Past Concert: Thank Heavens! – St James Church Boroughbridge – Saturday 17 October

Church of St James Boroughbridge
Church of St James Boroughbridge

The magnificent Hill organ at Boroughbridge Church is in need of restoration, so please join us to help raise the money!

As usual, our concert will include some old favourites and some pieces which are likely to be new to you.

We are delighted to welcome Thomas Leech as our accompanist for this concert. Thomas, who is currently the director of the Bradford Festival Choral Society, has played in St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and York Minster. His broadcast credits include BBC1, Classic FM, and Radio 2, 3 and 4.

The concert will be conducted by Sam Gardner, and starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for those under 19.

The programme is:

  • Laudibus in Sanctis – Byrd
  • Laetentur Coeli – Francis Jackson
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway – Henry Purcell
  • Ipsa Vivere – Tarik O’Regan
  • A Prayer of Henry VI – Gabriel Jackson
  • Tantum Ergo – Francis Jackson
  • In Youth is Pleasure – Howells
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – JS Bach 
  • Hear my prayer – Mendelssohn
  • Gaelic Blessing – Rutter
  • Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure
  • The Heavens are Telling (from The Creation) – Haydn

Past Concert – Sounds Glorious! – 9 May 2015

Church of St Chad on the KnavesmireSaturday 9 May 2015 at 7.30 pm

Church of St Chad on the Knavesmire, Campleshon Road,York

We are delighted to have the assistance of the Field Quartet and friends in this concert supporting the work of the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre. Geoffrey Coffin will be playing the organ.

At 6 pm there will be a pre-concert talk by Prof. Helen Odell-Miller on the role of music therapy in dementia care, followed by light refreshments for ticket holders.


  • Laudibus in Sanctis – Byrd
  • My Promise – Richard Allain
  • Puer Nobis – Richard Rodney Bennett
  • Flower Songs – Britten
    • The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
    • Ballad of Green Broom
  • The Turtle Dove – Vaughan Williams
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – JS Bach
  • The Heavens are Telling (from The Creation) – Haydn
  • Gloria – Vivaldi

Concert – English Song – 7 February 2015

20140705 St John Church SharowSaturday 7 February 2015 at 7.30 pm

Church of St John the Evangelist, Sharow, Ripon

In the beautifully-updated church at Sharow, we celebrate five hundred years of English Song (with a few foreign guest appearances).


  • In Youth is Pleasure – Howells
  • Walking in the Snow – Howells
  • Here is the Little Door – Howells
  • Linden Lea – Vaughan Williams
  • The Blue Bird – Stanford
  • Songs of Farewell – Parry
    • My Soul,  there is a Country
    • Never Weather-Beaten Sail
    • There is an Old Belief
    • I know my soul hath power to know all things
  • See, see the Shepherds’ Queen – Tomkins
  • Since Robin Hood -Weelkes
  • Sing we at pleasure – Weelkes
  • Sweet Suffolk Owl – Vautour
  • Flora gave me fairest flowers – Wilbye
  • Adieu ye city-prisoning towers – Tomkins
  • Music, when soft voices die – Parry
  • Water Night – Whitacre
  • Billy Joel: And So It Goes
  • Shenandoah
  • Locus Iste – Bruckner
  • Beati Quorum Via – Stanford
  • My Spirit Sang All Day – Finzi


Concert – Favourites and Discoveries – 25 October 2014

20140706 Harrogate Road Methodist ChurchSaturday 25 October 2014 at 7.30 pm

Harrogate Road Methodist Church Ripon


We sing a mixture of old favourites and new discoveries in this concert to raise funds for the church.


  • A New Song – MacMillan
  • Blessed City, Heavenly Salem – Bairstow
  • Jubilate Deo – Britten
  • Quatre Motets – Duruflé
  • Benedictus Deus – MacMillan
  • The Lord is my Shepherd – Goodall
  • O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – Howells
  • O how amiable are they dwellings – Vaughan Williams
  • Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré
  • Locus Iste – Bruckner
  • Thou knowest, Lord – Purcell
  • In the Mood
    • Night and Day
    • Blue Moon
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Let’s Do It

Past Concert: From an English Country Garden – Saturday 17 May 2014

An evening of song with a floral theme.

The programme is:

Look up, sweet babe – Lennox Berkeley

The Lord is my Shepherd – Lennox Berkeley

And I saw a New Heaven – Bainton

Like as the Hart – Howells

God so loved the world – Stainer

O Praise Him – Tchaikovsky

As Torrents in Summer – Elgar

Flower Songs – Britten

Trois Chansons de Charles D’ Orleans – Debussy

The Blue Bird – Stanford

Songs of Springtime – Moeran

Night and Day


This concert was to raise funds for Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The conductor was Sam Gardner and the organist  David Darling.


Concert: Ripon Cathedral on Thursday 22 May 2014

The internationally-acclaimed Missouri State University Concert Chorale toured the UK in May. We were delighted to have been asked to share in their concert at Ripon Cathedral. Our contribution to the programme will be:

God so loved the world – Stainer

My soul, there is a country – Parry

Beati Quorum via – Stanford

The Blue Bird – Stanford

Songs of Springtime – Moeran

Britten Flower Songs

Bogoroditse Dyevo – Rachmaninov

O praise Him – Tchaikovsky

The St Paulinus Singers are conducted by Sam Gardner.

Past Concert: The Early Byrd and the Silver Swan – 1 March 2014

Bishop Monkton

Church of St John Baptist Bishop Monkton HG3 3QZ

The programme will be:

Now is the Month of Maying – Morley

April is in my Mistress’ Face – Morley

The Silver Swan – Gibbons

Laudibus in Sanctis – Byrd


Adoramus te Christe – Lassus

Christe adoramus te – Monteverdi

Inviolata integra es casta et Maria– Josquin de Pres

De Profundis clamavi – Charpentier

Ave Maria – Josquin

Cantate Domino  – Monteverdi


Justorum Animae – Stanford

Beati Quorum Via – Stanford

My Soul There is a Country – Parry


Lux Aeterna “from The Strathclyde Motets” – MacMillan

Benedictus Deus – MacMillan

Divo Aloysio Sacrum – MacMillan

Blue Moon

Over the Rainbow

The concert will be conducted by Sam Gardner. It starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available from choir members or at the door.