We have a particular love of music from the Golden Age of English music 1685 – 1720 including madrigals by Wilbye (Draw on sweet night), Weelkes (Sweet honey-sucking bees), Morley (Fire! Fire!); motets by Byrd (Salve Regina), Weelkes (When David heard that Absolom was slain); sacred music by Italian masters – Palestrina (Tu es Petrus), Victoria (O quam gloriosum).
The next great flowering of a cappella music after the renaissance was in the Victorian era. Our repertoire includes motets by Mendelssohn (Nunc dimittis etc); Bruckner (Os justi etc); and partsongs including Brahms (Im Herbst); Pearsall (Lay a garland).
Our repertoire of British music ranges from Finzi (My spirit sang all day etc) to MacMillan (Sedebit Dominus Rex). We also have a healthy collection of arrangements including songs by American composers such as Cole Porter (In the still of the night), Jerome Kern (Can’t help lovin’ that man), et al.
“What was so good was the breadth of the programme. From the wonderful ‘Locus Iste’……..via madrigals…..to Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.”