Recent Concert Programmes

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2018-2019

Nineteen Eighteen

Saturday 13th October 2018, 7:30pm

The Chapter House, York Minster

Director: Benjamin Morris
Chapter House Youth Choir Director: Charlie Gower-Smith
13 October 2018 Poster

The final concert from our series on the theme of exile, reconciliation and peace marks three significant 100-year anniversaries: Hubert Parry’s death, the granting of women’s suffrage and later the right for women to be elected to parliament, and the forthcoming 100th anniversary on 11/11/18 of the armistice in the First World War.

The Chapter House Choir
Never weather-beaten sail – Hubert PARRY
Psalm 23 – Ivor GURNEY
The Chapter House Youth Choir
Call to remembrance – Richard FARRANT
They are at rest – Edward ELGAR
The Chapter House Choir
A Short Requiem – Henry WALFORD DAVIES
There is an old belief – Hubert PARRY
At the round earth’s imagined corners – Hubert PARRY
The Chapter House Youth Choir
Ubi Caritas – Ola GJEILO
Crossing the bar – Hubert PARRY
Mother of God, here I stand – John TAVENER
Combined Choirs
The Pankhurst Anthem – Lucy PANKHURST
The Chapter House Choir
Magnificat – Charles Villiers STANFORD

2017-2018

In Exile

Saturday 16th June 2018, 7:30pm

St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York

Director: Benjamin Morris
16 June 2018 Poster

Continuing our series of concerts of exile, reconciliation and peace, this programme explored music in and about exile, including Tippett’s wonderful spirituals from A Child of our Time.

Super flumina Babylonis – Philippe de MONTE
Semi-chorus: Cathy Cooper, Fran Guilding, Lorna Hamilton, Tina Sanderson, Rachel Hicks, Helen Korndorffer, Andrew Acaster, Adrian Fuller, Christopher Davies, Mark Simmonds
Quomodo cantabimus – William BYRD
Spritual from Child of Our Time: Steal Away – Michael TIPPETT
Soloists: Ruth Bellinger, David Penn
Ave verum corpus – William BYRD
Spritual from Child of Our Time: Nobody knows – Michael TIPPETT
Soloists: Ruth Bellinger, Dan Hunt
Spritual from Child of Our Time: Go down, Moses – Michael TIPPETT
Soloists: Lorna Hamilton, Richard Long
Cunctis diebus – William BYRD
Spritual from Child of Our Time: By and by – Michael TIPPETT
Soloist: Vikki Pendry
Ne irascaris – Civitas sancti tui – William BYRD
Spritual from Child of Our Time: Deep river – Michael TIPPETT
Semi-chorus: Vikki Pendry, Natasha Brice, David Tomlinson, Mark Simmonds
The Lamentations of Jeremiah – Alberto GINASTERA

Voices from the East

Saturday 10th March 2018, 7:30pm

Chapter House, York Minster

Director: Benjamin Morris
10 March 2018 Poster

Eastern Europe produced some of the most distinctive choral music of the 20th Century. This concert celebrated the unveiling of the Great East Window of York Minster with music from Russia, Poland and the Baltic states.

Tebe poem – Sergei RACHMANINOV
Soloist: Anna Hughes
Magnificat – Arvo PÄRT
Ave Maria – Igor STRAVINSKY
Song to the Virgin Mary – Andrzej PANUFNIK
Nunc Dimittis – Pavel CHESNOKOV
Three Sacred Hymns – Alfred SCHNITTKE
Bogoroditse Devo – Sergei RACHMANINOV
…Which was the son of… – Arvo PÄRT
Angelis suis Deus – Vytautas MIŠKINIS
Ubi caritas et amor – Ēriks EŠENVALDS
Stetit angelus – Rihards DUBRA
Bogoroditse Devo – Arvo PÄRT
Amen – Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI
Only in sleep – Ēriks EŠENVALDS
Soloist: Lydia Eyre

Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 20th December 2017, 7:30pm

Chapter House, York Minster

Guest conductor: Andrew Carter
With the Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir

The Chapter House Choir returned to its original home to perform its trademark Carols by Candlelight with special guest conductor Andrew Carter, founder Director of the choir, and organist John Scott Whiteley.

