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2018 Events

Sunday 1st July 2018- St Oswald's Malpas

Choral evensong was sung to the setting of Walmisley in D Minor

Sunday 3rd June 2018 - Ledbury Parish Church

The Border Singers sang Eucharist (Haydn - Messa Brevis) and Choral Evensong (Davies - Canticles) at the beautiful church of St Michael and all Angels, Ledbury, Herefordshire.

Sunday 25th March 2018 (Palm Sunday) - 6-30pm at Myddle Church

Music and Readings for Passiontide - Music included pieces by Bach, Victoria, Handel, Zalenka, Purcell, Bruckner and Whitacre

2017 Events

Thursday 14th December 2017 at Tabley House

The choir returned to Tabley for an evening of Readings and Christmas Music and Carols.

Saturday 18th November 2017 7-30pm at St Alkmund's Church Whitchurch.

'Hidden in Plainsong'

A programme of music by Durufle, Tallis, Victoria and Tavener including the Durufle Requiem.

Sunday 2nd June 2017 - St Ostwalds Malpas

The choir sang Evensong. The introit was Christ is Erstanden by J. S.Bach. The setting for evensong was by Simon Davies, the responses by R B Williams and the anthem was Wesley's Blessed be the God & Father. Stewart Smith was organist.

Sunday 28th May 2017 - St. Asaph Cathedral

The choir sang at the Eucharist service and at Evensong at St. Asaph Cathedral. Mass setting was Haydn 's Missa Brevis and the anthem Christ is Erstanden by J. S.Bach . The setting for evensong was Wood in E Flat and the anthem was Wesley's Blessed be the God & Father. Geoffrey Walker played the organ.

2016 Events...

Thursday 10 December

Tabley Chapel, Knutsford

The choir once again enjoyed singing carols at the annual carol concert for the Friends of Tabley.

Saturday 26 November

St Ostwalds Malpas

The choir put on a varied evening of American music under the title of 'Americana' .

The audience was entertained by a programme that included well known spirituals as well as works by Gershwin and Copeland.

Sunday 10 April

Chester Cathedral

The choir sang at Eucharist, the annual Baby Loss/Memorial Service and Evensong, accompanied by Geoffrey Walker on the organ. The Mass setting was Schubert in G, the communion motet was Victoria Ad caenam agni providi. The anthem for the Baby Loss Service was Stanford Beati Quorum Via. At Evensong, the responses were R. B. Williams, the anthem Bainton I saw a new heaven, the canticle setting was Dyson in D.

2015 Events...

Thursday 15 December

Tabley Chapel, Knutsford

The choir enjoyed singing carols at the annual carol concert for the Friends of Tabley.

Saturday 5 December

St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch

A Ceremony of Carols was the title of this concert with harp and organ accompanying the choir. It comprised works by five British composers: Britten, Holst, Mathias, Rutter and Vaughan Williams.

Sunday 12 July

Colemere Church

The first half of the programme included a number of madrigals, two duets (music byHarry Parr Davies and Purcell) and a solo (Britten) and some English Romantic Partsongs. In the second half, the choir sang the Faure Requiem.

Sunday 24 May

St. Asaph Cathedral

The choir sang at the Eucharist service and at Evensong at St. Asaph Cathedral. The mass setting was Mozart Missa Brevis with the anthem Victoria O Vos Omnes. The introit for evensong was Durufle Ubi Caritas, the responses were by R. B. Williams, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis setting was Dyson in D, the anthem was Faure Cantique de Jean Racine. Geoffrey Walker played the organ.

Saturday 22 March

St. Mary's, Tilston

A passiontide concert entitled From Triumph to Tragedy portraying the dramatic events in the last days of Jesus Christ with music, readings and poetry. Music included extracts from Handel's Messiah, Stainer's Crucifixion, Bach's St. Matthew Passion together with bittersweet and beautiful pieces by Byrd, Victoria, Bruckner, Lotti, Gibbons and Durufle.

