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Long, Long Ago

Friday 15th December 2017

Herbert Howells Long, long ago
Thomas Weelkes Hosanna to the Son of David
Elizabeth Poston Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
William Byrd Exsurge, Domine
Anton Bruckner Virga Jesse
Sergei Rachmaninoff Bogoroditse Devo
Edward Naylor Vox Dicentis
Michael Praetorius Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Jan Sandström Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Hans Leo Hassler Hodie Christus natus est
Jaako Mäntyjärvi O magnum mysterium
Heinrich Schütz Das Wort ward Fleisch
John Tavener The Lamb
Jonathan Harvey The Angels
Robert Pearsall In Dulci Jubilo
Peter Warlock A Cornish Christmas Carol

There is Sweet Music

Friday 13th October 2017

Michael Tippett Dance, Clarion Air
Orlande de Lassus Musica Dei donum optimi
Howard Skempton Music (Let me go where’er I will)
Frank Bridge Music, when soft voices die
Ralph Vaughan Williams Silence and Music
Johann Sebastian Bach Singet dem Herrn
Arvo Pärt Solfeggio
Edward Elgar There is Sweet Music
Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands
Johannes Brahms Abendständchen
Zoltán Kodály An Ode for Music
William Byrd Laudibus in sanctis
Thomas Tomkins Music Divine
Elliott Carter Musicians Wrestle Everywhere


Resurrection Light

Friday 31st March 2017

Orlando Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David
Alexander Gretchaninov At thy mystical supper
Orlande de Lassus In Monte Oliveti
Giles Swayne Ave verum corpus
Anton Bruckner Christus factus est
James MacMillan Miserere
John Taverner Dum transisset Sabbatum I
Herbert Howells Haec dies
William Byrd In resurrectione tua
Jim Clements Hope, Faith, and Love
Jean Lhéritier Surrexit pastor bonus
Josef Rheinberger Angelus Domini
Peter Philips Ecce vicit leo
Charles Wood ’Tis the day of Resurrection

Kensington to Bloomsbury

Friday 10th February 2017

William Walton Where does the uttered Music go?
Arnold Bax I Sing of a Maiden
John Ireland Twilight Night
Elisabeth Lutyens Verses of Love
John Ireland The Hills
Alan Rawsthorne Four Seasonal Songs
E J Moeran Songs of Springtime
Herbert Howells Requiem

A Light in the Darkness

Friday 16th December 2016

Felix Mendelssohn Im Advent
James MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Heinrich Schütz Tröstet, Tröstet mein Volk
Thea Musgrave Hear The Voice of the Bard
William Byrd Vigilate
Cecilia McDowall O Oriens
Johannes Brahms O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
John Sheppard Verbum caro factus est
Felix Mendelssohn Weihnachtnen
Francis Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Jean Mouton Nesciens Mater
Orlande de Lassus Resonet in laudibus
John Ireland The Holy Boy
Arnold Schoenberg Friede auf Erden

The Seven Ages of Man

Friday 14th October 2016

Orlando Gibbons What is our life
Eric Whitacre Sleep My Child
Thomas Tallis O ye tender babes
Dominick Argento There was a naughty boy
Hubert Parry My delight and thy delight
Sebastián de Vivanco Veni, dilecte mi
Thea Musgrave Ithaca
Guillaume Dufay Kyrie from Missa L'homme armé
Andrea Gabrieli Sento, sent'un rumor ch'al ciel si estolle
Anton Bruckner Os justi meditabitur
Thomas Morley Sing we and chant it
William Byrd Retire my soule
Gustav Holst Nunc dimittis
Peter Cornelius Grablied
Bob Chilcott Even such is time
William Harris Bring us, O Lord God


Perspectives Anglaises

Saturday 27th August, Sunday 28th August 2016

Jonathan Harvey Come, Holy Ghost
Thomas Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis
Edward Elgar The Shower
Edward Elgar The Fountain
John Amner Sing, O Heavens
Charles Villiers Stanford Beati quorum via
William Byrd Sing joyfully unto God
John Ireland The Hills
Robert Johnson Full Fathom Five
James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver
Thomas Tallis O sacrum convivium
Charles Wood Hail, Gladdening Light
Robert Lucas Pearsall Lay A Garland
Ralph Vaughan Williams arr. Jim Clements The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)
William Harris Faire is the Heaven
Benjamin Britten Five Flower Songs, op. 47