Read the press review here

The Choir
Processional: Personent hodie – arr. Andrew CARTER
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Michael PRAETORIUS
Lute-book lullaby – arr. Geoffrey SHAW
Resonet in laudibus – arr. Jakob HÄNDL
Solo Organ
Fantasia on Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090 – Johann Sebastian BACH
Prelude on In dulci jubilo – Friedrich Wilhelm ZACHOW
Fughetta on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 701 – Johann Sebastian BACH
The Choir
The holly and the ivy – arr. Henry WALFORD-DAVIES
Still, still, still – arr. Philip LEDGER
A child is born in Bethlehem – Samuel SCHEIDT
The Handbell Ringers
O come, O come Emmanuel – arr. John HASTIE
Coventry Carol – arr. John HASTIE
The Choir
Jesus Christ the apple tree – Elizabeth POSTON
Soloist: Ruth Bellinger
Sing Lullaby – Herbert HOWELLS
The little road to Bethlehem – Michael HEAD
Solo Organ
Sarabande from Georgian Suite – Francis JACKSON
Carols from Recuerdos (Remembrances) – Alan SPEDDING
The Choir
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. David WILCOCKS
Soloist: Emily Chattle
I sing of a maiden – Patrick HADLEY
Ding dong, merrily on high – arr. Charles WOOD
The Handbell Ringers
Past three o’clock – arr. Phil REDDING
Good King Wenceslas – arr. Andrew CARTER
The Choir
A spotless rose – Herbert HOWELLS
Soloist: Mark Latham
Can I not syng but hoy? – Francis JACKSON
Soloist: John Gill
Spanish Carol – arr. Andrew CARTER
Encore: Stille Nacht – Franz GRÜBER arr. Andrew CARTER
Soloist: Helen Blythe
20 December 2017 Poster

Christmas Carol Concert

Friday 22nd December 2017, 7:30pm

St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York

Guest conductor: Timothy Burke
With the Chapter House Youth Choir
and the Handbell Ringers of the Chapter House Choir

A festive celebration with carols old and new to herald in this most joyful season.

The Chapter House Choir
A child is born in Bethlehem – Samuel SCHEIDT
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – Michael PRAETORIUS
Can I not syng but hoy? – Francis JACKSON
Soloist: John Gill
The Chapter House Youth Choir
The truth from above – arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
In dulci jubilo – arr. Robert Lucas PEARSALL
Reading: A New Nativity – Alan TITCHMARSH
The Chapter House Choir
Sing lullaby – Herbert HOWELLS
Resonet in laudibus – arr. Jakob HÄNDL
The Handbell Ringers
O come, O come Emmanuel – arr. John HASTIE
Coventry Carol – arr. John HASTIE
Combined Choirs
Jesus Christ the apple tree – Elizabeth POSTON
The little road to Bethlehem – Michael HEAD
The Chapter House Choir
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. David WILCOCKS
Soloist: Emily Chattle
Lute-book lullaby – arr. Geoffrey SHAW
The Holly and the Ivy – arr. Henry WALFORD-DAVIES
The Handbell Ringers
Past three o’clock – arr. Phil REDDING
Good King Wenceslas – arr. Andrew CARTER
The Chapter House Youth Choir
Benedicamus Domino – Peter WARLOCK
The Lamb – John TAVENER
The twelve days of Christmas – arr. Andrew CARTER
Reading: Christmas Thank-Yous – Mick GOWAR
The Chapter House Choir
Stille Nacht – Franz GRÜBER arr. Andrew CARTER
Soloist: Helen Blythe
Spanish Carol – arr. Andrew CARTER
Combined Choirs
Ding dong, merrily on high – arr. Charles WOOD
22 December 2017 Poster

A Christmas Feast

Saturday 23rd December 2017, 7:30pm

The Milton Rooms, Malton

Director: Benjamin Morris

A return to the Milton Rooms in the market town of Malton for a festive celebration of Christmas with carols, handbells, readings – and canapés!

