8 March Yarm Parish Church (Saint Mary Magdalene)
Michaelmas Singers and
For a copy of the programme: Click Here
..Music of the Tudors..
16th Century Anthems and Byrd 4-part Mass
With viol music from the Cleveland Consort
Conductor: Matt Lennox
Tickets £5.00 or pay at the door.
phone - 01642 590044,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Michelmas Singers are a renowned mixed choir performing a wide range of music both unaccompanied and with orchestras, specialising in music of the 16th and 20th centuries. There are 25-30 singers giving 4-8 concerts per year.Founded on Michelmas day 1967, they are now in their 41st season and under a new conductor Matt Lennox who joined in 2008.Favourite composers include Monteverdi, Byrd, Purcell, Poulenc, Parry and Vaughan-Williams, but the choir has a very wide repertoire. Concerts range from intimate unaccompanied performances of madrigals and part songs through to major and challenging works of the choral repertoire with orchestral accompaniment. The choir is always keen to perform for charities.
23 April 2008
United Reformed Church, Stockton
Organ Recital by George McPhee
George McPhee was born in Glasgow and was a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and at Edinburgh University. He studied organ with the late Herrick Bunney and later, with the assistance of a Cross Trust Scholarship, with Fernando Germani in Italy. Prizes include the Sir Donald Francis Tovey Prize at Edinburgh University and the Limpus Prize for the FRCO examination as well as the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
He was Assistant Organist of St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh for four years before his present appointment as Director of Music at Paisley Abbey in 1963. At that time he also joined the staff of the RSAMD where he became Senior Lecturer in Academic Studies as well as teacher of organ. He also had responsibilities for choral activities.
George McPhee has been in frequent demand as an organ recitalist in this country and abroad, particularly in North America, and has broadcast and recorded frequently as a soloist and as a conductor.
As composer and arranger he has many published works, both sacred and secular.
In 1991 he was made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of his services to church music in Scotland and in 1995 he was awarded an MBE. In July 1997 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Paisley.
In 2000 George McPhee was President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and is currently Professor of Organ at St. Andrews University. He is also a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists. (excerpt from http://www.scottishmusiccentre.com/)
Saint Luke, Hartlepool. President's Evening & Annual General Meeting
21st June. 2008 "0rgan Crawl" to Thirsk and Sharrow. See under Newsletter for details.
20th Sep. 2008 Members Evening. Instrumental and vocal performances. Stockton URC
18th. Oct. 2008 Organ Recital. Keith Wright, Assistant Organist at Durham Cathedral. St. George's Church, Hartlepool.
15th. Nov. 2008 The Andreas Ensemble. Church of the Ascension, Middlesbrough
17th Feb. Organ Recital by Simon Lindley, Stockton URC
18th April 2009 President's Evening & AGM. St. Peter's Church, Osmotherley. Trevor Blease (our President) gave an Organ Recital.
2nd May 2009 Harp and Vocal recital given by Anita Aslin (harp) and Charlotte Aslin (voice). St. Mary's Church, Acklam, Middlesbrough
Anita and Charlotte gave a most entertaining performance of harp, and vocal music accompanied on the harp at St. Mary's Church, Acklam. The repertoire was very diverse, including a Handel aria, German lieder, a Spanish Romance, Scottish and English folk songs, an excerpt from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, a piece with a "Japanese Temple" flavour. Truly a "global" performance. It ended with a lively harp solo, "Westminster Rag". Altogether, an event not to be missed.
24 October 2009: Composite
evening, at St Peter's Stockton.
21 November 2009: Organ Recital
by Neil Taylor (Sheffield Cathedral) at St Cuthbert's, Kirkleatham.
Click here for details of the programme.
20 February 2010: Jonathan Giles at Stockton URC. An evening of French music.
Jonathan, a member of C.O.& C.A. gave us a very entertaining programme of organ music by
French Romantic composers played on the Wyvern Organ. It was very well received.
The programme consisted of the following works:
La Nativite du Seigneur Olivier Messiaen
La Vierge et I'Enfant - The Virgin and the Child
Chorale no 3 in A Minor Cesar Franck
20 March 2010: Sydenham Singers at St. Chad's Middlesbrough.
17 April 2010: AGM and Chairman's evening.
29 May 2010A recital by four students from York University Music Department, piano, baritone and cello at Stockton URC.
Admission was free with a retiring collection.
19 June 2010: Outing. (Swainby and Carlton in Cleveland)
18 September 2010: Trifolium (Piano, clarinet and 'cello) Egglescliffe Parish Church
16 Oct. 2010 Organ Recital: Edmund Aldhouse (Ripon Cathedral) at Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills.
For programme, click here. (opens in a separate window.)
20th Nov. 2010 Members' Evening. Cancelled
19th Feb. 2011 Paul Ferguson: "Making French Music work on an English Organ." Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills.
19th March: Instrumental evening: piano & cello.
16th April. Chairman's Evening: Young Musicians.
21st. May. Live Rehearsal, St. Peter's Choir, Stockton. Conductor: George Barber.
10th September: St Peter's Church, Stockton, "Locomotion", an all male choir.
1st. Oct. Robert Sharpe, Organ Recital, Church of the Ascension, Berwick Hills
His programme was as follows:
Kenneth Leighton (l 929-1 988)