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The William Byrd Singers: The Singing will Never be Done

Saturday May 11, 2019 at 19:30
Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester
£12, £10 concessions, £5 students
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  1. The singing will never be done - Stephen Wilkinson
    • Halcyon days
    • No man's land
    • Finsteren Zeiten
  2. Who shall have my lady fair? - Robert Lucas Pearsall
  3. Lay a garland on her hearse - Robert Lucas Pearsall
  4. The making of the drum - Bob Chilcott
  5. White-flowering days Op 37 - Gerald Finzi
  6. Salut d'amour, for violin and piano Op 12 - Sir Edward Elgar
  7. Dream children Op 43 - Sir Edward Elgar
  8. 7 Partsongs Op 17 - Gerald Finzi
    • I have loved flowers that fade
    • My spirit sang all day
  9. The Roadside Fire, from Songs of Travel - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  10. The Cloths of Heaven - Rebecca Clarke
  11. The Salley Gardens - Benjamin Britten
  12. Sally in our alley - Benjamin Britten
  13. Nocturne for John, from Three Elegies - Stephen Wilkinson
  14. Now sleeps the crimson petal, from 3 Songs Op 3 - Roger Quilter
  15. Waltz, from Suite Antique - John Rutter
  16. Celebration - David Grundy
  17. Two Shakespeare settings - David Grundy
    • O mistress mine
    • Over hill, over dale

The Byrds spring into summer with a delightful programme, all by English composers, including favourites by Pearsall and Finzi; Two Shakespeare Settings by David Grundy; and also Grundy's Celebration aptly chosen as our president Stephen Wilkinson celebrates his centenary. So naturally we have programmed Stephen's triptych The singing will never be done; and the moving Nocturne for John which he dedicated to the choir's founder Dr John Coope.

Far from the English countryside, Chilcott takes us to rural Africa where the ritual construction of a drum from natural sources imbues it with the power to speak to music, dance and the gods. Look out for the many percussion instruments featured in this piece. There will also be varied solo and ensemble items from members of the choir.

Tickets are available at the door, from choir members, or online. And if you aren't available on 11th, this concert will be repeated at 7.30pm on Sunday 19th May at St Oswald's in Bollington as part of the Bollington Festival. Do join us!

Christ Church, West Didsbury
Darley Avenue
M20 2ZD
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