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

Perfecting your sound – an interactive, practical workshop for singers Saturday 27 September

20140705 St John Church Sharow
Sharow Church

Saturday 27th September 2014 10.30am – 4pm

St John’s Church, Berrygate Lane, Sharow, Ripon HG4 5BJ

Have you ever heard a singer and wondered how they make such a rich, beautiful sound so effortlessly?

“Perfecting your sound” is a one day workshop focusing on improving your vocal technique, sound and control and enabling you to become a better choral singer.

Hosted by the St Paulinus Singers, this enjoyable, engaging workshop will enhance your technique, give you the tools to sing high notes effortlessly and help you understand how to get the best out of your voice through interactive, practical advice and exercises.


10.30 Welcome from Miles Dunn, Chair, St Paulinus Singers

10.35 Warm-up and basic singing technique

10.50 Session 1 – “Sound and preparationSusan Hollingworth

  • singing expressively
  • improving sound quality
  • high notes
  • singing quietly
  • vocal health

12.30 “Bring and Share” Lunch – please bring a contribution

2.00 Session 2 – “PerformanceSam Gardner

  • Ensemble singing
  • Singing with your ears
  • Engaging your audience

The day will end with an opportunity to put everything you have learnt into practice in a series of informal group performances.

Repertoirefor the day will be If ye love me by Thomas Tallis and Bogoroditse Dyevo by Rachmaninov.

Copies will be provided on the day.

£15 – please pay cash on the day.

How to book
To reserve your place at this event please email

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.

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.

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