The Choir
Ding dong, merrily on high – arr. Charles WOOD
Sing lullaby – Herbert HOWELLS
The little road to Bethlehem – Michael HEAD
Reading: A New Nativity – Alan TITCHMARSH
The Choir
Totus Tuus – Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI
The Handbell Ringers
O come, O come Emmanuel – arr. John HASTIE
Coventry Carol – arr. John HASTIE
The Choir
A child is born in Bethlehem – Samuel SCHEIDT
A spotless rose – Herbert HOWELLS
Soloist: Mark Latham
Can I not syng but hoy? – Francis JACKSON
Soloist: John Gill
The Choir
Gloucestershire Wassail – Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Holly and the Ivy – arr. Henry WALFORD-DAVIES
Reading: Christmas Dinner – Michael ROSEN
The Choir
The little drummer boy – arr. John MCCARTHY
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. David WILCOCKS
Soloist: Emily Chattle
Stille Nacht – Franz GRÜBER arr. Andrew CARTER
The Handbell Ringers
Past three o’clock – arr. Phil REDDING
Good King Wenceslas – arr. Andrew CARTER
The Choir
Resonet in laudibus – arr. Jakob HÄNDL
Spanish Carol – arr. Andrew CARTER
Encore: Jingle Bells – arr. Keith WRIGHT
23 December 2017 Poster

In Paradisum

Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm

Quire, York Minster

Director: Benjamin Morris
Organ: Jeremy Lloyd
25 November 2017 Poster

A spiritual journey through music of prayer, reflection and remembrance. This was the first concert under our new Musical Director, Benjamin Morris.

In Paradisum – Gregorian Chant
Nunc Dimittis – William BYRD
Funeral Ikos – John TAVENER
Litanies a la Vierge Noire – Francis POULENC
Rest – Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Song for Athene – John TAVENER
In Paradisum – Gabriel FAURÉ
Sainte-Chapelle – Eric WHITACRE
Miserere Nostri – Thomas TALLIS
Quatre Petites Prières de Saint François d’Assise – Francis POULENC
O Sacrum Convivium – Olivier MESSIAEN
Totus Tuus – Henryk Mikolaj GÓRECKI

2016-2017

Music for a Summer’s Evening

Saturday 24th June 2017, 7pm

St Peter’s Church, Osmotherley

Director: Stephen Williams

24 June 2017 Poster

The Chapter House Choir travelled north to the lovely village of Osmotherley on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors to sing beautiful music ideal for a balmy (or even not-so-balmy) summer’s evening, making the most of the long evenings in God’s Own County. This concert raised £1400 for essential repairs to St Peter’s Church.

Magnificat from the Short Service – Orlando Gibbons
Agnus Dei II from Missa Brevis – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
When David Heard – Thomas Tomkins
Civitas sancti tui – William Byrd
Nigra Sum Sed Formosa – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf – Johann Sebastian Bach
Locus Iste – Anton Bruckner
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Edward Bairstow
Soloists: Dan Hunt, Christopher Davies
Ave Maris Stella – Edvard Grieg
Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten
Semichorus: Lydia Eyre, Denise Redding, Daniel Hicks, David Went
My Spirit sang all day – Gerald Finzi
My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land – Edward Elgar
Faire is the Heaven – William H. Harris
Immortal Bach – Knut Nystedt
Effortlessly Love Flows – Aaron Jay Kernis
Marjal aega magada “It’s Time for the Little Berry to Sleep” – Veljo Tormis
Sleep – Eric Whitacre
The Battle of Jericho – arr. Moses Hogan
Abide with me – arr. Moses Hogan
Witness – arr. Jack Halloran
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord – arr. Moses Hogan

Effortlessly Love Flows

Saturday 3rd June 2017, 7:30pm

Chapter House, York Minster

Director: Stephen Williams
3 June 2017 Poster

A gorgeous programme of music of love and hope.

Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf – Johann Sebastian BACH
Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Witness – arr. Jack Halloran
Effortlessly Love Flows – Aaron Jay Kernis
Fest- und Gedenkensprüche – Johannes Brahms
I. Unsere Väter hofften auf Dich
II. Wenn ein starker Gewappnetter
III. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
No man is an island – Andrew Carter
Abide with me – arr. Moses HOGAN
The Battle of Jericho – arr. Moses HOGAN
In exile – Herbert Sumsion
My soul’s been anchored in the Lord – arr. Moses HOGAN
Elijah rock – arr. Moses HOGAN
Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied – Johann Sebastian BACH

A Grand Tour of the Renaissance

Saturday 25th February 2017, 7:30pm

Chapter House, York Minster

Director: Stephen Williams
February 2017 Poster

An exhilarating musical journey around Europe through 17th century choral works in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Chapter House.

Bel aubépin verdissant – Clément Janequin
La déploration sure la mort de Johannes Ockeghem – Josquin des Prez
Il bianco e dolce cigno – Jacob Arcadelt
Heroum soboles – Orlande de Lassus
Sing we and chant it – Thomas Morley
Ch’io non t’ami, cor mio – Claudio Monteverdi
Draw on, sweet night – John Wilbye
The silver swan – Orlando Gibbons
Woefully arrayed – William Cornysh
If ye love me – Thomas Tallis
Stabat Mater – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Vidi speciosam – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Lamentationes Hieremiae prophetae – Orlande de Lassus
O clap your hands – Orlando Gibbons
Jauchzet dem Herren alle Welt – Heinrich Schütz

Carols by Candlelight

Friday & Saturday, 16 & 17 December 2016, 7:30pm

St Michael-le-Belfrey Church, York

Director: Stephen Williams

These ever-popular atmospheric candlelit concerts capture the true essence of Christmas. For many people Christmas just isn’t Christmas until they have been to a Chapter House Choir Carols by Candlelight.

Christmas 2016 Poster
The Choir
O come, O come Emmanuel – arr. Andrew CARTER
Videntes stellam – Francis POULENC
Jesu, Thou the Virgin born – Gustav HOLST
Soloists: Charlotte Phillips, David Penn
The Handbell Ringers
Of the Father’s heart begotten – arr. John HASTIE
Away in a manger – arr. John HASTIE
The Choir
All my heart this night rejoices – Johann Georg EBELING
O magnum mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
Joseph – Phil REDDING
The shepherd’s carol – Bob CHILCOTT
The Handbell Ringers
Unto us a boy is born – arr. Andrew CARTER
Jingle bells – arr. Andrew CARTER
The Choir
Today the Virgin – John TAVENER
Bethlehem Down – Peter WARLOCK
A tender shoot – Otto Goldschmidt
Hymne à la Vierge – Pierre Villette
Xicochi xicochi conetzintle – Gaspar Fernandes
The truth from above – arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ding dong! merrily on high – arr. Stephen Williams
Have yourself a merry little Christmas – arr. Peter GRITTON

Family Christmas Concert

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 7:30pm

Nave, York Minster

Chapter House Choir, Director: Stephen Williams
Chapter House Youth Choir, Director: Charlie Gower-Smith
York Railway Institute Brass Band, Director: David Lancaster

An early Christmas treat to get the whole family in the mood for the festive season. Featuring carols, brass and handbells.

