LindenLea Main 2c sm 730x1024 - A Choral Fancy

A varied and entertaining selection of musical delights for a Summer Evening

St Cuthbert’s Church, Pateley Bridge

nr Harrogate HG3 5LQ

Saturday, 9 July, 7.30pm

Tickets £10 available at the door or here

Bar open at 7.00pm

Approximate duration 90 minutes (including an interval)


I was glad Hubert Parry
Never weather beaten sailHubert Parry
I know my soul hath powerHubert Parry
There is an old beliefHubert Parry
Organ solo: Psalm Prelude Set 2, No 3 Herbert Howells
Zadok the Priest Georg Friedrich Handel
My heart is inditingGeorg Friedrich Handel
AbendliedJosef Rheinberger
Lux aeternaJames MacMillan
Vinea mea electaFrancois Poulenc
Timor et tremorFrancois Poulenc
Organ solo: RhosymedreRalph Vaughan Williams
The HillsJohn Ireland
Linden LeaRalph Vaughan Williams
The Turtle DoveRalph Vaughan Williams
The Blue BirdCharles Villiers Stanford
Weaver BirdMatthew Oglesby
Organ solo: Tu es PetrusJeanne Demessieux
Tu es PetrusPalestrina
Tu es PetrusPhilip Moore

Anthony Gray organ

St Peter’s Singers

Alexander Woodrow director

This programme incorporates a delightful mix of styles and sounds. There’s a nod to the Queen’s Jubilee with two of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Parry’s I was glad, together with three of his beautiful Songs of Farewell. Rheinberger’s Abendlied (Evening Hymn) brings a more reflective mood, while James Macmillan’s Lux aeterna allows us to briefly revisit our Songs of Solace recital last October and remember those lost in the pandemic.

After an interval, two of Poulenc’s short Motets take us briefly to the very different sound world of twentieth century French spiritual music, before we switch to a more relaxed set of secular part songs, including the well-known Linden Lea by Vaughan Williams and Stanford’s gorgeous The Blue Bird. This group finishes with Weaver Bird, a short composition by our in-house duo poet Hannah Stone and composer Matthew Oglesby.

We finish, fittingly for a choir with our name, with two settings of the text Tu es Petrus (‘You are Peter’), one by the 16th century master Palestrina, and the other composed for our 40th anniversary in 2017 by Philip Moore, formerly Organist of York Minster.

Anthony Gray plays the organ and Alex Woodrow directs.