2014 Events...

Monday 15 December

St. John's, Whitchurch

A carol concert at St. John's, Whitchurch.

Thursday 11 December

Tabley Chapel, Knutsford

The choir was invited to perform a carol concert at Tabley Chapel, Knutsford.

Saturday 22 November

St. Oswald's, Malpas

The concert titled "In Time of War" commemorated WW1. The choir was accompanied by Geoffrey Walker at the organ and the Salop Band. The programme opened with Haydn's dramatic anthem: Insane et vanae curae. The Salop Band played Britten Simple Symphony for String Ensemble. The choir sang 1914, Alan Gray's moving settings of war poems, written by the war poet Rupert Brooke. The main choral work was the Haydn Mass in Time of War, also known as the Kettledrum Mass.

Tuesday July 15 2014

Tabley House, Knutsford with Chester Viols

A concert celebrating the history of the house and some of its inhabitants. The concert will feature a viol consort to accompany some of the pieces. MAdrigals from The Triumphs of Oriana, Dowloand consort songs, music for viol consort, Victorian part-songs and Britten's Dances from Gloriana.

Saturday May 17 2014

St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch

Come & Sing Handel's Messiah

Sunday April 6 2014

Tilston Parish Church

Maunder: Olivet to Calvary

Sunday February 16 2014

Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool

The choir sang at the Eucharist and Evensong services. Programme included Mozart's Spatzenmesse.

2013 Events...

Saturday 16 November 2013

St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch Parish Church, Shropshire

Programme will include Benjamin Britten's Hymn to St. Cecilia and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna

St. Oswald's, Malpas, Sunday 7 July 7pm

The Border Singers will be singing Choral Evensong at the wonderful setting of the Medieval church of St. Oswald's in Malpas, Cheshire.

Music performed will include:

William Mathias: Canticles - Jesus College Service

Morten Lauridsen: Ubi Caritas

Stanford: Beati quorum via

Simon Davies: Preces and Responses

Conductor: Simon Davies

Organist: Stuart Smith

Soloists will be drawn from the Choir

St. Asaph Cathedral 26 May

The Border Singers will be having a day out in May to sing at the services at St. Asaph Cathedral. The choir will perform at the Eucharist Service in the morning and at Choral Evensong in the afternoon.

Music performed on the day will include:

Herbert Howells: Communion Service "Collegium Regale"

William Mathias: Canticles - Jesus College Service

Morten Lauridsen: Ubi Caritas

Simon Davies: Preces and Responses

Tilston, Sunday March 17th, 6.30pm

Passiontide concert at St. Mary's Tilston.

Paul Mealor: Ubi Caritas

Handel: complete performance of Part II of The Messiah, with the dramatic telling of the Passion story. Soloists: Christine Wilson, Clare Clowes, Peter Hunter Johnson, James Hall.

Organ: Geoffrey Walker

Conductor: Simon Davies

2012 Events.....

Malpas, Saturday 20 October at 7.30pm

This autumn, the Border Singers make a welcome return to the stunning church of St. Oswald's in the South Cheshire market town of Malpas. On this occasion the Border Singers will again be joined by their regular orchestra, the Shropshire Sinfonia, leader Clare Horgan. The organist will be Border Singers' regular concert accompanist, Geoffrey Walker.

The programme will include all four of Handel's Coronation anthems, including Zadok the Priest. Also in the programme will be Vivaldi's Gloria - a popular choice for choir and audience alike.

Paul Mealor was commissioned by Making Music to write a work for amateur choirs to mark the Queen's Jubilee. The work was only published in late August, so this concert is one of the first performances of this attractive little piece. By popular request, we are including a performance of Parry's "I was glad".