The Chapter House Choir
O come, O come Emmanuel – arr. Andrew CARTER
Videntes stellam – Francis POULENC
All my heart this night rejoices – Johann Georg EBELING
Alleluya, a new work is come on hand – Peter WISHART
York Railway Institute Brass Band
Festive March – The wonder of Christmas – Peter GRAHAM
In the bleak mid-winter – arr. Alan FERNIE
Tenor Horn Soloist: James West
The Handbell Ringers
Of the Father’s heart begotten – arr. John HASTIE
Away in a manger – arr. John HASTIE
Chapter House Youth Choir
Jesus Christ the apple tree – Elizabeth POSTON
Up! Good Christen folk, and listen – harm. G.R. WOODWARD
Away in a Manger – arr. Reginald JACQUES
York Railway Institute Brass Band
Christmas Eve (Sarajevo – 12/24) – arr. Roger THORNE
Sans Day Carol – arr. David LANCASTER
Chapter House Youth Choir
I saw a fair maiden – Peter WARLOCK
A New Year carol – Benjamin BRITTEN
The Handbell Ringers
Unto us a boy is born – arr. Andrew CARTER
Jingle bells – arr. Andrew CARTER
The Chapter House Choir
Ding dong! merrily on high – arr. Stuart NICHOLSON
Bethlehem Down – Peter WARLOCK
Have yourself a merry little Christmas – arr. Peter GRITTON
All
A Christmas Fantasy – arr. Gordon LANGFORD
Christmas 2016 Poster

An Evening with The King’s Singers

Saturday, 5 November 2016, 7:30pm

Nave, York Minster

Chapter House Choir, Director: Stephen Williams
Chapter House Youth Choir, Director: Charlie Gower-Smith

Double Grammy award-winning supergroup The King’s Singers joined the Chapter House Choir and our new Chapter House Youth Choir for a concert showcasing their supreme virtuosity and immaculate vocal blend in the breathtaking setting of York Minster. Featuring a new commission by Roderick Williams interweaving bespoke vocal lines for all three choirs.

Read the press coverage here

The King’s Singers
Domine dominus noster – Orlandus LASSUS
Musica dei donum – Orlandus LASSUS
Chi chilichi – Orlandus LASSUS
Dessus le marché d’Arras – Orlandus LASSUS
The Chapter House Choir
My soul, there is a country – C. Hubert. H. PARRY
Faire is the heaven – William H. HARRIS
Stars – Ēriks Ešenvalds
The King’s Singers
Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise – Francis POULENC
Le papillon et la fleur – arr. Goff RICHARDS
Quand tu dors près de moi – arr. Gordon LANGFORD
This marriage – Eric Whitacre
Thou, my love, art fair – Bob Chilcott
Chapter House Youth Choir
The ash grove – arr. J. DOYLE
My spirit sang all day – arr. Gerald FINZI
Who can sail without the wind? – Ēriks Ešenvalds
The road home – Stephen PAULUS
The King’s Singers
Down by the riverside – arr. Robert RICE
Egoli – Stanley GLASSER
Le baylère – arr. Goff RICHARDS
Little David play on your harp – arr. Keith ROBERTS
The King’s Singers and Chapter House Youth Choir
The gift to be simple – arr. Bob Chilcott
The Chapter House Choir
The Teddy bears’ picnic – arr. Andrew Carter
Amazing Grace – arr. Alice PARKER and Robert SHAW
Two for the price of one – arr. Andrew Carter
All the things you are – arr. Ward Swingle
The King’s Singers
Penny Lane – arr. Bob Chilcott
That lonesome road – arr. Simon Carrington
Chanson d’amour – arr. Paul Hart
Alice in Wonderland – arr. Gordon Langford
Rhythm of life – arr. Peter Knight
The King’s Singers, The Chapter House Choir and Chapter House Youth Choir
Everyone sang – Roderick WILLIAMS
World première
November 2016 Poster

Come and Sing with John Rutter

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Central Methodist Church, York

With the Chapter House Choir and Chapter House Youth Choir

24 September 2016 Poster

Music for the day included Rutter old and new, as well as popular choral works and some surprises! On John Rutter’s 70th birthday.

Come and Sing with John Rutter