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. Buy tickets – £10.

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. Buy tickets – £10.

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

Past Concert – St John’s Church Sharow – 7 October 2017

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Sharow Church has been beautifully reordered. It remains as the parish church, but now it also provides a great space for concerts and other performances. The second stage of development is now underway, providing better facilities and car parking. Money is still needed to pay for this and the Paulinus Singers will be helping to raise funds at this concert.

The programme is:

  • Puer Nobis – Richard Rodney Bennett 
  • O sacrum convivium – Tallis 
  • O sacrum convivium – Gabriel Jackson 
  • Ave Maria – Parsons 
  • Ave verum – Byrd
  • The Lamb – Tavener
  • Song for Athene – Tavener 
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – SS Wesley
  • Justorum Animae – Stanford
  • Beati Quorum Via – Stanford
  • God so loved the world – Stainer
  • If ye love me – Tallis
  • When David heard – Tomkins
  • Laudibus in sanctis – Byrd
  • Hosanna to the Son of David – Gibbons

 

The concert begins at 7.30pm and is conducted by Sam Gardner. Tickets cost £10 for adults or £5 under 19. Available at the door.

Past Concert – Fauré Requiem – 20 May 2017

St Mark’s Church, Leeds Rd, Harrogate HG2 8AY

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This is a very special concert to raise funds for the Neonatal Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. We think about the short life of a lost child and then we look outward to celebrate the effect of music on all our lives.

The programme will include:

  • Fauré Requiem
  • Over the rainbow
  • Summertime
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway – Purcell
  • The Heavens are telling – from The Creation – Haydn
  • Hallelujah from Messiah – Handel

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