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In Praise of Spring

Chipping Norton Town Hall, Saturday 16th March

Conductor: George Parris

Piano: Susie Allan

Peaceful was the night

St Peter’s, Hook Norton, Saturday 9th December 2023

We were delighted to welcome a new guest conductor, Edward Caswell, for this concert. Edward is a versatile and internationally respected choral conductor, singer and teacher, with a reputation for approaching choral conducting from a singer’s perspective. Since 2004 he has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs throughout Europe, particularly in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël:
1  O magnum mysterium
Hosanna to the Son of David
Alleluia! I heard a voice
There is no rose
Christmas Eve
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël:
2  Quem vidistis pastores dicite
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël:
3  Videntes stellam
Lulla, lullaby
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël:
4  Hodie Christus natus est
Bethlehem Down
Francis Poulenc

Thomas Weelkes
William Byrd
Thomas Weelkes
Cecilia McDowall
Kim Porter
Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulenc

William Byrd
Thomas Weelkes
Francis Poulenc

Peter Warlock

Choral Favourites

St Mary’s, Chipping Norton, 21st October 2023

Conductor: George Parris

Cherubic Hymn No. 1
Te lucis ante terminum
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sicut cervusGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Mother of God here I standJohn Tavener
Three motets, Op. 38
Justorum animae
Coelos ascendit hodie
Beati quorum via
Charles Villiers Stanford
Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)Matthew Whittall
Like as the hartJudith Weir
Drei gemischte Chöre (Three Mixed Choruses)
Abendfeier in Venedig
Clara Schumann
Ave MariaRobert Parsons
Nobody knows, from Five SpiritualsMichael Tippett (arr.)
Ubi caritasMaurice Duruflé
SleepEric Whitacre

Previous Concerts

From dusk till dawn

St Etheldreda’s Church, Horley, June 10th 2023

Conductor: Mark Jordan

Thomas TallisTe lucis ante terminum
John WilbyeDraw on Sweet Night
Annabel RooneyRound me falls the night
Thomas TallisO nata lux
Eric WhitacreNox Aurumque
Morten LauridsenSure on this shining night
Arvo PärtFur Alina
Kate Rusby arr Jim ClementsUnderneath the Stars
Ēriks EšenvaldsOnly in sleep
Eric WhitacreSleep
Edward Elgar arr John CameronLux Aeterna
Morten LauridsenO nata lux
James MacMillanO Radiant Dawn
Alexander L’EstrangeLighten our darkness

The wondrous cross

St Peter’s Church, Hook Norton, March 18th 2023

Conductor: Bernard West

Charles WoodSing, my tongue, the glorious battle from The Passion of our Lord (according to St Mark)
Bob ChilcottIt is a thing most wonderful from Five Passion Hymns
Thomas WeelkesHosanna to the Son of David
Max BruchPalmsonntagmorgen
Trad Spiritual arr. Moses HoganRide on, King Jesus
Felice AnerioChristus factus est
Bob ChilcottDrop, drop, slow tears from Five Passion Hymns
Maurice DurufléUbi Caritas
Déodat de SéveracTantum ergo
Cecilia McDowallAdoro te devote
Bob ChilcottJesus, grant me this, I pray from Five Passion Hymns
Frederick OuseleyO Saviour of the World
Sarah MacDonaldCrux fidelis
Bob ChilcottThere is a green hill from Five Passion Hymns
William ByrdNe Irascaris Domine/Civitas Sancti Tui
Kenneth LeightonSolus ad victimam
Bob ChilcottWhen I survey from Five Passion Hymns
John SandersReproaches
Amy BeachPeace I leave with you

Sweet was the song

St Nicholas Church, Chadlington, December 3rd 2022

Conductor: Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Piae Cantiones arr David WillcocksUnto us is born a Son
French 15th century arr David WillcocksO come, o come Emmanuel
Boris OrdAdam lay ybounden
Bob ChilcottThe Pear Tree Carol
arr Sarah Tenant-FlowersCherry Tree Carol
H J Gauntlett and A H Mann arr David WillcocksOnce in royal David’s city
Dutch arr Charles WoodsKing Jesus hath a garden
Tomas Luis de VictoriaNe timeas Maria
W Ballet arr Geoffrey ShawLute-Book Lullaby
14th century arr David WillcocksResonemus laudibus
English trad arr David WillcocksGod rest you merry
M Leontovich arr P J WilhouskyCarol of the bells
Ukrainian trad arr Sarah Tenant-FlowersDobry vechir
Kerensa BriggsA tender shoot
Samuel ScheidtPuer natus in Bethlehem
Felix MendelssohnHark! the herald angels sing
Eric WhitacreSainte-Chapelle
arr Antony PittsWe three kings of Orient are
Oliver TarneyThe wise man and the star
English trad arr John RutterHere we come a-wassailing
Piae Cantiones arr Reginald JacquesGood King Wenceslas
Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane arr Sarah Tenant-FlowersHave yourself a merry little Christmas

Many Waters

St Kenelm’s Church, Enstone, 25th October 2022

Conductor: Sarah Tenant-Flowers   

Many Waters poster
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe Dark Eyed Sailor
Kerry AndrewAll Things are Quite Silent
Arr. Elizabeth PostonThe Water of Tyne
James MacMillanLassie, Wad ye Loe Me?
Samuel BarberTo be Sung on the Water Op.42 No 2
Aaron CoplandThe Boatmen’s Dance
Rani Arbo Arr. Martin SchröderCrossing the Bar
Charles Hubert ParryCrossing the Bar
Jaakko MäntyjärviCanticum Calamitatis Maritimae
Don MacdonaldAve Maris Stella
Imogen HolstA Hymne to Christ
John IrelandGreater Love hath No Man

Quia Ergo Femina

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Deddington, 25th June 2022

Conductor: Mark Jordan

Hildegard of BingenQuia Ergo Femina
Barbara StrozziSilentio Nocivo
Eleanor DaleyIn Remembrance (from Requiem)
Judith WeirIlluminare Jerusalem
Fanny Mendelssohn HenselSchőne Fremde, from Gärtenlieder
Fanny Mendelssohn HenselLockung “Hőrst du nicht die Bäume rauschen”, from Gärtenlieder
Claudia RuscaAdoramus Te
Rebecca ClarkeAve Maria
Isabella LeonardaAlma Redemptoris Mater
Cheryl Frances-HoadIntroit
Kerry AndrewO Lux Beata Trinitas
Rebecca ClarkeWeep you no more sad fountains
Cheryl Frances-HoadBlessing
Raphaella AleottiMiserere
Vittoria AleottiIo v’amo vita mia
Annabel RooneyRound me falls the night
Cecilia McDowallCantate Astra

Winter Sun

Chipping Norton Town Hall, 27th February 2022

Conductor Sarah Tenant-Flowers   

Bob ChilcottMidwinter
Don MacDonaldWinter Sun
Gustav HolstHymn to the Dawn, from Rig Veda (Group 3) Op26
Gustav HolstHymn to the Waters, from Rig Veda (Group 3) Op26
Gustav HolstHymn to Vena, from Rig Veda (Group 3) Op26
Gustav HolstHymn of the Travellers, from Rig Veda (Group 3) Op26
Samuel BarberTo be Sung on the Water
Don MacDonaldSelene’s Boat
Jussi ChydeniusDeep in the Night
Alex RothStand and Stare, from Stargazer
Alex RothThe Star-lit Stairs, from Stargazer
Alex RothStar-struck, from Stargazer
Alex RothIn the Train, from Stargazer
Ward SwingleGive us this Day
Randall ThompsonThe Lord Is My Shepherd