Sunday 25th March 2012 - Tilston Parish Church 6.30 pm

J.S. Bach - St. John Passion

Join us in Tilston for a performance of one of the great choral works: Bach's masterful St. John Passion. The Evangelist tells the story of the Passion, whilst soloists act out parts of the drama and the choir are in turn commentators, spectators, the fickle crowd, or reflectors on the unfolding events.

2011 Events....

Thursday 15th December - Tabley House

A carol concert by invitation of the Friends of Tabley House.

Sunday 11th December - St. John's, Whitchurch 6.30 pm

Join the Border Singers for a Christmas concert full of seasonal favourites plus perhaps the odd item you might not have heard before.

Saturday 24th Sept 2011 - St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch 7.30 pm

Programme

Brahms: Liebersleider Waltzes

Haydn: English Songs

Finzi: Five Shakespeare Songs

Brahms: German Requiem, performed in English

Pianos: Geoffrey Walker, Tony Metcalfe

Soloists: Sue Tyson, Louis Hurst

For this fabulous concert, we have not one but two Schimmel concert grand pianos. The version using two pianos is Brahms' own version. We will be joined by Sue Tyson who is a well-known soloist in the area and Louis Hurst, an up and coming young baritone.

Sunday 17th April 2011 - St. Mary's, Tilston

The Border Singers performed Faure's Requiem in Tilston church at a Passiontide concert. Cheshire is blessed with many small medieval churches built in the characteristic local red sandstone and St. Mary's is a charming example of one of them. The concert was a simple event with the choir accompanied on the organ by the Border Singer's regular accompanist, Geoffrey Walker, and soloists were drawn from the choir.

Saturday 9th April 2011 - St. Alkmund's, Whitchurch

Macmillan Cancer Support.

"Come and Sing 'Messiah'

The Border Singers led a celebration of 100 years of Macmillan.

2010 Events.....

Tuesday 14th December 2010 - Eaton Hall Chapel

The Lord Mayor of Chester's Charity Christmas concert by invitation of Neil Ritchie, the Lord Mayor.

Tuesday 7th December 2010 - Tabley House, Knutsford

The annual Christmas concert by invitation of the Friends of Tabley House.

Saturday 16th October 2010 - St. Oswald's, Malpas

The Border Singers returned to one of their favourite venues, the wonderful medieval church of St. Oswald's in Malpas in south Cheshire. The programme included a full performance with orchestra of Faure's Requiem, three motets by Henry Purcell and the orchestra played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G.

Sunday 25th April 2010 - Lichfield Cathedral

The Border Singers sang at the main services at Lichfield Cathedral: the morning Communion Service and Evensong in the afternoon.

2009 Events.....

Saturday 7th November 2009 - Chester Cathedral

Our most ambitious concert ever! The Border Singers were invited by Nantwich Choral Society to join forces for a stupendous performance of Elgar's great choral masterpiece, Dream of Gerontius. The following were involved:

Border Singers

Nantwich Choral Society

Romsey Choral Society

The Lydian Singers provided the semi-chorus.

There was a full symphony orchestra and the organ of Chester Cathedral to provide accompaniment, together with a full cast of soloists.

This was a rare opportunity to hear this work performed.

Saturday 14th November 2009 - Romsey Abbey

This was a reprise of the previous Elgar concert, this time hosted by Romsey Choral Society. The venue was the magnificent Norman Abbey in Romsey, Hampshire.

Saturday 13th June 2009 – Whitchurch

Charity concert in support of Macmillan Nurses

A concert of lighter music for a summer's evening featuring the Border Singers and spot-lighting some of our members in solo items.

Venue will be Sir John Talbot School in Whitchurch.

Ticket price will include a cheese and wine reception.

Saturday 4th April 2009 - Whitchurch - Music for Passiontide The father of the symphony and classical music died in 1809. Haydn was tutor to both Mozart and Beethoven, so his importance cannot be underestimated.

The Border Singers will be helping to celebrate this important anniversary with an evening of Haydn's choral music. The venue is St. Alkmunds church in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The Border Singers will again be accompanied by the Shropshire Sinfonia and Geoffrey Walker on the organ.

