   Mozart
  • Sleep    …………………..  Eric Whitacre
  • The Turtle Dove   – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Linden Lea  …..   Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • The Bluebird   ……    Stanford
  • Bushes and Briars  …   RVW arr Donald James
  • Greensleeves  … RVW
  • O waly waly … arr John Rutter
  • Sourwood Mountain   … arr John Rutter
  • Black sheep   … arr John Rutter
  • Brother James Air — arr Gordon Jacob
  • Blue Moon
  • Let’s do it
  • Over the rainbow