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The Micklegate Singers 50th Anniversary CD

Our 50th Anniversary CD is now available!

CD review: The Micklegate Singers: Fifty Years On - Martin Dreyer, The Press


The Micklegates are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, as well they might. This disc, a generous 80 minutes, with 26 tracks, is a representative selection from live concerts given between 2003 and 2012.

It is remarkable how homogenous the choir's sound has remained over that period, all of it under Nicholas Carter's direction. In keeping with the intention of its founder, Ronald Perrin, this remarkable varied programme often flirts with the fringes of the repertory and is all the more exciting for that.

At its centre lies two larger pieces, Arvo Part's The Beatitudes, which builds a sense of prayerful adoration towards its powerful organ conclusion, and Sumsion's In Exile, with the Israelites discovering muscle while weeping in Babylon. Negro spirituals, Britten, Bernstein, Wood's triumphal Hail, Gladdening Light, three witty epigrams by Nicholas Maw, Holst, a Tudor motet, even Swingle, are all part of this eclectic mix.

CDs are available to buy by post at £10 + £1.50 postage and packaging. Please email secretary@micklegatesingers.org.uk with your contact details and we will get in touch.

CDs will also be available at our next concert.

The Micklegate Singers - 50 years on

Didn't my Lord (Debbie Ballantyne - Soprano ) - Richard Allain

To Daffodils (Flower Songs) - Benjamin Britten

The succession of the 4 sweet months (Flower Songs) - Benjamin Britten

En une seule fleur (Les Chansons des Roses) - Morten Lauridsen

Hilli-Ho! (5 Partsongs) - Frank Bridge

Calme des nuits - Camille Saint-Sa‘ns

The Barrel of the Drum (Making of the Drum: Anne Parkinson - Soprano) - Bob Chilcott

Steal Away (5 Negro Spirituals: Sarah Sketchley - Soprano, Chris Sketchley - Tenor) - Michael Tippett

Sanctus (Latin Choruses from the Lark: Kate Woodruff - Mezzo) - Leonard Bernstein

Requiem (Latin Choruses from the Lark) - Leonard Bernstein

The Beatitudes (Stephen Power - Organ) - Arvo PŠrt

In Exile - Herbert Sumsion

Svyete tikhii - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Hail Gladdening Light - Charles Wood

In Manus Tuas - John Sheppard

Lamentations for Holy Saturday I - Tomas de Victoria

Three Verses - Richard Rodney Bennett

Ave Maria - Javier Busto

El Grillo - Josquin des Prez

On a Noisy Polemic (5 Epigrams) - Nicholas Maw

On the Death of Robert Ruisseaux (5 Epigrams) - Nicholas Maw

On a Hen-pecked Country Squire (5 Epigrams) - Nicholas Maw

On Hillissuvi (SŸgismaastikud) - Veljo Tormis

L'amour de moi - Ward Swingle

Let there be love - Lionel Rand arr. Ned Bennett

Swansea Town (6 Choral Folk Songs) - Gustav Holst