Repertoire

Below you can browse through the different sorts of music that we perform. This list is just a guide to give you a flavour. We can happily advise on music that would best suit your particular event and can take requests for pieces. We can also compose and perform a special bespoke personal piece about a guest of honour, theme, organisation or product.

(Items marked with an * require organ or piano at the venue.)

Madrigals | Traditional choral music | Opera | Humorous/light | Jazz and show tunes | Christmas | Wedding ceremonies | Funerals and memorial services

Madrigals

All creatures now – Bennet
April is in my mistress’ face – Morley
As Vesta was – Weelkes
Fair Phyllis I saw – Farmer
Mother I will have a husband – Vautor
Quick we have but a second
Dashing away with a smoothing iron
If all be true that I do think (there are five reasons we should drink!) – Purcell
I love, alas, I love thee – Morley
Greensleeves – Henry VIII/Carter
Now is the month of May – Morley
O lusty May – anon
Weep O mine eyes – Wilbye
The wee cooper of fife – arr. Peter Backhouse

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Traditional classical choral

Renaissance

Ave maria – Parsons
Ave verum corpus – Byrd
If ye love me – Tallis
Loquebantur variis linguis – Tallis
O clap your hands – Gibbons
O lord arise – Weelkes
Sicut cervus – Palestrina
Sing joyfully – Byrd
When David heard – Tomkins
When David heard – Weelkes
Allelluia, I heard a voice – Weelkes
Sancte deus – Tallis

(See also ‘Madrigals’)

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Baroque and Classical

Hear my prayer O Lord – Purcell
Remember not Lord our offences – Purcell
I Was Glad – Purcell
Six Motets – Bach
Crucifxus (a 8) – Lotti
Miserere – Allegri
Sound the Trumpet – Purcell*
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach*
Beatus vir – Monterverdi*
Ave verum – Mozart*
Laudate dominum – Mozart*
Abendlied zu Gott – Haydn*

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Romantic

Lift thine eyes to the mountains – Mendelssohn
Os justi – Bruckner
Locus iste – Bruckner
Geistliches Lied – Brahms*
Gott ist mein Hirt – Schubert*
How lovely are thy dwellings fair/Wie lieblich sind Deine Wonhnungen – Brahms (Requiem)*
Abendlied ‘Bleib bei uns’ – Rheinberger
Bless the Lord my soul – Rachmaninov (Vespers)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in piece Rachmaninov (Vespers)

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Early-mid 20th Century

At the round earth’s imagined corners – Parry
Hail gladdening light – Wood
Lay a garland – Pearsall
Lord let me know mine end  – Parry
O taste and see – Vaughan Williams
My spirit sang all day – Finzi
Coelos ascendit – Stanford
Beati quorum via – Stanford
Blue bird – Stanford
Set me as a seal – Walton
Negro spirituals – Tippett
Take him, earth, for cherishing – Howells
Hymn to the virgin – Britten
The long day closes – Sullivan
Bring us, O Lord God – Harris
Faire is the heaven – Harris
Reincarnations – Barber
Four songs from the British Isles – Tippett
Ave verum – Elgar*
And I saw a new heaven – Bainton*

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Late 20th Century and Contemporary

The lamb – John Tavener
Set me as a seal – Eleanor Daley
Northern lights – Gjeilo
Totus tuus – Gorecki
Song (I gaze upon you) – Gabriel Jackson
Sleep – Eric Whitacre
A boy and a girl – Eric Whitacre
Lux arumque – Eric Whitacre
This marriage – Eric Whitacre
Only in sleep – Ēriks Ešenvalds
O radiant dawn – MacMillan

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Opera

Ombra mai fu (Serse) – Handel
‘Flower Duet’ (Lakmé) – Delibes
O mio babbino caro –
Nessun dorma (Turandot) – Puccini
La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) – Verdi
Habanera (Carmen) – Bizet
Non piu andrai (Figaro) – Mozart
E lucevan le stelle (Tosca) – Puccini
Mesicku na nebi hlubokén (Russalka) – Dvořák
Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Magic Flute) – Mozart
List aria (Don Giovanni) – Mozart
Glück das mir verliebt (die tote Stadt) – Korngold
Voi che sapete (Figaro) – Mozart
Che faró senza Euridice? (Orfeo ed Euridice) – Gluck

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Humorous/light

Three-minute Messiah – the famous Handel work humorously compressed into 3 minutes
Teddy bears’ picnic
I do like to be beside the seaside
The goslings (a dramatic tale!)
If all be true that I do think (Purcell drinking song)
Name that tune (a hodgepodge of famous classical pieces)
Bring us good ale
Cats’ duet*
Dry bones
Michelle, ma belle

Fat cats?! Rossini’s Cats’ Duet. Image © Alex Lister

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Jazz and show tunes

‘S wonderful
Ain’t misbehavin’
Anything goes
Autumn leaves
Bare necessities
Blue moon
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend*
Don’t it make my brown eyes blue
Every time we say goodbye
Goodnight Sweetheart
I got rhythm
I’m beginning to see the light
In the mood
Jeanie with the light brown hair
Let’s do it
Lullaby of birdland
Nice work if you can get it
Night and day
Our love is here to stay
Over the rainbow
Smoke gets in your eyes
Summer time
Tea for two
The way we were
The way you look tonight
They can’t take that away from me

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Christmas

Traditional Christmas

In dulci jubilo
In the bleak mid-winter
Good King Wenceslas
Once in royal David’s city
Coventry carol
Hark the herald angels sing
Ding dong! Merrily on high
Coventry carol (traditional)
Gaudate
Coventry carol – Leighton
The lamb – John Tavener
Hymn to the virgin – Britten
O radiant dawn – MacMillan

Jazz/light Chistmas

I saw mummy kissing Santa (Alan Simmons)
Santa baby
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
White Christmas

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Wedding ceremonies

My love is mine – Dove
Allelluia – Mozart
If ye love me – Tallis
Sing joyfully – Byrd
Set me as a seal – Eleanor Daley
Set me a seal – Walton
Abendlied ‘Bleib bei uns’ – Rheinberger
O taste and see – Vaughan Williams
This marriage – Eric Whitacre
Laudamus dominum – Mozart*
Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré*
Ave maria – Schubert*
Ave maria – Gounod*
Exultate jubilate – Mozart*
Rejoice greatly – Handel from The Messiah*
Let the bright seraphim- Handel*
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach*

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Funeral and memorial services

Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills – Walford Davies
Lift thine eyes to the mountains – Mendelssohn
Beati quorum via – Stanford
Bring us, O Lord God – Harris
Faire is the heaven – Harris
The long day closes – Sullivan
In manus tuas – Tallis
Abendlied ‘Bleib bei uns’ – Rheinberger
Lux aeterna (Nimrod) – Elgar
If ye love me – Tallis
God be in my head – Walford Davies
Hear my prayer O Lord – Purcell
Take him, earth, for cherishing – Howells
Geistliches Lied – Brahms*
Sanctus – Fauré (Requiem)*
In paradisum – Fauré (Requiem)*
In paradisum – Duruflé (Requiem)*
How Lovely are thy dwellings fair/Wie lieiblich sind Deine Wohnungen – Brahms (Requiem)*
Gott ist mein Hirt – Schubert*
And I saw a new heaven – Bainton*
Nunc dimittis: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant – Stanford*
Erbarme dich – Bach (St Matthew Passion)*

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