2008 Events.....

Sunday 14th December 2008 – Whitewell

The Border Singers will be providing musical support to the Carol Service at Whitewell near Whitchurch. As well as leading everyone in some favourite seasonal music, the choir will sing an interesting array of music some old and some very new! The service starts at 6.30pm.

Tuesday 9th December 2008 - Lessons and Carols at Tabley House Chapel, Knutsford.

Saturday 22nd November 2008 - Malpas

The Border Singers sang at the services at Chester Cathedral. In the morning we sang at the Communion Service at 10.00, which included Mozart's Missa Brevis in C (Spatzenmesse). At 11.30 we sang Mattins including Elgar's setting of the Te Deum. In the afternoon, Evensong included Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C as well as Ireland's anthem, Greater Love.

Sunday 25th May 2008- Chester

The Border Singers sang at the services at Chester Cathedral. In the morning we sang at the Communion Service at 10.00, which included Mozart's Missa Brevis in C (Spatzenmesse). At 11.30 we sang Mattins including Elgar's setting of the Te Deum. In the afternoon, Evensong included Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C as well as Ireland's anthem, Greater Love.

Wednesday, 19th March 2008 - Tilston

A programme of music for Passiontide. The programme included Stainer's Crucifixion and two versions of Lotti's Crucificsus.

1998 - 2007 Events.....

Sunday, 5th July 1998 – Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch -“It Fell on a Sommers Day”

A concert of Lute songs and Part songs

Saturday, 9th October 1999 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch -“Adonai”

Pieces by Bernstein, Vaughan Williams and Schubert

Saturday, 17th November 2000 – Whitchurch -“The Mozart Sandwich”

Mozart ~ Dixit & Magnificat, K193 and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339

John Rutter ~ A Gaelic Blessing, I will Lift up Mine Eyes unto the Hills

Sir John Tavener’s ~ Song for Athene

Henryk Gorecki’s ~ Totus Totus

Saturday 14th November 2001 – St Giles, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Liszt ~ Missa Choralis

Bruckner ~ Motets

Pachelbel ~ Nun danket alle Gott

Vaughan Williams ~ O, Clap Your Hands

Various Brass arrangements

Organist: Neil Warham

Tempered Brass: Director~ Ken King

Saturday, 14th October 2002 – Lakelands School, Ellesmere

“Celebrity Evening with The Border Singers”

Anything Goes

Night and Day

Every time we say goodbye

Smoke gets in your eyes

The Goslings

Three pieces by Alan Ridout

Ernst Toch ~ Geographical Fugue

23rd November 2002 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch -“St Cecilia’s Day Celebration”

H.Howells ~ Hymn for St. Cecilia

J. Haydn ~ Missa Cellensis

G.F.Handel ~ Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

Organist: Geoffrey Walker

Sunday, 6th April 2003 – St Michael’s Church, Marbury

Handel’s Messiah – Part II

18th October 2003 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch

Purcell ~ My Heart is Inditing, Welcome to All the Pleasures

Michael Nyman ~ Miserere

Bach ~ Cantata no. 106 God’s Own Time

Organist: Geoffrey Walker

November 30th 2003 - An advent concert in Worthenbury

December 10th 2003 - Lessons and carols in Tabley House Chapel, Knutsford

20th March 2004 - Myddle This concert was themed for Passiontide. Mozart ~ Missa Brevis KV220

Handel ~ Messiah Part II

10th July 2004 St John Talbot's School, Whitchurch - Here we featured some lighter songs new to our repertoire and some solo items from choir members. We also performed some Edward German in the run up to the German Festival in 2006. One of our best concerts of recent times!

