Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Brandon's Church

County Durham


Benjamin BrittenHymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
Samuel BarberReincarnations, Op.16
Augusta Read ThomasTwo E. E. Cummings songs
Howard SkemptonHe Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1999)
Charles Villiers StanfordThe Swallow, Op.119 no.6
Charles Villiers StanfordThe Blue Bird
Charles Villiers Stanford3 Motets, Op.38


Durham Singers

Programme Note

The Durham Singers' summer concert spans the Atlantic with words and music from Ireland and America on the themes of love and of home. The concert includes part songs by the Irish composer C.V. Stanford and settings of Irish poetry by the American Samuel Barber, and the concert title comes from Howard Skempton's bluesy setting of Yeats’s famous love poem. Augusta Read Thomas is one of America’s most popular living composers: the ladies of the choir perform her two sparkling settings of poetry by e e cummings.

Britten’s celebration of the gift of music “Hymn to St Cecilia” literally crosses the Atlantic as it was written on board ship as the composer travelled home after several years in the United States.  We close the concert with traditional songs from two masters of choral arrangement, Bob Chilcott and Peter Knight, and everyone is invited to join us afterwards for refreshments.

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