Sunshine after Rain

Friday 8th July, Saturday 9th July 2016

John Ireland The Hills
Bernard Rose The spacious firmament on high
Cecilia McDowall The skies in their magnificence
Edward Elgar The Shower
William Sterndale Bennett Come, live with me
Felix Mendelssohn Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen, op. 59
Frederick Delius On Craig Ddu
Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Jim Clements The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)
Nicholas Maw One foot in Eden still, I stand
Edward Elgar The Fountain
James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver
Benjamin Britten Five Flower Songs, op. 47

In Love's Garden

Friday 20th May 2016

William Walton Set me as a seal
Jacobus Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi
Edward Bairstow I sat down under his shadow
Tomás Luis de Victoria Vidi speciosam
Francis Grier Dilectus meus mihi
Hieronymus Praetorius Tota pulchra es Maria
Howard Skempton Rise up my love
Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur Le cantique des cantiques

Something Rich and Strange

Saturday 13th February 2016

Thomas Morley It was a lover and his lass
Ralph Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs
Michael Berkeley Farewell
Robert Pearsall Take, O take those lips away
Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle
Frank Martin Songs of Ariel
Humphrey Clucas Shakespeare Songs
Robert Johnson Full Fathom Five
Charles Wood Full Fathom Five
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi Four Shakespeare Songs
Judith Weir The Song Sung True

I Sing of a Maiden

Friday 11th December 2015

Thomas Tallis Videte miraculum
John Joubert There is no Rose
Herbert Howells A Spotless Rose
Arnold Bax I Sing of a Maiden
Francis Pott I Sing of a Maiden
William Byrd Ecce Virgo concipiet
John Byrt All and Some
John Tavener Hymn to the Mother of God
Howard Skempton Adam lay y-bounden
Robert Parsons Ave Maria
Richard Rodney Bennett Five Carols
Arnold Bax Mater ora filium

Voices of the North

Friday 23rd October 2015

Jean Sibelius Rakastava
Peter Lange-Müller Tre Madonnasange
Mogens Pedersøn Kyrie from Missa quinque vocum
Carl Nielsen Tre Motetter
Wilhelm Stenhammar Tre Körvisor
Jean Sibelius Män från slätten och havet
Toivo Kuula Auringon noustessa
Carl Nielsen arr. Michael Bojesen Jens Vejmand
Jean Sibelius Four Partsongs, op. 18
Einojuhani Rautavaara Lorca Suite


Songs of Farewell

Friday 3rd July 2015

William Harris Faire is the Heaven
Robert Schumann Vier doppelchörige Gesänge
1. An die Sterne; 2. Ungewisses Licht; 3. Zuversicht; 4. Talismane
Johannes Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche
1. Unsere Väter hofften auf dich; 2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter; 3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk

Hubert Parry Songs of Farewell
1. My Soul, There Is A Country; 2. I Know My Soul Hath Power To Know All Things; 3. Never Weather-Beaten Sail; 4. There Is An Old Belief; 5. At The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners; 6. Lord, Let Me Know Mine End

Once Upon a Time

Friday 15th May 2015

H. Garrett Phillips Odysseus and the Sirens
Robert Schumann Der König von Thule
Charles Gounod La cigale et la fourmi
Thomas Weelkes Since Robin Hood
Ola Gjeilo Unicornis Captivatur
Claudio Monteverdi Lamento d'Arianna
Johannes Brahms Sechs Lieder und Romanzen, Op. 93a
Josquin des Prez Dulces Exuviae
Ralph Vaughan Williams Valiant-for-truth
David Del Tredici Acrostic Song
Bohuslav Martinu Romance of the Dandelions

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Saturday 7th February 2015

Knut Nystedt O Crux
Sergei Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

A Boy Was Born

Friday 12th December 2014

Gabriel Jackson Nowell Sing We
Michael Praetorius Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem
Anon Coventry Carol
Kenneth Leighton Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child
Peter Wishart Alleluya, a new work is come in hand
Peter Cornelius The three kings
Harold Darke arr. Jim Clements
In the Bleak Mid-winter
Peter Warlock Corpus Christi
Ralph Vaughan Williams Wassail Song
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Hodie Christus Natus Est
Benjamin Britten A Boy was Born
Peter Warlock Benedicamus Domino [encore]

FGSJ 20th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 25th October 2014

Noel Dexter Psalm 27
arr. Olive Lewin Parakeet
Frederic Cowen Water-lilies (from 'Songs from the River')
arr. Olive Lewin Our Father
Michael Tippett Five Spirituals
arr. Olive Lewin Galilee; She Gahn
Eleanor Alberga My Heart Danceth
Ariel Ramirez Misa Criolla
arr. Andrew Marshall Ah Am To De High Lan' Boun' [encore]


