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1 July 2017: Great works of God

St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church

Prauliņš’ acclaimed 2003 setting of the Mass for Riga Cathedral looks back to the 16th century polyphonic style, exemplified here in some of the finest motets of the English school.

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25 March 2017: Water Night

— A century of rain and rivers, British and American…

National Centre for Early Music

A century of rain and rivers, British and American, from Elgar’s Shower of 1914 to McLeish’s powerful 2014 settings of Langton Hughes.

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22 December 2016: Carols at St Helen Stonegate

— A festive break from Christmas shopping in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice

St Helen’s Church

The Micklegate Singers (and friends) present an evening of carols and Christmas music in the beautiful fifteenth century church of St Helen’s. Drop in and relax in a haven from the late night shopping bustle.

Entry is free but please give generously to the collection boxes for St Leonard’s Hospice.

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3 December 2016: O Radiant Dawn

— Five Centuries of Advent Music

St Olave’s Church

Five centuries of Advent Music: chorales embellished by Michael Praetorius, Brahms and Sandström; Hieronymus Praetorius’ festive Magnificat; seasonal antiphons set by contemporary British composers, and in the luminous music of Arvo Pärt.

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2 July 2016: Hearts and Flowers

— A Midsummer Posy

St Olave’s Church

A mother’s tender love in Tormis’s gentle lullabies, romantic love in Mealor’s madrigals. Love sought by American frontiersmen and frogs, love lost in Warlock’s ravishing first choral work. Seiber and Augustinas portray seductive hussars with a folk-influenced swagger.

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12 March 2016: Alleluia, He is Risen!

— Music for Passiontide and Easter

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel

In this programme contrasting old and new, intense and sombre music on the theme of suffering and death gives way to the lively expression of Easter joy. We mark Reger’s centenary and the recent death of John McCabe.

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28 November 2015: Splendid Jewel

— A pæan of praise to the Virgin Mary

St Wilfrid’s Church, York

The Marian theme brings together composers from across Europe and north America; the charm of Paulus’s Splendid Jewel and Willan’s contemplative miniatures is set against the grandeur of Victoria and Palestrina, the lively African rhythms of Giles Swayne and the monumental intensity of Panufnik.

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4 July 2015: The Sun and the Stars

York St. John University Chapel, York

A wealth of music inspired by nature and the heavens. Gregorio Allegri, best known for his Miserere, based his five-part Mass on Luca Marenzio’s cheerful madrigal ‘Che fa oggi il mio sole?’.

Mendelssohn and Schumann offer rich choral settings of romantic verse.

Ešenvalds and Gjeilo are rising 21st century stars whose atmospheric music floats in space.

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21 March 2015: Reformation and Revival

National Centre for Early Music, York

Vaughan Williams’ deep love of Tudor music, whether elaborate polyphony or the restraint of Tallis’ psalm tunes, is reflected in his modally-inflected Mass.

Stanford’s much loved Motets are contrasted with settings of the same texts by Byrd and the contemporary American composer James Lavino.

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22 November 2014: Standing As I Do Before God

St Denys Church, York

Music from 1600 to today overshadowed by the horrors of war and loss: Alonso Lobo’s expressive setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah makes a fitting prelude to Hubert Parry’s choral masterpiece, the Songs of Farewell, written during the course of the First World War.

Cecilia McDowall’s new work movingly sets the words of nurse Edith Cavell, tried and executed for treason in 1915.

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5 July 2014: Songs and Stories

National Centre for Early Music, York

A celebration of story-telling and song in a truly global programme, from a Mexican mass inspired by the Song of Songs, to a Finnish setting of Edward Lear, via Shakespeare songs from Switzerland. We are also delighted to present new works by York composers James Else and John Morgan.

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29 March 2014: The Alabaster Box

Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York

The precious contents of the alabaster box provide a meditation on Christ’s passion in music of sombre intensity ranging from the 16th century to Cecilia McDowall’s acclaimed Canterbury Mass from 2007.

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23 November 2013: The Light Programme

Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate, York

We pass a ray of light through the prism of music and revel in the refracted beauty, from the jubilant clarity of Victoria to the atmospheric, shimmering sounds of Fissinger and Sisask. What better Christmas illuminations?

