On Sunday 22nd October at 1pm, we welcome to the Cathedral St Peter’s Singers, one of the foremost chamber choirs in West Yorkshire, under the direction of Dr Simon Lindley and with the accompaniment of David Houlder on the Cathedral Organ.
Leeds Minster-based St Peter’s Singers will be touring East Anglia from Saturday 21 October until Wednesday 25 October 2017. Hear this renowned chamber choir, celebrating its fortieth anniversary year, singing glorious English and Continental choral music featuring composers for whom 2017 also marks a significant anniversary. The choir will be visiting some of the East of England’s most beautiful cathedrals and churches. St Peter’s Singers have a busy schedule of four concerts and two services of choral evensong on their short tour of Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The Singers will also be performing music by Lotti, Mathias and Monteverdi and not least Dr Francis Jackson – a great friend of this choir. Dr Jackson was born on 2 October 1917 and his hundredth birthday was celebrated with great style in York and elsewhere earlier this month. E J Moeran’s glorious Songs of Springtime, which were sung at the very first concert by St Peter’s Singers in June 1977, will also feature in a recital at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Sunday 22 October at 1.00 pm. Choral Evensong at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Tuesday 24 October at 5.30 pm features music by composers who have served as Organist at York Minster.
Dr Simon Lindley the Director of Music of St Peter’s Singers said:
The Singers look forward with immense pleasure to visiting some of England’s very finest buildings towards the end of October 2017 – beginning with Waltham Abbey, where one of the founding fathers of English music, Thomas Tallis, was once Organist and taking in St John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral Norwich and the Anglican Cathedral churches of Ely and St Edmundsbury and ending with the Parish Church of Peterborough. We have personal connections with staff at all of these superb venues and will thus be looking forward eagerly to the renewal of many old associations! We aim to bring the finest music drawn from a huge variety of traditions, including texts in French and Slavonic as well as English and Latin. On return back to Leeds we are singing services on Sunday 29 October at Leeds Minster, where we are based, and participating with Leeds Philharmonic and Leeds College of Music Student Chorus in a rare account of Herbert Howells’s iconic choral work Hymnus Paradisi at Leeds Town Hall on the evening of Saturday 25 November under the direction of international conductor Dr David Hill with the Orchestra of Opera North with soloists Sarah Fox and Ben Hulett.
For more information about the choir’s tour of East Anglia, please see the poster below. To hear the choir, please find the videos on the St Peter’s Singers website: http://www.stpeters-singers.org.uk/home.aspx