Scenes from Nature

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Herbert Howells Before Me, Careless Lying
Gerald Finzi I Praise the Tender Flower; My spirit sang all day; Clear and Gentle Stream; Haste on, my joys
(from 'Seven Poems of Robert Bridges')
Herbert Howells In Youth is Pleasure
Paul Hindemith Six chansons
Camille Saint-Saëns Calme des nuits
Maurice Ravel Trois chansons
Robert Pearsall Lay a Garland
Johannes Brahms Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104
Ralph Vaughan Williams arr Jim Clements The Vagabond
(from 'Songs of Travel')
Ernest Moeran Phyllida and Corydon; On a hill there grows a flower; Said I that Amaryllis; While she lies sleeping; Corydon arise
Phyllis inamorata [encore]
(from 'Phyllida and Corydon')

Ruffs and Remedies

Friday 6th June 2014

Herbert Howells Before Me, Careless Lying
Thea Musgrave Four Madrigals by Thomas Wyatt
Robert Pearsall Lay a Garland
William Schuman Mail Order Madrigals
Herbert Howells In Youth is Pleasure
Ned Rorem Four Madrigals
Ernest Moeran Phyllida and Corydon
Elliot Carter Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Ruins and Reflections

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Gabriel Jackson Lamentations of Jeremiah
Philippe de Monte Super flumina Babylonis
Nico Muhly Recordare, Domine (UK premiere)
Alberto Ginastera Lamentations of Jeremiah
Rudolf Mauersberger Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst
William Byrd Quomodo cantabimus
Cecilia McDowall The Lord is Good
Darius Milhaud Les Deux Cités


Friday 7th February 2014

Clément Janequin Les cris de Paris
Darius MIilhaud Quatrains Valaisans
Orlande de Lassus Toutes les nuits
Pierre Certon Frère Thibault
Paul Hindemith Six chansons
Claude Le Jeune Susanne un jour
Maurice Ravel Trois chansons
Morten Lauridsen Les chansons des roses
Francis Poulenc Chansons françaises


Friday 13th December 2013

Johannes Eccard Übers Gebirg Maria geht
Hieronymous Praetorius Magnificat quinti toni
Bob Chilcott Advent Antiphons
John Tavener Magnificat (Collegium Regale)
Benjamin Britten A Hymn to the Virgin
Sergei Rachmaninoff Magnificat (from All-Night Vigil)
Arvo Pärt Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen
Giles Swayne Magnificat I

Passion and Piety

Friday 4th October 2013

Thomas Campion arr. Andrew Grifffiths When thou must home to shades of underground
Carlo Gesulado Moro, lasso, al mio duolo
Carlo Gesualdo/Igor Stravinsky Da pacem Domine
Carlo Gesualdo Beltá, poi che t'assenti
Peter Cornelius Bußlied (from 'Drei Psalmlieder' op.13 no.1)
Carlo Gesualdo Ardita zanzaretta
Carlo Gesualdo/Igor Stravinsky Assumpta est Maria
Carlo Gesualdo Mercè grido piangendo
Peter Warlock The Full Heart
J S Bach Komm, Jesu, komm
Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir


Beyond the Horizon

Friday 12th July 2013

Ernst Toch Geographical Fugue
Thomas Weelkes Thule, the period of Cosmography; The Andalusian Merchant
Robert Schumann Der König von Thule
Thea Musgrave On the Underground Set 2: 'The Strange and the Exotic’
I Dreams; II I saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail; III The Subway Piranhas

Richard Rodney Bennett Sea Change
Johannes Brahms Vineta
John Wilbye What needeth all this travail?, O Fools! Can you not see?
Edward Elgar My Love dwelt in a Northern Land
Steve Martland Skywalk
Ralph Vaughan Williams arr. Jim Clements The Vagabond
(from 'Songs of Travel', first performance)
Eric Whitacre Leonardo dreams of his Flying Machine