13th November 2004 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch -“Tears and Joy”

Gibbons ~ Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

Walton ~ Elegy for Organ from the film Richard III

Walton ~ Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

Leighton ~ Drop, Drop, Slow Tears from Crucifixus pro Nobis

Handel ~ My Heart is Inditing of a Good Matter

Vivaldi ~ Gloria

Organist: Geoffrey Walker

8th December 2004 - Lessons and Carols at Tabley House Chapel

9th December 2004 - Lessons and Carols at Eaton Hall, Chester

12th December 2004- A Carol concert at St John's Church, Whitchurch

2005 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch

W.A.Mozart ~ Missa Brevis in C (KV220)

J. Tavener ~ Funeral Ikos, Christmas Proclamation

F.Schubert ~ Mass in B Flat (D324)

Saturday 18th March 2006 – St Alkmunds, Whitchurch

Edward German ~ Te Deum Laudamus, London Town, O Peaceful Night, Morning Hymn

Edward Elgar & George MacFarren ~ Romantic Part songs

Charles Gounod ~ Messe Solennelle

Organ Recital ~ Elgar: A Suite of Vesper Voluntaries

Organist: Geoffrey Walker

25th November 2006 - Whitchurch - In Celebration of Mozart's 250th Birthday. G F Handel ~ Zadok the Priest, W A Mozart ~ Epistle Sonatas K244 in F and K328 in C, H Purcell ~ Hear My Prayer, A Lotti ~ Crucifixus for 8 Voices, G F Handel ~ The King Shall Rejoice, W A Mozart ~ Requeim Mass K626

19th May 2007 - Malpas - A Special Two Choirs Concert

For this concert we joined forces with a choir from Denmark ~ Kobenhavns Folkekor. We sang a wide selection of music as individual choirs and joined forces on others.

Joint: Neils Gade ~ Morgensang, Reginald Heber/John Dykes ~ Holy, Holy, Holy, Gustav Holst ~ Turn Back, O Man, C Hubert H Parry ~ Jerusalem, Sir John Stainer ~ God So Loved the World, Niels Gade ~ Benedictus & Amen, Arr. Philip Wilkinson ~ Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Arr. Sommer ~ Were You There, Arr. E.B. Lund & J.Hoybye ~ Give me that Old Time Religion Kobenhavn Folkekor - Niels La Cour ~ Fred Hviler Over Land Og By, G.F.Handel ~ Komm, Folj Mig, Max Reger ~ Mutter der Barmherzigkeit, W.A.Mozart ~ Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate, Michael Bojesen ~ Pater Noster. Border Singers - C. Hubert H.Parry ~ Blest Pair of Sirens, Charles Wood ~ O Thou, the Central Orb, John Ireland ~ Greater Love Hath No Man, Arr. A.Parker & R.Shaw ~ Deep River, Arr. Sir Malcolm Sargent ~ Little David, Play on Yo'Harp

1st December 2007 - Whitchurch - Joy at Christmastide

A joyful assortment of seasonal sacred music with orchestral and organ accompaniment. Pieces include: S Davies ~ Gaelic Christmas Carol, R Vaughan Williams ~ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, A Corelli ~ Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 ‘Christmas Concerto’ , JS Bach ~ Excerpts from Christmas Oratorio.

Tuesday 11th December 2007 - Knutsford - Carols and Readings

Our 10th visit to Tabley House for our Christmas concert. An enjoyable mix of choral and congregational carols interspersed with readings. J.S.Bach ~ Break Forth O Beauteous Light (from Christmas Oratorio)

J.Tavener ~ The Lamb

R.R.Bennett ~ Susanni

P.Warlock ~ Bethlehem Down

S.Davies ~ Gaelic Christmas Carol

Arr C.Wood ~ Ding Dong Merrily on High

Arr. R.L.Pearsall ~ In Dulci Jubilo

E. Poston ~ Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Morten Lauridsen ~ O Magnum Mysterium

Sunday 23rd December 2007 – Marbury

We were delighted to be contributing to the annual Christmas Service in the wonderful location of St Michael's Church, Marbury which dates back the 15th century.