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6 July 2013: Time To Dream

Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York

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23 March 2013: Time is Endless

Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York

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7 July 2012: The Modern Man I Sing

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York

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31 March 2012: Love and Marriage

The Chapter House of York Minster

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26 November 2011: Autumn Landscapes

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York

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26 March 2011: Now and Then

The Chapter House of York Minster

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28 November 2010: Of A Rose

Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate, York

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3 July 2010: One Foot In Eden

Chapter House of York Minster

From the Fall of Adam to our redemption, explored through ravishing music. A selection of James MacMillan’s Strathclyde Motets provide a meditational centrepiece, and Pawel Lukaszewski’s Beatus Vir settings are electrifying works from Poland, written between 1996 and 2003.

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27 March 2010: A Little Light Shakespeare

Salvation Army Citadel, Gillygate

An international take on English literature sees Finnish and American composers, as well as British, using jazz, madrigal, doo-wop and hillbilly to show William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll in a whole new light. Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass completes the musical riot.

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28 November 2009: Hail, Bright Cecilia

Quire of York Minster

Join us to honour the patron saint of music, whose feast day falls on 22nd November. The majority of tonight’s composers have written settings for the annual St Cecilia’s Day service in London, and the works performed here balance exuberant joy with quiet contemplation.

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4 July 2009: Praise Him upon the Loud Cymbals

Quire of York Minster

Organ, harp and percussion join this celebration of Independence Day in Bernstein’s dazzling Chichester Psalms and Tarik O’Regan’s recent setting of the Canticles, completed in Manhattan.

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21 March 2009: Of Light and Angels

Chapter House of York Minster

A musical shaft of divine light, reflected in angels’ wings.

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29 November 2008: The Stomping Bride and other tales

St Wilfrid’s Church, Duncombe Place

Love and death intertwine in a programme of passionate and quirky 20th century music, from spirituals, via the madrigal, to riotous Lithuanian folk music.

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5 July 2008: Of Flowers and Emeralds Sheen

St. Olave’s Church

Sensuous, erotic imagery; ravishing music; a flower for all seasons.

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15 March 2008: Easter Visions

National Centre for Early Music

Victoria’s ‘Lamentations for Holy Saturday’ of 1585 are austere, devotional settings. Francis Pott’s inspiring Mass provides a modern contrast, having been commissioned for the 2004 London Festival of Contemporary Music.

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1 December 2007: I Am the Day

Quire of York Minster

Tallis’ magnificent seven voice Mass is interlaced with late twentieth and early twenty-first century offerings, celebrating the Virgin Mary, Advent and Christmas.

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30 June 2007: Natural Forces

National Centre for Early Music

You’ll need to bring your umbrella for Eric Whitacre’s ‘Cloudburst!’ Then you can use it to swat Steve Chatman’s mosquitoes—unless John McCabe’s birds catch them first. Come and enjoy an evening of music inspired by nature and influenced by everything from madrigals to jazz.

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31 March 2007: Perchance to Dream

Chapter House of York Minster

No chance to fall asleep here! Howells’ dramatic work for President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, and Whitacre’s extraordinary musical depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine, rub shoulders with the atmospheric Requiem Mass for 8 Voices by Duarte Lobo.

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25 November 2006: Nativitas

Quire of York Minster

Follow the celebration of Christ’s nativity through the centuries, from Obrecht and Victoria in the 15th and 16th centuries, to 21st century offerings from Chilcott and Whitacre. Not your average carol concert…

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15 July 2006: After Purcell

Chapter House of York Minster

Music of the greatest English composer of the 17th century is the catalyst for completions and additions to his music by Chilcott, Sandström and Ayres. Pärt’s setting of the genealogy of Jesus is typically mesmeric.

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1 April 2006: Literary Influences

The Priory Street Centre

Comparisons abound in a variety of masterful 20th century Shakespeare settings. These rub shoulders with Raleigh, the humour of Lear and the saucy wit of Wendy Cope as we celebrate the birthdays of Giles Swayne (60) and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (70).

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