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

Summertime

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

Instrumental

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

Interval

Justorum Animae – Stanford

Beati Quorum Via – Stanford

My Soul There is a Country – Parry

Instrumental

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.

Concert: From Russia with Love – Saturday 19 October at Church of St James, Boroughbridge

Church of St James Boroughbridge

Church of St James Boroughbridge (photo: Edward Nicholl)

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

Tickets cost £10 (including supper in the interval) and are available by calling 01423 508389 or 01423 504913.

We will be singing lots of beautiful music, including:

  • From Russia, with Love
    • Bogoroditse Dyevo – Rachmaninov
    • Dostoino est – Tchaikovsky
    • The Cherubic Hymn – Rachmaninov
    • O praise Him – Tchaikovsky
    • We sing to Thee – Tchaikovsky
  • English Voices I
    • My spirit sang all day – Finzi
    • Music, when soft voices die – Hubert Parry
    • The Turtle Dove – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Favourite Tunes
    • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J S Bach
    • Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré
    • The Lord is my Shepherd (the “Vicar of Dibley” theme) – Howard Goodall
  • English Voices II
    • Thou knowest, Lord – Purcell
    • The Lamb – John Tavener
    • O pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Howells
  • Nearer to Russia
    • The Beatitudes – Pärt
    • Transylvanian Lament – Kodaly
    • Evening Song – Kodaly
  • And a light-hearted finish ..
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Let’s do it

The concert is conducted by Sam Gardner, with Ashley Valentine playing the organ. It starts at 7.30 pm.

Past Concert: Music for a Summer’s Evening Saturday 18 May 2013

The concert took place at Church of St Peter and St Paul, Pickering. The programme was:

  • My soul, there is a country – Parry
  • The heavens are telling – Haydn
  • Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren – J S Bach 
  • O how amiable are thy dwellings – Vaughan Williams
  • Ave Maria – Schubert 
  • Locus Iste – Bruckner 
  • Missa “O quam gloriosum” – Victoria
  • Water Night – Whitacre
  • Rejoice in the Lord alway – Purcell
  • Linden Lea – Vaughan Williams
  • Four Part-songs – Stanford

The concert was conducted by Sam Gardner, and the organist was Clive Wass.

 

Concert: Spring Serenade Saturday 16 February 2013

The concert took place at the Church of St John Baptist in Bishop Monkton. The programme was:

Ave Verum Corpus –  W A Mozart (1756-91)
Jesu joy of man’s desiring  – J S Bach (1685-1750)
A Gaelic Blessing – John Rutter (b. 1945)
The Lamb – John Tavener (b. 1944)
Organ Interlude
— Evensong  – Easthope Martin (1882-1925)
— Caprice  – Cuthbert Harris (1870-1932)
Four-part Mass  – William Byrd (1543-1623)
— Kyrie
— Gloria
— Credo
— Sanctus
— Benedictus
— Agnus Dei
*** Interval ***
Five Flower Songs  – Benjamin Britten (1913-76)
— To Daffodils
— The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
— Marsh Flowers
— The Evening Primrose
— Ballad of Green Broom
Hear my prayer – Henry Purcell (1659-95)
Salvator Mundi  – John Blow (1648-1708)
Organ Interlude
— Pastorale from the 12th Sonata in D flat Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Hear my prayer  – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47)
Blue Moon arr. Blackwell
Night and Day arr. Carter

The choir will be conducted by Sam Gardner and  the organist is Adrian Selway.

Concert: European Accord Saturday 27 October 2012

The concert took place at at St James Church Birstwith HG3 2AG. The programme was:

  • Hymn to St Cecilia – Britten
  • Dixit Maria – Hassler
  • Crux Fidelis – John IV of Portugal
  • Ave maris stella – Grieg 
  • Tu es Petrus – Palestrina 
  • Bogoroditse Dyevo – Rachmaninov 
  • Warum ist das licht gegeben – Brahms
  • Four Part-songs – Schubert
  • Psalm 23 – Schubert 
  • Cantique de Jean Racine – Faure 
  • Sing we at pleasure – Weelkes
  • Now is the month of maying – Morley 
  • My bonny lass she smileth – Morley

 

AGM postponed and Rehearsal cancelled tonight!

TONIGHT IS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.

  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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRHY2H5EUnY   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!
 
Miles

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 samgardnermd@gmail.com. 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:

Madrigals

  • 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.