Programme Details for 2017 - 18 Session

Our programme is planned well in advance although may be subject to alteration on the day.  See the end of this list for details of the various editions we will be using.  Music is available to borrow, although members are encouraged to purchase their own copies.  

See our Music Links page for details of music in our repertoire - scores, recordings, history and other information. 


Saturday 23 September, 6.30pm

PALESTRINA           Missa brevis (excerpts)                                     (ed Washington – Chester)

CROCE                      O sacrum convivium                                          ChItal 6

MARENZIO              O rex gloriae                                                      ChItal 13

PALESTRINA          Alma redemptoris                                               ChItal 20

GREAVES                Come away, sweet love                                      OBEM 42

WILBYE                   Adieu, sweet Amaryllis                                      OBEM 8

Saturday 30 September, 2pm BYRD WORKSHOP See home page for details. 

BYRD             Ave verum corpus  CPDL 08508,  ed Fraser

BYRD            O quam gloriosumCPDL 04015,  ed Fraser

BYRDIustorum animae CPDL 04652,  ed Fraser

BYRD          Though Amaryllis dance in green           CPDL 04866, ed Fraser

BYRDQuis est homo?  CPDL 05318, ed Fraser

BYRD          Laudibus in Sanctis  CPDL 18273, ed Thompson

BYRD          Apparebit in finem  CPDL 04646, ed Fraser
VICTORIA          Agnus Dei from Officium defunctorum           CPDL 29132, ed Cassola
BYRD          Agnus Dei from 4-part Mass            CPDL 18634, ed Fraser

Saturday 21 October, 6.30pm

PALESTRINA            Missa brevis (excerpts)                                     (ed Washington – Chester)

BYRD                          Iustorum animae                                              OBTA 131

TALLIS                       O nata lux                                                         OBTA 248

BATESON                  Those sweet, delightful lilies                            OBEM 332

GIBBONS                   What is our life?                                                OBEM 382

GIBBONS                   The silver swan                                                 OBEM 310

Saturday 18 November, 6.30pm

PALESTRINA            Missa brevis (excerpts)                                    (ed Washington – Chester)

HASSLER                   Tu es Petrus                                                      ChGerm 24

HANDL                       Ecce concipies                                                  ChGerm 9

AICHINGER              Regina caeli                                                       ChGerm 7

WEELKES                  On the plains Fairy trains                                 (ed Fellowes – S & B)

MORLEY                    Fyer! fyer!                                                        OBEM 112

MORLEY                    I love, alas                                                        OBEM 148

Saturday 16 December, 6.30pm

PALESTRINA           Missa brevis (excerpts)                                   (ed Washington – Chester)

ISAAC                         Jerusalem surge                                             ChFlem 11

WILLAERT               O magnum mysterium                                    ChFlem 38

PEERSON                 Upon my lap my soveraigne sits                     (Novello)

SWEELINCK            Hodie Christus natus est                                 (Novello)

A selection of carols from Carols for Choirs, volume 1

Saturday 6 January 2018

The New Year Party will feature sacred music before lunch, sung in the gorgeous acoustic of St Michael’s Cornhill;  lunch next door in The Crosse Keyes;  followed by madrigals sung in the oak-panelled St Michael’s Vestry.  There is likely to be a quiz and a raffle.  Please apply in advance.  The music will be taken entirely from the OBTA and the OBEM.

Saturday 27 January, 6.30pm

PALESTRINA            Tribus miraculis                                             (ed Fowler – CPDL)

MONTEVERDI          Cantate Domino                                                   (CPDL)

VICTORIA                  O magnum mysterium                                  ChSpan 32

VICTORIA                  Ave Maria                                                        ChSpan 29

MORALES                  Simile est regnum                                          ChSpan 19

BYRD                           Lullaby, my sweet little baby                       OBEM 158

TOMKINS                   See, see the shepherds’ queen                    OBEM 248

BENNET                     All creatures now                                                OBEM 1

Saturday 17 February, 6.30pm

BYRD                         Senex puerum                                                     ChEng 10

JOHNSON                Dum transisset                                                   ChEng 16

TAVERNER              Alleluia                                                                 ChEng 33

SHEPPARD              In manus tuas                                                     ChEng 22

DERING                    Love shooting                                                          Inv5, 2

FARMER                   Take time                                                               Inv5, 50

PHILLIPS                  Wherefore sit I complayning?                           Inv5, 29

BENNET                   Round about in a fair ring                                   Inv5, 18

Saturday 17 March, 6.30pm

FARRANT                 Call to remembrance                                         OBTA 50

FARRANT                 Hide not Thou Thy face                                     OBTA 94

BYRD                          Ave verum corpus                                              OBTA 44

TALLIS                       Salvator mundi                                                 OBTA 273

BYRD                          Ye sacred muses                                                    (CPDL)

CAMPIAN                  Never weather-beaten sail         (ed Fellowes – S & B)

PILKINGTON           Rest, sweet nymph                      (ed Fellowes – S & B)

PEARSALL                 Lay a garland                                                     (Novello)

Saturday 21 April, 6.30pm

BYRD                           O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth               (CPDL)

MORLEY                     April is in my mistress’ face                          OBEM 24

VAUTOR                     Sweet Suffolk owl                                          OBEM 303

VAUTOR                     Mother, I will have a husband                    OBEM 168

VAUTOR                     Sleep now, my muse                                            (S & B)

SORIANO                   Regina caeli                                                        ChItal 35

VIADANA                   Exsultate justi                                                    ChItal 37

PALESTRINA             Sicut cervus                                                       ChItal 27

Saturday 19 May, 6.30pm

MORLEY                      Clorinda false                                                      Booklet

MORLEY                      Since my tears and lamenting                         Booklet

MORLEY                      O no, thou dost but flout me                            Booklet

MORLEY                      Say, gentle nymphs                                            Booklet

MORLEY                      About the maypole new                                        Sheet

MORLEY                      My bonnie lass she smileth                        OBEM 186

MORLEY                      Agnus Dei                                                        ChEng 20

MORLEY                      Now is the month of maying                      OBEM 190

MORLEY                      Sing we and chant it                                    OBEM 263

Saturday 16 June, 6.30pm

EAST                             Mopsie, I leave off to love                                 Booklet

EAST                             Now Cloris laughs                                               Booklet

EAST                             Forsaken Thyrsis, sighing, sings                     Booklet

EAST                             O metaphysical tobacco                                    Booklet

BYRD                            O quam gloriosum est regnum                   OBTA 256

MUDD/WEELKES    Let Thy merciful ears                                     OBTA 147

BATTEN                       O praise the Lord                                           OBTA 251

Saturday 7 July, 6.30pm

FARMER                      Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone             OBEM 106

TOMKINS                    Oyez! has any found a lad?                         OBEM 216

WARD                           Flora, fair nymph                                               Booklet

WARD                           Free from love’s bonds                                      Booklet

WARD                           How long shall I with mournful music?        Booklet

WARD                           Love is a dainty                                                   Booklet

BYRD                             Mass à 4 (Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) Volume

Abbreviations refer to the editions to be used. 

OBTA              Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems (OUP)

OBEM             Oxford Book of English Madrigals (OUP)

Inv5                 Invitation to Madrigals, volume 5 (Stainer & Bell)

Sheet               Single copies

Booklet           Small collections of madrigals by a single composer (LMMC)

ChItal/ChSpan/ChEng/ChFlem/Ch Germ:  Chester Motets for 4 voices (volumes of Italian, Spanish, English, Flemish, German motets) (Chester)

CPDL               An edition downloaded from the Choral Public Domain Library

S & B                Stainer & Bell