Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Press Release


An evening of song performed by St Paulinus Singers from Ripon will raise money for local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to support work protecting and enhancing the environment, landscape and economy of the Yorkshire Dales.

The choral concert will take place at Clapham Church from 7pm on Saturday 19 May, and the performance will have an uplifting countryside and floral theme.  The programme includes madrigals, English partsongs by Vaughan Williams and Parry, Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, Britten’s Flower Songs and some light-hearted arrangements of Saint-Saens, Reger and close harmony arrangements of Country Gardens, Take it from Figure O and Orpheus in the Underground (arranged by Gritton).

St Paulinus Singers has around 30 members drawn from places as far apart as Leyburn, Leeds, York, Harrogate, Helmsley and Newcastle. Rehearsing in Ripon, it has become the highly regarded local chamber choir and gives three or four concerts a year, presenting a wide repertoire of both sacred and secular small-scale choral works ranging from the 15th century to the present day.  Sam Gardner is the conductor. His musical career started as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and he has previously held positions as Assistant Director of the Chapter House Choir, Musical Director of SingLive Northern, the Yorkshire Youth Choir and Canzonetta Children’s Choirs, Manchester. He is currently the Chorus Master of Hull Choral Union as well as the Musical Director of St Paulinus Singers.

Sam commented, “We very much enjoy bringing the world’s great music to different parts of North Yorkshire.  Every year we raise money for a variety of charities, and we are especially pleased to support the YDMT in its work.  Like great music, beautiful scenery brings joy to our lives, and we need to treasure what we have.”

The event is kindly sponsored by Booths; a long-standing supporter of the Trust.  John Reynolds, manager of Booths’ Settle store, says “Our partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust fits in well with our founder’s vision to take great pride in the quality in our business and to work hard to engage with the communities with which we trade.  We are proud to support the important work of the Trust, helping to make a tangible difference to the future of the beautiful landscape that surrounds us in the Yorkshire Dales.”

David Sharrod, YDMT Director says, “We are very grateful to the St Paulinus Singers, Revd Greenhalgh of Clapham Church, and to the Booths store in Settle for making this event possible.  We have heard glowing reviews about the choir, so this certainly promises to be a wonderful evening of song, and we would love to share it with as many local people and visitors as possible.  Places are limited, so please get in touch to book your tickets soon.”

Tickets cost £10 or £7 for under 16’s. The price includes a complimentary glass of wine (or soft drink alternative), kindly sponsored by Booths.  For more information or to book tickets, please call YDMT on             015242 51002       or email info@ydmt.org.

All money raised will help the charity to continue vital work across the Yorkshire Dales such as restoring wildflower meadows, planting new native woodlands, supporting local businesses, education and outreach work, and providing training programmes for young local people wishing to learn countryside management skills.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

1.    Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) works to support the natural and built environment, and the social and economic well-being of this special area.  Find out more at www.ydmt.org.

2.    To date the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has helped to deliver over 1,200 projects worth around £20 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.  These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local businesses, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and conserving heritage features.

3.    The Trust has recruited over 35,000 supporters to date.

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