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Christ Church
35 Darley Avenue
West Didsbury

M20 2ZD


David GrundyTwo Shakespeare Settings
David GrundyCelebration
John RutterSuite Antique: Waltz
Roger QuilterNow sleeps the crimson petal
Stephen WilkinsonThree Elegies: Nocturne for John
Benjamin BrittenSally in our alley
Benjamin BrittenThe Salley Gardens
Rebecca ClarkeThe Cloths of Heaven
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSongs of Travel: The Roadside Fire
Gerald FinziA Garland for the Queen: 'White flowering days'
Gerald FinziMy Spirit Sang all Day, Op.17 no.3
~ Interval ~
Bob ChilcottThe Making of the Drum
Gerald FinziI have Loved Flowers that Fade, Op.17 no.2
Robert Lucas PearsallLay a Garland
Robert Lucas PearsallWho Shall Win My Lady Fair
Edward ElgarSalut d'amour, Op.12
Edward ElgarDream Children, Op.43
Wilkinson WilkinsonThe Singing will Never be Done


Keith Orrell – Conductor

William Byrd Singers

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Programme Note

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 his 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!

The Singing will Never be Done

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