Friday 22nd March 2013

Ned Rorem Canticle of the Lamb
Orlande de Lassus Prologue and Sibylla Persica
from ‘Prophetiae Sibyllarum’
Jonathan Harvey The Angels
Orlande de Lassus Sibylla Samia
Peter Philips Ecce vicit leo
Orlande de Lassus Sibylla Cimmeria
Olivier Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium
Hildegard of Bingen O virtus sapientiae
Frank Ferko Hildegard Triptych
(1) O vis aeternitatis; (2) Caritas abundat; (3) O virtus Sapientiae
Orlande de Lassus Sibylla Agrippa
William Byrd O Quam Gloriosum
Orlande de Lassus Sibylla Hellespontica
Igor Stravinsky The Dove Descending Breaks the Air
Thoma Tallis Loquebantur variis linguis
Jonathan Harvey Come Holy Ghost
Orlande de Lassus Sibylla Phrygia
James MacMillan Alpha and Omega (London premiere)

Britten in America

Tuesday 29th January 2013

Charles Ives The Sixty-Seventh Psalm
Benjamin Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
Aaron Copland In the Beginning
Samuel Barber God’s Grandeur
Randall Thompson Alleluia
Benjamin Britten A.M.D.G.

Toward the Dawn

Friday 26th October 2012

György Ligeti Night
John Wilbye Draw on Sweet Night
Judith Bingham Distant Thunder
Hubert Parry My Soul, There is a Country
Edward Elgar There is Sweet Music, op.53 no.1
Thomas Tallis Te Lucis Ante Terminum (festal tone)
Kenneth Leighton Evening Hymn
Franz Schubert arr. Clytus Gottwald Nacht und Träume
Orlande de Lassus Toutes les nuits
Howard Skempton He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Edward Elgar Owls: An Epitaph, op.53 no.4
John Taverner Dum transisset Sabbatum
James MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Claudio Monteverdi Ecco mormorar l’onde
Pēteris Vasks Mate Saule
György Ligeti Morning


Flights of Angels

Tuesday 10th July 2012

Josquin Desprez Nymphes des Bois
Felix Mendelssohn Mitten wir in Leben sind
Robert Ramsey How are the Mighty Fallen
John Tavener Song for Athene
Ralph Vaughan Williams Valiant-for-truth
Ildebrando Pizzetti Messa di Requiem
Knut Nystedt Immortal Bach

Hidden Voices

Friday 30th March, Sunday 13th May 2012

Heinrich Schütz Singet dem Herrn (from 1619 Psalms of David)
Johannes Brahms Ich aber bin elend, op.110/1
Johannes Brahms Der englische Gruss (no.1 from Marienlieder, op.22)
Johannes Eccard Übers Gebirg Maria geht
Johannes Brahms Magdalena (no. 6 from Marienlieder, op.22)
Johannes Eccard Maria wallt zum Heiligtum
Johannes Brahms Ruf zur Maria (no.5 from Marienlieder, op.22)
Giovanni Gabrieli Sanctus à 12 (from 1615 Symphoniae Sacrae)
Johannes Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche, op.109
Robert Schumann An die Sterne, op.141/1
Johannes Brahms Vineta, op.42/2
Peter Cornelius Requiem "Seele, vergiß sie nicht"
Timothy Burke Distanz und ein bestimmtes Licht (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms Fünf Gesänge, op.104

The Elements

Thursday 9th February 2012

Michael Tippett Dance, Clarion Air
Charles Villiers Stanford The Blue Bird
Tomás Luis de Victoria Super flumina Babylonis
Felix Mendelssohn Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen, Op. 48
Cecilia McDowall The skies in their magnificence
Herbert Howells Take him, Earth, for cherishing
Eric Whitacre Water Night
Morten Lauridsen Madrigali: Six Fire Songs on Italian Renaissance poems
1. Ov'e lass, il bel viso?; 3. Amor, io sento l'alma; 6. Se per havervi, oime
Judith Bingham The Drowned Lovers

Fire and Ice

Tuesday 15th November 2011

Tomás Luis de Victoria Officium defunctorum (Requiem) of 1605 with Versa est in luctum and Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna
[interspersed throughout the programme]
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae
Per Nørgård Winter Hymn
Arvo Pärt Da pacem Domine
Peteris Vasks Mate saule


From Darkness into Light

Wednesday 29th June 2011

Tomás Luis de Victoria Taedet anima mea ( from Requiem of 1605)
Tarik O'Regan Two Emily Dickinson settings
Philip Moore Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Hugo Distler Ich wollt, dass ich daheime war
William Byrd Beati mundo corde (Propers for All Souls)
Hubert Parry I know my soul hath power (from 'Songs of Farewell')
John Tavener As one who has slept
Heinrich Schütz Deutsches Magnificat
Bob Chilcott This world fareth as a fantasy